That Ain’t Workin ………
Where does the time go?
Tonight will be our 19th night at anchor here in Alvor. It’s just so damn easy being here.
To be fair we’ve had a good excuse, we needed the weather and tides to come together in the right way to let us safely dry ‘Gleda’ out on the sand so we could crack on with under boat jobs. It took a while for that to happen.
Last week though everything came right and I got ‘Gleda’ sitting pretty on a lovely bit of sheltered firm sand. No more lazing around.
Day one was taken up with scrubbing the hulls clean of 12 months of mud and slime. No jet wash on the sand unfortunately, so it was elbow grease, a stiff broom and lots of sea water.
Actually I was pleasantly surprised how easily the crud came off, almost as easy as the skin from my hands.
We came off the sand each evening back onto anchor, so much easier and more comfortable than letting her float and dry overnight hoping to stay in the right spot.
Day two was a last scrub, rinse with fresh water and application of fresh anti-foul. I did that while Gail did all the rubbing and lashing strakes with teak oil… twice.
Day three I changed engine and gearbox oil in both of the Tohatsu 9.8’s. Pig of a job. Finished off touching up the hull yellow and checking everything under the decks. I kept having to remind myself that if all goes to plan we won’t be able to do this next Spring. No tides in the Med.
It was hard graft for three days but ‘Gleda’ looks much better for our labours. We treated ourselves to a meal in town afterwards as a reward for saving all those haul out fees. Not only that it was a lovely spot to work. Sand, sunshine, Red-rumped swallows flying between the hulls and Fiddler crabs waving at us from the mud.
So now we’re rested up, ‘Gleda’ is ready to go, we’re just waiting for the wind to blow in the right direction.
Loose plan as it stands is to leave here Thursday and head East towards the Guadiana river which forms the border between Portugal and Spain. We’ve got friends up there we’d like to see and we want to explore the river before it gets too hot and crowded later in the Summer.
I’ll keep you posted, but for now I’ve got a few more things to tell you about.
First off I shot another little video. It’s a deck tour telling you about some of the jobs I’ve done over the Winter.
You can see it here: Just click on the picture below to play.
Secondly, a few weeks ago, I was invited to take part in a podcast.
It’s run by Steve over at www.thesailingrode.com
Steve reached out to me after reading my book ‘A Foolish Voyage’ and it was great talking with him.
You can listen to the first half using the links below: