That’s right. Zoot Allures has been parked in the harbor for a week now recovering from last Sunday. Time for a bath!
So… Last Tuesday I blasted out to Porto Rafti trying to catch some daylight with a list of “to do”s. And here is what I find.
Alex all puzzled that swans eat tomatoes as well! So he’s like”whatarya doin’?”, and I’m like “I got a million things to do but will have a 20min coffee break to start with”. And he’s like “I’ll make you one”. So he proceeds making me a huge mug of arabic/turkish/greek coffee with a shot of raki to “warm up”. Kostas also came by with a friend and we had some more raki and then we went to Kostas house with some funky cheese and had more raki….. errr, I didn’t get anything done that evening!
Wednesday afternoon (hey, it gets dark too soon!) … gave ol’ Zoot an external wash down and then just hung out. Thursday I had an evening gig at work so I had the morning to clean up down below and fill a water tanks (not too much water due to pending haul out). Unfortunately I found a problem. My forward port side chainplate has shifted and is a bit loose!!!!!! I always wanted to make sure they where in good condition (since my first survey) but they are hidden. This means I have to take apart the galley and closet. Winter renovations are gonna be “interesting”. Oh, the horror.
Back late Friday night. The Metro subway was on strike so I got a ride in late with G.S., grabbed some souvlakis, hung out and turned in early. Saturday was a lazy day. Wanted to wash down the sails but it was a bit breezy and left it for Sunday. Spent most of the day just pottering around and I also think I’ve managed the art of splicing a loop… I think!? Lunch/feast was at G.S. and in the evening Kostas and I put a healthy dent in the bottle of Haig Ada had brought me.
Sunday… laundry day! Up bright and early, hardly any wind, a nice and quite and beautiful Sunday morning. The weather is still marvelous and I had no problem getting soaked barefoot washing down the sails, genoa first and the the main. I also got to take notice of a few repairs to make and checked the furling systems. When I was just about done I noticed 3 figures on the bench looking at me.
It’s G.S., Vicky and Ioanna M. They were having a grand time and refused to tell me how long they had been there. So after furling the sails back up, we had lunch/leftovers from the previous feast and also BBQed some sausages.
Back on ol’Zoot. It was getting dark, day sailors had returned and so did the white swan, and boy does she like “tsoureki” (brioche?) bread! After the better part of the tsoureki was gone, the ducks come quacking in making a fuss paddling all around the boats while I thought back to a dinner I had at La Boniche (http://www.laboniche.com)with one of those suckers which had marinated in strawberries for days. Quack!
The evening commenced by installing an led tape in the salon (at last) listening to Moondog Jr. and polishing off the rest of the Haig with Kostas. It’s starting to get clean and cozy in Zoot Allures. I’m not looking forward to pull her apart this winter. I loath dust! Life is easier in the harbor but Thursday predicts some pretty mean winds, rain and cold so I gotta head back around to my Kalo Gialo anchorage. Probably Wednesday morning.
And now the moment you’ve been waiting for…
Drum roll, please……
I present to you s/v Aphrodite!!! Ain’t she a beaut!
Check out them curves and fishnet stocking!!
And many thanks to Sue for sharing pictures of Aphrodite with me/us and for all the great info (I dare say) that she is/shall provide! Saludar!
Poor ol’ Zoot Allures is getting a face lift!
ps… I could turn this blog into a sailboat dating site and get rich! Broohaha! Eg. The old Tahiti Ketch “Hispaniola” is in dire need of TLC and is for sale.