1 The damaged
rope cutter; and where is the anode? In the new year we had to start
working immediately because the problem with the saildrive leaking oil and
letting water in, had to be solved as soon as possible.
We were anchored in the bay of Los Cristianos, where port and boat yard
are properties of the fishermen. And they don't like yachts! They have
already enough of them, particularly from the variety that never leaves;
so they prefer to say “no” and “next month” than to help. It seems
strange, especially when you notice that the boat yard is half empty.
“Funny people,” our English friend Samantha said. She is the
captain of the pirate ship (a "sailing bus") where we were allowed to moor
alongside when winds were too strong to be safely at
anchor without an engine. She also supported us in the communication with
Ramón, the manager of the boat yard.
Explaining to the Volvo Penta dealer which parts you need is no sinecure
in Spanish area. People speak almost as good (poor) English as our
communications manager Petra speaks Spanish. Kind of frustrating, but in
the end problems were solved.
On Monday we had contact by telephone, email and fax with Volvo Penta
Santa Cruz, on Tuesday a representant of the company visited us, and this triggered Ramón
to come into action. No more mañana, he arranged for a mechanic and
lifted us out of the water. And even became helpful and supportive.
anchor you have close contact with the other sailing yachties, but ashore
you meet the
live aboards who use their boat as a home. We were immediately inaugurated
by Joop, who originates from Amsterdam and lives here already for 10
On Wednesday the mechanic arrived and within one and a half hours the
saildrive was in the trunk of his car! Thursday was "Spanish
Christmas", the feast of the Three Wise Men who came in on their
On Monday the saildrive was mounted again PHOTO
To protect the saildrive from the same problem in the future, we added
some layers of epoxy tar and antifouling, and between layers also a
special device to prevent mess in the propellor. PHOTO
It looks like shark's teeth, but we think they will do the job. We
look forward to hear/see your reactions!!!
We don't know if we will get a refund from the insurance company. We
should have asked for a cost estimate and arranged for an expertise before
starting with the repairs. In other words: we should have let the
saildrive rot in the water during some time, so the seawater could do its
destroying job, and then we should have gone with that same deterioriated
engine to an other and more expensive harbour to be lifted ashore in order
to have a completely new saildrive unit mounted. We understand now why
insurances are so expensive.
was of course a great opportunity to clean the boat below the waterline
and apply new layers of antifouling. As everyone knows, in the Netherlands
rules and regulations concerning environment are extremely strict; you are
only allowed to paint highly expensive but non-active antifouling paint on your boat. Great news: things are really different over here! And
on a fishermen's boat yard, they sell the most toxic antifouling paint for
less than half the price you pay in Holland for the bad stuff. This is
freedom: you can clean your boat without worrying about what to do with
the foul water, you can sand and flex as much as you like, left overs of
paint end up with domestic refuse... Ramón thinks people in Holland are
really crazy using antifouling paint on a water basis. So Witte Raaf is now
beautiful fisherboat's red below the waterline PHOTO
For the first time in his life after applying antifouling, JW
suffered from skin irritations, which sounds really promising!
Cleaning the hull, re-painting and polishing some large scratches, some
work on the the rudder... A lot of work to do. Plus the usual things. It
may be paradise here on the Canary islands with temperatures of 25°C, the
area is vulcanic and the air apparently contains a lot of sulfur, so the
silver cutlery needs to be polished at least twice a week. Everyone
suffers from poverty at their own level.