Back on Board 

7 May


A winter in Spain with a couple of weeks in the UK either side means we’ve been away from the boat for the best part of 8 months. Thankfully, a man (a very nice man, a very, very nice man) has been looking after her in our absence. We returned to a clean and aired Desi, lift-out, antifouling and lift-in all done. Now that is what I call luxury. He’d also fitted the new anchor Neil had ordered, the same as on our previous boat which we’ve grown to trust (a Kobra 2 for those who are interested in that sort of thing – yawn.)
Arriving in the early afternoon with three big holdalls of “stuff” (including much-missed slow cooker and quilts) meant we had a few hours to get the interior back to rights and unpack. For the non-boaties out there I should perhaps explain that the unheated space below deck left over winter can get very damp so anything that might suffer has to be wrapped up and positioned​ away from the walls.

Much to our relief Desi has proved to be a very dry boat and it was only the one pillow that showed any sign of mildew. As well as unpacking and unwrapping, all the loose items from deck including dinghy, sails etc were stowed in the rear cabin needed shifting.

However, our early start got the better of us and a cold beer was giving off its siren call. A glass or two and a delicious stifado later and we were both done in. With enough space cleared to sleep on, we collapsed into Desi’s welcome rocking and the lullaby of creaking mooring lines and rattling halyards. It was 8:30pm.


8 Responses to “Back on Board ”

  1. malongoman May 8, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    Where’s the boat been moored up over the Winter?

    • lamputts May 8, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      We have a full time berth in Corfu which also gives us somewhere to run to if the weather turns rough and easy access to the airport.

  2. malongoman May 8, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    Desi…. boy or a girl? 👦 👧

    • lamputts May 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

      I had to think about that – boats are generally referred to as “she”, of course. On reflection, yes, I think girl. She’s sleek and petite so maybe that’s it 👱 👙 ⛵

      • malongoman May 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

        Something to do with the shape of their bottom…. or so they say 😂

  3. lamputts May 8, 2017 at 6:03 pm #


  4. vinneve May 10, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Enjoy and have fun as always! Hope you come back for a visit in AD.

    • lamputts May 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

      Thanks, Vinneve. We hope to get back to AD sometime in the near future but fitting it in is proving to be a bit tricky!

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