Problem solving in Dalmatia

Tuesday September 8th  –  Uvala Vinisce,  Mainland Croatia

We had to resort to Central Dalmatia’s expert to solve our engine, generator, VHF, chartplotter problems and have been dealing with the most charming, but infuriating marine electrical engineer. He runs a highly successful business but guards his knowledge well making him constantly in demand and therefore indispensable.

The expert at work

The expert at work

He promises to meet at an appointed time then doesn’t turn up and is uncontactable. Has amazing excuses ….caught in a storm while towing a yacht in his RIB from Vis… held up in Montenegro with incomplete paperwork for the authorities!

However, last Wednesday our generator was at last craned back into the boat, sadly, he didn’t have time to check that it was working so another 24 hours waiting, to find he had re-attached two wires incorrectly. It’s all behind us now, working wonderfully. We are now independent again, the watermaker performing perfectly.

Generator craned off and on 2 weeks later

Generator craned off and on 2 weeks later

Bobovisce at dusk

Bobovisce at dusk

Since our last post we cruised Brac with Ros and Phil Dey. A return visit to the moorings in Bobovisce then decided to go with the wind to either the north of Hvar or the north of Brac. The wind changed 180 degrees three times, so did we, and after an hour we were back where we started. So much for going where the wind takes you! An executive decision to sail, well motor, as the wind settled into an easterly, to Povlja on the north east of Brac.

Ros, Phil & Terry Uvala Luka, Brac. Bridge anyone?

Ros, Phil & Terry Uvala Luka, Brac. Bridge anyone?

There are two inlets, the town of Povlja and Uvala Luka, there we anchored for two magical nights. No internet in this bay though. Uvala Luka is famous for it’s restaurant but we weren’t really interested in going ashore with this crew…they are Bridge players!

Uvala Luka, a safe, quiet bay

Uvala Luka, a safe, quiet bay

Povlja, Brac

Povlja, Brac

We lunched in Povlja and met a couple from Castle Hill in Sydney. He comes from this unspoilt village and visits several times a year. He managed to escape the Communists in the 1960’s after refusing to join the Party.

Result of the devastating Bora last winter in Povlja harbour

Result of the devastating Bora last winter in Povlja harbour

Local Povlja specialty fried squid, prawns and chips for lunch while topping up with electricity on the dock

Local Povlja specialty fried squid, prawns and chips for lunch while topping up with electricity on the dock

At anchor in crystal aquamarine Uvala Krknias

At anchor in crystal aquamarine Uvala Krknias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We discovered another magical bay, Krknjasi on Otok Drvenik Veli, with Debbie Humble. A shallow, sandy bay protected by two islands, complete with atmospheric restaurant under the trees. Debbie very kindly treated us to dinner, sadly no meat at all tonight, so we had the fish, delicious, but these people do take advantage of the summer tourists, outrageous charging!

Did you hear the one about......... dining at Konoba Krknjasi

Did you hear the one about………
dining at Konoba Krknjasi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a simple Exotica lunch

and a simple Exotica lunch

How Diva Debbie relaxes on holiday

How Diva Debbie relaxes on holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storm clouds gathering

Storm clouds gathering

 

After a stop at our favourite Movarstica we ended our week with Debbie at Marina Frapa, a very smart marina and a haven for the coming storm. It is in the sheltered bay of Rogoznica where there are many anchoring opportunities.

 

 

 

From Marina Frapa overlooking Rogoznica

From Marina Frapa overlooking Rogoznica

 

So the storm came and cleared the humidity and cooled the air, we actually sailed to our current anchorage, Vinisce, in a 15-24 westerly. Yet another safe harbour, Croatia continues to delight us.

Who ever said I didn't get my hair wet!

Who ever said I didn’t get my hair wet!

 

 

 

 

 

Julie has been known to be the only sailor living in the Med for 5 months of the year who does not get her hair wet when swimming, well, all has changed and feeling liberated she’s now perfecting her half pike!

While Terry supervised the Expert, Debbie & Julie had a long lunch in Split

While Terry supervised the Expert, Debbie & Julie had a long lunch in Split

then let loose in Split's lolly shop

then let loose in Split’s lolly shop

Memories in Kastela

Thank you Tim for sending the RSYS burgee

Thank you Tim for sending the RSYS burgee

Mr Fix It - the fender mender

Mr Fix It – the fender mender

Ros with Phil on watch

Ros with Phil on watch

Flight leaving Split airport at sunset

Flight in western sky leaving Split airport at sunset

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