” I searched a lot, but this boat was just perfect for the journey ahead. I also love older boats; they are well built and can endure a lot.

Feschberboggs, LM 26′

Interview with the Captain — Marcel Friedmann

 About Your Boat

Why did you choose to buy this particular boat and what else did you consider?
I had a plan, no I had a dream – I wanted to sail down the Danube through all 10 countries into the Black Sea and on into the Med sea. From there? No Idea yet, Red Sea around the piracy invaded Horn of Africa into the Indian Ocean, or west on a passage into the Atlantic Ocean. We still have time to make this decision. For the moment, we enjoy the beauty of the Danube River, until we get the salty kiss of the Black Sea.

I was looking for a boat that can be managed alone, not too big and, of course, affordable for me. I did not want to stand in the rain all time and love long beds, being tall myself. Giving the fact that I go through Romania and other countries without infrastructure, it needed to have enough storage, big tanks and self-sustained, as well. So, a small boat with a large bed, comfortable in rainy weather and fit for single handing with enough space to be off the grid for about a month. I searched a lot, but this boat was just perfect for the journey ahead. I also love older boats; they are well built and can endure a lot.

What boats have you previously owned?
I still own a Waarschip 570 daysailer, a great little boat always up for an adventure. Did a lot of inshore and costal sailing in it, and it’s wonderful.

What are the features you like most about your boat?
Decks-house is perfect in shitty weather, and we have a lot of that. I also love my electric oven, which is solar powered and my old BUKH engine, I don’t need to stop for provisioning for weeks.

Where all have you and your boat traveled/Do you have any plans?
We are going down the Danube. We started in Nuremberg and stay in Vienna now. The winter will be spent in Serbia before we travel on into the Black Sea in 2022

What features/improvements have you added, or do you plan to add?
Electric oven, huge batteries and solar is key to live off the grid. Also, copper coated my boat for less maintenance. And, I reworked the rest of the whole thing, but just to make it beautiful and reliable.

Do you belong to a yacht club or other boating organizations?
No not really, all of those are rather local and I want to travel the world 🙂

What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
Preparing it for the cold winters, as I keep it in the water.

Who first introduced you to boating?
A friend of the Family casually mentioned that he goes sailing in his free time, I was hooked right away. Never could have imagined that a normal person could do such a thing!

Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a boat like yours?
Think it through carefully, you’re selling your soul for it.

What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
Feschberboggs is a Dialekt word in my region. It means something like lunchbox. I always made fun of “plastic-boats” owning a wooden one myself. I called them Luchbox and Tupperware and more. For the big trip I needed something that is easy to maintain. Buying a plastic boat, I had to stay true to myself and call it something like that. But I love my plastic boat, it means home.

Any recent boating-related purchase you’ve been enjoying (e.g. product/tool/equipment etc)?
I am very satisfied with solar having enough energy to cook, and I am very happy with the copper coated bottom, never thought it can be so easy to keep it clean.

Do you have any other notable resources you use (apps, devices, etc)?
I use navship to plan inshore passages, very useful. I also stream AIS and everything else to my iPad. In my opinion an iPad is the best plotter you can have.

Click the gallery below for more photos and information about Feschberboggs!