Our first week of Anui’s ownership has been a mix of lots of work and a little bit of play. First we had the move, which took a few days. Then we turned our attention to maintenance before feeling we could go and have some fun.
When you buy a boat second hand, there are typically a few modifications or additions you want to make. And then there is the long apprenticeship to learn how all the systems work. Our experience with upgrading boats a few times taught us to wait a while with changes, get used to the boat as is, then see what is required. But there are aspects we know need immediate attention.
With our purchase of Anui, we negotiated a few repairs. Scott Armstrong, previous owner and builder, was particularly helpful and generous and agreed to take care of these:
- new batten for the mainsail to replace the broken one – Done!
- new slim solar panels to replace the old ones – Ordered!
- repair to the paint bubbles on the hull – Started – will be completed in early January!
- Repair to the rotten anchor locker hatch – scheduled for early January!
Additions we have decided to make straight away:
- Stainless steel dockline chafe guards – to be made and installed in early January
- Blinds for the hatches in each of the two bedrooms so us and our guests can sleep in – ordered
- Solar block film on all hatches to cut down sun and heat in the cabin – ordered!
- Upgrade to the charting software – the current software is out of date and no longer supported – researching!
One thing we had not counted on while we weathered the heavy rain from Cyclone Owen: just about every hatch leaked! This was disappointing given the hatches had all been resealed recently. A bead of silicon on the inside of each hatch will hopefully fix that!
All this means we are coming back to The Boat Works to get the repairs and additions completed. The list may seem long, but once it is all done we will have the most magnificent boat we could hope for. You can never get perfection, but we will have excellence in sailing and aesthetics. How lucky are we!
Once our house move was completed and the heavy rain stopped, we could start to relax. We went for a dinghy ride, just for fun while at the Boat Works. With an 18HP outboard, Anui‘s dinghy is rather speedy. What a difference from our 2.3HP on Take It Easy! In keeping with the mothership, it flies! As for the electric winches on the davits, what an easy set up to bring the dinghy in and out of the water! Just brilliant!
Thursday 20th December was a big exciting day: we took Anui out of the marina! Very scary but the breeze was kind to us and made it easy to get out, and Boat Works owner Tony Longhurst gave us some very welcome moral support from the jetty! A few words of encouragement and reassurance certainly helped! He would know what it’s like to manoeuvre a big boat; his own catamaran Kato is a 60ft Schionning!
We motored out of the Coomera River, through the Goldcoast Seaway and out in the ocean. Then we spent a couple of hours sailing, practising tacking, gybing and doing donuts till the wind picked up too much and we ran back inside the Broadwater.
There will be a few of these little practice runs over the next few days for us to get familiar with how everything works on board.
We have the best Christmas present we could wish for: the boat of our dreams. A big hello and thank you to Scott and Sarah Armstrong, who built and sold us their beautiful catamaran. We know it would be a bitter sweet time for them, but we can assure them Anui will be loved and well looked after.