December 7th Was spent provisioning on our last day in Agadir -, we were all busy making the most of the car and went to two different supermarkets and one hardware. Two trips back to the boat.
Mark and Robbie by this time were very sick of hearing the Samstung jokes so they decided to buy the real thing at a Samsung stall in the Souk. There were a few stalls and they looked genuine. They both got a J1 Ace each for 1200 Dirham, (about $120 US.) None of us could face the long walk back to the marina so we took a taxi back for $2. Good deal!
December 9th Robbie was busy cleaning and scrubbing the engine room floor and he changed the stern gland on the wing engine. Jennifer and I forced ourselves to do some more shopping and found some nice leather bags which were very reasonable. Mark & Jennifer invited us for roast fillet of beef on Starlet done in the Convection oven with a lesson for me. I always use our main oven for a roast so was keen to see how it’s done in a convection oven. It was absolutely beautiful – tasty and very tender. We enjoyed some fresh raspberries and ice cream for desert, and then a game of 500 – it was a draw! We have an early start tomorrow so it wasn’t a late night. We have really enjoyed our time in Morocco, and despite our initial reservations about going there we are all really pleased we did. The people could not have been more welcoming and warm and it really is an experience we recommend.
We did get hooked up on some fishing lines which were a series of floats with long lines and hooks hanging off them. We got one around the starboard stabiliser fin and Robbie was stripped down to his undies ready to jump in and free it. I wasn’t too happy about this and he was actually able to pick it up with the boat hook and then cut it with a sharp knife, thank goodness without having to get in.
It did get a bit rougher towards the end of the passage and I went down to the head (bathroom) to go to the toilet and the floor was wet I shrieked for Robbie – the shampoo and conditioner bottles had toppled over, hit the shower tap on the way down, the shower was running, the label had come off one of the bottles and was blocking the drain, hence it was overflowing. It’s always a comedy of errors!
December 12th: Although we had checked into the marina on our arrival on Lanzarote we had to make a 2 hour walk to customs to get our passports stamped. This was no easy feat and eventually we found it, it took less than a minute and then we were on our way back again. There was a marathon on while we were making the trek so there was lots going on. There were quite a few chandleries which we checked out on the way back. Robbie was looking for a new inverter. We had to have a Nana nap after all that exercise.
December 14th: Jennifer and I went shopping and the boys went to sort out phone credit. We met up with them for lunch and had a very reasonably priced hamburger for 5 euro’s which was just like home made. We had very enjoyable sundowners on Starlets fly bridge and an early night.
December 15th: We departed at 8:30am for the 18 mile passage to Marina Rubicon at the bottom of the island. We had a pretty sleepless night as the swell in the marina was bad. Mark and Robbie took a look over the sea wall and determined that it was OK. Well it wasn’t. Before we were even out of the marina the swell and waves were some of the worst we have ever had. It was very slow going and very rough. Things were sliding around and falling off. One of the drawers in the pilothouse slid right out as it wasn’t locked. Once we changed direction after about an hour it improved slightly but it was still very uncomfortable. It was a relief to arrive at the Rubicon Marina which is actually rather stunning, with a beautiful pool, natural fresh streams with large fish in it and a lot of restaurants and shops surrounding it. The first night is free which a very generous gesture from the marina is and we highly recommend a visit here. It is one of if not the nicest marina we have been to around the world.
Robbie has been worried about the muffler on our exhaust so he and Mark took a look at it and it seems we need a new muffler. Call to James Knight the Nordhavn expert in Florida. Hopefully we can get a new one sent out before we have to cross the Atlantic.
We went over to Starlet for a movie night and watched “Hot Pursuit” it was hilarious, we ended up playing a few games of 500. Tori enjoyed a small snack of popcorn too.
December 17th: Jennifer and I walked back to Playa Blanca to do some Christmas shopping. We are both so over the pushiness of some of the retailers. They physically touch you and block you leaving their shop and force things into your hands. I made a boo boo and went into the men’s toilets instead of the women’s. Thank God no one came in while I was in there. I thought it must have been unisex when I saw the urinals but when I checked on the way out it was a male sign. Phew. Back to the boat and finished off making my chicken and vegetable soup. Robbie has a sore back.
We departed the marina at 4:00pm for the 92 mile run to Gran Canaria Island where hopefully we can get a berth in the marina and Robbie will pull out the muffler of the exhaust and make a decision on what we can or cannot do. At this stage they do not have a berth for either boat but we and they, are hopeful that they will tomorrow.
December 18th: We arrived at the marina early this morning after our overnight passage which was uneventful and we had a quarter moon until midnight which helps a lot. There was an awful lot of ship traffic as we approached Gran Canaria but most of them were on AIS which helps and we had both radars going, one set at 12 miles, and one at 4 miles so we could see the long and short of it. We had a plane fly over us quite low on our approach to the marina and for the first time we saw it on the radar (the Furuno set at 12 miles)