28 August 2008 | Canary Islands
In order to get a new stay (wire) made for the roller furling unit I am replacing, I had to go to Tenerife to get it made. I first tried getting it done via email and phone, but quickly realized that between the language barrier and not being sure exactly who would make the wire (the length and type of fittings are critical), it was better to go in person to be sure to get one that would fit.
I've made the sail on Issuma from Las Palmas to Tenerife and back a few times. It tends to take about 12 hours, port to port. Today I took this ferry (actually, I took a picture of this ferry from its sistership, which I am aboard), which only takes a little over 3 hours. I have to admit it is much more comfortable to travel by ferry :). This one has a bar, TV, comfortable chairs, and someone else to wash the windows and do all the navigating :). Not nearly as much fun as sailing, though.