I am wondering, that some people forget that the sails and the engine are basics for the boat and there life’s.
Don’t forget, as a rule of thumb, if you are not able to furl in a jib by hand during calm conditions, you will tear the reef line or something else one day for sure, for example if you need full power on the winch, when there is a lot of wind.
There is always a reason, why the jib is hard to furl in. Look for that.
There can be various reasons.
So whenever you like to buy a boat, ask somebody who is used to sail on different boats a lot. You get the advantage of practical experience.
What I also learned (again) is, when somebody tells you the engine is serviced, ask him what parts – in his opinion- belongs to a yacht engine…
But ok it is not a big secret to make sure that the seawater for cooling gets a chance to reach the inner cooling cycle.
From the mussels I found in the seawater filter I planned to prepare a starter for the lunch for 3 persons, but my crew refused.
I have to admit, that I am very restless for the first days of each delivery.
It always takes time to become familiar with the boat and the circumstances,
although I have seen many boats and caught plenty experience  during the last 25 years.
So did I mention, that the wire of the steering gear broke, when we passed the boot of Italy?
Of course just at that moment when the wind increased and we planned to reef both sails.
After a lot of noise, from my side and the sails, we steered her by the emergency tiller.
The construction of the emergency steering system on the Hanse is exemplary.
You need less than one minute and its ready for use.
Another big advantage, compared to other constructions of so-called mayor player’s yachts, is the relatively high lever you have, when you steer.
The tiller shows to the stern, and therefore can be longer with a gain in steering power.
Well done, Hanse.
We reached Messina Marina after 3 days, I felt now familiar with the boat.
The guys from the marina are very friendly and helpful.
The night in the marina was a nightmare.
Two times the boat jumped up and down like in a storm at sea, both times I went on deck to keep an eye on the fenders and ropes.
On YouTube you will find images from the swell of the passing cargo vessels and ferries.
Messina Marina is still a port of refuge, but never first choice.
We left the next day and went to Milazzo.
On Easter Sunday we walked several times with jerry cans from the self-service fuel station to the boat.
Of course the fuel dock was closed and anyway a water depth of around 2 meters limited the access.
The Hanse 495 has a draft of 2,4 meters, for some places too much, but she is sailing so well on upwind courses with her draft…