August 3rd, 2011 browsing by day


Wednesday August 3. Constanta

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Being moored Med style, stern to the dock and bow on anchor, makes it a lot easier to sand and finish the rub rail and tend to the damage to the hull the fisherman caused on Sunday in Sulina.  No fenders or mooring lines to contend with. I just finished the prep work and the epoxy repairs. Tomorrow sanding again. I do have electric power at the dock but now my cheap Austrian sander I bought in Swishtov broke down. But I can manage with handsanding for now.

I have paid for a week’s moorage, which is about the same as 5 days on the daily rate. So, depending on my chores, I’ll leave on Sunday afternoon or on Monday morning. There is a Roman Catholic church in town.  I need to try and get close to $2,000 in sales taxes refunded, on the engine and parts I bought in Holland. This is the last EEC port and I need to get the customs here to verify the export of the purchases.

I had expected to run into more sailors on the Danube but apart from the one kayaker and a couple power boats and passing a German and a Swede, going uphill, I have till now always been the only traveller since Rouse, three weeks ago. But today a large Austrian catamaran just checked in, they are getting their mast stepped here. I assume that they came down the canal, which branches off before Galati and is a shortcut but the approach on the Danube is too shallow for most keel boats.

The below picture was taken yesterday with Daniel’s I-Pad, when they stopped to visit me. I was in my work uniform.