The Red line shows our approximate route from Spain to Greece. Here are some brief trip stats:
- We visited Spain, France, Italy and Greece.
- The main islands visited on route where; Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Sardinia, Corsica, Capri, the Pontine Islands, the Aeolian Islands, Sicily and lots and lots of Greek islands…
- We travelled just under 2900NM, of which we sailed 1800NM, the rest was under motor because there was no wind.
We were on board for 178 nights non stop of which:
- 91 nights were at anchor (our longest spell of anchoring was 21 consecutive nights)
- 4 nights on a Bouy
- 6 nights were on a passage (at Sea)
- 41 nights spent on Town Quay’s
- 36 nights in Marina’s.
It is often said that cruising on a yacht is nothing more than fixing a boat in exotic locations, so, here is a list of major gear failures we encountered while underway (there were lots of minor ones too!):
- Head Sail (Head attachment gave way)
- Fridge (Packed in)
- Forward Heads stop cock failed (jammed shut)
- Fuel tank needed cleaning (Clogged engine)
- Dinghy seams came unstuck (leaking water)
- Both dinghy paddles broke
- Various hatches/windows leaked and needed fixing
- Engine Battery died and was replaced
- Windlass failed (turned out to be just a loose wire)
- Main Sail leech gave way
- Gas solenoid valve failed and need to be replaced – along with most of the gas system!
- Almost every light switch on the boat failed at some point or another and needed fixing/replacing!
Plus, a whole host of ongoing maintenence!
Best bits of Kit:
- Our Engine, she never missed a beat, once we gave her decent fuel
- Our Solar Panels – Between June and September we never needed shore power and were completely self sufficient from a power perspective.
- Our Anchor – Our 25Kg Ronca allowed us to sleep easy every night. She set first time and never dragged once despite anchoring in winds over 40 knots.