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Arrival in Croatia
Mike
07/04/2012, 42 34.86'N:18 12.89'E, Cavtat, Croatia

We arrived in Cavtat, Croatia this morning around 0615. This is the southernmost port of entry in Croatia so now all we need to do is discover the entire coastline. This small port town is well known for the mega yachts that call here. They were coming and going all day. It was quite entertaining to watch all the yachts tie up in their Mediterranean style mooring. This style of tying up is not like our marinas in the US. As the skipper is backing up to the quay he lowers the anchor to secure the bow. The stern is tied to the quay and the only things between the boats are the balloon type fenders.

We learned a new definition for ¬"beach¬" today. People are great at improvising so in this small town with a steep rocky coast they have done it with their beaches. The beaches in this town are basically like a sea wall surrounding the harbor. There is a wide sidewalk built on them. Local vendors set up beach chairs for rent and there are even the standard showers to rinse under at the end of your day. The water is about 1-1/2 to 2 feet below the deck so I guess it is more like a giant salt water pool then a beach. Anyway, everyone seems to be having a great time visiting and playing in the water.

The repair job I did on the inflatable dingy seems to be holding. We like anchoring and rowing to shore better than tying up to the quay.

Tomorrow we start our trek up the coast. We plan to stop at an anchorage about 25 miles from here.

Monica learned from ATT that the discounted data plan does not apply in Croatia. She has turned that feature off on her phone rather than take a chance at incurring the $20/mB fee. If anyone needs to get in touch with her send an email to the satellite phone address she gave everyone before leaving.

07/05/2012 | Paul
Sounds awesome! There is some beautiful water in Coratia. Glad the tow experience wokred out well.
Engine Trouble or Murphy's Law
Mike & Monica
07/02/2012, 40 28.87'N:18 29.72'E, Otranto Italy

Our raw water pump ate the impeller blades at around 8:30 Sunday night while about 6 miles off the Italian coast. I had stopped to check the oil when I discovered the problem. I had a spare impeller which I installed but the shaft seal was also leaking, and I didn¬'t have a spare. I also couldn¬'t get the engine started again to limp into a port.

I called for a tow. The guy shows up in a boat with no navigation lights visible. He also didn¬'t speak English so we were getting translations by phone from the Coast Guard watch man that we had talked to earlier to get it set up. We finally got into a slip around 1:30 am. He pulled us about 10 miles.

We were able to get the pump fixed, start the engine, wash our towels, do some sightseeing, and a few other small tasks. We finally left the harbor around 9:30pm. We should now arrive at Cavtat, Croatia on Wednesday morning.

Mike

07/03/2012 | mom and tony
That must be scary in the middle of the sea and being dark. We are glad to hear all went reasonebly well. Hope you soon will have some wind . Here all is well, love Tony and Mom
One Day Out
Mike & Monica
06/30/2012, 38 21.50'N:17 00.95'E, South of Italy

We have been motoring all day. We stopped to swim in very deep blue water. We are sure the bottom was there somewhere but it is too far down for our instruments. This afternoon we were visited by a pod of at least 20 dolphins. They played in our bow wave, swam around us and made frequent leaps in the distance. They escorted us for at least a half and let us take their photos. Only another 280 nm to get to our port of entry. We should arrive Tuesday morning.

07/01/2012 | Pam
So glad you are having smooth sailing - with no less than a dolphin escort! Love the photos!
Arrived in Malta
Mike & Monica
06/29/2012, 36 12.326'N:14 49.350'E, Malta

The boat was launched yesterday 6-28. We slept on board and left his morning around 0830. Making good time by motor-sailing. We actually shut down the engine for a few hours. Beautiful day without a cloud but warm in the sun.

Mike

06/29/2012 | Mom
Wishing you a great sailing day, seems however there is not much wind.Keep going, love Mom
Arrived in Malta
Mike & Monica
06/29/2012, Malta

We arrived in Malta on June 26 after safe flights from home. The boat was found in good condition but very dirty. Malta doesn¬'t have much vegetation so there is a lot of dirt blown around which settled on the deck. The weather has been hot and little breeze. We spent most of the afternoon cleaning the deck and as high up as we could reach. We had dinner in town.

Mike

Packing Supplies
Mike & Monica
06/24/2012, Home

We have been collecting stuff for the boat since the last adventure last summer. Now we need to pack it and get on the plane. We head to Malta tomorrow.

06/25/2012 | Paul
Good Luck! Nothing but Envy here!
Paul

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