We are in Marina Portimao, Portugal for almost 4 weeks now. Back from a beautiful summer sail along the Portuguese and a tiny part of the Spanish coastline.
|Ikoko in Marina de Portimao|
It is a bit sad to see all the other boats leave for either Madeira, Morocco or the Canary Islands. Just now another boat left for Madeira, aiming to cross the Atlantic towards the Islands in December.
There is this thing in Marinas that you always have those who are stuck and will never leave again. There are a lot here as well in Portimao. I don't think it is a bad thing, but we don't want to be one of them. In fact we would leave today if we were able to leave. In theory Ikoko would be ready to continue its journey... but we are not because we ran out of money.
All that we earned this year went in Ikoko. We repaired a lot around the engine (shaft, shaftbreak, electrics, bits and pieces), also we added an arch to Ikoko to carry our two solar panels (works great :-)), we had to buy a new anchor windlass, a new chain and accomplished other little projects in and outside the boat. There is more cosmetics work to do next spring. The teakdeck needs some attention and so does the paint. We want to improve the running rigging set-up and add some hardware to get everything more organized on deck and in the cockpit. In total we are calculating 10 k EUR on the lower end and 20 k on the upper end, depending on how fancy we want to have everything.
|The new solar panel arch on Ikoko|
The first week I (Kosta) was kind of depressed to be here and knowing that I will stay here for the next many months. The situation improved a bit by now. The weather is still awesome, we have a lot of friends in the Marina and outside the Marina and there is always something to do. Stefanie has her first paid project, which will buy us food and one or the other lunch, dinner or coffee :-). I am currently working on two projects with a Portuguese friend and I have hopes that early next year we can earn some money from it.
What are we doing the whole day? We wake up at around 7. As soon as Teddy, who sleeps in the salon hears us moving, he is standing in front of our bed waiting to be hugged. Kind of sweet and it puts a smile on our faces. One of us is taking Teddy for a walk. I recently installed one of those apps that would record your walking speed and the track. Believe it or not... before breakfast and coffee we are generally walking more than 2 km with Teddy.
|Teddy is a pretty happy dog|
After breakfast we usually bring us up to date in terms of Emails and news. Sometimes we start some cleaning chores like washing dishes or collecting Teddyhair from all over the place. At around 9 or 10 we both start working until 1 or 2 pm. Then it is lunch time. We love to cook, so this is always a highlight of the day. Then working again... later in the afternoon we have some tea and before dinner we take Teddy to the beach or in the fields near the Marina.
|Typical lunch or dinner on Ikoko|
This is only sort of a routine because during the week we also have meetings in town or go shopping, or do nothing. You get the idea. No pressure here on Ikoko.
Well, this pretty much sums up our life right now. More in a couple of days.
All the best from Kosta, Stefanie (and Teddy).