Odelia in Serifos, Greece

2019

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1 - 31 March 2019: The dealer delivers the plywood to Miki but the first two shipments were not AA plywood, so we didn't start work on the new hardtop for the bimini until 24 Feb. His shop is in Rehovet and he had some great tools including a table saw with a moving trundle and even a digital readout for the rip fence guide. It made the wood cutting easy and we finished the cutting early on the first day and I then glued and screwed the lap joints and reinforcing strips along the edges. We need good weather since I have to work outside of the shop. On the second work day, I fiberglassed reinforcements for the lap joints and epoxied the top sides of both panels. Tsipy helped by mixing the epoxy to reduce the time to coat the surfaces. We returned the next day to epoxy the bottom sides of the panels. After a short weather delay, we returned on 6 Mar to sand and recoat the bottom sides of the panels. Today (7 Mar) I finished sanding and applied the second coating on the top sides of the panels. The panels are now waterproof and glossy.

Miki will deliver them to the boat in the coming days with his truck since each panel is 1.8m by 3.2m. Once here, I will sand and paint them and install the solar panels before mounting them on the bimini frame.

1 - 28 Febuary 2019: I got some good weather and was able to finish sanding and preparing the toe rail, bow pulpit, and swim platform for paint. Today (5 Feb) I finished most of the painting. I still have a few areas to paint (around the cleats and chocks used for mooring ropes). I will get to those areas once we are out of the marina and at anchor.

Gadi, Roger, Steve, and I went to Itzhik HaGadol in Yafo and had a truly outstanding meal. They have Wagyu beef (same species as Kobe beef without the daily message and beer). The steaks were the best I've had in Israel and one of the best all time. Definitely worth a return visit.

On 10 Feb I painted the fuel tanks and underfloor areas in the engine room. We are still waiting for the bilge paint. The weather looks like it will be improving, so I am going to start work on the flybridge. I have two projects up there: one is to strip the paint from the louvers on the cabinet doors and repaint them and the second it to build a hard top for the bimini and remount the solar panels.

I stripped the paint and varnish from the flybridge and aft deck cabinet doors on 13-14 Feb. I still need to sand them prior to painting. Miki ordered the plywoord for the new bimini top and I plan to start on it this week (17 Feb) at his workshop.

1 - 31 January 2019: This is the start of our 20th year on Odelia. 2018 passed in a rush and we are looking forward to another year of cruising, enjoying old friends, and meeting new people.

We are in Marina Herzliya in Israel and will remain here until mid-May. I am continuing work on the boat, here is a photo of the new remote oil filter I installed on the starboard engine. This will make it much easier to replace the oil filter when changing oil. Also shown is the new non-skid flooring that I installed last month. I painted the white tool cabinet, battery boxes, and storage areas in the engine room. We still have to paint the bilges.

We seem to be in a weekly storm cycle with strong winds and rain each week. Luckily we get good weather on the weekends, so our Friday gatherings have been comfortable. I am waiting for the end of the rainy season to work outside. I plan to build a hardtop for the flybridge and then reinstall the solar panels. I also need to sand, fill, and paint the toe rail and swim platform to finish the repainting project.

In addition to the Friday meetings, my friend Gadi organized a dinner at NG Meat Bar in Neve Sedek last week. Gadi, Roger, Mike, Kenny and I attended and enjoyed trying a new meat place. I organized a dinner at Bayern on 15 Jan. It has been our favorite German restaraunt but unfortunately it is closing, so this will be our last supper there. On the 17th, we celebrated Hanan's 50th birthday in Nahalat Ada. Hanan is a good friend and one of our frequent travelers and visitors. We had a great time at the party behind Roni's house. Lots of good food and a chance to reconnect with Roni, Alon, Miki, Evyatar and to meet some of the wives. On the 21st, Steve, Roger, Mike, and I tried the new bar in the Herzliya mall, it is called Lager and Ale. The beer selection was great and the food was okay and it gives us a place for a beer after work. The 22nd, Gadi, Yosi, Israel, Roger, Steve, Mike, and I went to Brisket near Hadera (great smoked meat). Jesse and Laurie joined us there.

The weather has improved, with no rain in the forecast for this week, so I started sanding the bow pulpit and toe rails and hope to finish preparations for painting by the end of the week. The paint on the bow pulpit was starting to peel and I had to sand down to the gel coat but the rest of the toe rail is in better shape.

We plan to cruise to Turkey in May and hope to be able to stay there for six months before returning to Israel in the fall.