Today was my day to do the formalities of checking to Tenerife.
This morning the Captain of the rescue boat came by with the bill - 130 €. Cheap at the price, but better to have been avoided. Of course they only take cash so I was required to find an ATM. I did and went back later in the day to pay him but there was no one on the boat. Tomorrow morning I will walk over again.
Then to the marina office. I took a berth for three months at 2,400 € or about $3,000 for the three month period (e.g. $1,000 per month.) That included a 20% discount for prepayment. Of course my credit card did not work so I am now in discussions with my bank about how to do an international wire transfer. Fortunately the people here are quite understanding. They also reminded me that Wednesday is a bank holiday - Assumption of the Virgin - and there will be some festival. I am looking forward to it.
Since I am departing Spain when I leave I then went to the local police office to clear in so that I could clear out later and not have problems when I arrived in Martinique. The gentleman was most gracious and took care of the formalities. His English was as bad as my Spanish but we worked through the forms.
I am staying at the Marina de Santa Cruz in Tenerife. It is a clean and well run establishment. I was relieved to find that they have finger piers so I don't have to deal the "Med Mooring." I have already met a Scottish Couple on the boat a few docks from me who were quite friendly. The marina is pretty empty but I expect it will fill up as more boats arrive for the Atlantic transit in November/December.
Tomorrow will start working on Reboot. The first priority is to give her a thorough cleaning.
Fair winds and following seas.
Monday, August 13, 2012
First full day in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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