Envoy is in Lefkas Marina undergoing repairs for cosmetic damage caused by fire on an adjacent boat while we’re staying in an apartment near the marina. Last Saturday was four weeks since YachtPaint started the repair work. They said it was a four week…
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Envoy is in Lefkas Marina undergoing repairs for cosmetic damage caused by fire on an adjacent boat. We spent last week in Corfu with our friend Chris but are now back in Lefkas staying in an apartment near the marina.It’s now three weeks since YachtPa…
Tomorrow, Tuesday it’s a month since we got back to Lefkas and progress seems to have been painfully slow, but on Friday we got the insurer’s approval to proceed with repairs and our repair contractor, YachtPaint, started today. In fact they were on the job by 0830 – the earliest we can ever recall a contractor turning up for work on Envoy. Let’s hope that’s a good omen!
Tue 25/4: arrive Lefkas the day of fire
Thu 27/4: meet assessor and YachtPaint manager
Fri 28/4: receive quote from YachtPaint to clean Envoy of fire debris and forward to insurer
Sun 30/4: organise accommodation and rental car as we can’t live on board
Tue 1/5: insurers approve cleaning quote
Thu 4/5 – Fri 5/5: crane hoists RHIB down from Envoy and YachtPaint clean Envoy so damage can be properly inspected
Tue 9/5: assessor returns for full joint inspection with YachtPaint and us. Degree of damage identified and YachtPaint to quote for total repair
Wed 10/5: original expected cruising start date
Fri 12/5: meet YachtPaint at Envoy to discuss repair quote
Sat 13/5: Sailand and I list all rigging needing replacement
Mon 16/5: Sailand remove all broken windows and portholes and send to glass factory. I obtain quote for 3 soot-damaged covers that need replacing. YachtPaint’s quote received and forwarded to assessor, who sends to insurer
Tues 17/5: Sailand do a considerable amount of non fire-related work
Fri 20/5: insurer’s verbal approval to proceed obtained. YachtPaint advised
Mon 22/5: insurer’s written approval expected. YachtPaint start work
Sat 24/6: projected completion date
Fri 30/6: projected launch and sea trial date
Tues 4/7: projected departure and start cruising date
The quote to repair Envoy was received Tuesday and it will take several days to get insurer’s approval for work to start. The contractor says he’ll have six guys working full time on Envoy and it will be completed within five weeks. So our best guess for completion is end June.
For cruisers the first major change occurred with regulations limiting the time yachts can spend cruising some popular areas along the famed Turquoise Coast and requiring the purchase of a “Blue Card” (an electronic card) to record the discharge of sewage from holding tanks into shore-based or mobile pump-out stations. This card costs 280 Lira (about NZ$115) and although it appears this regulation is not being rigidly or uniformly enforced it’s causing consternation due to both its added cost and the limited number of pump-out facilities available making strict compliance next to impossible. The CoastGuard does board vessels to inspect their documentation and there have been cases of cruisers being fined 1,000 Lira (about NZ$420) because their card hadn’t been used within the last two weeks even when in some cases the local facilities weren’t operational. Other reports say cruisers have to account for grey water waste as well as sewage. Not many cruisers have grey water holding tanks so the whole situation is uncertain and worrying.
Vassilis warned us about snakes and although we haven’t seen any near the house we’ve seen two slithering across the road to Lefkas.
Everyone knows me as an optimist, but I can’t see this being finished much before the end of June (that is 6 weeks) and maybe that’s optimistic. The contractor will be giving me his time estimate with the quote.
Of course things are still happening that aren’t related to the fire.
We’ve successfully tested much of Envoy’s equipment but lots of other equipment can’t be tested until we’re back in the water.
We’ve taken six fire extinguishers and two inflatable life jackets in for periodic routine servicing.
Or smaller 2,7m “Valiant” is being repaired due to a sea water leak through the transom and is turning out to be a bit of a major with the repair cost about one third the cost of a new one. But we’re assured it will be like new so proceeding with the repair.
Sailand are about to start some work including:
– remove keel cooler for periodic servicing involving dismantling and internal and external cleaning, plus remove and re-seal its through hull fitting
– replace leaking domestic fresh water filter housing
– replace failed Robertson auto pilot sender unit with new one
– replace fresh water purifier’s u/v lamp
Meanwhile our daughter Amy is with us and tomorrow we’re heading away for a three-day drive to some scenic Greek mainland areas.
As the arrival of May signals the start of the local summer season and accommodation becomes more difficult we mention this to our contractor, Sailand, whose staff member Vassilis advises the house next to his is available for rent. Last Sunday we check this out to find a large four-bed-roomed, two-bath-roomed stone villa fully furnished and equipped, built in 1888 but completely refurbished while retaining its historical charm based on a mostly wooden interior decorated with antiques and artifacts. It’s located high in the hills about 10 km from the marina where it’s nice and cool with a stunning view over the Lefkas area and sea beyond. All of this for a most reasonable 600 Euros (about NZ$923) for a MONTH – that is about $30 per day. Ironically Di and I have often said we’d love to spend some time in a traditional Greek mountain village and the three nearby fit this bill perfectly.
Vasillis did say that as this is a country area to keep a watch out for snakes and scorpions but we’ve so far only seen one snake crossing a road.
To top it off our London-based daughter Amy is going to fly over on Sunday and stay with us for a week.
The blisters on the hull and stabiliser fin have been removed with the hull being taken back to bare GRP in those areas.
Burnt vessel to left of Envoy with debris from fire on the ground
The marina staff initially advise we can’t enter the area until they realise we’re Envoy’s owners.
