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by Nicholas Koligiannis
Thu May 01, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Saronic Spring (Part 3)
Replies: 0
Views: 11907

Saronic Spring (Part 3)

And part 3.
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Thu May 01, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Saronic Spring (Part 2)
Replies: 0
Views: 10959

Saronic Spring (Part 2)

Here's part 2.
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Thu May 01, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Saronic Spring (Part 1)
Replies: 0
Views: 10907

Saronic Spring (Part 1)

With the sailing season almost upon us--and the self-imposed deadline for a posting on the South Saronic bearing down on me--I went on a small tour of some of the bay's nicest spots. Aside from some scattered showers, springtime is probably the best season to do this, as the ports and anchorages are...
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Throttle lever out of the way.
Replies: 2
Views: 10137

Re: Throttle lever out of the way.

Hi Peter: One of the biggest changes both Mats and I have made to the original design is to convert the starboard side saloon berth into a dinette. The old Ballad Exchange has posts in the Accommodation section ("Dinette on Taifun" and "Dinette on Moments of Clarity") with photos...
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Throttle lever out of the way.
Replies: 2
Views: 10137

Throttle lever out of the way.

Hi to all: The following is something that has been recently implemented by my friend Mats Wik who has been living aboard Taifun (Ballad #911) for the last eight years. Currently in Greece, Mats has embarked on a number of major projects on his boat. I often joke with him that his Ballad must be the...
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Accomodation
Topic: Galley improvements
Replies: 2
Views: 10607

Re: Galley improvements

Hi Bob. We don't use all three burners very often but having them is very handy if you're cooking a bigger meal. Between having two or three burners I'll opt for three every time. Many years ago, during Phase 1 of the galley renovation, I ripped out the old icebox and built my own fridge out of 50mm...
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Accomodation
Topic: Galley improvements
Replies: 2
Views: 10607

Galley improvements

At the urging of Bob McGovern, I'm re-posting a couple of improvements I've made to the galley of "Moments of Clarity" which were first uploaded on the original Ballad Exchange. The first involves the installation of a stainless steel crash bar and vertical handhold--while avoiding to make...
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Christmas cruising
Replies: 2
Views: 10112

Re: Christmas cruising

Hi Bob: What they say about the eastern Med is mostly true. The winter season is more stable than the summer one, even though we've gales in the winter too. Having said that, there're plenty of weather windows during all seasons, with the possible exception of late July to late August which is when ...
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Christmas cruising
Replies: 2
Views: 10112

Christmas cruising

Hi and Happy New Year to all: Blessed by unseasonably warm weather (that still required gloves and full gear at night) my girlfriend and I spent a blissful three days on the island of Aegina over the Christmas holidays. We even had a cracking sail back to Athens with the log never dropping below 5 k...
by Nicholas Koligiannis
Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Cruising
Topic: New water separator
Replies: 0
Views: 10513

New water separator

Hi to all: Last year, as part of the fuel system overhaul (steam-cleaning the tank, installing new fuel lines, sending the injectors for inspection) I decided to install a new primary filter. I bought an oversized Racor unit which uses spin-on filters and has a small pump on top which makes bleeding...