Odelia in Serifos, Greece

2020

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1 - 29 Feb 2020: Yosi flew in on Monday 3 Feb, I returned my rental car to Larnaca airport, and rode back to Karpaz with him. We needed the car to get our 6 month visa.

On 4-5 Feb, I rebuilt the raw water pump for the watermaker, removed the stainless steel manifold, and plumbed the watermaker direct from the strainer. Once a new manifold is made in Gocek, I will reinstall it to allow me to easily flush and clean the system. I also rebuilt the fresh water pump, one or more of the check valves inside were leaking and that caused the unit to cycle.

On 11 Feb, I finally finished the installation of the water sep for my generator. I purchased the unit while I was in the US in Sep 2019 and the hose and clamps in Turkey in Oct 2019. The unit is installed after the water log or muffler and separates the exhaust from the cooling water. It makes the generator quieter by eliminating the splash of the cooling water. The photos above show the installation on the aft wall of the engine room. To complete the installation, I ordered a exhaust hose temp alarm, had it delivered to Mike, and will pick it up when I am in Israel for Passover. I will install it in May.

The weather here has been unusually cold and stormy. We have experienced 4 to 5 storms with winds up to 40 knots. We are averaging about 1 every two weeks since we returned from Israel in Jan. Luckily, we have been able to get off the boat and go to Dov and Alona's house to avoid the storms. The combination of wind and surge really rocks the boat. This last week has been cold, down to 35 F or 2 C at night, we are not used to nor equipped for that kind of cold.

On Friday, 14 Feb, Tsipy, and I went shopping in Girne with Dov and Alona. We hit a few stores and then stopped at Alestra for kleftico (a Cypriot specialty of slow roasted lamb).

The marina had a Valentine's Day dinner and dance on 15 Feb. Dov, Alona, Tsipy, and I attended, had a great dinner, listened and danced to live music, and really enjoyed the evening. Yosi captured a photo of us from the security camera and the others we took inside.

20 Feb, I began troubleshooting the hydraulic gangway, it started making a funny sound.
After checking the fluid level and electrical connections, I discovered that one of my engine start batteries is just about dead and that was causing the odd sound from the motor. I am now looking for two 8D batteries. Boat maintenance in cold places this time.

1 - 31 Jan 2020: This is the beginning of our 21st year aboard Odelia. We are currently in Karpaz Gate Marina on the north coast of Cyprus. We returned to Cyprus after a great visit to Israel. It was wonderful to reconnect with all our friends and family. We celebrated Shabbat with Lushi, Motti, Noa (twice), and Dina. I was able to enjoy Yemenite soup at Shemon's twice and great food at Yanuv, Kyoto, Zozobra, Agadir, Tenka, and other favorite spots. Our thanks to all our hosts for putting up with us. We enjoyed our visit immensely.

Odelia is in great shape, our thanks to our friend David and the marina crew here in Karpaz for keeping her safe in the winter storms. I am starting work on our TRNC temporary visas this week and hope to have them within a month. When I was in Turkey, I purchased new dock lines and springs. I spliced in thimbles and added safety chains to the springs for the dock lines. Initially I just spliced in a loop for the spring lines but after the first storm, I spliced in thimbles and added chains to prevent chafing. The photos above show the new system, it seems to work well, and eliminates much of the creaking of lines in the wind or surge. The handrail that we installed last winter really comes in handy here with the floating docks. We can safely board using the steps and handrail, otherwise it would be pretty steep.

The marina is servicing my engines and generator and have removed the injectors for inspection and servicing and the heat exchangers for cleaning. We met with Lisa, Moshe, Dov, and Alona for happy hour on the 9th. I plan to do some carpentry work at Dov's workshop, I need to replace the teak steps on the swim platform ladder. Weather is still pretty wet and stormy but it should improve this coming week.

The marina finished the engine and generator service on 21 Jan, the injectors checked out okay, so they were just cleaned, adjusted, and reinstalled. The heat exchanges were cleaned and reinstalled. Antifreeze, motor oil, oil filters, fuel filters, and Racor filters were all changed. The work was done professionally.

On 27 and 28 Jan, we went to Nicosia to get our temporary resident visa. We stayed at a nice hotel, the Merit near the Ministries of Health and Interior that we had to visit. We received a six month visa after a long ordeal. Hope the process improves over time.