Category Archives: Maintenance

Progress

We woke early thanks to the alarm and were thankful for the blue skies and sunshine that greeted us. The fabric shop man arrived promptly at nine swaddled in his duvet jacket with a small bag of fabric samples and … Continue reading

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Making a Start

Remembering the cold miserable April weather of previous years, we delayed our departure for Italy till May, to be met by blue skies and sunshine, the roadside verges livid with fluttering poppies. Lyra was not coated in red dust either. … Continue reading

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On With The Usual Suspects

We are back on board and it is rough under canvas again. April showers spatter the boat and we dodge in and out doing the usual jobs when the rain stops along with seemingly all the other boat crews here. … Continue reading

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Rough Under Canvass

Most of my family holidays took place in Britain and it rained a lot. When we progressed from camping to caravanning my Dad would “bet it’ll be rough under canvass tonight” , on numerous occasions. It became a family saying. … Continue reading

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New sails

Roberto was coming to fit the new mainsail and he starts work at eight, so we rose early. It seemed very early, as Spain is an hour ahead of England and we have yet to aclimatise. The morning was chilly … Continue reading

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Dread Dredger

The electricians came, solved the problems, worked out what had caused them and left in that order. The problems had increased by the time they arrived. We carried out a radio check and as soon as I pressed transmit a … Continue reading

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White Rabbit

Yesterday was Mayday, we toddled off to Sopromar to tell them how delighted we felt about their work and to buy a welcome mat to protect the new deck. We also had a small electrical glitch to report. Since the … Continue reading

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Back on Board

We have returned to Lyra to begin the next leg of our slow journey to Greece. The sky is blue, the sun is dazzling and Lyra is looking beautiful. Sopromar, the boatyard at Lagos, has done a magnificent job of … Continue reading

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Rain

It began raining before dawn. We woke to a pleasant pattering on the hatch above, which soon turned to a persistent drumming. There was a sound of water spilling in and we raced to close the toilet vents. Rivulets of … Continue reading

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Update

We rose early and made ready to leave. The engine would not start. The engine battery was flat. We have a vast bank of sexy, new batteries all charged in every conceivable way. There is a reassuring gauge to show … Continue reading

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