Sheltering from the afternoon sun at Spartakhori (Port Spiglia) in the Ionian, it's hard to imagine that in a couple of days it will be back to the grind in the UK. No doubt some skippers will be making plans to lift out, some may have already done so, others will no doubt leave till later in the hope that the autumn weather will give some quality time on the water. Seeing the way that power is distributed to the boats on the Greek quayside reminded me that it's worth investing in a 'splitter' should you wish to have 240 power for onboard and ground level consumption too.
Before you finally lay up your boat for the close season you should of course give her a thorough wash down then rinse with fresh water and at the very least polish the top sides to help protect and maintain the shine, it also makes it easier to clean down next spring. To ease your task Shurhold's dual action polisher isn’t the cheapest but it has a unique random action orbit for a professional shine and leaves no swirls or burn marks. For safety's sake it has a built in RCD trip should you happen to be a little careless!