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 tips, we did indeed sew a defrosted chicken leg. The seminar was quite worthwhile for us and along with a lot of new knowledge about medical emergencies at sea we also have a long to-buy list now for medication and medical equipment. we do hope (and plan) not to use a lot of it in reality. fingers crossed.
We also had some time to do some Hamburg sightseeing and chose to visit the Miniaturwunderland with their new South America section. Well, South America not yet in its entirety – it is Brazil for now but still a must see for all miniature trains enthusiasts! The special exhibition about the history of the place and the dioramas about carbon footprint and Berlin throughout the years were especially fascinating. Be advised to start early and book your tickets online to be there before the crowds arrive.
Unfortunately, we did not only bring good memories from Hamburg. two positive COVID tests sent us straight into 10 days of quarantine. Symptoms were marginal and we were cared well by our quarantine hosts. Nevertheless, the second seminar we wanted to attend – an offshore security training – had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. Just like the year before where we were unable to travel. Christian travelled back to Preveza after the quarantine because the boat refit work was getting somewhat under time pressure. Meanwhile, Annemarie did visit friends and family and returned to the “construction site” a week later. Flying into Preveza luckily got much easier than during winter as there are plenty of direct flights now and the boat is in walking distance from the airport.
Greek Orthodox Church is celebrating Easter a week later which gave us the opportunity to search for Easter eggs twice! Meanwhile, we are working on the myriad of refit tasks and hope to be back in he water by May. Sometimes, the task list seems to grow instead of getting shorter! Before traveling to Germany, we removed both of our 300l water tanks. Below, we found a not so pleasant surprise with lots of rotting wood for the tank support – and once more foam for insulation. It took a while to remove both of that. Two of the keel bolts have been opened (they aren fully laminated over) for inspection. Luckily they look ok. Nevertheless we have made the decision to drop the keel and renew the bolts. Quite a task was also the removal of the drive shaft where we once again saw the bilingual history of our boat: We have a metric stern tube with an imperial drive shaft. This is an odd combination and it seems there is no cutlass bearing on stock for us. Sanding all the teak exterior in the cockpit is getting along well and we are doing lots of other refit tasks in parallel. More on that in one of the next blog posts. There is cleaning time between the task to prevent the boat being covered in dust altogether.
From time to time, we have surveyors on board. It is really interesting to see how they work: Using all senses, they look, smell, taste even all dubious materials to asses the state of the boat. we learn something new every day.