Emerald Tales

Currently in Portugal after 7 years in the Mediterranean

02 October 2021 | Faro, Portugal
06 June 2021 | Alcoutim
28 May 2021 | Alcoutim
16 April 2021 | Rio Guadiana
31 March 2021 | The Balearic Isles
20 March 2021 | Ayamonte
05 March 2021 | Alcoutim
17 February 2021 | Ayamonte
05 February 2021 | Culatra
27 January 2021 | Alcoutim
19 January 2021 | Larenjeiras, Portugal
08 December 2020 | Puerto Sherry
17 November 2020 | Playa de Bolonia
14 October 2020 | Gibraltar
27 September 2020 | La Linea
18 September 2020
04 September 2020 | Menorca, Spain
13 August 2020 | Pollença, Mallorca

Refit Part I: Choosing a Boatyard

02 October 2021 | Faro, Portugal
Nichola Wright
In June 2021, we headed to a boatyard in Faro as the first step in a major refit. We've since fallen behind with our blogs as physical work drained our bodies of energy and our mind of words. This is an attempt to get back on track. We look at the factors involved in choosing a suitable boatyard, the different types of boat lift, and whether you want to DIY the work or not. Mixed in with this are our own experiences as we have Emerald lifted out and embark on a long list of boat jobs.

Maintenance is an unavoidable aspect of boat ownership and the non-glamorous side of living on a sailboat. There's a cruiser quote that says:
"Cruising is fixing things in exotic locations"

We've certainly done plenty of that over the years, from general maintenance to emergency repairs performed against a backdrop of blue sea and golden, sandy beaches. One of our first experiences of this was in our first summer in the Med, when a failed hose resulted in an engine that wouldn't start. Back then, the cliffs of San Vito Lo Capo provided a scenic backdrop whilst we impatiently waited for the engine to cool enough to work on it.

It was in 2012-13 that we completed our last major refit on Emerald. That put us in a good position for several years of light maintenance and small repair jobs whilst we traveled around the Mediterranean. In 2016 in Croatia, we lifted out again and refreshed the antifoul. However, time and 10,000 nm have since taken their toll on Emerald.

We now had an expanding list of maintenance jobs that we could only do whilst out of the water.

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Vessel Name: Emerald
Vessel Make/Model: Kelly Peterson 44
Hailing Port: No fixed abode
Crew: Colin 'Skip' Wright, Nichola Wright
About: One from Northern Ireland, one from Yorkshire, UK
Extra: Emerald has been our home since 2004. We've sailed around the UK, the western Baltic and have spent 7 years in the Med. We're currently in Portugal, planning a refit. Lot's more information about us and the boat can be found at www.yachtemerald.com
Home Page: https://www.yachtemerald.com/
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