Back at Arrecife

I did not expect to sail back to Arrecife but when I dived in the water at La Graciosa to remove the algea from the water line of the hull, I saw my new anode of my propeller was missing! Very bad thing, because the zinc anode has to prevent erosion of my bronze propeller.

Apparently I had to secure the three bolts, which I did not know. Since the anode will dissolve, the way to secure those bolts is to use some kind of glue. Very difficult to apply under water. The other thing I noticed was that my anti fouling was not working any more. The algea where growing not just on the water line but over the whole hull. Problem is not only loss of speed but also damage to the hull.

Since I had seen La Graciosa more or less and still had to wait for at least a week for better weather to leave for Madeira, I decide to use my idle time better and return to Arrecife where they have a wharf to take the boat out of the water. Talking about the weather, for two weeks we have seen high pressure systems in North Europe, pushing the low pressure systems or depressions with a lot of wind South. That is where I am. Instead of the normal North East trade wind I get North West winds, often 25 knots or more.

Anyway, good to do some repairs. But time is pressing. Before this month is past I need to be on Madeira. End this week, week three, it seems to calm down. Perhaps than, with a clean hull and shining boat, I can sail up to Madeira.

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