37:07.198N 8:31.672 Thurs 6th Aug
Some of you have spotted the fact that we have gone backwards on our planned route and are now back in Portugal. As we reported last time, the tarry seams in our teak decks are making life impossible, but we’ve found someone who can tackle the job at a maybe affordable price. It has meant retracing our steps by 65 miles and a two week delay, but it will be worth it to finally put this problem behind us. D had a go at the task but the heat was unbearable and the finish less than perfect.
It’s now Monday and we’ve had the quote – not as good as hoped. He could only do the job with the boat out of the water and in a pretty hot and dismal boatyard, where we would be stuck for two weeks. If the price had been stunningly low enough it would have been worth the pain, but no. On we go again. I’ll just have to improve my technique for applying caulk…