Cruising in Company

Posted July 1, 2012 at 09:16


Isabell did show up in Dora's Bay a few days later...  We were happy to see them (Anna with her father Geza) - we rafted the two boats tied to shore and enjoyed a couple of days of swimming, walking, taking a double-Yamaha powered ride to the "shopping-mall" at the ferry terminal two and a half miles away...  The two identical Yamahas pushed the dinghy so well, that I've started thinking of getting a second one - it's a great backup and makes the trip much faster as with just the two of us, the dinghy planes...

Anna learning the blues...

ah, finally a decent intermet signal!
We then decided to accompany Isabell on their trip NW to Rogoznica from where they were to leave for a weekend back to Hungary to celebrate Anna's 5th birthday...  Along the way we heard from Allegro ma non troppo that they are nearby at Kaprije...  While the crew of Isabell was away, we were going to sail over to Kaprije, but instead Allegro showed up at Frapa Marina in Rogoznica...   We spent four nights in Rogoznica bay anchoring at different ends depending on the wind... The second night was bad, since we missed our chance to reanchor during the day and the easterly blew in...  Our holding was good, but the night was bouncier than needed for a good sleep...  The next night we moved to Luka, which is unmarked as an anchorage yet perfect holding and protection in easterlies.  In the evening we dinghied over to Frapa and had a pleasant evening out with Allegro in an exclusive marina setting...  Our nighttime (11+pm) return to Dazzle, 1.5nm away, turned out well (with a single Yamaha ;-), since the easterly abated just in time to reduce the swell, so we made it in 20min or so... (it would have been a wet and slooow dark ride otherwise).  We couldn't have anchored any closer anyways.

From there we all headed another 30nm further north to Murter where we reprovisioned (great fish-market, and the only supermarket where I found the good Bosnian-made pear-schnapps)...

"Just the two of us... we can make it if we try..."
(within the busy social calendar we mean)...

Dora recreated the typical Croatian fish-dish: orata with potatoes and chard  ("blitva")

Allegro was waiting for their new batteries to arrive there, after which they were continuing north and over to Italy, and we set our sights south again as the jugo gave way to northerlies. Allegro decided to come with us to Kaprije for a last day together before we split up for the summer...

hmmm... illegal fishing using an anchor???
(Michael pulled up a derelict fishing line with a live fish caught on it...)

Looking forward to our next meeting... somewhere, somewhen!
After saying our teary goodbyes to Allegro in Kaprije, we made our way with Isabell to the town of Vis on the Island of Vis - part of the island we never visited before.  We anchored in a bay to the E of the town and rented a car next day to tour the island.   Being Monday,  we watched while driving, from high above the bay, how a sizable ferry carrying service trucks made its way among our anchored boats at less then boat-lengths away  (the previous two days were a weekend, so the ferry didn't show up)...  - don't look, watch the narrow, serpentine road!  Fortunately, there was no close encounter of any kind on water or land for us that day...   We visited Tito's Cave (famous, for anyone that had the (mis)fortune to grow up in his Yugoslavia)... The stop on the road is not even marked today (thanks to Geza, who's visited it before and pointed it out to us).  A short walk up a donkey-trail leads to a couple of natural grottos where the "big-wigs" were hiding from trouble... A concocted "Our Leader" (sound familiar?) poem from Vladimir Nazor is carved into the stone...  Best forgotten, with lessons learned.

(Komiža)

Isabell now had to go north for a scheduled change of crew - Anna and Dorka were leaving for home and Geza's friends were coming...  So after another, inevitable, sad goodbye to the two cute girls and their father, we set sail east for the Scedro Island - a small, uninhabited (in the winter) island south of Hvar Island.  What I like about it, is that it is at least two popular destination-days away from charter centers - so it's busy only two days out of seven - the rest it is relatively derelict with its small pine-surrounded turquoise bays on the south side...  bar a local, noisy family (from Split) in a small powerboat that are hell-bent on anchoring exactly where your transom is and how did you dare come here first and take the bay for yourself... fortunately they came after we already had three quiet days there.  But, they respect the Flag.  And a reasonably true English accent (at least to their ears).  We were planning to leave for Korcula the next morning anyhow...

Now a couple of days later we are in Korcula, our favourite town in these parts...(we had a seawater pump breakdown - seal leak.  It looks like on this Volvo, one has to replace the seawater pump seals exactly every three years (6-700 engine hrs).  Good thing I bought the service kit again last winter in Canada - damn, it cost $300.  What failed? - one of the seals, worth not more than $10.  So this time, I just replaced the seals and kept the rest of the kit - the shaft and bearings felt perfect, so we'll see.  I'll try to get just the seal this winter)

While on the subject of troubles - the watermaker seems to have responded after all to the two cleaning sessions, so we didn't need the additional cleaning chemicals that we received while in Marina Vlaska (and now have for future use).   The more annoying thing since about a month ago is that our main depth sounder stopped working reliably, often showing no depth, or twice the actual depth, especially when in less than 30ft (10m) which could be a problem to say the least.  I finally disconnected it, so that it wouldn't confuse me...  Fortunately, the Interphase forward looking sonar provides the depth and more if one keeps looking at it...    Also managed to clean the bottom of the boat to eliminate the green slime that started showing up after a year of continuous immersion...   Saildrive, hub and prop also nice & clean.  Where's the X-42 now?  ;-)


The watermaker cleaning drill...

From here we'll be on to Lastovo Island, then to Vieste Italy...
- Z -