Originally Posted by weavis
Just checking in to give you the encouragement from a distance. Ive watched this and knottybuoys thread with great interest.......
thanks for checking in,it has not been a very productive month on "Far Atoll" as i have been off delivering a lagoon 440
in the med for a new owner.
what should have been a quick easy 6 day job turned in to 18 days and 700 miles of sailing interspersed with boat repair!
all because the previous owners on their american flagged boat had "forgotten" to check in with the customs
and immigration when they arrived in spain
16 months before!
the boat had then lain in a bankrupt marina,so never attracted the attention of the customs
,but in the meantime they decided to sell,leaving the new owner who planned to ship from mallorca the hassel of getting a valid entry into spain
and customs clearance for a non vat paid vessel,within the initial 6 month grace period for tempory importation.
algeria being the nearest non eu port was deemed the best place to visit to reset the clock,so we snuck out during siesta time and sailed the 500 miles and back clutching our algerian exit clearance and duly cleared back into spain 5 days later making a full "ships" inward customs clearance,complete with crewlist at a commercial
port in southern spain.
in the meantime we had found signs of water
in both the sd 50 sail drives,so thought it prudent to change the oil
in both drives as a tempory fix,this done we left again,after a crew change heading for palma,only to have the port engine
alicante being 30 miles distant and on a beam reach looked like our best option with only one engine
for manoevering once we got in to port,so we headed there.
with dawn breaking we ghosted in to the marina and came along side the visitors pontoon with out too much difficulty.
luck was with us as it turned out as the only catamaran
berth available was immediatly adjacent to the visitors berth,and we were able to drift forward using a long line ,then with a combination of stb engine and the marineros pulling on the port line reverse into the slot.
next problem was it was a weekend and fiesta,with no chance of getting a local engineer
in till monday.
luck had it that the guy who had done the oil change
,our last port was able to load up his welder and tools and drive the 300km round trip to help us,so by saturday afternoon we had the port engine up and running again.
sunday there were fairly strong headwinds so caught up on some sleep,and left first thing monday,stopped for the night in formenterra then arrived palma the next day.
this should have been it for the delivery
,as we were due to hand over to the shipping
agent who would be in charge of loading the vessel for shipping
but the berth he had organised for the cat was right on the outer breakwater exposed to the mistral and large waves!
i refused to leave the boat there as it would have been smashed up in the 3 weeks it was due to sit there.
so they found us another berth.........at 190 euros a night,by this time it was late,so left the boat there for the night.
the next day after phoning around found a much cheaper berth,moved the boat there where it would be safe,and also so my crew could check on it periodically as we had also found a small leak around the housing of the stb saildrive
,that needed pumping every few days.
flew out,got home then spent the next few days in bed
with a fever and flu !
Thank You "Easy Jet"!