It is difficult to do proper boat preparation at anchor
. Most jobs require access to electricity, water
, shops, services and facilities.
You will be much happier at some sort of a dock
or a jetty, with water
and power access.
You will be even more happy allocating more money
and doing a great previsualisation of the required projects and THEN spending an extra week or four in the dockyard.
It took us about 30 days to get our boat ready for our voyage post-purchase. Also our periodic boatyard stunts tend to be about 3 weeks long. Our boat is a 26' mono, grp.
If you cannot or do not want to spend so much time on dry before you set off, you can take advantage of any sheltered spot in the Spanish Rias - between Finisterre and Vigo. And then there are the lagoons and rivers on the Algarve coast. No problem working there but there should be no need to work if you get properly prepared beforehand.
If you timeline calls for 2012 then you do not need to plan anything now in 2018. You know time flies like an arrow and things change in a heartbeat. Better allocate extra time in 2012 spring and then concentrate 110% of your attention and dedication on a short and extremely productive period. You know you only need to get a handfull of things right. But these are THE things. The rudder
to stay with the boat, the mast
, the ballast, the rain-proofness, the engine
(only if you have one).
If you look at what kills the dream from becoming, it is always the same things:
- waiting too long (cancer, heart attack, divorce, money),
- the rudder
- the mast
- the ballast parts
with the hull
- the engine
stops (only if you have one, though).
Up the Gudalquivir you will find the place called Gelves. You can lay up on dry and work thru the winter. If you do not mind the cold and rain. The bonus is you will be able to pick oranges right from your foredeck. Just ask Jose to park your boat bow to the orchard.
As Atoll says Portimao is similar just not so far inland (Gelves is 50 miles up the river, 5 miles from Sevilla).
Coming down from Sevilla you can anchor
off Sanlucar and watch the horse race
run on the beach there. Bet some. The black horse always wins. ;-)
Good luck with your project
and I hope to see you here in Canary Islands one day!