2 clueless day skippers with Patience

Diesel tanks and sticky fenders

25 July 2022
Donna Smith
Sitting in the Yacht Cub at Vliho, on the island of Lefkas in Greece . What a week!

The trip over was not as expected. The fair winds never arrived and if we hadn't turned on the engine we would have been becalmed for days! Over the whole 200 miles from Roccella Ionica in Southern Italy to the Island of Lefkas
we only managed to actually sail for about 3 hours !

I'm not Complaining, the trip was wonderful - starry black nights until the almost full moon peeped its orange head over the horizon to show us the way on both nights. Our concern was the fact that we had run our fuel tank very low to minimise leak so it was touch and go that we'd actually make it under engine- but hey ho we did, motoring on fumes. Phew!

It was great to see our old mate Jim as we sailed into Vliho bay and after a catch up and yummy meal in a local Taverna (I had swordfish) he helped us organise a lift out in Konidaris Boatyard, where we have been ever since.

We booked to stay in the boatyard for 10 days, so while we waited for a new fuel tank to be made, Ricky managed to do lots of boat jobs. Gotta love that man . . He changed 2 seacocks, antifouled hull, polished sides, and lifted tank out from where it was squirrelled away behind the wooden galley cabinets. He even managed to saw 5 inches off the 'guilty as charged' leaking fuel tank so it would actually fit through the companionway. Moody in their wisdom fitted the 200 litre steel tank and then built the boat around it. There was no way it was getting out of the boat, to be given as a template to stainless guy, in one piece !

The boatyard is noisey and dusty, but Ricky never complained .. just grabbed 40 winks under the shade of the boats, by the waters edge whenever he could.

Me however, a very different story ... I was allowed to sleep in Jim's air conditioned apartment, as he is off sailing on Nanjo, his boat. I have spent my days reading, writing blog, swimming and chilling under the shade of a tree in Tree Pool Bar, Athos Hotel. The only boat job I have actually done is clean a couple of sticky fenders !!

The spanky new diesel tank arrived today, so tomorrow we will launch and for Ricky at least, his holiday will begin x
Vessel Name: Patience
Vessel Make/Model: Moody376
Hailing Port: Haslar , Gosport , England
Crew: Ricky and Donna
About: 2024 Still clueless , but having fun !
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