Patrik and I realised that we actually need a bit of equipment, when we go sailing in May.
At least some basic stuff.
Amongst other things (such as sailing ), we have learned in Malta, how important it is to have a functional jacket (called “tarpaulin” – stands for pants and jacket). Even when the temperatures are around 25 degrees C or more and the sun is shining, when sailing and getting wet, you quickly start freezing and it’s nice to have a warm water- and wind-tight jacket you can slip into.
Also, a pair of polarizing sunglasses are very important (as I painfully learned) and of course a proper hat (my fake straw hat was torn to shreds after three days…), or some other useful sunprotection for your head.
We even thought about buying our own life vests. I mean then you know at least, in which condition this lifesaving piece is in. Maybe not all charter companies service theirs as they are supposed to (just guessing…).
So, after searching the internet we discovered a trustworthy boat-accessories shop in Switzerland,
which apparently sells all the necessary (and maybe not so necessary, but nice to have) stuff you need on and around a boat. And it was true: From A as an anchor to Z as a zinc anode, one would find everything there …..
The good thing is, a lot of their products are on sale right now. Therefore, we decided to have a look there on Wednesday afternoon and almost couldn’t wait until the day finally arrived!
It was a wonderful and sunny day and it took us about an hour to get there and – Boy! – were we surprised when we walked in: A grand shop with about everything you can wish for…. awesome!
….erm….no, it was not! Except of all kind of clothes and shoes They sell books, maps, all kind of galley equipment, ropes, fenders, tools ….. and of course a lot of lovely deco stuff.
Nevertheless, in the end we’ve found what what we were hoping for!
We even tried on different kind of life vests, but didn’t buy one. The by the way, very kind sales assistant told us. That on charter boats, the safety gear is good maintained. She wouldn’t worry about that. OK then!
But to my own surprise, I bought a pair of sailing pants! It was such a bargain, I couldn’t say “no”. Plus – since I’m a bit superstitious – I believe that HAVING such an item with me, it won’t rain in Sardinia in May. But if I don’t, it surely will be pouring and I would regret, not having bought them, when I had the chance….know what I mean?!
Well, it truly was an exciting week…with Wednesday as its highlight!
We wish you all a wonderful weekend