After getting back from Malaysia I spent 48 hours playing jet lag sleep deprivation wake at silly o clock then sleep at lunch time games.
Then straight back into the yacht owning saddle , a year ago almost to the day we replaced the engine on BA after it was dropped by a contractor in San Carles - that's an on going court case by the way , we won't dwell on it today.
We liked the boat yard as it was a solid concrete yard and the boats securely lashed to the ground , we had the advantage of knowing where all the local services are located so we decided to go back there for our annual lift and scrub.
Our yard list is fairly short , there's the usual anti foul and anodes to be done , the toilet has been struggling with blockages so I'm replacing the hoses for the waste
While the pipes are off I may as well replace the sea cocks as they are now five years old and getting difficult to operate - old age !
The new engine is on 250 hours and will be getting a little love in the form of new filters and a tickle from the Hoover to remove any gingerness from the dog.
We plan on being out for 2/3 days at most , last time we we were here we planned on being out for 1 month which turned into 4 months so I'm hoping all goes to plan.
In my last days on ship in Malaysia I spent a little while watching the weather forecasts on passage weather hoping to get some dry days and light winds.
Now I'm not a religious man but if there is a god he was smiling down on me that day. We had to motor the 60 miles to get to San Carles as there were light head winds ( well spotted David on Surabaya girl) but the sea state was fantastic and the sun it shine all day.
We left at first light eager to be on our way and to avoid a cold night entry into San Carlos and the beautiful Ebro delta. We slipped out lines at 06:30 and headed out onto a glassy flat Mediterranean Sea.
The sun was just beginning to rise as the first Dolphins appeared in our wake , the fishing boats were leaving the port a routine they do each day while most of us are still asleep in our beds.
As the sun rose there was a cloud formation scudding slowly across the sky , Carried by the lightest of breezes from the north west,it formed a frame for what was to be a beautiful start to the day.
Not much sailing to be done as per usual , we did shake the creases out of the main sail as a token effort to appear as a wind driven vessel.
We motored all the way adding another ten hours to the summers engine hour count , by my calculations the engine will be on 1500 hours by the time we leave the med in a few years time !
The transit to San Carlos was uneventful by recent standards , we did see plenty of swimming and flying wildlife on route to the entrance to the lagoon.
We had already decided to go to anchor as the marina is €40 per night even in The winter months and where's the point in paying to just tie up when there is a perfectly good sandy beach nearby.
So here we sit , anchored just inside the entrance to the lagoon , the sun set was equally as amazing as the sun rise this morning and as it sinks beyond the horizon we retreat into the warmth of the saloon and watch the Suns final rays disappear into memories.
We went into the marina at first light in preparation of the travel hoist lifting us out of the water - almost a year to the day we went back into the water. The yard staff at MDL sant Carles marina were as always careful and considerate in lifting BA from the water. Pressure washed and then sat in cradles and lashed to the ground in case of strong winds which here can reach over 80 knots as its funnelled from North Atlantic and the bay of biscay between mountains and exits into the med.
As soon as we were left to our own devices we got stuck into the short list of maintenance tasks. Well it started out a short list and soon became longer as per the norm.
I needed to replace the pipe work and the sea cocks for the heads compartment as they were the last ones to be done way back in 2003 and the toilet wasn't flushing so well anymore which is a sure sign of calcium build up in the pipes.
Once the shower tray was out and the sea cocks exposed it was obvious that the steel tubes which are welded to the plates were not in the best of conditions so I decided while we were out its best to replace them - let the games begin !
Two steel plates replaced - two sea cocks replaced - anodes done - anti foul done and relaunched - small leak from one of the new sea cocks - OH BOLLOCKS 1 !
Back out again replace faulty sea cock and slid back in later that day.
We head for the anchorage only to find the plastic paddle wheel is damp around its base and obviously it's a weakness - OH BOLLOCKS 2 !
Back to the marina and lifted the following day - smashed out the stupid plastic paddle wheel and fitting which NEVER worked (or was accurate when it did) and a welded plate in its place.
Back in the water the following day which was Xmas eve so no chance of getting to the islands for Xmas day and we settle for the lagoon at Sant Carles
The Christmas chicken barely fits in the oven and we use up most of the bottled gas cooking it but Xmas was good we chilled out ate to much, drank to much so pretty much a normal Christmas celebration.
The surroundings here are pretty , it's peaceful, no other boats , no other people just us hermits and a dog.
Christmas surprise CGG style , I hate missing phone calls especially from foreign numbers - I hate them even more when I phone them back and they tell me I'm made redundant !!
Oil and gas is on its arse , oil has dropped fro $150 a barrel to $25 a barrel , the oil companies can't sell what they are making so why look for more ??
Well that how they see it, so while pump prices in fuel stations are dropping , oil companies are tightening belts and cutting jobs , on 21/12/2015 that included mine.
Add into the mix Andreas mother was diagnosed with cancer just after Xmas and you can see why we aren't celebrating right now.
So 2016 is starting and we will be looking at our options , where to go , what to do ETC and I will be looking for some work - God only knows what or where but I need a JOB !