Lanzarote, Canary Islands
 
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November 17, 2019 (Day 4,553)
Quick Fix: 28° 51.4 N / 13° 48.9 E
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A Worthwhile Investment
"That's a lot of work!" It's a comment that's regularly made by other mariners when they find us hunched over the bright work or our teak decks performing a little routine maintenance. Some, perhaps, eye our vessel with admiration, most, no doubt, with the relief that there's nary a plank of exterior wood attached to their own boat. But for us, it isn't work, it isn't even a hobby, it's an investment in our cruising lifestyle. We've spent the last week stripping and applying new Cetol, we added caulk seams between cap rail planks to prevent future cracking, we cleaned our decks, installed by Teak Decking Systems which, even after 12 years of cruising, look like they've just been laid. Sure, it takes a little effort, but we've calculated it, we spend just 4% of our time maintaining our exterior teak work. The other 350.4 days of the year, we just sit back, relax, and admire the results.

           

 

 


Nov 11, 2019    |  Lanzarote, Canary Islands - 'Island of the 1,000 volcanoes' (shoes strongly recommended).








November 1, 2019 (Day 4,537)
Quick Fix: 28° 51.4 N / 13° 48.9 E
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A Lanzarote Landing
What are we up to? In a word, projects. We’re berthed on the south coast of Lanzarote, a volcanic island in the Canaries that reminds us a little of the Galapagos. The volcanoes here have been dormant for centuries, and the arid landscape, when viewed from Google earth, appears to be just a wasteland pockmarked with giant craters, resembling more of a Martian or Lunar landscape than a holiday destination. But it is beautiful, in a ruggedly dramatic sort of way. We’re preparing Dream Time for her Atlantic crossing, inspecting and servicing gear and equipment. She’s in fine shape and will soon be ready to cross the pond, perhaps with a pit stop in Cape Verde, a cluster of African islands 900 miles south of the Canaries that rest deep in the trade belt - winds that will carry us the remaining 2,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic to Barbados, which right now still feels like a world away.



Nov 1, 2019    |  Lanzarote, Canary Islands - Farion de Tierra, the northern tip, carved by wind and seas for over 30 million years.