It is good to be back home with Wade, although with the jetlag, a cold and an aching body, I am not convinced I am good company! It is also back to a rather soggy Anui, as the weather in Australia is very wet! We will just say two words: monsoon and leaks… get the picture?
At least the first dawn back on board was beautiful.
It’s raining on my heart
It was sad to leave my Dad, but the three weeks at his side went well. I know I did the right thing by spending precious time with him. I found him better than I expected and left him in a positive frame of mind, so all in all it was a worthwhile trip. But having family overseas is always difficult: heart wrenching to leave them, yet you have to live your life. We all make our choices and have to manage the consequences.
It’s raining on and in Anui
Remember those leaky hatches? Well they still leak big time, especially with the heavy storms we are weathering. So inside our beautiful boat, things are a bit soggy: towels to mop up the drips, pots to catch big dribbles.
No points for guessing what is happening as soon as the rain stops. Yap, rebedding every single hatch on board and some of the side windows! Wade tackled one hatch just before I left and was hoping the silicon bead we put around the others would suffice, but it does not in a big downpour. They say you should reseal your hatches every 8 to 10 years and the time has well and truly come for this job! Fortunately we can do this task at anchor, we just need the rain to stop.
But wait there’s more! You’d think we’d know by now that boat maintenance always takes longer than you’d like and multiplies as you go. Well guess what, the A frame for Anui is not back yet! We are currently in the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron marina in Manly waiting for it! It might happen some time mid week, or it may be longer. So we can’t sail anywhere. We are actually in a Lord Howe Island resident’s pen: that of Bill Shead, owner of Cut Loose, a 56ft Grainger cat. It is one of only two berths
we can fit into easily which are available for short term rent in Manly.
And talking about Lord Howe Island
We are not sure when we can leave for our big adventure to the Island. It is not only dependent on us getting the work done, but also on the northerly winds allowing us to make the 350nm crossing. And right now, the northerlies are few and far between: we have had weeks of southerlies not to mention also having to keep an eye on threatening tropical cyclones! Oh the joys of living on a boat!
So how are we both feeling? Frustrated would be an understatement! There is always a period of transition as you move from one boat to another and even more so when you purchase an 18 year old boat. Stay tuned for the on-going saga…