Bluewater Cruising in Ancient Egypt?


When we think of Ancient Egypt, we think of  the pyramids, the desert, the Nile, mummies and the afterlife. Most of us don’t think of sailing. However, boats are the common thread that tie these symbols of Ancient Egypt together.

Just this past week, Archaeologists have discovered a more than 4,000-year-old tomb decorated with colorful drawings and sculptures hidden beneath the sands of Saqqara, the sprawling royal burial ground located in the desert near Cairo, Egypt.

Hieroglyphs carved above the tomb’s door identify its owner as a man named Wahtye, who served King Neferirkare of the Old Kingdom’s fifth dynasty, which ruled from around 2500 to 2350 B.C. Other carvings spell out Wahtye’s lofty titles, including royal purification priest, royal supervisor and inspector of the sacred boat.

At a press conference announcing the tomb’s discovery, Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, called the find “one of a kind in the last decades,” National Geographic reported.

Vibrantly colored and well-preserved reliefs adorn the tomb’s approximately 33 foot-by-10-foot gallery, featuring images of Wahtye with his wife, mother and other relatives. Scenes of musical performances, wine and pottery making, sailing, hunting and making funerary furniture also come to life in drawings on the tomb’s walls.

Egyptians built some of the earliest boats ever recorded.

Some of the earliest boats ever recorded belonged to the Egyptians. Paintings depicting ships appear on ancient Egyptian vases and murals around the year 6,000 BCE. Much of Egyptian civilization developed along the Nile River, making maritime transportation essential to trade. The first ships were built with papyrus reeds and were propelled by rowers using oars. As time passed, sails appeared and wood replaced papyrus. The wooden boats were modeled after the papyrus boats: they had flat bottoms, no keels, and square sterns. The wooden planks were held together with rope, and the spaces between the planks were caulked with reeds. These were sailed in addition to being rowed. Ancient Egyptian sails were square.

Most of these ships were ships of trade; they carried Egyptian goods to other Mediterranean lands, and brought back goods from those lands to Egypt. Other Egyptian boats were part of an Egyptian Navy. The Royal Fleet fought Egypt’s enemies, and enforced shipping law on the Nile. Individual religious temples sometimes had fleets of ships. Egyptians also used their ships for exploration. During the reign of Queen Hatshepsut, explorers visited the eastern coast of Africa. Under Rameses III, Egyptians made a crossing of the Indian Ocean.

The construction of the Pyramids and other famous Egyptian monuments would not have been possible without boats. Ancient Egyptian Boats even crossed the desert. They were designed to be deconstructed and then carried across the sand to be launched again for exploration of the Red Sea.

Boats were such an important part of Egyptian life, they were integrated into religion and mythology.

A solar barge (also solar bark, solar boat, sun boat) is a mythological representation of the sun riding in a boat. Many early Egyptian goddesses/sun deities, as well as the gods Ra and Horus, are sometimes depicted as riding in a solar barge. In Egyptian myths of the afterlife, Ra rides in an underground channel from west to east every night so that he can rise in the east the next morning.

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Schematic is a classic J Boats J/42 that has been optimized for racing and cruising.  Her recent paint on her hull and carbon shines and she appears to be a much newer boat.  This (J-42) has the teak toe rail package, a brand new Quantum mainsail and jib, B&G electronics and a host of other performance-enhancing features.  If you have sailed the Chesapeake Bay during the last 20 years you have probably been passed by SCHEMATIC.  Highly Recommended.   Shoal Keel Carbon Rig painted 2015′ Quantum Sails New Main and Jib (Quantum) 18′ Recent Standing Rigging 15′ Recent Flag Blue Awl Grip 15′ Recent cabin sole 15′

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Port side profile of this fast racer, J Boats J/42 Schematic


  • Year : 1997
  • Price : us$129,000 *
  • Location annapolis, md, united states
  • Length : 42′


LOA: 42 ft 0 in
Beam: 13 ft 5 in
LWL: 36 ft 5 in
Minimum Draft: 5 ft 5 in
Displacement: 19700 lbs
Ballast: 7500 lbs

Total Power: 47 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3E
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Engine Power: 47 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: (100 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (61 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (20 Gallons)

Number of heads: 2

AccomodationsThis J/42 Sailboat has a spacious forward stateroom with twin berths (convertible to an over-size double) and ample drawer, bin cabinet & hanging locker space. A forward head is private to forward stateroom. The aft head is ideally located for use at sea, and a private head for guests, and a separate shower when there are no guests. The main cabin of the (J-Boats J42) features a classic Herreshoff interior, with two 6’6″ main settees. The drop-leaf table is arranged away from the bulkhead, so guests aren’t trapped during a meal. The nav station on this (J/42 for sale) has an over-sized table w/chart storage, overhead panel for instrument mounting & book/binocular storage bin. The double aft stateroom has four opening ports and hatches, a changing seat, hanging locker, bureau w/cabinet, and bedding storage shelf. The large cockpit can accommodate a party for 10.

