Background



A little history…

I was one of four friends who bought this stunning Philippe Briand designed Dynamique, launched in 1994. In the early years we also employed full time crew to run charters in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. In 2006 I bought my partners out, an easy decision for me, knowing first hand the background and build quality of this beautiful yacht. I oversaw an extensive refit, including new teak decks. Since then, I have continuously upgraded many other areas of the boat. No expense has been spared. There cannot be a better Dynamique 62 in the world.



From St Tropez to St Barts…

Impulse has visited many parts of the Mediterranean - Nice, Cannes, St Tropez, the Cote D’Azur, the Italian Riviera, Ibiza, Majorca, Sardinia, Corsica and the Spanish and Portuguese coasts. She has crossed The Atlantic five times, sailed past the Statue of Liberty in New York, journeyed throughout the eastern coast of the USA, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Belize, Venezuela and still this magnificent yacht is beautifully presented. I never hesitate to upgrade or replace anything necessary to keep her beautiful. In 2012, the mast and rigging were removed for servicing and she received a top quality $50,000 Awlgrip paintjob, including topsides, cockpit, decks, mast and spars.


A proven design by one of the best…

Designed by Philippe Briand, one of the world’s top marine geniuses, and built in France, Impulse is a classical and conventional construction. Many yachts in the 70 to 100 foot range embrace the same basic shape: timeless, spacious and practical. Impulse has handled bad weather, big seas and racing safely and in her stride. At 33 tons, she was built to last. Regular surveys have found no sign of osmosis and her solid construction shows no evidence of stress. She compares well to any modern Swan or Oyster of a similar size. At any anchorage or regatta, she turns heads.


Manageable by two, comfortable for eight or more…

Impulse is big enough to be an ocean going family or charter yacht but is still manageable by a couple, without the need for crew. My partner and I have sailed Impulse all over the Caribbean, just the two of us. Not needing full time crew is a huge plus. Two people can easily raise, lower and trim sails. The auto pilot, power winches and well planned layout make her safe and easy to handle. She has a large generator and a high capacity water-maker. She carries over 450 gallons of fresh water and fuel, enough for many weeks at sea.



The Caribbean, sailing heaven…

I have sailed Impulse in many regions but my favourite is the Caribbean, where she has been based for some years. As the European winter descends, the Caribbean season unfolds its glory. It is a true sailor’s paradise. A different island every day is easily possible (if you must hurry) and unlike the expensive and overcrowded Mediterranean, you can anchor almost anywhere for free and then swim from the boat in clear, clean, safe and warm water, abundant in the most exotic marine life. In most anchorages, seeing the sandy bottom, colourful fish, turtles, rays and starfish is commonplace. Dolphins playing at the bow are an everyday sight on most passages.


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Caribbean history is rich…

The variety of cultures and histories is astounding. Arawak and Carib names from the distant cannibal past abound. Much changed rapidly after Columbus ‘discovered’ the West Indies in 1492, the first European to see San Salvador (our Saviour) in the Bahamas. Settlers and sailors followed swiftly from Spain, England, Holland, France, Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and Germany.



Pirates of the Caribbean…

The massive sea battles and conquests of the following centuries left their mark with stone forts and cannons on most of the islands. The battles at ‘Bloody Bay’ in Tobago and Union are easy to imagine because the scenery hasn’t changed in 300 years. The terror and excitement of swashbuckling pirates is palpable and there is still a great deal of sunken treasure all over the West Indies. Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua is still a working harbour; Impulse is a frequent visitor there for provisions and fuel.



On a yacht, you’re a world way…

Plantations, parrots, pirates, plots, treasure, volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, coups, invasions and revolutions make the Caribbean a treasure trove of delightful surprises. The breadfruit plants in the botanical gardens of St Vincent, for example, were brought there by Captain Bligh. Every island is different; the less visited ones more so. World wars have come and gone with few changes over the centuries to the tranquil pace of life in the West Indies.

Something to write home about…

For many people, the Caribbean means a package hotel on one of the big-jet islands of Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia or Jamaica. But a far more interesting Caribbean awaits the adventurous traveller. There are countless smaller but interesting islands; Canouan, Carriacou, Bequia, Mayreau, Mustique, Isles des Saintes, Saba, Barbuda, Tortola, Anegada to name but a few. Many islands can only be reached by yacht and the welcomes are always warm.



Ashore on the islands…

The beaches, reefs, lagoons, the soaring volcanoes and rain forests, the flora and fauna of the Caribbean…it is vast and mostly unspoilt. On your own yacht, you are free to explore these at your own pace and stay as long as you like.


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