27 June 2024 – Arrived in La Maddalena Park Sardinia

About a week later, we got our new Suzuki 20HP 4 stroke outboard. After installing it, and modifying the lifting harness – we have had ample opportunity to test it. It starts easily (pull cord – not electric) but with 4 people in the dinghy, we are a bit disappointed not to be able to get up on a plane – although we could easily plane with the Tohatsu 2 stroke 18HP. The difference though, is that this 4 stroke outboard has a much smoother power band, and no carburetor to foul (fuel injection). I think we’re better off.

We’ve had more Italian pizza onshore. Italy may have invented pizza, but pizza shops in the US and Canada have very much improved on the original design.

This photo shows JOANA from the dockside at Golfo Aranci, with our dinghy Lil Jon in the foreground and a cruise ship and several super yachts in the background. We were anchored precisely in that spot for a month.

As predicted, our friends Kevin and Sandy on SV NOCONA MOON arrived in the anchorage from Positano Italy (near Naples). They departed Monastir Tunisia from the same marina as us about 6 weeks earlier, headed for Sicily and mainland Italy. It is sure nice to again be able to cruise in the company of friends.

We’ve eaten in restaurants with Sandy and Kevin many times. This particular restaurant was vastly overpriced and skilled at under-delivering. My swordfish pasta dish was tasty, but the quantity of fish was about the volume of my fingernail. In the end, disappointing. In future, we’ll stick to fast food. A week later, we had a great Chinese food dinner in Olbia!

Over a 3 day period, we rented a car and drove from the NE to the NW side of the island. This gave us a good opportunity to see what the difference in landscape was. These are the ruins of a Roman aqueduct found on the outskirts of Olbia.

This is a landscape view of the beautiful area that surrounded Golfo Aranci.

On the NW corner of Sardinia, we visited the Nuraghe Palmavera – an Bronze age archaeological site consisting of several towers joined together. Ruins.

The landscape view shows a scenic background of vineyards and olive groves.

Here is a photo of a fisherman working on his nets. It’s a common sight here in Sardinia, as many people still make their living by the sea, in one form or another.

In Olbia, we visited the Basilico San Simplicio, built between 594 and 611. This church still has services, and when we were there at 1030am, they were already setup for a wedding that day. It looked like it was going to be a full house.

In Olbia, we found this fountain in a small square.

Of course, no trip to Italy (Sardinia is a part of Italy) is complete without a photo of a Ducati motorbike. This lovely example could only be improved if it was red.

Kevin has not yet installed a water maker on their boat, but ours is working fine – so I make them one or two jerry cans of clean water every day. This saves them from the effort of going in to a marina.

I continue to revisit my dinghy repair of a few weeks ago. This time, redoing the attachment joints between the transom and tubes with SIKAFLEX (a white marine polyurethane sealant/adhesive) instead of one-part hypalon glue. This is a very difficult area to make solid and waterproof. It is frustrating, but a work in progress.

So, here we were anchored at Porto Puervo and I got to see something for the first time. Well, for the past year we have from time to time seen someone go buzzing by on a motorized (submerged electric motor) hydrofoil. However, this time, we saw a guy taking his dog out for a spin. It was very quiet, and super cool. What a wonderful world we live in!