Naturally, we look very forward to see our “baby” again and we hope the weather stays as it has been the last few days: Calm and sunny, with 10-15 degrees C.
It won’t be only a pleasure visit, though, some work has to be done too. Luna Azzurra’s hull needs a proper cleaning. Therefore, we hope we can book the floating dock at the marinas shipyard and haul her out of the water.
Patrik also bought a polishing machine this week, so we can turn her into a shiny, dark blue diamond! Although, for that task we need at least 15 degrees C, otherwise the polishing will be a mess.
Nevertheless, she’ll look amazing when she’s finished and we might have a second baptizing – with her fancy logo on both sides and her name, finally well visible at her hull!
In case the weather won’t be on our side, we’ll have to complete this task in spring – in April 2019 we plan to travel to Loano again and stay a week.
Of course, we’ll also meet Matteo and his wife Juliana again. Patrik and I have been in lively contact with him since last summer and it will be nice to see the couple again!
As Luna Azzurra’s bimini has been destroyed during the storms in October, we need a new one – a long one, since we have to buy new anyway. So right now we are busy getting offers from different manufacturers. So far we found two companies in Germany, who are should be able to produce the correct part.
I’m still waiting for color samples from one of them and their offer looks promising, although quite costly… Unfortunately, the lead time is approx.. 12 weeks after receipt of order. Means we have to hurry, if we want the bimini be finished until April. The question is, if it would be smarter to let it ship directly to Italy, instead of to us. With a width of 4m it might be impossible to get it into our car. even though it will be folded. So that’s an important point, which has to be checked.
I also bought six additional bedding sets, cause we suddenly realized that the existing ones might be too little. In case we have guests who want to charter the yacht for two weeks. I still need to buy more towels, though, for the same reason!
And look, we have decided on a Freja the CAT logo! The same company who printed Luna Azzurra’s name and logo printed these stickers, which we ordered last week! We just looooove it!
Another important purchase is an outboard engine for Luna Azzurra’s tender. We settled on a Mercury 3.5 hp, which will be strong/fast enough and doesn’t weigh too much. The delivery will be directly to the Marina di Loano’s office, where Matteo will pick it up and put it in our garage.
So let’s hope the investments will pay off at the end and we’ll get many bookings and many happy guests!
And last but not least, we wish you all a cozy 1st Advent weekend – take care!