Welcome to Greece
05 April 2011 | Alimos Marina, Athens
Well we're here in Athens, we arrived Friday lunch time and after dropping 92kg of luggage into our hotel went straight to meet with the broker, Panos. Our yacht was stored on the hard (out of the water on land). It was fantastic to finally see it in person and know that it is what we paid for (despite being covered in dust)!
Conveniently we'd ordered some folding bikes online and over the weekend they've been great. It took some time getting used to the "Urban Lite", not quite the high performance kit I'm used to which led me to rename them "Urban Shite" but they've since been forgiven. We've been riding around loads, to and from the hotel, supermarkets, restaurants, the brokers office and the yacht. On Saturday we rode into Piraeus and along the coast which was great. Every few hundred meters there would be another marina full of huge yachts and interesting things to look at.
Monday the boat was launched into the water, it was a bit tense watching our boat swinging around like a toy but we were grinning from ear to ear.
Now we're happily afloat in the marina, the boat is all cleaned up and absolutely brilliant. Last night was our first sleep aboard and despite it being very cold we were thrilled. The boat is in almost perfect condition. We're most impressed with the interior right now (to cold to be on deck), it has very cool lighting and is quite luxurious. There are a multitude of systems onboard, it's quite daunting at times but we'll be on top of it all soon enough. Amazing to think this is going to be home for the next 20 months.
Despite all this excitement there is some bad news... we can't leave the marina, not even for a quick sail! Although we're busy not being able to use the boat is like torture. Basically we're waiting for a document confirming our yacht has been deleted from the Greek shipping register, without this we can't get our Australian registration and without our Australian registration we can't get a Greek transit log, no Greek transit log means no sailing. We're hoping to have the deletion document by the end of this week but who knows, as Panos said... welcome to Greece.