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April 4, 2020

If it wasn't for the huge amounts of frustration, the unbelievably small working spaces and cuts and bruises, I reckon that I could quite happily be a yacht maintenance guy after everything I've learned this winter in Greece.

Although we are working on various things the boat jobs list is not getting any smaller just yet and this is mainly due to the fact that we're waiting on the courier to deliver the new cutlass bearing. Plu...

March 28, 2020

Here in Greece the measures to manage the Covid-19 virus are changing from day to day, when we recorded this week's video the government had just announced a ban on vessels entering Greek ports and harbours and moorings. As I write this blog the government have further announced a total lock down across Greece. People must stay at home and register with the local police if they are going out to shop for essentials.

Here at the...

March 21, 2020

We're tired, we're tetchy, our bodies are bruised and ache from the physical contortions and pushing, pulling and heaving around of heavy stuff… But we're getting there.

As I predicted in an earlier blog we're now on a race to the finish line regarding our boat jobs list. We plan to move out of the studio apartment on March 25th 2020, exactly five months from when we arrived at the boat yard here in the north west sector of Evi...

March 14, 2020

We woke up to a rainy Monday morning on the Greek island of Evia. The rain, which had been falling steadily all night, was actually quite welcome because it gave me the perfect conditions for walking over to A B Sea to check inside the forward sail locker to see where the leak was.

When I got there and climbed down into the locker the first thing I did was check for drops of water where I'd previously assumed the leak was. I wa...

March 7, 2020

When we began planning this liveaboard lifestyle we had a noble idea that we'd keep a spreadsheet of each item (and how many) we had on board and which locker or storage space they were kept in. The plan went well at first, but eventually it fell apart and keeping track of stuff just morphed into a memory exercise.

If you watched our YouTube video #102 where we serviced and winterised the outboard motor, you will have seen that...

February 29, 2020

I've often said that the plans of sailors are written in the sand at low tide. So it should come as no surprise to you that I'm announcing that our long term plan has radically changed.

In a nutshell, we're going back to Turkey and we're going to be there for at least a year (maybe two). Before I get into the nitty gritty let me give you one word for the reasoning behind this decision. Economics.

Yep finances are at the root of...

February 22, 2020

Cleaning is not a job that I like doing, that's why I'd been putting off cleaning the dinghy. Then one of our subscribers reached out to us via email and asked if he could send us an all natural, eco friendly cleaning product to make A B Sea shine before she goes back in the water.

Intrigued I gave our mailing address to Heinz and a week or so later the package arrived from Canada. It contained two tubs of the Brillean cleaning...

February 15, 2020

In the early part of winter 2019/2020, the Greek island of Evia where A B Sea is hauled out, took a bit of a beating from very high winds and lots of rain. Our friend Nikos had been keeping us informed about the damage the storms caused and we counted our blessings that here at Limini, the boat yard had been well protected from the worst of it.

It was only when we hired the car for a week and did some exploring that we fully ap...

February 8, 2020

Saturday morning I got out of bed and began my usual morning task of checking and replying as needed, to overnight emails, website, Facebook and YouTube comments. This was day 2 of our week long car hire on Evia island in Greece and we had planned on driving to a hardware store to tick more items off our shopping list.

As I typed my replies my mind wandered to mull over, for the thousandth time, the big concern of the condition...

February 1, 2020

When sailing through the Mediterranean one of the things that we're always on the lookout for are plastic floats bobbing on the surface. Sometimes they are manufactured floats that you can buy from most chandlers stores, other times they are just repurposed empty plastic containers. The white coloured ones are the hardest to spot if the wind is kicking up whitecaps.

Until recently we thought that every float we saw was marking...

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