4th August 2016
For the last few days, we have started heading down south, back towards Fethiye. We hired a ” Barbiemobile” and explored the whole of Samos, but really only enjoyed the town of Pythagoria, which is in the south part of the island and which is very highly recommended. I mentioned the townsfolks enthusiasm and kindness to travellers, which really makes an impression.
We left the marina on Samos on the 2nd at 7:00, with myself on the helm ( the first time I’ve driven the boat from its marina berth! ) and because (as usual), the weather was getting worse around the area we were in, we changed our plans from heading to Arki and instead started the seven hour crossing to Lakki marina, on the island of Leros.
A while back I said I would show you around the yacht, (and since I have already been to these islands, and already given you a guide to them and there history, culture and location and there isn’t much more I can say about them) I have taken some pictures of it and I will give you a tour around, what is – my home.
But first, Some facts:
The boat is a 45foot (13.5m) long, French made Beneuteau Oceanis, and was built in 2011. The boat was one of the first to be designed with a wide bottom, since other boats of its size would start at the front, be widest at the middle, and curve back in to a moderate sized stern. our boat starts at the front getting wider at the middle, but then comes straight back maintaining the width from the misships and giving the boat a very large, wide, roomy back end! ( a bit like mum, Geoff often states!!! ).
This sometimes causes a problem, ( and what Geoff says!! ) because on several occasions the parking men at marinas and harbours will misjudge the size of the boats stern, so we often have to “push” (literally) ourselves in to a gap too small.
The last time this happened both myself and mum had to physically lever and pull the boat into the gap whilst Geoff drove it hard astern as we had physically got jammed in the allocated space. It is at times like these when the parking man will admit that he had misjudged the beam of her rear ( the boat, not mums! ) and compliment Geoff on his excellent parking!
This large beam gives the back cabins lots of space, which is unusual in a boat of this size, since the stern cabins are normally cramped, hot and small, it also gives you heaps of cockpit space with plenty of area for outside living.
The main saloon area has a kitchen, which on a boat is called a Galley, and two toilets (called a heads), one in the front and one at the back. Then, near the entrance to the foreward cabin is the chart table, where Geoff does many amazing things with charts and planning and stuff. The cabin at the front of the boat is called the Forecabin.
Heading upstairs-(where, underneath the steps we find the diesel engine)-, then exit into the cockpit, which has seats with storage underneath them, and beneath the motorised bathing platform which lifts to form seats or lowers to become a ” beach” we find the gas locker storage and hose pipe and electricity cables compartments, a spare laze retire and a compartment which used to house the life raft, but now holds spare fuel cans.
At the front of the yacht is where we hold the anchor, and another storage area, which holds the most important thing….mothers hammock!
Also at the front is where we store the dinghy, and on the coach roof are where the paddle bards are, it’s not too cluttered and we do try not to look like ” the clampetts” !!
That’s about it, that’s where I live! The state of the weather determines whether my schoolroom is inside or outside, and really we only sit downstairs in the saloon to watch movies in the winter months…… We have also had all weather sides made for up top, so we can literally camp up there even if it’s chucking it down now too!
Anyway, tomorrow we leave Leros and go back to Kalymnos, to a different baywhere this time we get a mooring bouy, but more on that then! Hope you enjoyed the tour – you should have a clearer idea of how we live now!