Two Weeks on Board

6 Jul

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Just beetling about, really

This is Day 14 of our summer shake down cruise and it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the first fortnight. It hasn’t all been plain sailing. In fact, after the first couple of days I think we were wondering if we had done the right thing. In retrospect I think we’d expected everything to be just right with the boat and, of course, it wasn’t. It’s a boat. The inverter didn’t work, there was fresh water in the engine compartment, we couldn’t figure out how to run the water maker and the cockpit needed far more shade and cushions. And naturally the weather wasn’t co-operating.

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There’s no doubt that our first sleepless night at anchor made all of these issues seem far worse than they were in reality. The hopelessness of finding an engineer or electrician in Nidri was a blow while rusty skills and unfamiliarity with the boat did the rest. In fact we’ve managed perfectly well with the inverter from the old boat, the water hasn’t recurred and had probably got into the hold from a previous event, shifting as we heeled over while sailing. We’ve made do with what cushions we could find to use in the cockpit for the time being plus strategically placed towels for shade. It’s not ideal but hopefully something we can sort out before next season.

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The water maker is something the vast majority of boats out here do without and we’ve not had a problem filling Desi’s tank as needed. But seeing as how there’s one fitted it makes sense to get it going again. With that in mind we’re back in Sivota where Neil had managed to book a slot with the engineer here. The boost pump had failed and a new one has had to be ordered so a return visit will be needed. That’s no hardship, though.

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To counter all of this we’ve had some wonderful days. Tied to the rocks in Port Atheni and in Fiscardo have probably been our favourite times so far. Kioni is as beautiful as ever although the usual mooring bun fight remains off putting. Added to this both the food and the wine seems to have improved since we were last out here. The old Greek taverna staples remain everywhere but some have realised that being more creative will get them the rave reviews on TripAdvisor and more customers. It’s easy to see the ones that have adjusted here in Sivota. They’re the ones packed out every evening. Most of the small supermarkets seem better stocked, too. They even have spray deodorant now!

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All in all, I think we’re settling back into the lifestyle again. Now if I could just get a slow cooker out here…

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3 Responses to “Two Weeks on Board”

  1. GeorgieMoon July 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    Sorry to hear you have been having boat problems. If it’s not one thing it’s another. We are just getting to the point where things that were new five years ago, are now needing replacing or renovating. We haven’t got a water maker or inverter though. I have got a slow cooker on board (from UK) but can’t use it on board unless we have shore power. Do you have fans? We recommend Caframo fans, we have four on board, they plug into the 240v sockets, a godsend at night. We were in Episkopi on Kalamos last night, now in Mitikas on mainland. Probably going to Kastos tomorrow, then no plans after that. Hope you get things sorted, and we’ll look out for you on your travels.

    • lamputts July 7, 2016 at 9:16 am #

      To be fair, the problems are more niggles which we can cope with and sort out as the opportunity arises. We have a small rather elderly inverter that plugs into the 12v socket. We could run a fan on it but at the moment it seems in almost constant use for charging something or other up! We used it on the old boat for the slow cooker but we try to keep to the daytime when the solar panels are charging the batteries. We decided to have another night in Sivota

  2. lamputts July 7, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    We only have very vague plans after that, probably Vassiliki to check out the alterations there then the Kastos/ Kalamos direction so we may eventually meet up!

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