Clio's Adventures

Cool your beer with sunlight

11 July 2014
Saturday 12 July 2014: Cool your beer with sunlight

Think about it: the boat electrics (from fridge to navigation equipment, from ipads and phones to TV-screen) running solely on solar energy (once it all works properly). Combined with a good battery monitoring system, Clio will be pretty much off-the-grid self-sufficient with respect to electricity. No more having to get into marina's or run the engine for three hours a day to fully charge the batteries (we hope). It will be rewarding to see the lust for energy of our electricity-gobbling fridge tamed by a solar panel (even if we don't have any money left to put anything in it).

Although the Robinson boys have left it to the last minute, the work they delivered in the just-in-time fashion so often encountered in marine jobs, looks as good as it gets. Unfortunately, that leaves Alaattin (the last living person able to repair electronics instead of replacing it, remember?) with very little time to complete his job of connecting and checking the panels (see photo). Looking at the photos, all wiring is put neatly inside the arch's stainless steel tubing and is well protected against the sun's UV and mechanical stresses. Güçlü's email last night (Friday 20:30 local time) with new photos (see the photo gallery), reported that Alaattin was still busy getting it to work. Today (Saturday) the charter starts, so it must have been a very busy day for the whole Irmak team to get Clio ready, including carting off our containers.

With Güçlü's invaluable feedback on progress we are much more at ease with what is happening, and even enjoying it. It is a BIG improvement over some past experience where we felt that we were interfering when asking for a progress report on agreed work. This did not stop us from persevering, but it did not help the relationship from 20,000 km away. Thanks Güçlü and Irmak for putting in the extra effort to keep us informed and involved, we very much appreciate it.
Vessel Name: Clio
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 47 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Brisbane, Australia
Crew: Christine and Francis
About: Happy laid-offs, with Greek and Turkish privileges
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These photos were taken on August 2016 of a cave wall on the Ionian island of Zante.
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Created 21 August 2016
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Created 1 May 2015
Some photos from Clio's trip from Gocek to Finike and back in October 2014.
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Created 15 December 2014
Photos from the excellent anchorage at Gokayya, Turkey
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Created 2 November 2014
These photos were taken by Güçlü (Irmak yachting) to show us the progress while we are in Australia. Thanks Güçlü!
24 Photos
Created 9 July 2014
A collection of underwater photographs, mainly of marine life found during our snorkelling expeditions in Turkey.
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Created 6 July 2014
Based on photos taken on 20th of June 2014
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Created 30 June 2014
Photos of our journey between 12 and 19 June 2014.
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Created 29 June 2014
A selection of photos were converted in water paintings to give a cyber-artist's vision of our expedition, just for the fun of it.
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Created 28 June 2014
We stayed a couple of days at the Octopus hotel pontoon. Anchored in Bozuk Buku (first use of long flat-rope landline) and Ciftlik Bay, from where we took the bus to Marmaris.
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Created 27 June 2014
Photos were taken between28th of May and 5th of June 2014. Places: Yolluca rock, Perilli, Selimiye, Orhaniya and Marmaris
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Created 27 June 2014
Photos from the Yiali anchorage, Tilos, Simi in Greece and Datca in Turkey. From 21 May to 27 Mat 2014.
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Created 17 June 2014
Photos from Leros, Kalymnos and Kos, three islands in the Dodecanese. We visited them between 10 and 19th of May, 2014.
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Created 30 May 2014
Our photos of Nissos Paros, mid of April 2014
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Created 8 May 2014
Photos taken during our visit on Amorgos, Greece in the first week of May, 2014.
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Created 8 May 2014
Some photos we took on Naxos in late April and early May 2014.
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Created 4 May 2014
We visited Thira by ferry on 25 and 26 of April 2014.
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Created 28 April 2014
Some snaps from the Easter celebrations in Loutra, Kythnos
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Created 23 April 2014
Some photos leaving Lavrio and walking around Loutra, on Kythnos, in April 2014
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Created 19 April 2014
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Created 13 April 2014
We visited Loutra on the island of Kythnos from November 27 until Decmber 6, 2013 and sat out a week of gales and storms. Lovely people, port and island.
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Created 14 December 2013
Trip from Poros to Hydra
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Created 3 December 2013
Maiden voyage of Clio, from Alimou marina in Athens to Poros island.
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Created 24 November 2013
Photos taken when we were looking for (and found) a boat in the Meds.
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Created 2 September 2013