April 19 In the yard in Tholos

Written by Jack van Ommen on April 19th, 2012

Tired but satisfied after a hard day of sanding the boat bottom.. The buses did not run on Easter Monday and I had to spend 15 Euroes to take a taxi from Chios town to the yard. It was raining off and on and I spent most of the day getting things organized again.  The boat wintered well. I bought a Bosch 6″ (150 mm) disk sander in Athens. Just two hours short of finishing the bottom sanding today I ran out of options. The Bosch sander came with a Velcro pad and three sample disks. I have a 10 year supply of stick on disks. So, I used the three Velcro disks till they were worn and spray glued the stick on disks to them. A good idea but after an hour or so the velcro lost its grip. Gerard, Un Français très sympa, has a car here and he is going to take me into town tomorrow morning and I hope I can find a supply of these 6″ velcro disks. I had hoped to be ready for being put back in the water on Saturday but it looks like it will be Monday. Yesterday it rained most of the day and Jos from Almere took me into town in his rented car to grocery shop and to internet. But then I found out through Gerard that they do have WiFi here after all. So, I don’t have to go to town for my e-mails/web posting.

A new plan is forming in my vagabond brains. Instead of heading south and east along the Turkish Anatolian coast I may try and be back in Amsterdam by the end of the summer. Corrine , my oldest granddaughter, will be taking a semester this summer at the Amsterdam University. And this might be a unique opportunity to show her our roots. I’m charting the voyage through Gibraltar and North. Stay tuned for the next “Where is Jack” mail.

After all the rain and thunder storms this morning started out clear, bright blue sky, Greek picture perfect.


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