July 2020

SKIATHOS - MILINA After spending 10 days in Porto Koufo we had to move on. 60 nm to the south, Skiathos was our next stop. The name "Skiathos" is composed out of two words. "Skia" (shade) & "Athos" meaning: the shade of Mount Athos. At first we were planning to land on one of the …

June 2020

PREPARATION - THASOS - MOUNT ATHOS - PORTO KOUFO   The last preparation of the boat before the journey was consisting in finding storage on board. When every little bag of gear and supplies landed in the cockpit, we started to think that we will not fit everything in. Amazingly, this was all cleared and …

May 2020

MANUAL WINDLASS - AIS ANTENNA - TEAK GRATING   In the middle of winter, the Covid-19 outbreak began. The first lockdown in Greece was in March 2020 and lasted for more than 2 months. We were confined at home and sailing was totally forbidden until June. During the month of May, we cautiously started to …

October 2019

STERN GLAND - EXHAUST ELBOW RISER  After all the problems with the traditional packing stern gland in June, we finally decided to replace the system. This piece of gear had to be removed without taking out the shaft. But on Contessa's, the shaft can be extracted only if the rudder is down. That meant a …

June 2019

MOVING ON BOARD - SUN AWNING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - STERN GLAND In Greece the month of June is quite hot and sunny. A protection from the sun was now essential. We ordered a large sun awning which also had to be waterproof. The material is quite tough but light enough to be foldable and …

May 2019

ANTIFOULING - LAGOON TABLE - LAUNCHING - LIFE RAFT - SPRAY HOOD & MAIN SAIL COVER - WASHBOARDS   Beginning of May we applied the antifouling. We used International Micron 350 in green colour. One coat was applied everywhere on the hull and a second on the exposed areas: rudder, skeg and 40 cm under …

April 2019

SKEG REPAIR - SHAFT, PROPELLER & TILLER INSTALLATION - POLISHING GELCOAT - MAIN SAIL TRIAL   We had a very bad surprise when we pulled out the machine screws holding on the heel plate. While inspecting thoroughly those voids, we realised that the previous owner had fill up the old machine holes with quite a …

March 2019

ENGINE ROOM -NANNI KUBOTA WATER PUMP REPLACEMENT -  CUTLESS BEARING - SHAFT, PROPELLER & RUDDER TRIAL - NEW TILLER   At the beginning of the refit we decided that we needed access to the stern. Therefore, we cut widely through the lazaret door. That was of a great help since it allowed us to undertake …

February 2019

ENGINE ROOM REFIT - WATER TANK - PLUMBING - MAINSHEET TRAVELLER - PACIFIC WINDPILOT The engine room refurbishment was obviously a major task this month. We were waiting for ages to be able to use epoxy resin. Since December, the temperatures were below anything acceptable. First thing in the plan: bonding the two thick plywood …