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Puerto de Orzola, Lanzarote

Angie & I recently spent a week in Lanzarote.   The weather was not as good as it could have been and we had periods of strong winds on most days.   Puerto de Orzola is a beautiful little harbour but on the day we visited, the entrance could only be described as treacherous.  I have tried to portray it on this short, 90 second video.

Here is  a comment from a friend of mine who has sailed from Lanzarote numerous times :

“The prevailing wind for Lanzarote comes down from the north east. Generally the harbours and marinas on the island, with the exception of Playa Blanca, are built to provide protection from that. When the wind changes to come from the south, and especially when it is a strong wind, then all those harbours are exposed to that wind and become dangerous to enter or leave. Playa Blanca is different. It is on the south coast so it has a harbour wall that wraps round from the east to the south. It is also protected from the north and west by cliffs and old volcanoes. A couple of years ago I was sailing around the island when a Force 8 came up from the south. There is not enough sea room between Lanzarote and Fuertaventura to ride it out so Marina Rubicon was where we ran to and watched the waves breaking right over the harbour wall for 2 days.”

Free subscription to digital motorboat magazine

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I subscribe to a free digital magazine which is primarily about motorboats but also includes lots of good general boating articles. You can register to receive a copy every month if you would like to.

Here is a link to the September issue if you would like a preview:

MotorBoat Sept 17

If you want to subscribe, here is the link to do so:

http://www.motorboatowner.co.uk/

New Facebook Group

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I have just created a new Facebook group for anyone who is interested in boats and boating.

I have been a member of a few boating groups where abuse of or towards other members is becoming a daily occurrence so I decided to try to establish a group with the common interest but also who respect others who may partake in different types or parts of boating in general.

Here is a link to the group if you are interested in joining, but please keep in mind that this will take some time to become established.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1623770741031212/

Impressive boat handling

Here is a short video taken by a passenger who was waiting to board the Staffa ferry.   Staffa is the small island off the west coast of Scotland where Fingal’s Cave is located.

This little island (0.5 miles long and 0.25 miles wide) looks like it may be from a different planet. Its hexagonal columns were formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions and a vast blanket of lava that spread into the Atlantic Ocean. Years of waves crashing against these columns created the magnificent Fingal’s Cave.

Staffa was hardly known until 1772, when the botanist Joseph Banks highlighted the wild, natural beauty of the island. It soon became a must-see location. Famous visitors have included Queen Victoria, Lord Tennyson, Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson and John Keats; all fell under the island’s spell.

Staffa was placed into the care of the National Trust for Scotland in 1986, a gift from John Elliott, Jr, of New York in honour of his wife Elly’s birthday.

Staffa was designated a National Nature Reserve in 2001.

Stern deck canopy fitted. What a difference!

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You can see my previous post about stage 1 of this project here: http://wp.me/p8eSsZ-nV

Steve from Titan Boat Canopies arrived early yesterday morning (we delayed him from last week due to Henley Regatta making the town very busy) and despite the soaring temperatures, he boldly soldiered on and completed our stern deck canopy.

He has spent a considerable amount of time and effort in helping us get to what we thought we wanted and his enthusiasm to produce a quality product with exacting fit was very impressive.

We are absolutely delighted with the end product.

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The clear plastic window screens can be individually rolled up or removed completely to give a bimini style canopy, or can be replaced with an ivory coloured set of fly screens, which allow air to circulate, whilst giving some privacy and, hopefully, keeping out the bugs when they are around.

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As with most thing when it comes to boats, there is always a compromise.   In our case, due to the Piper 57N having a rising stern deck, it has been necessary to increase our air draught by 250mm.   This is not necessarily desirable but in our case, we consider that the benefits of having the canopy that we wanted outweighed the minor inconvenience of increasing our air draught, which may result ion having to remove the canopy and framework occasionally more often than previous.   However, given our long term cruising plans, we are expecting this to be a minimal downside.

One upside of the increased air draught is that we have gained a valuable new storage area on the stern end of the wheelhouse roof where we can store a couple of lightweight chairs and the canopy sides and doors neatly out of the way.

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A final word about the supplier, Titan Boat Canopies.   We highly recommend them.   They have been very honest and straightforward from the start.  For example, I first called them in February of this year and Steve told me straight away that he would love to manufacture a canopy for us but at that time, his order book was such that it would be May before he could do it.   After some deliberation we accepted that fact and decided to go with them.   We are very glad that we made that decision, for all the reasons mentioned above and simply because we are delighted with the end result.

We have no affiliation with Titan, other than that of a customer.