Originally Posted by Palarran
Well, here I am tied up at Vlikadha Marina. Dales description is quite accurate. It's a real hell hole. At least 8 boats have hit the sand bar at the entrance. One big motor
yacht had to be towed off. The sand has caked my boat completely inside and outside and the water
is horrible. Even brushing my teeth with it makes me gag. I'm on the outer quay and there is basically no water
under my keel
. I'm not bumping ground (anymore) so that's good. There is a fairly good surge here which is making all three boats on this wall dance constantly. The marina wanted to tie up a 55' mono to me yesterday and I asked it there would be a discount on my charges if they did. Then I basically said no. The stresses of this surge along with the predicted 40 knot
winds today would be dangerous or damaging on my boat. We will be here for a total of 4 nights due to the weather
and crew changes. The cost is 85 euro per night and includes the horrible water and about 12 amps of power. Any more and the breaker blows.
But, at least I have a safe spot for the next two days as the weather
is supposed to be pretty bad. We will see. In retrospect, it would have been better to make the crew changes on another island even if it meant that they had to take planes and ferries to get there. The hassle for me is not worth it.
Boy, was I wrong about a few things here. First off, it's not a safe spot from the meltemi, and second, they put a boat on me anyway. We came back from dinner to find a 40' mono tied up to us and the wind
built to a force 9 (according to the harbor master). I never saw anything above 35 knots but the surge was un-effen-believable. I have maybe 700 to 1000 euro of damage to my boat from broken cleats
burns in the gel coat to rub marks from my sidekick. Brand new 3/4" dock
lines burned out on the bollards and all my fenders are really worn. The covers where of course the first thing to go. I've never seen a surge like this driving me into the quay. Early in the morning I told the mono he had to get off me or bad things where going to happen. The surge continued to build until all the mobo skippers in front of me where helping retie my springs and rigging
like it was a hurricane
. Nothing helped until I grabbed a Fortress
FX35 and dropped it off my stern and a Fortress
FX55 off my bow in the channel to keep me off the quay.
I'm tired now as it was a sleepless night. But I still have one worry in the form of a charter
cat tied behind me. The guy is absolutely clueless. Didn't know how to tie a bowline, broke almost every dock
line he had, he's using two of mine right now. All his fenders blew out while he went to Thira. The charter
company has sent for someone to make the boat safe and I'm awaiting their arrival. If his springs break he will ram right up my stern. Everyone has been retying his crap on all day.
This harbor may be ok for a 40' or less mono hull
as they put them further inside the harbor. Cats are on the outer breakwater wall and exposed to the surge. A better option is to anchor
right outside the harbor. There is a Lagoon
500 there for the last two days and has been sitting pretty. I would have left to join him but it really is impossible. If I let loose my lines to get off the quay I'll either ram the boats in front or behind me due to the surge. It is calming down now so we are out of here tomorrow.
BTW, today is my birthday - probably the worst one in my life.