Our several days lasting repair holidays come to an abrupt stop: the outhaul gear of our main sail goes on strike. Robin’s attempts to repair or disassemble the defect part fail, in spite of the support provided by Mike, thus we order a new gear at AMEL. As deliveries need a recipient address onshore, we reserve a berth at Marina Arnovecchio close by Pisa, which promises to take care of deliveries till we arrive.
We decide to stay a few days at the Marina to explore the surroundings. Especially we want to have another look at the ‘lopsided tower of Pisa’, which we haven’t seen for ages…..
But first we need to do the repair works. The most difficult part is to remove the old gear. As we don’t have such a big puller on board, we ask a local mechanic for support. He manages with lots of hammering, screwing and pulling to remove the old part.
We wonder why it needs to be so tight….
Next to Pisa, we also drive to San Gimignano, where can’t stop because of the heavy traffic and no available parking spaces, and to Volterra. Volterra is mainly famous because of it’s Alabaster art, but also the ancient town is rather nice to see.
Naturally we also visit Lucca
and Pistoia, which I favor a lot.
Even without any nice towns and cities, Toscana offers a most beautiful countryside, not to mention the nice wine and tasty food…
The Marina Arnovecchio is one of the many small marinas along the river Arno. All marinas are more or less simple constructed, thus much cheaper as Marina di Pisa. For a short stay they are okay. – On the negative are the rather low voltage, the weak WIFI and phone network. On top are the mooring lines too weak as soon as the current increases, at least for our rather heavy boat. Again are we happy to have nice, big round fender for the back. – Positive are next to the moderate prices the friendly support and the tranquility.
For now enough stories told – see you soon!