04 August 2021 | Tyros
After a few days in the bay by the yard we had completed the initial prep and all the sails were back in their proper places so we felt able to set off. There is still great confusion within the Greek Port Police and Customs over how to treat British boats and a number are simply applying fines for perceived transgretions even though the Greek Government has issued a policy on the matter - just not to the Port Police!!! We decided to keep away from our normal stop at Astros as they have a PP Office there and instead headed for Tyros further south as a base for a few days more work. We had a great three hour sail across the Gulf and moored stern to the quay at Tyros, having been told by an old Greek fisherman that the side to berth was required for a 'big ship'.... it wasn't but was filled by a charter flotilla that evening.
Our major objective here was to get the watermaker going again after it playing up all last season. New membranes (read expensive) had cured the leak under our berth but the control panel still did Niagara impressions each time we turned it on. The company had sent parts from Spain but they baffled us on how to use them. After being told there was no one in Greece able to fix this, Chris (a Brit) made the attempt on a Greek quay with stage by stage photos sent by the Dutch company owner who lives in Spain with his French wife. (European co-operation can happen Boris!!) Dismantling all the plumbing and cables from the panel and then swapping out leaking parts for new different looking ones was not on Chris's list of favourite occupations in 37 degrees of heat, but after 4 hours of fiddling we turned it on and water only came out of where it was supposed to!!!!
Great relief as having this working makes cruising so much easier. We treated ourselves to a few beers/wines and a visit to our favourite pizza place along the front. The owner even recognises us now!!
Photo: A working watermaker!!