We are still at Fraser Island enjoying regular walks and bird watching, in between frequent downpours, which means… wait for it…. more dribbles!
Might as well start with the good stuff! One of the lovely aspects of being anchored along Fraser Island is the birdlife. During our wanders ashore, we have the delights of seeing Rainbow Bee-eaters, Rainbow Lorikeets and LBBs (one little brown bird might be a Brown Thornbill). I am a bit rusty with bird photography, but here is a gallery.
Our war against water “on the inside” continues. Just when we thought we were done with leaks, we discovered fresh water in our starboard bilge. We initially thought we had a leak in our fresh water tank or pipes, but no, that was not it thank goodness. We then searched around and eventually found that rainwater was dribbling down between the dagger board casing and the hull, originating from a loose pad eye on deck. It has been raining a hell of a lot!
Having found the source of this major dribble, we then had to get to it from the inside to fix it. Nothing is ever easy to get to on a boat, and this was no exception! First we had to remove all the beautiful cedar panels without damaging them to get to the dagger board case and the bottom of the deck. Then it was a matter of reaching the offending bolts behind the dagger board sheath to remove them and reset the fitting. And of course one of the nuts on the bolt had seized, so a copious amount of CRC was needed and in the end we snapped the bolt! It took hours to complete the job with a lot of swearing from the two of us.
The exercise gave us a better understanding of how the linings and panels hang together and what lies behind them. We are in such awe of the construction of this boat. Everything looks beautiful, but can be removed with care.
We just have to accept we own a 19 year old boat that requires constant attention. And we already know the three big windows on each side of Anui will need to be resealed at some stage… oh, and the big hatches to the engine compartments!