Engines, engines, engines
We decided to leave the marina in
Switched on the various electronics and navigation equipment, and went to start the engine. One OK, but the one just repaired – nothing. Checked everything – nothing. Getting a little stressed now, after spending many thousands of euros in getting it “sorted”, so rang Andrea who had repaired them in Sant Antioco. He could hardly believe his ears, and was mortified. Anyway he rang the local Volvo dealer who was on IOLA within the hour! Quickly found that there was an intermittent fault with the anti siphon break. (Next bit very boring). This takes the seawater up over a loop, 40cm above sea level. When the engine stops, the valve opens allowing in air to make the sea water to drain back out of the system. Otherwise there would be a siphon allowing water to pour into the engine, which was had happened. Quickly sorted, and they tried to find me a new siphon break, but found it would take 2 days at least, which I was not prepared to wait for. Andrea, on the phone to check all was OK, offered to send me some in Licata, where we are headed for the winter.
So, at we
finally left the marina for the anchorage.
Settled in for the night, only to find the
Anyway, come , we weighed anchor and set off. Lovely day, and make good progress to our current location, arriving around Decided to be mean and stay at anchor rather than go into the marina, especially as we plan to set off early tomorrow, and this is always easier from an anchorage than a marina with all those lines. Found the perfect spot just beyond the marina (using their breakwater to give us a calm anchorage), and found two other boats here who obviously had the same idea: a Dutch ketch, and a British yacht. Forecast is good for tomorrow, so Licata here we come! Chicken satay for dinner tonight.