After completing his USKA YachtMaster course, Adrian needed to find a boat. He decided to look in France where he expected more choice of steel yachts suitable for his planned vertical circumnavigation. He went to look over a second hand boat Barrabas and it was love at first sight. The deal completed, he decided to sail his new boat back to Hamble Point Mariner. On this trip, he experienced engine problems due to dirty fuel and decided one priority would be to install better filtration of te fuel supply.