Calm Sunday at Sivota bay.
The calm sunny weather allows for some more bow-thruster prop cleaning.
For dinner we head to the family restaurant next to the bay. All other restaurants are closed as it’s still pre-season. Luckily the kitchen is excellent and the host makes us feel at home.
We added some lanyards to our soon to be installed pelican hooks.
After a few days in Ithaka we head to Kefalonia. Here we hope to see some turtles while staying at anchor while wind picks up.
Sadly the predictions for wind and rain turn out mostly accurate. The promised turtles remain unseen. We suspect they are in hibernation.
We use the time to rewire one of the electric winches It bypassed the future battery monitoring system in its original installation. For this we had flown in some bad *ss cables. Lots of time was spend under the floor and under the chart table. Eventually the new cable was installed and fixed in place with tie wraps. And the winch still works.
After many moons at Lefkas Marina Ocean Wolf is finally on the move again.
We say goodbye to Lefkada for a while and motor south towards the island of Meganissi. Ocean Wolf is somewhat uncertain after having been at the dock for so long. Simple things require some help. Turning in a circle takes care of autocalibrating the compass. Rotating the speed log also requires a little help. The bowthruster wasn’t thrusting much due to loads of barnacles that had grown on the impellers.
Some dives later things behave a little better and we continue to a nice and quiet bay in the island of Meganissi. Here we anchor for the night and wake up to the sounds of construction workers who are busy building a house on the hillside next to the bay.
Next we head to Ithaka and pass by Scorpius. This privately owned island was previously owned by Onassis. While passing it we see large signs to welcome nearby boats. On closer inspection the text invites boats to please stay away. Booh!
Towards the end of the afternoon we reach Ithaka and anchor near Vathi port.
The village looks beautiful from the water. The houses all look freshly painted and well maintained. Nice to see that there are no high rise building to spoil the authentic Greek/venetia village look.
While trying to prepare for an autopilot upgrade we entered the wonderful world of serial IO.
Multiple windows driver upgrades took place. Frustrations were dealt with.
Interface to db9 serial port:
Actisense gateway to bridge between NMEA 2000 backbone and nmea0183.
Connection to the nmea2000 backbone:
After trying the lightweight cardboard anchor we figured the classic heavyweight anchor has some essential benefits. Enter new anchor.
After unwrapping it and mounting the ultra flip swivel we lifted the anchor into the dinghy and replaced the old anchor. A quick test shows that it flips correctly when lifting it to the bowsprit.