Now it was time to decided where we would winter, either in Malta or Ragusa in Sicily ? In the end we decided to stay in Malta and leave Destiny on the hard in Manoel Island boatyard. Although it was more expensive, it would be more convenient. So we prepare the boat for the winter which means winterising the outboard, the water maker, the generator, the engine, cleaning all the water filters; clean and cover the dinghy, empty the black tanks and clean, clean, clean. Remove and stow away the sails, + 1000 other little jobs. |
On October 17th we left Grand Harbour for Msida. There was a bit of a sea left from the previous day storm but we made our way out of Grand Harbour and into Marsamxett Canal and reached the boatyard safely. The lifting basin is very narrow and awkward to access, but John impressed me and manoeuvred the boat beautifully in the lock. Destiny was back on the hard, her bottom wasn't very dirty except around the anodes where some weird growth had appeared. We took the anchors and chains out, I cleaned inside the locker, we stowed away the fenders, bicycles, table and chairs, flags. I prepared the hull ready for antifouling in the spring.