Archive for September, 2007

Christina and Nick

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Crew complete again. Chrissy from Switzerland and Nick from Melbourne joined yesterday. Last internet today, visa for Indo, shopping and refueling tomorrow morning and then we’re off to the Kimberley’s !!! Wind looks pretty lousy with a lot of variables but that’s cool, then we at leats won’t spill the cocktails ;-)

Afloat again

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Did I pack the stuffing box correctly? Have I missed anything? Will the engine start? … and all this stuff is going through my head when the travel lift slowly lowers BE back into it’s wet home. And… she loves it!!! Engine fires up as new (must be the good service it got) and we’re off again. So, bloody damn good to be on the water again.

During the last 2 weeks we’ve done:
- new anti-fouling with some spot priming as required
- repaint hull above waterline
- weld all lifeline posts, pushpit, pullpit and granny bars to deck to eliminate screw holes
- remove ugly bar from rudder for windvane, which created high steering forces and replace with robe system directly onto wheel (yet to be tested offshore, bar can be reattached)
- weld trim foil to rudder to further improve balance of rudder
- install big hand hold to steering pedestrial
- eliminate and weld shut two through holes by joining with other outlets
- service engine (new oil, filters, belts…)
- replace box with gas bottles with large bench for more space in cockpit
- minor repairs to sails
- improve HF radio with new ground and arial connections
- new halyards and preventer
- and thanks to Malcolm: three additional mast steps

Good Friends

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

It felt really good to see my good friend Malcolm up here. And then even Phil decided in his usual style on Friday night to fly up on Saturday morning ;-) Perfect to take it easy on the work front and relax. Meet some other great people, drove into the country, had a little bonfire on the beach and lots of beers in the local pubs… Feel very fortunate to have such great friends!

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Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Inhaling the toxic anti-fouling dust while grinding off will take  years off my life. Of the 73 points on my list I’ll probably complete 15, if at all. There’s dirt everywhere and I don’t even bother trying to clean it all at the end of the day. How I love this!

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Monday, September 3rd, 2007

This is what can happen to you when you spent too much time at sea ;-)