ENJOY, AND BUY,
PHILIPPE GUILLERM'S WONDERFUL WOOD SCULPTURES!!!!
|During this last Miami Boat Show
(02/2001) we discovered that although we were offering two superb new
boats for sale, people were more interested in the handles mounted in
the stairwells than in anything else. We met with the artist and hence
the inclusion of this page on our web-site. Please read all about
Philippe, his family and his work.
|What makes a person decide to travel
the world in a sail boat? Well, some people think that is the best way
to get to know other countries and cultures, other do it for the freedom,
but for Philippe Guillerm, it was the best way to educate his artistic
senses. Every stop around the globe was a voyage of discovery into new
|Philippe is not some pirate adventurer
but a man who has the courage and self-discipline to center his life
around his two passions: art and sailing. And like his father before him
he is enjoying passing some of his skills on to his children. He was six
years old when his father taught him to sail an "Optimist" - a
little training boat which has schooled many a little sailor.
|As a teenager he took up windsurfing
for several years before finally getting his first Real boat,
"Detritus" - a 15 ft dinghy with no ballast and no
engine. His first big trip was from Biarritz, Southwest of France to the
Canary Islands, with a stop at every port in Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
It was the first leg of a journey into a new lifestyle. After 2000 miles
to the Canary Islands, he sold Detritus to the Santa Cruz de La Palma
Yacht Club. Courage rewarded, he skippered a beautiful 35 ft. Swan home
|After his experience with big boats he
bought a 1906 wooden boat and in it he explored the Mediterranean for a
year. He returned to France and worked as a manager in a big
Dealership, saving every penny for his next dream boat. A year
later he had his " Jonathan", a 33 ft. Plywood Gancel
Catamaran. Now it was time to see the world.
|He crossed the Atlantic and was
delighted to see the coast of Brazil the country of Samba, Sun,
Fun and thieves. Yes, Philippe was robbed, by someone who didn't know
that all he had in the world was in that boat. But Philippe is a
philosopher and chose to look on the bright side. He met some wonderful
people and they helped him to retrieve a few of his belongings. He
continued his journey. In French Guyana, North of Brazil, he stopped to
work to replace all the equipment which had been stolen from him.
1'x27" - $620.00
"Philippe at work"
|He also found a wife in this country!
Jacqueline and her parents were seasoned travelers and they had only
been in Guyana for four months when Philippe sailed into her life. She
was born in Belgium in 1967, but raised in Africa and Brazil. She did not
hesitate to continue her traveling life with her enchanting prince. They
lived and worked in French Guyana for 2 years before leaving for the
vastness of the Pacific Ocean.
|They now have 2 daughters. Monique, the
oldest, was born in Brazil and Swanne, the youngest, in New Caledonia, a
small French Island near Australia. These girls were raised on the boat
and taught to love nature, animals and freedom. Also to respect people
of different cultures.
|Every day for five hours they were home
schooled using the French C.N.E.D. system. Special language classes were
given as well, and they now speak Portuguese, Spanish, French and
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