So the hard work began, sanding, painting, checking sea cocks, unblocking the head – definitely a job for Jim !! servicing the engine, checking the sails and getting supplies on board. Fortunately for us there was a sizable ex-pat community out there who seemed to live at the boatyard and were all fantastically helpful. They were such a permanent feature they had brick built BBQ at the yard !!
Special mention has to be given to Linda and Russ on the fabulous Aqua Domus which they had spent years doing up at Aktio Marina.
Not only did Russ & Linda make us teas and coffees when we had no provisions they leant us a battery so that we could test and start our engine, gave us an old sail to use as a bimini and the address of a sail maker in Vliho bay to cut and shape it for us, radio spares, food and drink, the list is endless, we owe them a massive thank you !! Russ is the chap with the pipe and is a big fan of Jimmy Buffett !!
18th June 2008 and Biba took to the water, at last the voyage could begin first stop Preveza to get some provisions and a nice cold beer at Zorbas The Greek !!!! Should perhaps find Zorbas the hair dresser as well !!