S/Y EFAKI is a member of the SNAPDRAGON & MIRAGE ASSOCIATION
S/Y EFAKI is a member of the Piraeus Sailing Club (I.O.P.)
In this page Cruises taking place during 2003 will be presented.
First Test Sail, June 21st 2003.
The first test sail of the season took place on Saturday 21st June 2003.
After the refitting almost completed and before I actually go for sailing with
friends and family I took out the boat to test the engine, the repaired sails
and the trimming of the mast. With a Northern wind (Meltemi) about 10-12 knots,
Efaki sailed for about an hour in the familiar waters of Saronic Gulf. Since I
had the tender towed the speed recorded was not more that 4 knots but I wanted
the tender with me in case something happened with the engine of Efaki so as to
use it for towing back to her mooring. The test sail proved useful in the sense
that helped notice things that need taken care of before actually going for
sailing. That said, the winch of the mast while trying to raise the main, broke
one or two of the screws (I'll check and repair today) that attach it to the
mast and nearly fell off. This happened probably due to galvanic corrosion of
the screws since there was no grounding on the mast of Efaki until recently.
Otherwise the test sail went well and gave promises of beautiful moments in the
near future. It was the first sail of Efaki the last two years. The year before
last, we didn't sail at all since Efi had a difficult pregnancy and then again
last year the thermo-adjusting system of my daughter (as any newborn's) was not
capable of tolerating the excessive heat.
Summer Vacations - 5 to 20 July 2003.
This year since we had our daughter with us (she became two years old on July 12th) our plan was for vacations with the boat but not really sailing since we didn't know how she would behave on board and how we could adapt to her needs and our fears. So we choose to go to the Porto Hydra Hotel in Thermisia on the Eastern coast of Peloponisos. Facing the islands of Idra and Dokos, Porto Hydra Hotel is 196 klm from our Home in Athens but we difficult roads that take around three hours to travel. The distance by sea is only 42 miles. The Porto Hydra Hotel is a complex including the main Hotel, the Marina and a complex of privately owned houses and bungalows that have 3 km of canals in between like Venice. It's quite unique in Greece although the main hotel starts to show her age and probably needs a renovation. We decided to go to the hotel for the first week of our vacations and live aboard Efaki for the second week.
This is the road map. Porto Hydra is in the right coast of Kranidi facing Idra island.
This is the chart for Porto Hydra.
We were supposed to leave early in the morning of Saturday July 5th. I was
taking Efaki with the help of Efi's brother to Porto
Hydra, and Efi with her car and the baby were supposed to meet us directly
in the Hotel. Since I have not had the time to make enough test sails before our actual
vacation, before casting away I performed a complete and thorough check in every
system of Efaki and that is when I discovered that all four engine bases
(mounts) were destroyed. The engine was sitting on them normally and during the
first test sail a few days before nothing seamed to have a problem. But during
close inspection I discovered that only the weight of the engine kept her on her
bases. This probably happened since last year I had used a turnbuckle attached to the engine room bulkhead to
temporarily cure the problem of tensioning the alternator tension arm that had
broken. This is the reason that worn the engine bases out (something completely
logical, since these mounts are specifically designed to bear vibration of a
certain kind and direction that I had foolishly disturbed with the turnbuckle).
I phoned my mechanic who could not find on Saturday replacement engine bases and
so I left him the keys of the boat to repair it on Monday and with Efi and our
baby we headed to the hotel with the car.
boat was ready as my mechanic replaced the engine bases and realigned the shaft.
Total cost of materials and work 350 Euros. Next morning I took the flying
dolphin (hydrofoil speed boat) from the nearby port of Ermioni (cost 20 Euro)
and after a two hours trip reached Piraeus in noon. I went home to pick up a few
more things and with my parents took Efaki around 6 pm and left for the island
of Egina (Aegina). The weather was a Northern 5 Beauforts, a meltemi as we call
the summer northern winds in Aegean Sea that start in the morning and die at
night. It took around 3,5 hours to cover the 17 miles to the Egina (Aegina) port
in which for the first time in years I berthed on the dock and not at a double
left in a hurry and in Microlimanon there is a coast guard office operating only
in office hours, I took my papers and went to the harbor master's office to
declare arrival, pay harbor dues and take permit for early next morning
departure. Thanks god I met a friendly officer who explained me that in the last
two years that I had not sailed Efaki (due to Efi's difficult pregnancy the
first summer and next year due to excessive heat for the baby to bear)
bureaucracy had made her miracle again and I was lack of two new papers that I
was supposed to have and the lack of which made me responsible for a heavy fine.
Thanks to this person early next morning I issued this new papers, which is
something like a traffic license and a traveling form at a cost of 80 Euros. No
fine paid. Right now the papers of Efaki I have with me are: these two new
papers, the nationality paper (proof of ownership), the general inspection
paper, the measurement paper (of the boat's dimensions), the radio transmition
license, the VAT paid proof, the marina dues paid receipt and last but not least
the insurance proof (that the last two years is compulsory). Oh yes, and the
crew list paper that I must get stamped before each trip.
Wednesday morning July 9th as we leave Egina (Aegina) and head for the Poros
island and about half an hour since we left port, the charging alarm buzzer
sounds. I shut down immediately the engine only to discover that the screws that
hold on the engine the tension arm of the alternator have snapped even breaking
some pieces of the point of attachment on the engine. I tension the belt that
except of the alternator turns also the engine raw water pump with a rope that
is tied to the eye strap on the side bulkhead of the engine room (where last
year I had placed the turnbuckle that destroyed the engine bases). I called my
mechanic on the cell phone who told be that tensioning the belt with a rope was
a better solution for the vibration of the engine rather the turnbuckle that
could make the same damage to the new engine bases. With reduced engine
speed and only the main hoisted since there was only a force 2 northern winds,
we headed for Poros and continued to the Marina of Porto
Hydra Hotel that we reached around 6 pm.
There are about 150 (?) houses and in between the 3 kms of the canals. There
are bridges to connect the created "islands" of houses to the main
hotel facility and the marina and the beach that has a "blue flag"
awarded by the European Union authorities for organization and cleanness.
Left:A ride with the tender to the canals. Right: My daughter playing on the dock.
Left: Me and my daughter in front of Efaki. Right: Elpida (my daughter) on her cabin.
Efi and Elpida on the bow of Efaki.On Saturday 19th July was the end of our vacation (we departed Saturday rather than Sunday so as to have a day to rest and prepare for our jobs on Monday). With the help of Efi's brother that came Friday night with the hydrofoil, we departed around 9 am from Porto Hydra Marina heading to Microlimanon Piraeus. We first paid the electricity and water bill of the Marina (cost 20 Euro) and then left facing a continues force 5 Meltemi with gusts ranging from 20 to 30 knots. It took us exactly 10 hours to cover the 42 miles since we were facing an opposite wind and there was a heavy swell. We had the engine running in low revs all the time and the rope that kept the alternator belt tensioned worked remarkably. As we reached the permanent mooring of Efaki on the dock of the Piraeus Sailing Club, Efi was there to meet us along with our daughter. That concludes our summer vacations for 2003. Efaki was used rather as a hotel than a sailing boat but will finally retrieve her true nature as we slowly get used with our baby aboard during short sails to take place in August.
Last updated: August 6th 2003.