We thought we would have our A frame back by now, but delays with the anodising and tradies who don’t return calls have been particularly irritating. It took a countless number of messages and in the end one sharply worded email to finally get advice that Monday 8 April is D day. Our rigger is supposed to pick up the seagull striker from the anodiser and fit it back on board – 5 weeks after it came off the deck. We’ll see whether it actually happens!
In the meantime, we are feeling rather stuck, especially when it is raining. We are however using the time as best we can. Wade has completed the re-sealing of 14 hatches.
As for me, I am working on a book: Oases under the sea, a compilation of several seasons of underwater photography at the Great Barrier Reef. We will add to our collection this winter, but the hard work of sorting through thousands of images, selecting our favourites, developing them and doing the research on various species of coral and fish is well progressed. Rather than being an identification book, I am intending it to be all about fascinating shapes, vibrant colours and interesting behaviours.
We are a few months away from publication, but this book will be a reflection of our love for the Reef and the wondrous marine life lying under our hulls. And it is a therapeutic exercise that keeps me sane during this frustrating time.
Our voyage to Lord Howe is now officially deferred till the summer season. With all the delays, we would have had to rush to make it there and back in time for a trip to the Southern Great Barrier Reef in early May with a friend. So plan B is invoked for the rest of April: get the blasted A frame back, medical stuff in Mooloolaba, then a bit of time around Fraser Island.