All Work, No Play on Anui

Getting the work done on Anui is a demanding time. As usual with boating maintenance, things end up taking longer than planned, unexpected discoveries throw up challenges and we will end up staying in the wet berth at The Boat Works for 10 days, not 5. Costs build, but we are locked in and just have to bite the bullet. So what have we tackled to date? Well we have not been slacking off even if most of the work is coordination rather than actual doing by us.

Paint Work

anui -1667The boat had been completely repainted about 1.5 years ago by Joel Weymouth at Fairspray Marine Finishing. But no boat enjoys being on the hard for that long, baking in the hot sun. Blisters in the blue developed and surface cracks  formed in the white on the topsides, which had to be sanded back and touched up. Anui looked a bit spotty for a while.

Beyond the touch ups that were agreed in the settlement, we got Joel to fix every little fisssure, chip on the deck and in the cockpit at our expense. Every fine crack in the paint has the potential to create an area of delamination down the track, so it is best to address things now before anything nasty develops.

Repair to delamination

anui --1652And while we are on the subject of delamination, the survey uncovered an area of it near one of the daggerboards. This is being fixed up by our shipwright, Ryan, at 143 Boat Building, which involves grinding the spot down, bogging it, reglassing and repainting. It is not hard, but it takes time.

The worst thing is the amount of fibreglass dust flying around. It gets into everything and we feel so itchy! We don’t know how the shipwright’s apprentice copes with working with this day in day out. We will have to wash everything inside the cabin once it’s all done as the dust gets aboslutely everywhere!

Rot in the anchor locker

anui --1654The edges of the anchor locker were made in wood to simplify the process of getting a lip in the hatch and rounded corners. It is easier to do this with a wood base rather than a foam base. Unfortunately, somehow water got in and the lip of the locker rotted. The bad stuff had to be dug out…  It was ugly, as we had to chase the rot till we got back to the foam core, a lot further than we expected.

After a scary couple of days, Ryan our shipwright is now reconstructing rather than destroying. Phew! We have lived through dealing with rot on our last two boats and know the drill: get back to healthy wood, seal it, put new healthy timber in and glass it, then repaint. But we had not expected this on a foam core and fibreglass construction!

Stainless Steel Work

anui -1668We got stainless steel rubbing strips made and installed by Choice Stainless Steel, to protect the edge of the deck from mooring ropes chafe. This went smoothly and we now have three of these steel strips on each side.

While we were at it, we got two aluminium reinforcement plates made to fit underneath the mainsheet pullies and beef up the mountings in an area of high load, a suggestion from the Surveyor.

Solar Panels

untitled-1670The existing slimline flexible solar panels were not producing as much power as they should and we agreed with Scott, the previous owner, he would supply new panels if we took care of their installation. This meant us removing the existing ones and sticking the new ones on, but of course the electrical switches did not fit in the same spot as the old ones. Some crafty adjustments had to be made. We got an electrician to oversee the connection. The photo here shows the 8 x 130 watts panels face down, ready to be mounted.

Fresh Water Pump

anui -1662The fresh water pump decided to die and we had to buy a new one and install it. On the very same day we wanted water to come in on Anui, we had to deal with a broken seacock on Take It Easy and needed to keep the water out, all this just before showing her to a potential buyer! It is now fixed, but what a drama. Nerves were very frazzled on that day!

A few days later, a bit of research on the net revealed the water pump bit that was defective on Anui was the pressure switch, a cheap part to replace. So we now have purchased that and have a spare pump for when the next pump drama occurs!

Sailmaker visit

anui-1559While we were out sailing over Christmas/New Year and had two reefs in the main because of strong conditions, we managed to break a tab on the first reefing point. We are getting that re-stitched by Gold Coast Sailmakers who made the screecher, which unfortunately meant we had to get the mainsail off the boat… a big heavy job. We will get some advice on the state of wear of the mainsail as well. It is the original sail and it may be time to think of getting a new one made.

The sailmaker also makes protective tube covers for the dinghy. We are getting that done to lengthen the life of the tender. Although our tender has full covers, these are awkward to put on when the dinghy is hung from the davits and we end up not fitting them on for daily use. So covers that permanently stay on are the way to go.

Anchor Chain

anui -1665While the anchor locker is getting repaired and we have the chain piled up on the jetty, we have discovered we only have 50m of 10mm chain, not 65m as per the boat specs. Given the size of the boat, we figure we need at least 80m. Adding the extra length via a joining link is not recommended. We debated how much to get, but have ended up ordering 100m of chain.

Charting Software

And finally, the antique computer that was running an out of date charting software has died. It was firing up when it felt like it, but now it has expired! So we are going to get new charting software – Time Zero – which will be loaded on Wade’s laptop and will eventually talk to the NKE navigation system. But for now, it will run independently from the navigation software. One thing is certain, the old XP will get a burial in the local rubbish bin!

Light at the end of the tunnel

If it all sounds like an ever growing list of jobs, that’s because it is. If you are thinking of the big dollar sign, so are we! And if the description of the work involved is exhausting you, give a thought to poor old us doing all this in scorching heat! But we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will hopefully have everything completed and be ready to go by Saturday the 12th of January. Even Bengie is itching to go! Deck patrols are OK, but beach walks are better!

new year --1620

Even though it is an expensive exercise in berth fees and repairs, it is a good investment that ensures we can confidently sail away, with our first destinations for the year being a trip down to visit friends in Port Macquarie and then a passage to Lord Howe Island, before heading to northern Queensland for winter.

21 thoughts on “All Work, No Play on Anui

  1. What a great update! It’s so appropriate to do all the repairs your doing, sail with confidence! Things have a way of breaking down at the worst possible time don’t they. Be well!

    • It’s probably a bit boring, John, but it is as much a post to let people know what we are up to as our own record of the work we are doing.

      • It’s not boring at all to me as a guy who grew up boating on inland lakes, the Great Lakes and boat racing too. Boat love! ❤️

  2. Yes this sailing thing can be a lot of work. I am repairing a 30mm split in the seam of my kite. So much unpicking and pulling and poking. Sigh.

    • Our sail is getting repaired, too, a tear and a reef tab… You should have seen the sailmaker’s technique for getting a 91 sqm sail off the deck! Impressive!

  3. I’m exhausted just reading about all that work done! Good you guys have deep pockets! Here’s hoping Take-it-easy sells quickly eh?

  4. The list is long but it is at least well under way to being finished , then it is out to sea and fun on your new boat.

    • That list keeps getting longer and we keep extending our stay at Boat Works to give the tradies enough time to finish! Now leaving on 15th!

  5. Will keep an eye out for you here in Port Macquarie. Hope our red weed invasion has cleared by the time you get here.

  6. Bloody beautiful boat. That’s all I can say. Not jealous at all.

    Good luck with the repairs.

  7. Dear dear me, and dear dear Chris and Wade, Have just read all your doings and all the work it entailed. Once done …that’s it…..but I am sure you did not expect that with your Purchase. Best now to turn the page……and sail on. Your darling Dad would say.” Divine Love does always meet our needs”. You are now going south…so we won’t see you for a while. Missed you at Christmas …..but it was great. But seemed to just go on and on being a Tuesday we had to keep reminding ourselves what day it was. So nice to catch up with you Hugs from us both Much love Pam and Frank

    Sent from my iPad


    • Hello Pam and Frank – yes it is a lot of work but well worth it. We are over the hump now and we are ticking things off the list! But we will be here for another week to finish it all. Getting easier!

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