It is "Meltemi" time of year in the Aegean, a North East wind that blows for 2 or 3 days to three weeks in the summer, depending on the sea area. Even cargo ships sometimes have to hide from it until it drops.
We spent June exploring the west side of Evia, seeing places we had missed on the way up last year.
We sailed to Karavos, arriving in 30 knots of wind with lots of big gusts coming off the high mountains.
Karavos is no longer the commercial harbour it once was, the derelict c...
After painstaking work on our engine, and gymnastics of hoisting and positioning the engine back in the boat, my other half has the engine running again on board. It will next run (fingers crossed) when we are back in the water again.
I have spent the last month sanding, epoxy filling, sanding again, priming and now painting the hull top-sides..a paint of a unique colour, which I mixed myself. "Ron Glas" looks very smart. A lot still to do before ready to launch.
My travelling studio is now high and dry in a Greek boatyard in the Western Aegean. Our boat's engine is currently on the ground inside a hand-made tent made from an old sail-newly painted and waiting to be lifted back into place after a complete rebuild by my partner. I've been sanding, scraping, excavating, epoxying, masticing and painting the boat's decks and coachroof...so he's looking very smart for a 45 year old wooden boat.
The winter here is much shorter than in the UK...and has been mos...