The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

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)
13 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
12 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
11 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
05 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)

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

we're back!

16 February 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
Caroline
One National Express bus from Cheltenham to Luton Airport (involving one change at London Victoria) followed by one Ryanair plane, a 5 minute train journey from the airport to the centre of Cagliari and a short walk later and we're back blessed with blue sky, sunshine and temperatures hovering between 16-18 degrees. :-)

Flirtie has weathered the winter gales well with no chaffed or worn ropes. Our cheap and cheerful rat discs have survived and appear to have worked well given that we could see no signs of intruders aboard! Decks are pretty clean too.

Upon arrival our usual routine involves getting the boat back to 'normal'. In our case this means making space for us 'below decks'. Before we left for the UK we stowed all removable items that normally reside above decks down below. Bulky items such as the canopy, bimini, horseshoe buoy, rescue slings, sails etc. need to be returned or fitted back in their respective locations. The next priority is refilling the water tanks before we open and check all sea-cocks for leaks. Only then if we're not too exhausted do we dust off the shopping trolleys to catch the local bus to reprovision - then we're back to 'normal'.

This year's winter jobs comprise of the usual annual routine engine maintenance, replacing the nylon fitting on the spinnaker pole, modifying the washboards to prevent them from being lost overboard and an awful lot of sewing... re-upholstering the chart table chair, making new window covers, restitching areas of the canopy/bimini and genoa sail plus embarking on making a dinghy cover for our friends on catamaran 'Splice'. There's a watermaker to fit too after spending many months debating over the pro's and con's of whether or not to make this investment... all these jobs to fit in-between socialising and sightseeing before we leave for more cruising adventures at the end of April.

Once again we've found it far easier and cheaper to obtain replacement parts and materials from the UK and ship them out to Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari - the savings made easily cover the cost of shipping aboard.

2017 cruising plans

26 January 2017 | Gloucestershire
Bruce & Caroline
Like last year we've used google maps to represent our plans for 2017; just click on the link at the bottom of this post.

The usual caveats apply and our plans are subject to change. Once again our enjoyment is paramount and finances will play an important role on just how quickly we cruise the area.

This year we have referenced http://www.jimbsail.info/ extensively together with various blogs from recent cruisers and an array of pilots which has helped with the detail.

You can find our 2017 cruising plans here...

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LHPAmAG45XfT3q7lCvG8i6IDEKc&usp=sharing

Buon Natale...Merry Christmas

19 December 2016 | Gloucestershire
Bruce and Caroline
Wishing all our family, friends and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

are we mad?

15 December 2016 | Gloucestershire
Bruce & Caroline
The picture above was taken at 9am whilst waiting for our taxi to Cagliari airport in Sardinia.

The picture below at 1pm on the same day at Stansted airport.....



Foggy, dull, grey and cold... some would say we're mad but we really wouldn't have it any other way! For us the true meaning of Christmas is sharing time with our family and friends.

See you all soon. ;-)
Vessel Name: Yacht Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
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Yacht Flirtie

Who: Bruce and Caroline Trott
Port: Dartmouth, UK

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