You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars - Thomas Traherne

Life on a boatyard

All journeys have a secret purpose that the traveler does not suspect Martin Buber We are in the water again! After we had to postpone the date for splashing the boat a few more times, we finally made it onto the water on June 22. And first and foremost: all new through hulls are watertight,…
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Hand me the scalpel – quick!

We learned a lot of new stuff by participating in the preparation seminar “Medicine at sea” which we attended end of March in Hamburg Finkenwerder. These seminars are held by an organisation called “Seadoc” while the classrooms are located at Yachtschule Eichler. Along with proper care for burns, reanimation techniques and plenty of other helpful…
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Back in Greece

After a long winter break we are back in Preveza. A full two months we have spent in Germany lie now behind us. Besides a few obligatory appointments (the annual dentist check, for example), we have filled the time with activities that tend to fall short during the everyday life on the boat: Visits to…
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Season end

We finished our last report by telling you about storm Christian and the bad weather that came with it. The three days of rain turned into almost two full weeks of continuous rain and thunderstorms. We were very well protected in the bay of Nidri and spent most of the time below deck. A good…
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Winter 2020/2021 refit – part 1

Time has come to talk about our refit work we have done on Pangolin during winter 2020/2021 and summer season 2021 while cruising Greece. This blog post will dig somewhat deeper into technical details than our other posts. So for those of you, who just want to know what we modified and why we did…
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Marina days

Again a whole month has passed since we posted the last report and so it’s time to report how we spent the last weeks. We spent a few more really nice days on Trizonia. We liked this sleepy island very much – and this was not only due to the fact that one evening after…
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Heading back north

Todays blog post starts with a pangolin drawing. We connected to Rachel Shaw (@pipisinpangolin) via Instagram a while ago. She is a talented artist drawing cute pangolin pictures of to raise awareness of the pangolin situation just like us. Being asked if she wants to draw a sailing pangolin, Rachel immediately agreed and see what…
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We reached south end – news on our planned route

During the last weeks, we slowly worked our way from Preveza south to reach Zakynthos. The route was: We anchored on Meganisi in “Elia Bay” in walking distance to the nice fishing village Vathi. In Mytika, we anchored next to the city and we continued to Kalamos (with a day stop in a nice pine…
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Where the hell is the ambrakian gulf?

This was a common question the last days when we talked about our sailing plans for the next days. The ambrakian gulf is a rather big enclosed bay in the Ionian sea in northwestern Greece. It is separated by a small inlet channel next to Preveza city. We have sailed in and around the gulf…
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Guests from home

After spending many days in Paxos and Antipaxos we got to know the islands well. It was time to move on, so we set off for Nydri on Lefkada island further south. The trip was a smooth ride with lots of sunshine until we reached the channel bridge of Lefkada. The bridge should open hourly,…
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