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 DADDY of all anchors

09 June 2013
Immediately after returning home last year I started researching a replacement anchor for Palarran. The current anchor is a 25 kilo (55 lbs) Delta anchor. It had worked fine when we were in the Caribbean but was woefully undersized for the Med. It is a convex anchor that basically digs and the plows, just like a plow for fields. Newer designed anchors are concave and instead of plowing, they dig and hold the mass. Rocna was the original manufacturer of this design and my choice for a replacement. According to the sizing chart I could either go with a 40 kilo or 55 kilo anchor. Someone told me a long time ago it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, so I went with the 55 kilo (125 lbs).

CYS Marine Supply is the distributor for Greece and I ordered it directly from them. This is a non-stock anchor so they had to order it well ahead of our arrival. When we arrived to pick it up the workers were laughing that it wouldn’t fit in their pickup truck. My heart skipped a beat. Would it fit through my anchor roller? When they brought it to the quay I had a heart attack!! I’d like to use the OMG here - What a monster. It took up half the dingy floor. It did fit perfectly, like it was made for the boat and now our anchoring fears are over. I promise to not dwell on this sorry, stress causing item any more.

The kayak is also very cool and will get more attention in the future.
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