08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
06 July 2013 | Corfu Greece
06 July 2013 | Montenegro
06 July 2013 | Croatia
29 June 2013 | Croatia
22 June 2013 | Croatia
18 June 2013 | The Sea
12 June 2013 | Greece
11 June 2013 | Greece
10 June 2013 | Greece
05 June 2013
28 July 2012 | Various - Elba
22 July 2012 | Sardinia
21 July 2012 | Corsica
20 July 2012 | Corsica

The Adriatic and Ionian

08 June 2013
Planning for our 2013 sailing adventure started one week after I got home. 2012 had taught me many things, two of which were; slow down on the travel and go shorter distances, and 8 weeks is about the maximum I can spend on a boat. This year we will stay only in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The areas we will cruise are the Southern 1/3 of Croatia, Montenegro and the bay of Kotor, and all of the Greek Ionian Island group.

Palarran ended last year in pretty good shape. We didn’t have many repairs that needed to be made so I planned on launching her from Messolonghi and heading out in short order. Nick and I flew out of Kalamazoo on June 4th, arrived in Athens the next evening, and traveled by hired car to the marina. It was a long day of travel – 32 hours to be exact. The goal was to do some minor tasks for one day while Palarran was out of the water, launch her the next day, and head to Corfu where Jeanne and Elaina would meet us.

A wind that blows in the Mediterranean in the winter called the Sahara Wind had deposited a large amount of red dust on the boat that became clay when wet. The exterior of Palarran was coated in it and cleaning up the fiberglass was very time consuming. We also cleaned all the through-hull openings of barnacles. Upon launching, we found two problems. The starboard engine starter had frozen up over the winter and our inverter/charger broke. The marina mechanic quickly and easily repaired the starter. The inverter was definitely a problem. We use this to convert 12 volt battery power to 120 volt power for all our “stuff”. In Europe the voltage is 220 volts so getting a replacement inverter here was not an option.
Fortunately the inverter was under warranty and the manufacturer really came through for me. After several calls to their technical representative he determined that the unit was not repairable as is and sent a totally new unit to Jeanne so she could bring it with her. Modern delivery is absolutely amazing. He sent the unit out at 3:00pm from Seattle for a next day Saturday delivery and it arrived at our home in Michigan at 10:00am. The unit weighs 55 pounds so with packing it was overweight and cost an extra $300 for the airline but it’s a small price to pay for such an important piece of our equipment.

Nick and I left Messolonghi early Saturday morning heading to Lefkas Town. I had arranged to pick up a new, much bigger anchor there and also a two person kayak. Because of our late start we didn’t make it before they closed on Saturday so we had to wait until Monday morning to pick up the stuff. Bummer? Well, not really because our favorite town of Nidri is on the way so we headed there for two nights. This short delay gave us time to make many small repairs. A quick recap are; rebuild carburetor on the dingy motor, replace the water maker cores, install solar panels for charging the battery, and wash down the boat again.
Vessel Name: Palarran
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56
Hailing Port: Portage, Michigan
Crew: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
About: We enjoy adventurous travel. We also love the water. These two combined have led us to embark on a sailing tour of the Mediterranean. 2015 will be our fourth season.
David is a small business owner who enjoys planning the family travel in his spare time. Jeanne manages the family and enjoys travel and tennis. Nick is learning how to run a business and cook by founding Nicks Gyros food trailer. Elaina is the joy of the family. Perfect in every way [...]
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The Wanderers

Who: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
Port: Portage, Michigan

Sailing Route

Aldarion was the Heir to the King of Númenor. He was a great captain and adventurer, to the dismay of his father, who wished his son to spend his youth on the island he would one day rule. Aldarion, though, felt the call of the sea, and he built himself a vast ship, larger than any that had been seen at that time. He called it PALARRAN, an Elvish name meaning 'Far-Wanderer', and in it he journeyed the Great Sea to Middle-Earth. JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion
Not All Who Wander Are Lost