MI BARCO | MY BOAT | MON BATEAU
Lat 42º 34,2' N
Log 8º 51,5' W
15
NOV
2016

Christopher Singer, S/Y Larry. For the UK Cruising Association.

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The owner was a live aboard for five years in his own boat around the Mediterranean and spotted the need for much needed facilities at home. His personal experience shows in the way that he runs the business. All services are available; you can do your own maintenance, hire their tools and machinery and even share in the large drums of antifouling thus at lower cost or get their very experienced staff to do the work for you.

Xufre Boat Yard and Dry Standing
This is a new family business about 5 nm from Vilagarcia first started in 2013. It is owned by a journalist who speaks English, born and brought up in the area and run by his engineer son who is learning English fast. The owner was a live aboard for five years in his own boat around the Mediterranean and spotted the need for much needed facilities at home. His personal experience shows in the way that he runs the business. All services are available; you can do your own maintenance, hire their tools and machinery and even share in the large drums of antifouling thus at lower cost or get their very experienced staff to do the work for you. Their travel lift takes 180 tons and is 8 metres wide, 22 metres high. Their crane is 35 metres high. They are cornering the market for the larger yachts on land. They have two wifi transmitter aerials so reception is good throughout. The village is delightful with a choice of supermarkets within easy walking distance and many tapas bars and some good restaurants. They will help with land transport. Security is good helped by a pair of very friendly Alsatians who know who is friend (inside compound) and who foe (outside).

Our stern gland was leaking. They had to remove a generator to gain access (difficult but handled well) and then found the problem was more than just a need for more packing. The prop shaft was showing signs of corrosion (so they ground it down a bit), a sleeve had corroded (so they made another), the cutlass bearing was in poor shape and not fully connected so they shaved a bit off the hull to make a better fit and opened the lubricating holes. Overall result: no leak and an engine so smooth we hardly recognized it. Very professional.

Errors on Admiralty and other charts. This is a problem for them as it puts people off. Their dock from which they haul out is at 42.34.01N 008.51.82W. The admiralty and local charts show a minimum depth of 0.7m on the approach and a drying rock 0.03nm WSW of the dock. This is wrong. The rock does not exist and the minimum depth is 3.1m throughout except in a very small bit of the NE corner where you would not want to go. The dock has a minimum of 3.1m. Approach past either end of the breakwater: the South West is preferable as you will avoid the mussel beds and have slightly fewer moored fishing boats to circumnavigate. By summer 2016 they will have laid 43 x 4.25m of pontoons to the SE of the dock. The NW end will have a minimum 3.1m, the SE 1.2m. A new shower block with washing machines is being built.

Best to email Alejandro Diéguez Cores (= Alex, the son) info@xufre.es. We planned a few months in advance and Alex took the trouble to email us a few days before to say they were expecting us.

Christopher Singer S/Y Larry for the UK Cruising Association.