A few days have passed and we have achieved quite a lot, and if feels great!
Firstly, after the initial engine service we found a water leak from around the impeller housing, a bit disastrous really. A marine repair center on the island quoted €70 for coming out, disassemble and repair without parts! Another friend had the same leak fixed for a whole €20, quite a huge difference in price. Kevin went onto trusty YouTube for an idea of how to check and replace the water seal, which he felt happy to have a go at. Next problem was sourcing the rubber seal. Another Google search found the manufacturers recommended part for the Yanmar engine and luckily the chandler had one in stock....we were ready for the task.
He managed to disassemble the part, and replace an obviously damaged seal. To his amazement when starting the engine once again.....We have no leak, what a star he is and all for the cost of the rubber seal €10, bargain.
The toilet developed a leak which was initially cured with a new joker valve or non return valve. However, another leak sprang from the manual flushing handle! Fortunately our good friends on their beautiful Westerly yacht happened to have a spare couple of seals for this repair, thankfully Lorraine and Paul have no use for these extra bits. So, other than us buying a few drinks it cost us nothing brilliant!
I do a pretty good impersonation of a seal, which at the moment I seem to be repeating frequently 😂😂
Additionally my nursing skills have been put to good use this past few days, Kevin loves injuring himself, this week it is fingers. Normally being a carpenter, it is head injuries, he doesn't seem to have any awareness of where his is! With all of these tasks that have been completed, you would assume that his injuries are from chisels, screwdrivers or perhaps a hammer. His current vicious tool happens to be our new bread knife, fabulous piece of equipment, except when it slices sleekly through Kevin's fingers. Talk about a bloodbath! He has since damaged this same injury on a further three three occasions. In one of his regular shower visits without due consideration to said wound, he managed to create what looked like a complete scene from a horror film. Just as well the lovely cleaning lady was not around, she would have keeled over (she is always wherever you are, mopping behind your every step and I thought I had an issue with OCD)
As mentioned, our friends Lorraine and Paul are moored in Lakki, only a 15 minute walk from the marina. They are also carrying out their preseason checks, repairs and servicing, which is very handy for us as it can be a little daunting carrying out new tasks alone. The fact that Paul happens to be amazing with electrics, came in extremely useful when Kevin unboxed his new toy, a digital ammeter and voltage meter. The instructions are beautifully printed on a lovely crisp white sheet of A4 paper, however, just a glimpse at his face when Kevin studied the font, told us that Paul was our emergency response unit. Together they deciphered the foreign language (English for Paul!) A quick trip to the chandlery man (our best buddy since we arrived here) and the electrical parts were splayed over the whole boat. A lesson in connections, voltage and currents was well underway whilst Lorraine and I kept at a safe unfriable distance, lazing in the cockpit.
During this electrical challenge we realised that Monday was a bank holiday, beginning of Lent or translated...Clean Monday. This could pose a slight issue as our plan, should the weather dictate, is to sail on Tuesday. Shopping will be required and as the weekend looms meaning limited shop opening. We soon leap from our semi recumbent position to briskly head into town. Lorraine took me to the most fantastic fruit and veg store I have ever seen in Greece, packed full of every possible item, we were soon laden if not a little overflowing!
Our stagger back to Kejstral with heavy rucksacks weighing us down, took rather longer than our walk earlier. Lunch of various local savoury pastries and baklava soon refueled us all ready for a chilled afternoon/ evening.