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LIVING ON OUR BOAT AT MARINA DEL ESTE

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SAILING by KRISS on 14 march 2018

So we discovered Marina del Este was one of the most expensive marinas in all Europe and we cut down on our refit budget to allow for a 6 months mooring at the place, not out of luxury but out of little option.
The place is really really cute and it’s one of the nicest marinas I’ve ever seen.
The surroundings are amazing and it might be one of the best neighbourhoods on all the coasts of Europe.
People are nice too and help comes in various forms and is always around the corner.
But it comes with a price.

Actually it comes with 2 prices.

The first one is the money you have to pay to berth, the second one is that the marina is absolutely not protected in case of east wind gales, called “levante” here.

Poniente gales (west wind) are fine according to my pal Jorge and we are expecting a strong one with 60 knots winds tomorrow.

For now it’s all gloomy and raining, the first rain in weeks and I had to duct tape some of the windows I re-jointed earlier in January.
Blame it on a sloppy job on my part, silicone works are the worst and I will have to have a go at it again !

We are through our second week of living on our 42 foot sailboat and through our 10th week of refitting the boat I think.
We are preparing our beauty for sailing from this summer onwards and so far we have done a pretty good job accommodating Celedon inside and we have tons of works to take on and/or finish.

The dinghy engine is not starting, the boom sheave is still not in place after 3 goes up the mast, the main sheave pulley is out of place or so it seems, the Rocna anchor is not safely secured to the boat for underway, we lack solar panels and a converter, our music system stopped working, one of our stainless water tank leaks and need to be cleaned, fixed refilled, the engine needs a good revision beyond the basic one I undertook, we need to figure out a way to have gas at a cheaper price (2,8 litters of gas at 24€), need to finish insulating the engine room with the new panels, fix the radar, invest in a chart plotter and AIS etc… It seems like a lot but the list is getting shorter every day, Kate and I have been working like ants on our boat and we feel confident that with love and support we’ll be ready for our adventure in time.

For now I am enjoying my slowest paced day of the last few weeks.
I had a nap (even though cut to fix the few leaks) and I am catching up with a few posts I meant to write for months now.
I might even grab a camera and take photographs !!! My kids are either helping out or doing their homework (we went at war for this) and my love is scratching out a 30 year old sticker behind the map table, it looks like a many more hours job… Above all, I am grateful.

#liveaboards #livingonaboat

LIVING ON OUR BOAT AT MARINA DEL ESTE

LIVING ON OUR BOAT AT MARINA DEL ESTE

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