The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

24 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
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)

Flirtie’s gone ‘grey’ with new window covers!

24 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
Bruce & Caroline
No expense has been spared on our girl this winter. We've treated her to new window sunshades - the old fabric ones have done very well however there's only so many 'patches' and 'restitching' old fabric (and us) can take!

A huge decision had to be made with regards to the colour so after a lot of pondering and debating we've settled on 'grey' fabrics given that her non-slip on the deck and stripes along her hull are grey. Grey will eventually replace the 'Navy' cockpit canopy, bimini, drop panel, hatch covers etc some of which are on borrowed time.

Flirtie can become uncomfortably hot in the deck saloon even in spring without fitted sunshades. We were planning on replacing our existing ones with a similar fabric however we ideally wanted some kind of fabric that would allow us to 'see' out especially whilst at anchor, to keep a certain amount of heat out and provide a degree of privacy. We thought we were asking for the impossible until we met several cruisers who had converted over to a vinyl mesh, namely Phifertex and were singing its praises. Based on these recommendations, our decision was made.

Phifertex Vinyl Mesh is a woven vinyl-coated polyester fabric. It has excellent dimensional stability and flexibility. It doesn't fray so was surprisingly easy to cut, fold and sew with Gore Tenara long life thread which is reported to outlive the fabric so no more restitching from here on in we hope! :-)

Our new covers were fitted a couple of weeks ago and it has to be said that already we've noticed an immediate difference to the temperature inside the cabin - so far so good. We hope that it remains a few degrees cooler in the height of summer too!

As for privacy, throughout the day we are able to 'see' out whilst from the outside it's virtually impossible to see in but at night from outside you can see in so another 'snap-on' sunshade made of sunbrella fabric will eventually be made, specifically for use at night!


looking out from inside the cabin

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. :-)
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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