Patrik and I have been busy in preparing for the sooooo loooooong desired green light to travel to Loano!
Well, since the 03rd June the border to Italy is officially open, but we decided to wait until mid July. Firstly we can’t take vacation right now, plus we want to see how the new situation develops.
But I must say it was worth it to have a bit of extra time!
Among other things we ordered – and meanwhile received – an anchor chain counter. Since we have no marks on the chain, we first planned to do it by hand.
You know, winding off the whole anchor chain on to our pontoon, rinse off the sea water, let it dry and then mark every ten meter with colour. Let it dry again and – voilà – a whole day would have been wasted successfully used!
On second thoughts, however, this procedure has to be done every, or every second year. Plus, what’s more worrying, the tiny colour particles would be lost in the oceans and consequently pollutes it with microplastic! Not a sexy thought!
And the colourful plastic clips you can buy and attach to the chain will surely get lost sooner or later – so no option either!
Well, therefore we decided to buy a whole new remote control, incl. counter! (pssst…. Plus we only have to do the work ONCE, which probably will take a day too, but that’ll be done once and for good …hehe 😉!)
What else did we purchase….? Ah, yes, finally a rope cutter! We read about it a lot and still weren’t convinced if we need one (the price was also worth an thought). But since we do have a sailing yacht which naturally includes a lot of ropes…… *check*
Then we invested in safety, such as a new fire blanket, in order to replace the old one, which must be the original one (= 15 years). Also automatic extinguisher for the engine room. It will be triggered as soon as the temperature rises above 93 deg. C. Then a portable VHF as a backup and for contact marinas durring arrival.
And two life lines. We still need to buy the safety lines to mount on the boat, but we need to measure her exact length first.
Another topic was storing veggies and fruits aboard.
A lot of times we have seen (fishing-?) nets hanging from the ceiling, with two hooks attached on each end. They look like mini hammocks. Apparently, that’s the most efficient way, and the food stays fresh. But where do you get these nets?
Patrik read on one of the blogs that railing net simply does the job – cheap and functional!
Great! So I started to think about how to do these things in a nice-looking way…. I might be able to sell them to other sailors, who knows?! Definitely worth a try!
Meanwhile, Patrik found railing net on SVB’s website (as so many other cool gadgets), by the meter! So after considering, how many meters I might need – for a start – he simply decided on 30m!!! hmmmm….
OK, in case I won’t be producing tons of these veggie-/ fruit “hammocks”, we still could make our Luna Azzurra safer….
Nevertheless, theory seemed a lot simpler than the actual making. It took me a couple of hours – and countless tries opening the unsuccessfully created ends again – to figure out the neatest way! And, ta-daaaa, it’s even a looker 😊
Other colours will follow later. Among with possible slight changes in the hangers – design still under construction 😉
And the name? “Catch of the Day”, of course?! *chuckle*
I’ve ordered a number of these labels a while ago, for another project actually. So they come quite handy now!
Ready for takeoff
We wish you all a great time and take care!