BOB SADLER subsea engineer
A fifth generation European New Zealander, born New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1950 - a fully paid up baby boomer.
I attended New Plymouth Boy's High School and then Massey University where I graduated Bachelor of Science. I later obtained a Diploma of Engineering. My interests during those days were, in no particular order: fishing, free-diving/spear-fishing, surfing and drinking beer.
During my university years I qualified as a scuba instructor.
I dropped out of university for a year and went to the
Post-graduation I worked briefly in
One of the high points of the CDC period was the time spent training - as part of the Emergency Medical Technician course - with the paramedics at the fire station in Hollywood. It was, to say the least, a bit of a culture shock going from the rural idyll of NZ to the mean streets of central LA - we students worked with the night shift.
After CDC I went to
Rio was a great place to live for a young, single man with money in his pocket (and probably still is!)
I ended up as a Diving Supervisor.
In 1980 I was recruited as a Field Engineer by Vetco Offshore (now GE Oil & Gas). Vetco Offshore was a
In 1986 I moved to
In 1989 it was off to
The work for oil companies has covered everything from generating subsea field development concepts, through equipment design and specification, managing procurement and construction contracts as an engineer and on to installing, commissioning and bringing on stream the subsea field hardware as an offshore construction supervisor or project manager.
It's been an interesting career.
In addition to messing around on boats I've added gardening - I have a small-holding in New Zealand - and cooking to the things I enjoy doing and one of the great things about the Karen M is - thanks to Peggy Moran - that she has a superb galley. The copious beer drinking has been pretty much replaced by copious red wine consumption.
I've been lucky enough to have sailed with friends over the years doing coastal cruises in NZ (New Plymouth to the Sounds and New Plymouth to the Bay of Islands a couple of times each), one real oceanic passage (Fiji to NZ), coastal sailing in the Channel Islands off southern California and more coastal sailing on the the UK's South Coast and France's Britanny and Normandy.
I've completed my RYA coastal skipper theory qualification and a two week sailing school in Croatia (May 2008) which included the RYA coastal practical course. I have an International Certificate of Competence.
After buying "Karen M" in 2007 in North Carolina (USA) I sailed her across the Atlantic (see blog - 2009) and, until recently, have kept her moored in Jersey (Channel Islands).
Since arriving in northern Europe we've voyaged as far south as Porto (Portugal - 2012), as far north-west as the Skye Bridge (Scotland - 2013) and as far north as Oslo (Norway - 2014). In 2015 we went back to the Baltic via the Kiel Canal and visited eastern Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Distance covered was around 3200Nm - it was quite a trip.
In 2016 we visited the Biscay coasts of France and northern Spain and again made our way down the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal ending up on the Algarve coast of Portugal where the boat was lifted out for the northern winter.
In 2017 we entered the Med and visited the coasts of Spain, the Balearic Islands and Tunisia. The boat over-wintered in Gibraltar.
In 2018 we traveled eastward from Gib cruising the Med coasts of Spain and France and the W coast of Italy. We passed through the Straits of Messina, around the toe of Italy and crossed the Adriatic to Greece. We passed from the W coast of Greece to the E coast via the Corinth Canal and then made our way southward to Kilada where the boat was lifted out for the N winter. This was another long, all-summer, passage.
In summer 2019 we departed Kilada and made our way to Athens and then across the Aegean to Turkey. We returned from Turkey to Kilada, Greece, in September 2019 and again lifeted the boat out.
Unfortunately with the Covid-19 virus planning a trip from New Zealand to Europe simply isn't feasible for 2020 and so the boat will have an extended stay on the hard.