Engine problems at sea

Plans change when sailing.  We had originally planned to go to the Algarve for the winter but over the last few weeks we were looking at our options and felt that it would be more interesting to stay in the Lisbon area. We tried to find a berth for the boat in Central Lisbon but it is virtually impossible to find somewhere to stay in the marinas along the river Tagus. We will be staying at Cascais over the winter. But let us bring you up to date with our recent travels. Peniche When we updated you last we were just leaving Nazare. We had one of the best sails… Read More

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Moving on Board

Now the adventure starts properly. We have already spent quite a few nights on board Island Girl over the winter including some very cold nights with ice inside the hatches but is now time to make a permanent move and hopefully, the weather is going to get warmer over the next few months. We have cleared the house and cleaned and scrubbed it and are ready to move out and for a tenant to move in. We have sorted through all our belongings and tried only to keep those things we will want / need when we return and can be stored in the attic. We have sold stuff, given… Read More

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Our first sail

In January we have really started to get ready for our adventure, Judith has stopped working now and we are busy clearing the house and preparing to move on to Island Girl in March. We have still found time to go down to Gosport and we have to take the boat to get the mast removed in preparation for the standing rigging (the wires that hold the mast up ) to be replaced. Before the mast is removed we managed to get out on the Solent and have a sail, the weather was cold and there was a stiff breeze but we had fun and the boat handled well. We… Read More

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