2016, Our plans (Please use this link.)
We returned to Sailaway in Kas Marina, Turkey late in the season due to our drive across Europe. A fantastic experience confirmed by our Logbook entries. Sailaway looked in a poor state after eight months without us, she looked sorry and tired. The haul out was desperately needed, the last haul out being in Greece, October 2010. The ambient temperatures (mid 30C's plus) were challenging, difficult to manage with the ambient temperatures being close to the paint specification limits, still, we managed best we could with help from friends. Our sailing season started late as expected, and saw us revisit the south coast of Turkey as far east as Kemer/Altanya, a little frustratingand repeditive but pleasant. In September Ann was forced to return to the UK due to her mum, as a result I drove back to the UK on my own, a trip of 2900 miles I would not want to repeat on my own again. We returned to Sailaway late October but was forced back with a needles trip forced on us by one of Kevin's Consultants? We were able to return yet again late New Years eve, seeing the New Year in on board Sailaway. The year ahead looks very mixed, personal pressures/circumstances in the UK all hard to manage, difficult to see what is ahead?
Sailaway spent the winter on the Yacht Classic Hotel pontoon in Fethiye with little changes made on deck, new domestic batteries from "Captain Eddy" that in itself an experience (beware!) - read the logbook entries. Upon our return to Turkey from the UK, we spent some time in Istanbul a great experience, but so cold. The water in Fethiye Bay not the cleanest, it took three air tanks to clean the hull, around three hours to clear the growth from the hull before we dare move her. We took Sailaway across the bay to repaint afloat, all went well, our small generator proving invaluable, we left there and began our wanders.
This winter saw a couple of useful modifications made to Sailaway, additional storage on deck created primarily to store my recently acquired diving gear. The second significant "add on" was an anchor chain wash. A sea water flush to clean the predominantly muddy chain as we recover our anchor, quite an issue in this part of the Med. This modification was extended to incorporate a deck wash hose to allow us to wash down our stern anchor as we go "bow too" in ports and harbours. This was in addition to the usual running repairs and required maintenance, we continue to maintain her well with the firm belief that she will return the favour. We did however spoil our selves with a new flat screen tv - sign of age?
Sailaway has had little further modifications under taken in the last couple of years other than the essential, required maintenance and repairs. That is not to say that we do not have a wish list, every one does, but the costs do not out weigh the benefits. Sailaway continues to serve us well, and we continue to maintain her well - full service schedules in place for all associated equipment from transmission to winches with all "critical spares",stocked that are possible to carry on board. We say "if she sneezes - we know why!"
The winter of 2007/2008 - A Coruna
Apart from required maintenance a number of relatively major projects were completed:
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