We made a small but
determined foray towards
Friend Brian in the dinghy, Barry at the helm as we towed JJMoon back into Rebak marina.
The haul-out had gone well. There are few facilities here for comprehensive maintenance but some who serve us in the marina and the hotel are excellent. We have never come across a more competent travel-lift crew. Very precise in all movements of the hoist; quiet, with most communications by hand signals. We felt safe in their hands - which is a comfort, it is very, very un-nerving if there is the slightest fear of being dropped. We were out for a couple of days; more than enough time to wash off the bottom, clear all growth from the prop. and bow-thruster and check for problems below the water-line. The worst was the bow-thruster – completely immobilised by weed and barnacles. It was a good job we anticipated something of the sort and did not try to use it or test it.
Haul out photos. The team was competent, quiet and efficient despite small difficulties such as the paving surface being re-laid while the launch continued.
The hotel is quite smart and expensive but could not be more welcoming to those in the marina. On staggering along to the beautiful pool after a day’s sweaty labour one is greeted by a smiling member of staff offering a clean towel and directions to the nearest free lounger. Drinks and snacks are available at the pool-side bar. On 31 October the hotel put on an elaborate party for 46 guests and 50 from the marina. Immense trouble was taken by the staff to decorate in macabre fashion, turn out in ghoulish costume and give everybody a good time.
It is not all sweetness
and light in the community. We
learn of a friend several of us got to know quite well a few years ago who has
died at sea off the west coast of
Wrapped in a cloud of smoke this photo is not quite what it seems. The hotel is simply fumigating our pontoons.