Working in a Boat Yard Majorca

The main reason for being in Majorca was to try and find some work on the boats. Palma Majorca is one of the biggest ports in the Mediterranean for the supryachts and sailing boats who gather there every year.

The problem I was having was that everybody else there trying to find work was half my age !! The jobs advertised all started off like – ‘Young, enthusiastic deckhand required,  minimum of two seasons experience on a similar sized boat’, or something similar. Not only was the ‘young’ part a problem but the ‘minimum two years experience’ was a problem !! Some jobs get advertised on crew websites whilst others get advertised on Facebook group pages. You basically have to keep your eyes peeled on everything and your ears open for any talk you might hear in local cafes/bars/restaurants.

After a while I found some work with a couple of guys who were there to recommission an Oyster yacht. The yacht was taken out of the water, taken to one of the many boat yards, and work was started to get it ready for the following season.

All the sytems of the boat were checked, the bottom of the boat was scrubbed and anti fouled, new stripes were put on the sides of the hull, and the boat was cleaned and polished from top to bottom.

Boat in STP boat yard Palma –

Boat yard majorca

Bottom already scrubbed, gold paint started to be rubbed down –

Boat yard majorca

Gold stripes being rubbed back as they had started to peel off due to age and sun damage. New stripe already replaced at the top.

Boat yard majorca

Newly painted anti foul on the underside of the boat, nasty sticky smelly stuff !!

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Mobile crane coming in ready to lift the boat up of its supports –

Boat yard stp

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After all the works had been finished the boat was picked up off its supports and moved back to the water. The boat having just been lowered into the water with the straps still underneath –

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I spent a week working with the boat and it paid the rent for the month so it was very worthwhile and satisfying to see it all clean and ready to go.

Now to try and find some more work !!

Estellences and Banyalbufar Majorca

Another day trip out of Palma saw me onto the TIB bus service that runs throughout Majorca. Most routes leave from the TIB underground bus station opposite Plaza Espana.

Look for the escalators next to the train station –

TIB bus terminal palma

Buses always seem to leave on time and there is a live departure board inside the station near the bottom of the escalators.  There are also smaller ones by the bus stops making things very clear. You can buy tickets on the bus and you do not have to have the EXACT change – yippee !!

I had decided to go to a couple of picturesque villages on the west coast called Estellences and Banyalbufar.  Only a short bus ride away and at 3 euros its a cheap way to get into the local countryside.

After a few miles out of town the bus starts to travel on some very narrow twisty roads near the coast almost making it a scenic tour rather than an everyday bus journey.

The bus first drove into Banyalbufar and then continued to Estellences where it turns around and heads back to Palma. I visited Estellences first and climbed the steep streets – kind of reminded me of the Italian countryside.
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The narrow streets of Estellences –

Estellences majorca

I wandered around the old town for a while before I followed a winding road down to the shore. No beach there but a rugged coastline which I’m sure gets battered by the wind and sea during the winter months.

The rugged coastline of Estellences after the long walk down from the town –

Estellences majorca

Estellences majorca

After climbing the road back into town I stopped for lunch and waited for the bus to return to Banyalbufar.

At the edge of Banyalbufar you can see the terraced hillside that has been made with so many stoned walls.

Banyalbufar majorca

Banyalbufar majorca

Banyalbufar majorca

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More narrow streets and tall buildings, all very well maintained and traditional.

Banyalbufar majorca

After 2-3 hours of roaming the quiet streets and sitting in cafes it was time to return to Palma. The bus turned up again on time and drove back on some of the twisty mountain roads.

I’m sure there are many more villages like this scattered all over Majorca which are only a cheap bus ride away………

Travelling the world by sea……..(and a bit of land)