Our insurers GJW required that we had a full, out-of-water survey conducted in order to continue our cover. Of course I could have looked around for different insurance, but under the circumstances I felt it was no bad thing to get a survey done - at least it would alert us to any major issues. After various emails back and forth with a German surveyor we ended up getting the work done by David Dabney who is British and based in Svendborg. He charged us £550, which was reassuring after Anders Dahl at Augustenborg mentioned it might cost as much as €1,000! The survey was carried out yesterday and when I asked him if there was anything serious we should be aware of he said "nothing springs to mind" - which is reassuring. We await the full survey with slightly less nervousness.
However, of the four batteries on board three are completely dead. The survivor is a high-tech Optima engine start battery. The other supposedly whizzy battery, an Elecsol used to power the fridge, has not survived despite its claims to last 5 years. After worrying a lot about options I got in touch with the wonderful Phil Munslow, our electrician on Kalessin for many years, who suggested I get two reasonable quality batteries to replace the three dead ones. They weigh 27kg each (and cost £110 each) so it really isn't a good idea to take them out if we don't absolutely have to!
Other shopping so far:
- 4 snap shackles for releasing the guard rails quickly - £38
- extra spare impeller for the engine water pump. In the end I managed to order this through Sam's account at ASAP and was reassured to discover I could order exactly the same one he ordered in 2011 - £20
- Lavac Zenith toilet service kit - £52
- extra Garmin electronic chart covering Denmark & N Germany, in case either the Nordics chart isn't on board, or it proves impossible to update (highly likely as it needs a big fat internet connection to download the new chart!) - £109
- up-to-date pilot book for Denmark and Germany - £32
- up-to-date copy of the Nigel Calder Boatowner's manual - £29
- climbing harness for Sam - £45
- lightweight wheelchair with large, removable wheels - £200
On top of this we have all the kit which Sam had already bought to take out to Denmark last year, including:
- two cans of Cruiser Uno (one-coat) antifouling
- a new foldable Compass bicycle
- an extending boarding ladder
- a long line on a reel for Swedish rocks
- two new high-class mooring warps
- assorted engine spares, electrical spares and other bits and pieces
- polish, cleaners, cloths
- a Remoska cooker - still unused
- and much more.