GalleyThe (J boats J-42) galley is well ventilated next to the companionway and features a recessed, deep double sink. Unique is the combination cutting board and drop-in galley seat for easier meal preparation at sea.

  • Force 10 3 burner propane stove with broiler
  • 6.3 cubic foot ice box with Sea Frost engine drive refrigeration with 110v assist
  • Double SS sinks
  • Sea Gull water purifier
  • Trash storage compartment
  • Teak trimmed cutting/serving/seat tray
  • New Cabin Sole 2015


Electrical Systems2 105 amp house batteries and one engine starting battery, Link 2000R battery monitor, Bass DC panel, Nav and combo steaming/deck light/tricolor masthead light with anchor light, windex light7 swiveling reading lights, nav station light 5 dome lights, 2 fluorescent lights in heads, propane solenoid switch, A/C panel, Battery charger, shore power and cord

Hull and Deck

  • Navy Blue Awlgrip Hull with white boot stripe and gold cove stripe. 2015
  • Seattle grey two-tone deck, red bottom paint. Shoal keel,
  • Teak ORC forward toerail, T track amidships and aft (J/44 style) in lieu of standard alloy toerail.
  • Carbon fiber mast and spinnaker pole, rod rigging,
  • Lewmar concept windlass, with gypsy and capstan with the appropriately sized ground tackle. bow roller
  • Custom Deck Layout as found on the J/44 2 Lewmar 50 STC primary winches 6 Lewmar 44 STC secondary winches / mainsheet / reefing / halyards Complete spinnaker gear with carbon fiber pole. 2 spin halyards, 2 Jib halyards, Harken roller furling
  • Numerous line stoppers, blocks, and gear necessary to operate the vessel and its equipment.
  • Dodger
  • Bimini
Quantum Sails and Rigging

  • Quantum Fusion Mainsail New (sailed once!)
  • Quantum #1 LT Fusion Genoa New (still in bag!) 155%
  • Quantum #1 Fusion M Genoa 155%
  • Quantum #2 Woven Dacron RF Genoa
  • Quantum #3 Fusion 103% Jib
  • Quantum #4 Dacron Jib 85%
  • Quantum Spinnaker
  • New Standing Rigging 2015
  • Mast and boom painted 2015
Electronics and Navigation on the J Boats J/42

  • B&G Zeus T7
  • Furuno Radar with SS gimbaled radar mast on transom
  • Garmin 440 GPS
  • SEA 322 Single Sideband
  • B&G Hydra 2
  • Majestic PC display
  • Icom M504 VHF

Cockpit Electronics

  • 2- B&G Hydra 2 displays in companionway garage
  • 2-B&G 20/20 displays in companionway garage
  • 2-B&G H-3000 at main trimmer position P&S
  • B&G Hydra Pilot at helm crash bar with below decks ram


Additional Equipment

  • Cockpit Shower
  • Life Sling
  • 3 Blade Max Prop rebuilt 2015
  • Aluminum Fortress anchor
  • Electric Lewmar Windlass
  • Dock Lines/Fenders
  • Upgraded Alternator

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All The Way Around!

Xp 44, GarliX, completes the World ARC!

All the way around!

Congratulations to Xp44, Garlix on completing the World ARC!

You may remember when X-Yachts reported back in 2015 on the sailing yacht Garlix, the Xp44, who had just completed the World Cruising Club ARC rally and was getting ready to head off on an adventure of a lifetime taking part in the World ARC.

The Round the World Rally saw 24 yachts set off from St Lucia on a epic cruise together around the world making stops at Colombia, Panama, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Suwarrow, Niue, Tonga and Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Mauritius, Reunion, South Africa, St Helena and Brazil before heading back up to the Caribbean.

We are delighted to report that after an amazing 15 months Garlix is now back in St Lucia and has finished the rally along with all the other yachts.

Owners Jens and Dagmar have said they have had a wonderful time on their trip and are currently in St Lucia having a well earned celebration with the other yachts. If you want to know more about their journey they have written a blog which is online at

However, their trip isn’t over yet! Garlix and her crew only have a short stop over in St Lucia before heading up to Tortola to prepare for ARC Europe . Starting on  7th May ARC Europe will seeing them back to Europe and back to where the adventure began.


S/Y Garlix

S/Y GarliX 2

S/Y GarliX 3


” K A T A N A “
1. a long, curved single-edged sword traditionally used by Japanese samurai.


X-Yachts Xp44  ” K A T A N A ”  is here.
If you sail the Chesapeake, you may catch a glimpse of her transom this summer. For a closer look, join us at the Annapolis Sailboat Show this Fall.

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