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After some research, it appears that the best system for keeping track of Maranatha is with Yotreps.

The Boat Share app relies on HF link to the shore. It is lags by a couple of days behind the actual position and will be useless when crossing the Atlantic. As such Admin has uninstalled the app.

The Skipper will be providing regular (usually daily) updates to Yotreps. It is more accurate and up to date and will still work when away from land. Here’s how to find it:

Go to this address: http://www.pangolin.co.nz/yotreps_reporting_boat_list

Scroll down the page to the line VK2KMT  Maranatha

On the right hand side of that line click “track”.

That will take you to Maranathas latest reported position.

Here is a screen shot:

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Greetings Everyone,

We’ve moved fairly quickly across Greece in the last fortnight.  It would be good to be able to “potter” a little more but we need to be in Gibraltar by the end of August when our EU visa runs out.

Two of the highlights for us have been:-

HYDRA — a picturesque town perched on the edge of a cliff which seems to have defied time.  Vehicles of all sorts are forbidden and the only transport is by donkey or water taxi.  We anchored several miles past the town and walked back along the cliff tops with stunning views.

CORINTH CANAL — We bit the bullet and forked out $230 dollars to traverse the Corinth Canal.  It runs for 3.5 miles, is 25 metres wide and is through sheer vertical very high cliffs.  We had it to ourselves on the way through with perfect weather — quite a unique experience –so we slowed down to enjoy it.  In places the cliff face has fallen in either from bomb damage in the 2nd World War or erosion.  Every Tuesday it is closed for maintenance.  All the way along it is floodlit for night passages and you can see electric cables slung down the cliffs as if from the sky.  At either end of the canal is a road bridge which sinks to the bottom of the canal so ships can pass through and then they are raised up for the traffic.

After crossing the canal we hit fierce head winds racing through the extensive Corinth Gulf and kicking up a choppy sea.  We have been battling them ever since trying to get across to the Ionian coast.  The trick seems to be to get up at first light when the winds are the lowest and stop at midday and bash!

For those that are interested, if you google Yotreps and go to the reporting boat list and scroll down to VK2KMT and click on “track” you can follow where we are going.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Anchored at Galatas opposite Poros Island in Greece.  Probably heading for the Corinth Canal tomorrow.

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In response to the Skippers suggestion of using a yacht tracker, Admin have tested it. The above screen shot is taken from my Android phone with the newly installed Boat Watch app.

There are many such apps, on both Apple and Google Play. Some are free, as is Boat Watch, but it pushes for an upgrade to the paid version to get some extra’s such as automatic updates on favourited vessels. In in this case Maranatha has been favourited. I may change apps later, after more research and experience with this app. While I am not recommending this one above any other, it does work, it is free and it is easy to use. I just entered the MMSI number supplied, into the search field and the app took me straight to Naxos, which is where the most recent email (below) puts Maranatha.

I may upgrade to the paid version of this app to receive automatic updates to my phone, or I may change apps. Whichever way I go, I can update the blog in between emails. This will be of particular interest to family and friends as she crosses the Atlantic.

Stay tuned!

Admin.

 

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Greetings Everyone,

We’ve been off the air for a few weeks as our Turkish wi-fi doesn’t work in Greece and we hadn’t been able to get a Greek one until today. The comment we get continually when things don’t work is, “Well — this is Greece!”

We had fun leaving Turkey as we ended up in the middle of a Turkish military exercise area with twenty large war ships, about the same number of helicopters and jet and bombs falling on land near us. The coast guard was quite upset and quickly removed us and another yacht from the scene. After surviving the Turkish battle and a heavy thunderstorm we holed up in a little fishing village on the south of Khios Island (Greece). We set out to walk to Mesta and fortunately got a lift with a Belgium doctor and his wife. Mesta is a most unusual town; deliberately built as a maze of narrow cobbled streets fully enclosed by a fortified wall all to bamboozle the raiding pirates. The history we keep encountering everywhere is quite fascinating.

We eventually cleared into Greece at Samos, fuelled up and headed for Patmos where John was exiled. We were not much interested in the various churches and monasteries built in his memory complete with all the “bling” that goes with them (even the cave he is supposed to have lived in was full of incense burners and candles and had a four euro entrance fee — we didn’t go in), but were keen to see the landscape he would have known so well. It was well worth it. We followed the old Byzantine road almost vertical to a rugged fortress perched on the top of the mountain with a superb view back over the bay and realised that every step could have been where he trod.

After two days we sailed to Naxos where we are waiting for the weather to improve before continuing west to Paros.

If you have a smart phone or ipad you can download an app which enables you to follow our ships AIS signal when we have it on ( usually when we are under way). which will tell you exactly where we are, what speed and direction we are travelling, etc. The MMSI number is 503262100 and the vessel’s name is MARANATHA.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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