- How it all began
- Phasing out from The Moorings Owner’s Programme
- The Project List
- Haul out day
- Lazy days at Levkas Marina
- Finalising the boat paperwork
- Untying the lines
- Searching for ‘Donkey’
- Boat maintenance in exotic locations
- Coffee and solar cake!
- Last minute change to the passage plan
- Searching for Myrto
- A taste of the city in Corfu Town
- Victory and failure in one night
- Teeth grinding, and hoops of joy, at 9.4 knots
- Introducing the ‘freeloaders’
- June-July 2018
- Sharing Nemrod with friends, and discovering Ormos Afales
- Not in the pilot guide
- Yoga on board
We flew out on 3 June 2018 to Levkas to complete the handover of Nemrod and take full ownership of the boat. We felt excited but a little nervous to think that we were going to be responsible for the boat in every facet. No more Sunsail reps to call when something didn’t work or the propellor dropped off (which had happened to us already during one charter).
We arrived on the H pontoon at Levkas marina – and poor Nemrod looked in a sorry state. The scirocco wind from the south had deposited red sand all over the deck. The sails were off. And when we went inside the boat there was a strong smell of damp. Downstairs the berths were covered in mould. Oh no, this wasn’t what we were expecting.
No worries, Scott set to work cleaning off the deck. I started cleaning downstairs and found the mould was only on the surface of the walls and had not impregnated. So a couple of hours later, we were feeling better about poor old Nemrod. We learnt later that the trick is to put dehumidifying blocks in the sinks of each hull to avoid high moisture levels and that should prevent mould from forming.
Claire the base manager said that she would like to haul out the boat on Thursday to complete final repairs from the survey list before the handover could take place.