First weekend out in Med (pics)

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Well the boat had been cleaned, the props were shiny, and she looked really great (well apart from some rusty rain earleir, but that cleaned off). I had a bit of smoke on start up, but it ran clean after that. As a PS, I took Rogers advice and stuck a container of Soltron like stuff in each tank, and it did make a difference. The back end was absolutely much cleaner after a run than before.

The moorings are about 85% full, so plenty of room except either side of me, which tends to be like a cork leaving a bottle. SOme cloud around but forecast force 2 from the SW, which is pretty good in the bay.

The Cat in teh picture has been there for the 2 years I have, and I have only ever seen it go out once for a day, which is a shame.
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This is alacanda, the little island 10 minutes from the marina, a sort of safe but lazy option, but it was very well sheltered.

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We did take a spin around the corner, and whilst this looks a great pic, there was quite a large swell, so the boat was all over teh place, so we upped and moved back to Alacanda. Probably why no one else was there.

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As we came back we passed this nifty little number, I am not a huge fan of yachts, but this was very nice, talk about low profile..

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We were also joined by this guy, who got a tender taking stacks of photos, then roared off into the distance. Very square shape, but it did have a good turn of speed.

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Here is The Great Escape at mooring, only about 2 or 3 boats around, and the sea was like a pond. Although it doesnt notice, I spend ages cleaning the fenders, which of course are now whiter than white! The front hatch is open, due to the effects of the holding tank being stirred up after forgetting to pump it out 4 months previously - made a note to put that one on the list. Also had new seacocks, having looked ta the old ones, which were seized, I am glad I had that done.

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With Alcanada you can can go ashore, and walk up to the lighthouse, which is good fun. I took teh tender for a run, which went great, but I am still getting water coming onboard over the transom when I go fast. I think that is next times problem to solve.

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The sea was so calm, you could see the bottom, which was around 3-4 meters where I was moored. This was taken from the boat.
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We were also joined by meddreamer, who was far enough away not to be able to throw things at, but I got this nice shot from the tender.

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We also did a run down to Soller, with a view of seeing what the facilities were like, nice place. This is speedboat alley.
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And of course there were some very nice boats coming and going. I would guess this was up from Palma.

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And finally the train that runs through soller down to the port - a lot of money has been spent in the post, it really looks good compared with 2 years ago.
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..as a thought to balance things out, this is my first time on the boat since September, whereas you guys in the UK have had some cracking weather in the last month or so - so on balance I suspect you have racked up far more hours than me!
 

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Quote: "I took the tender for a run, which went great, but I am still getting water coming onboard over the transom when I go fast."

Yep me too, but there's a fix! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Look in the Mercury Quicksilver catalogue for a "transom spray deflector" It's a ally angle bracket with a rubber flap to fit closely round the outboard leg, fixes on with two screws to the transom. It stops the water coming up from the smaller ledge above the cavitation plate. Costs about £45 and it works well.

BTW. Great Escape looks great sitting out there in the sunshine, but how do you wait 6 months between fixes? I have trouble with six days!
 

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Quote: "I took the tender for a run, which went great, but I am still getting water coming onboard over the transom when I go fast."


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I have a fix for this as well.
Put SWMBO at the back - you wont go that fast again!!!

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Great pix Martyn, makes me want to be back there.

It was the type of weekend that makes Med boating special
 

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I will order that spray deflector - I did try and raise the outboard slightly and trim the leg better, but I still get water in. Glad I am not the only one

thanks for that
 

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Great post Martyn.

I read the forum from top down so replied to the docking thread first /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif

That's a good run down to Soller, did you stop at Colabra - any pics? Also, have you any pics rounding Formentor - I just love the North and North West coasts of Mallorca.

Speedboat alley reminds me of Douglas, Isle of Man /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif


We missed you on the island again - this time by a day. We were in Palma till 1st May. Looks like the weather turned nice for you as it wasn't great for us.
 

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I think we can all agree that the yacht out-classes the mobo /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
 

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The mobo is actually even worse when you see it front on!

The curved bit with the cut out section on topsides are the steps from the flybridge which go to the foredeck. Same on the stb side as well. It looks ridiculous.

Mind you the totty on the coachroof looks to improve ir considerably
 

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Yep - the yacht did look very classy, it was moored out in the bay for the 3 days we were there, not seen it before locally. Son Vida - we cheated and drove down to Soller, as it was a windy day. I plan on soller in June so will get some pics, I just wanted to recce the moorings (given my previous comments they need to be big ones :) ).
 

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I did look at the flag through the binocs and it looked American, but looking at the photo it does look upside down?

Chris - Well wont be long before you are back out in Port Grimaud enjoying the sunshine, thankfully the weather seems to have settled down a bit!
 

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Speedboat alley reminds me of Douglas, Isle of Man

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Mick, I thought of you, the moment I saw the pic.

Thanks for the post and pics Martyn.

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Is that an American flag? If so, it looks upside down..

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Looks Norwegian.
 

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Mick, I thought of you, the moment I saw the pic.


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I'm still having the nightmares /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

We have Nautical over in Malahide at the moment (some sort of official visit from The Minister of Tourism and Foggy Weather) and he is having a ball playing around the wide open spaces in the marina /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
 

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I am rather hoping to get to Malahide in the summer, but in this case by Ferry - although next year hopefully in my own boat, and of course to the isle of man,and fishing with the major (or not fishing as the case maybe)..looking forward to meeting up with forumites in the area! (assuming the med doesnt tempt us for another year of course...)
 
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