Looking down from Envoy on Dorset Urchins
Fortunately nobody was injured and there was certainly plenty of potential for injury from lpg bottles, diesel and petrol for outboards.
We stay around the boat for an on-site meeting with the marina’s manager who explains Dorset Urchins is fully insured and assures us the marina will do everything possible to help us. He explains they didn’t phone us as they knew we’re arriving today. By now it’s about 7.30pm so it’s off to the marina bar for a calming drink!
During that night’s dinner we ponder how we’d planned to commence cruising in week of 8 May and wonder how long repairs to Envoy will take. This is now a busy time for all contractors with more cruisers arriving daily and wanting to start their journeys so it may be difficult to get work done.
On the bright side the fire could have taken hold on Envoy and caused irreparable damage.
-damaged starboard navigation light and vhf aerial
-paint damage to aluminium radar housing
-several rigging blocks, stainless steel wires and rope lines damaged and/or discoloured
-starboard side teak coaming and teak Envoy name sign’s varnish damaged
Close up of Envoy’s blistered gelcoat
Fortunately there is no damage whatsoever inside, not even a smoke smell.
Envoy’s smoke and heat damaged rigging
Nikolas decides the first priority is to get Envoy’s exterior professionally cleaned to get rid of damaging soot and be able to better assess the damage. As this is insurance work quotes have to be obtained and approved by the insurers, but we now have a quote awaiting approval and the contractor can do the clean-up mid next week (Monday being a local holiday). Then he is able to start the gelcoat repairs the following week.
We also have a contractor who will quote for the repairs to rigging late next week after the clean-up and he can start the work within a few days of acceptance.
Best guess now for the start of cruising is mid June, but we’ll have a more accurate assessment about mid May.
Meanwhile we’re looking for somewhere to stay as we can’t stay aboard Envoy with the dust, fumes and noise from GRP repairs.
People tell us we seem very calm considering the situation, but we’re thankful nobody was hurt and that damage to Envoy is superficial and easily repairable. A yacht alongside Dorset Urchins is much more seriously damaged.
Look for our update in about a week.
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter while we’re home for the New Zealand summer, returning in just a few days.We have exciting plans for this year’s cruising!After a brief shakedown cruise to ensure Envoy is performing well in …
Continuing on from our last Blog posting we’re aboard stunning Maritimo 48 foot motor yacht, Moritz, owned by our friends Morris and Gail.
Matiatia Bay wharf from Moritz at anchor
Here we go ashore to walk around the headland overlooking Matiatia while culturally enriching ourselves by viewing the Sculpture on the Gulf Exhibition supported by about 50 sponsors including respected international names like Jaguar, Sothebys and Mazda.
This “sculpture” has us scratching our heads
But we liked this one
And the views along the walk are great
Looking down on Matiatia Bay
Inside Elephant Cove
Gail in Moritz’s galley
Morris guides us up the very tidal Coromandel Creek
New Zealand regulations sensibly require all boats to carry correctly-sized life jackets for all people, while on those boats under six metres they must be worn unless the skipper determines it is safe not to do so. For example crossing a bar is dangerous and they should be worn but perhaps the’re not necessary (except for non swimmers) if you’re simply going a few metres from one boat to another. However Coromandel comes under a different jurisdiction requiring jackets to be worn at all times and we’re pleased to have complied when the harbourmaster’s boat passes nearby.
Coromandel village is at the creek’s head
Rotoroa’s stunning beaches like this one are now accessible
Laurie, Di and Morris enjoy a wine at the vineyard
Maritimos are upper end of the market planing motor yachts built in Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The company’s owner, Bill Barry-Cotter, is well experienced in the marine industry and formerly owned Riviera – also builders of popular planing motor yachts. We presume the name is inspired by Maritimo Island, one of the Egadi Islands located off the north-west coast of Sicily where coincidentally we visited in 2014.
Moritz is a big volume luxury boat
Being a weekday there are no other boats around and the sun is shining with little wind as we cruise sedately down the Tamaki River sipping a cold welcome-aboard beer.
The staircase to Moritz’s flybridge is way better than the ladder we had on our last boat
Full walk-around decks give great access for crew duties, while a huge cockpit and boarding platform give ample space for outdoor entertaining and fishing. Previously I’ve been one of about 18 people aboard Moritz for a day’s fishing without the boat feeling over-crowded.
With a flybridge like this who’d want a sedan style cruiser?
This trip is also interesting to us for another reason. We’re starting to think about what sort of boat we may buy back in Auckland when our Med adventures aboard Envoy are completed and so far all motor vessel options are on the table including conventional shaft-driven planing boats.
Moritz’s twin 670hp Cummins diesel engines purr away driving their shafts with minimal vibration as we clear the channel and increase rpm slightly to 930 giving a still-sedate speed of 9.2 knots and fuel consumption of 4 litres/hour for each engine.
We’re in no hurry and like many owners of fast planing boats Morris sees no benefit in going very much above displacement speed and then getting a bumpier ride and greatly increased fuel consumption. Later we’re cruising at 1090 rpm providing 10 knots and 18 litres/hour.
First stop is Motutapu Island’s Station Bay which is perfectly calm with only three other boats swinging at anchor. For me it makes an enjoyable change to be crew rather than skipper and not have tough decisions like deciding where to drop the anchor and how much chain to deploy. Morris and Gail are long time cruisers, originally aboard sailing yachts and we have the utmost confidence in them.
Leaving Motutapu Island’s Station Bay