Emerald Tales

Mediterranean Adventures - currently in the western Med

06 September 2013 | Baiona, Galicia, Spain
04 September 2013 | Baiona, Galicia, Spain
03 September 2013 | Islas Cies, Galicia, Spain
02 September 2013 | San Vincent del Mar, O Grove, Spain
01 September 2013 | Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
30 August 2013 | Vilagarcia de Arousa, Ria de Arousa, Spain
29 August 2013 | Muros, Ria de Muros, Galicia, Spain
24 August 2013 | Camarinas to Muros; 42nm travelled
24 August 2013 | Camarinas, Galicia, Spain
23 August 2013 | Camarinas, Galicia, Spain
21 August 2013 | La Coruna, Galicia, Spain
21 August 2013 | La Coruna, Galicia, Spain
20 August 2013 | La Coruna, Galicia, Spain
18 August 2013 | Ria de Cedeira, Galicia, Spain
16 August 2013 | Ria de Cedeira, Galicia, Spain
14 August 2013 | Biscay Day 3
13 August 2013 | Biscay Day 2
12 August 2013 | Biscay Day 1
10 August 2013 | River Fal, Cornwall
11 July 2013 | Turnaware, River Fal

Plans Are Written in Sand at Low Tide

06 June 2021 | Alcoutim
Nichola Wright | Mostly hot and sunny
"Plans are written in sand at low tide" is a well-known expression amongst sailors. But what does it mean? Well, it's about remaining flexible as plans will change. And if there's one thing we've learned during this sailing life, it's that plans can change for many unexpected reasons. Sailing plans are fragile, easily broken by multiple factors. Maybe it'll be Mother Nature that forces a rethink, perhaps boat problems, or myriad other possibilities, some good, some bad. We might as well write our plans in the sand, only for the next tide to come along and wash them away.

I learned this lesson the hard way. Through my 20s and 30s, I loved having a diary full of plans. Visiting friends or family, scuba diving, cycling, hiking, or trying something new during my free time. Don't get me wrong, as I mostly enjoyed my job, but my philosophy was that I worked to live. As well as the activities themselves, I enjoyed the planning part too, pouring over maps or reading travel books.

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Springtime in the Rio Guadiana

28 May 2021 | Alcoutim
Nichola Wright | Mostly warm and sunny, temperatures in 20s
Following on from the blog reviewing our winter in the river, springtime in the Rio Guadiana was relatively short. The frosty, cold days of winter were soon forgotten, as daytime temperatures in April hovered around the low 20s centigrade. Then in the first week of May, they shot up to almost 30C. Other than a few cloudy days when a north wind blew strongly, the majority of days have remained warm with only a few drops of rain.

From Easter onwards, as Covid infection numbers fell, Portugal began an easing of restrictions. We could once again meet up with friends in a bar or cafe, albeit in small numbers per table. Life felt like it was beginning to return to a little to normal.

There was still one major boat repair that we wanted to get finished before the summer. The galley cupboard had been suffering from damp recently, and we wanted to find out what was going on.

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Choosing and Installing A Composting Boat Toilet

09 May 2021 | Alcoutim
Nichola Wright
I'm convinced boat toilets were designed to make sure boat owners could never be too happy and relaxed. It's a rare one I'm sure that has never suffered a blockage, critical part failure, or had holding tank issues. And most likely these failures occurred at the most inconvenient time. Cue a nasty, smelly time to resolve the issue.

In 2015 after several unscheduled toilet fails, we'd begun to think about replacing our sea-water flushing toilet with a composting/waterless toilet. This year, we finally bit the bullet and completed the job. In this article, we review our experiences with a standard boat toilet and the questions we had when it came to changing to composting. We then take you through the build and conclude with our verdict after two months of use.

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Winter At Anchor in the River: Part II

16 April 2021 | Rio Guadiana
Nichola Wright | Coldest winter for 10 years
It's mid-April and as I write this, the sky outside is grey, with a forecast for showers later. However, despite the clouds, the air temperature is around 20°C. In fact on many days over the last few weeks, the daytime temperature has reached close to the mid-20s centigrade, so I can confidently declare the chilly days of winter to have passed.

For the second part of our review of our winter afloat in the Rio Guadiana, we look at the good and bad points and ask "would we do it again?"

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Annual Summary of Travels and Costs 2020

31 March 2021 | The Balearic Isles
Nichola Wright
Thinking back to the start of 2020, makes me think of the opening lines of HG Wells’ novel, The War Of The Worlds. Except in this real-life story, a virus is attacking humans rather than the Martians.

"No one would have believed in the year 2020, that within a few months, the world would be a very different place. That the freedoms we enjoyed so casually, would now be severely restricted by a global pandemic."

However, we were luckier than many. Following two months of lockdown, we managed to salvage the summer with a cruise around the Spanish Balearic Isles. In this blog we look at the route we took, along with the highlights and lowlights.

The second half of the article breaks down the costs of sailing in the Mediterranean for a couple living full-time aboard a yacht.

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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
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Falmouth to Essex via Orkney
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Documenting installing a skylight over the Saloon on Emerald
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Step by step photos of our quest to insulate and refresh the 'guest room' on Emerald
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Here we'll document the restoration of Crazy Horse our 6ft BarrowBoat from neglected relic to beautiful rowing/sailing/outboard powered tender to Emerald
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The Wine cupboard built under the TV to hold our wedding glasses and some of our home made wine
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Step by step shots of the Refleks Heater installation
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Showing the before / during / after (if I ever finish it!) of the forward head restoration.
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Showing how our canopy works from a complete enclosure through to tropics mode!!!
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To show before and after shots of the Chart table refurb.
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