Warning… Sailors are showing signs of withdrawal symptoms!
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Restlessness and insomnia
- Flu-like symptoms: weakness, body aches
- Difficulty concentrating
Yes, that pretty well describes us! We haven’t been sailing in 7 weeks. If we don’t do something about this soon, our heads will look like that rock in the featured image! With the amount of jobs we had to do on the boat since our return from cruising, it has been all work and no play. The weather has not been cooperating either. We are feeling like two addicts in need of a fix!
By now we would normally have made a number of weekend runs from Port Albert to Wilson’s Promontory with friends on board, but this summer has been rather difficult, pricey and disappointing from a sailing point of view. However thank goodness a change is coming.
Wade and boat building friend Chris Guthrie have tackled the last of the maintenance with the installation of the lithium battery bank, and correcting a badly wired amp meter and isolator switch (from a previous owner). The installation of the lithium batteries was a little more involved than just replacing AGMs with lithium, as these are very sensitive to being over or under-charged and thus a battery management system needed to be connected.
Another big thing the guys did at the end of last week was to move Take It Easy out of the Gippsland Lakes to Port Albert, 90 miles down the coast – a 14 hour motor-sail at night with an unpleasant sea. The boys made it in just before a big weather change and Wade dived on the swing mooring for its annual safety check. So not only have we now got significantly more power on board, but we think there is less chance that Take It Easy will go for a little sail all by itself when we are not watching! We hope! By the end of the day, shortly after I joined the guys on board, a large storm drenched us. It was a spectacular welcome!
We won’t be on the Port Albert mooring for long, mind you… Easter is coming and we have a 10 day adventure planned around the Bass Strait Islands, accompanied by our dear friend Sue. Stay tuned for the Easter Cruise posts! As a way of managing our withdrawal symptoms, and getting our minds off the boat maintenance chores, we are looking at our collection of photos from last summer. Here are a few of the rocks and islands we expect to visit shortly. Click on the first image to display in full screen slide show.