02 Dec 2010

Yarrrrgh.. Much to learn you still have! The people I have met.

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The sailing community is second to none for people eagre to lend a hand and all have an opinion which will contradict the next person you speak to. If you are easily swayed you would be a very lost individual, and as someone who is really learning the ropes of yacht maintenance and live-aboard sailing on the whole I lap up their advice and get very confused.

Some people are very passionate and refuse debate, a trait I am certain that is common amongst sailors who have but themselves to argue with on long voyages… quite looking forward to that :p Take wood for example, it’s a common morning occurance and I want to do something with my teak toe rail, I asked lots of people all suggested something different, most including the carpenters said “Do nothing, leave it natural” – you can’t have something beautiful and not give it a good polish I want others to admire it…  I am still looking for the right treatment.

On to the people and their stories:

People Dave


Dave, has been living aboard a 26′ wooden boat build by his father some 50 years ago. He helped me sail the boat from the buyer in Lisbon down to Portimao. A retired marketing exec who enjoys the slower pace of life in Portugal. Absolute legend!



Alan has two wooden boats in the same yard as me, can commonly be seen drinking and working on his boat from 10AM. Great guy, like many who have bought project boats regrets the day the thought entered his head.



John the local electrician and he found me the Contessa 32 in Lisbon. Boy can he talk, just have to make sure he is not charging you or you will be in for a surprise!



Peter the rigger, he is in great demand and helped me fit the inner forestay and completed a rigging survey. Has a little dog that pisses in his car, very cute though.



Canvas Mike, tought me all about sail trim, rough weather sailing and weather systems.

Lagos Homies

Lagos Homies

In Lagos there are about 30 yachts with families / couples waiting out the winter, they meet up once a week. One family have a web cam session with their children’s class room every Tuesday, being on a boat has to be the best education for a child. Been a great source of information, I got paper charts of the Atlantic and Carrib, fuel tanks and all sorts, they love helping out.

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