Amazing but true, we are finally out of the marina! It has been another trying period. Getting anything done takes an inordinate amount of time and requires much follow up so you don’t drop off the tradies’ work list. But at last we can see the ocean instead of a breakwater wall. Mind you, we are not yet able to sail away.
After weeks of frustration which tested our patience, we finally are making our own power again. We ended up having to ditch all the flexible solar panels as more were failing, and replace them with a bank of fixed panels. It meant removing all the existing ones, cleaning up the cabin and cockpit roof, bogging holes and undercoating before the rain from the remnants of cyclone Trevor came, then waiting for a sunny day for the new panels to be fitted.
Finally, Friday was dry and the electricians from Electec turned up with our new solid panels! Three hours later, all was connected!
We are still waiting for the A frame to be fitted. It has been made, but the anodising is yet to be done. We’ll tell you one thing, you don’t want to be in a rush to get anything done around here! Although it would have been tempting to just install the frame as is, the anodising protects the aluminium from corrosion, so no taking off without it getting done. Without the A frame we can’t sail and are motoring anywhere we go!
Apart from this, we had a dozen hatches that needed the perspex rebedded. We managed to complete the job just before the tropical downpours started – a good test of our handy work. No more leaks!
One thing we have also managed to get while in Manly is a change over of our daggy rotten fender covers for bright funky new ones, made by Clare Earley of Sea Bear Creations. Check out the before/after pictures!
Life in a marina is deadly boring even when we get a few yachting buddies visiting, and worst of all it is frightfully expensive, so we are glad to be out of there. Maybe we will be ready to sail away by the end of next week… Wish us luck!