The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

20 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
15 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
02 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
22 February 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
16 February 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
26 January 2017 | Gloucestershire
19 December 2016 | Gloucestershire
15 December 2016 | Gloucestershire
15 December 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
14 December 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
05 December 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
03 December 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
30 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
21 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
19 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
14 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
16 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
15 September 2016 | Poetto beach, near Cagliari (position: 39 11.755'N 09 09.808'E)

an unexpected surprise...

20 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
Bruce & Caroline
Whilst looking for a way to route the waste water pipe on our water-maker, Bruce noticed that one of our exhaust pipes had virtually collapsed in the most inaccessible part of Flirtie.

We believe the VETUS exhaust hose to be original (circ. 27 years) so we can't complain given that the recommendation is to check and consider replacement every 10 years. With this in mind we thought it prudent to replace the lot, some 12m of it, 6m per engine.

Sourcing the exhaust hose should have been straight forward until we found out that the local chandleries only stocked the local brand Osculati which had an external diameter greater than some of our existing access holes which would have presented us with a problem. Thankfully RI.M.A.N., a chandlery on the outskirts of the city saved the day! This company seems to be the only chandlery in Cagliari who are a distributor for other well known nautical brands found across Europe. Hence an order was placed with VETUS in Holland and was received in 10 days. Excellent service we think!


out with the old, in with the new

Unfortunately to replace the hose we needed access to a lot of areas at the same time - from underneath the saloon floor through to the aft cabin (underneath the floor and our bed) and an outside locker resulting in an awful lot of upheaval for a couple of days. It wasn't particularly easy because the existing exhaust hose had taken on the shape of the hull so we ended up cutting it up into smaller sections in order to remove it whilst taking care not to accidentally cut the spaghetti of wires and other pipes that lay on top and around.


just a few wires and pipes to contend with!

With the old exhaust hose out, we then enlarged (or sanded in some cases) some of the access holes in the bulkheads before feeding through the first 6m length of unwieldy exhaust that now had to be laid underneath the spaghetti of wires and other pipes already in place. Then we repeated the same exercise for the remaining 6m before finally reattaching the ends back onto their respective engine water locks (designed to prevent water backflow to the engine) and goose necks (prevents seawater from entering the engine).

As usual, being inquisitive we just had to take a closer look at the corroded part and surprisingly despite the steel being totally corroded the rubber was still intact... but for just how much longer we will never know.


corroded hose

fresh mussels anyone?

15 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
Bruce
Well I think we can conclude that the waters here in Cagliari are certainly full of nutrients...especially those ideally suited to mussel growth!


Action cam to the rescue again!

We've been berthed here since the end of September and this is the result. When we arrived Flirtie's propellors and shafts were almost spotless and her hull, skeg and rudder in pretty good shape - they're certainly not now and we're already questioning if we can survive the season without a mid season lift out?

It will come as no surprise then that we've already booked a professional diver to clean Flirtie's hull just before our planned departure at the end of the month. Neither of us wish to venture in this murky water here in Cagliari.

The divers must do a roaring trade here because there are dozens of us in the exactly the same position... and they don't do discounts :-(

Buona Pasqua....Happy Easter

14 April 2017
Bruce & Caroline
Wishing all our family, friends and followers a very Happy Easter.

"Remember the most important reasons for Easter: new life, joy and chocolate!" ;-)

Spring is in the air!

02 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
Caroline
The mild winter months have suddenly become much, much warmer. City streets are lined with blossoming trees and our morning alarm is now the call of pink flamingos as they fly in groups overhead from the salt-plane just behind Poetto beach.



On the buses and walking around the city we are the odd ones out dressed only in t-shirts and shorts amongst the locals who are still wearing winter coats, jumpers, hats and scarf's - spot the foreigner! Our bimini is already up to protect us from the sun and at night we're sleeping with the port lights open albeit with our heavy-duty rat/mosquito guards in place. :-)

There's now some movement on the marina with the occasional new visitor passing through. The local berth holders arrive loaded with tools and the air is filled temporarily with various aromas of polish, sanded wood, paint & varnish. The on site restaurant/bar now stays open for longer and cosmetic repairs and fresh masonry paint are being applied to the marina building. It's all go... ready for Easter!

As for us, our winter jobs are nearing completion. The washboards have been modified so that they shouldn't disappear overboard should conditions get rough. The water maker installation is almost complete together with numerous sewing projects. Weather permitting we should be ready to move on the 1st May. :-)

new buttons....Selden Telescopic Whisker Pole 084-084-60

22 February 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
Bruce
You may recall that last season whilst cruising between Cartagena and Torrevieja http://www.sailblogs.com/member/distantdrummer/398035 our telescopic whisker pole decided to retract of its own accord ;-(.

After taking a closer look we established that the buttons which hold the pole in the various extended positions had perished because of UV degredation. An easy fix once we had the relevant spares but for the season we improvised with a wooden spoon from the galley, some plastic hose and a bit of shock cord.

Once in our winter destination, a short email to our trusted Selden agent Pete from Just Boat LDA in Portugal https://www.facebook.com/just.boats.portugal/ and he identified the necessary parts. A few emails and a little while later we received the necessary parts by post.



Like most jobs, the easier it appears usually means the more time consuming and annoying it is. This was no exception!

At first glance the replacement parts looked fine but on closer inspection it was apparent that the nylon buttons were marginally shorter in length.


old & new buttons and the new & newly fabricated longer and stronger spring

On the face of it this shouldn't be a problem but when the two buttons are placed back to back with the original spring the total distance between the components was more than 15mm different to the original...urgh! A quick internet search confirmed we had the correct parts and no others options were available. We can only assume things have changed since the original production of our whisker pole back in the 1990's. Whilst the buttons were of the correct diameter and the buttons protruded the right distance, what we needed was a replacement spring that was 20mm longer and ideally slightly stronger than the one provided.

Sourcing springs is challenging at the best of times but sourcing one in stainless steel even more so. As luck would have it we had arranged to visit our local stainless steel fabricator Andrea from O.R.CA di Andrea Biagini https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=https://www.facebook.com/ORCA-di-Andrea-Biagini-1601054560140159/&prev=search for a small item when on his display board we spotted a lone spring. We couldn't quite believe that we had stumbled across a fabricator that could make stainless steel springs to order. We left the fabricator at around 6:30pm....and by 7:30pm the same evening we had a picture of our new spring on Whats-App from Andrea. Truly fantastic service and for just €10.

At 10:00am the next day armed with the new spring we set to work reconstructing the whisker pole.









Job done :-)

Thanks Pete and thanks Andrea for all your help in sorting this little problem out.

For information the part numbers were as follows:

SELD 308-111 Locking Knob 22 x 37.5 Acetal
SELD 308-014 Spring 1.3/DY 14.5/50 ST
SELD 167-002 Pop Rivet LD870 (6.4 x 17.8) MNL
Vessel Name: Yacht Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
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Who: Bruce and Caroline Trott
Port: Dartmouth, UK

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