Just in case you think we are slacking off at Fraser Island, here is a reminder that boat maintenance is never ending. As we mentioned in our last post, we knew the war on drips had to continue!
It has been raining… a lot! In fact it has been bucketing down. So it nearly goes without saying that despite having resealed all the hatches around the cabin, we are still getting dribbles, not from those hatches, but from other places, and if this does not stop soon, Wade will pull what’s left of his hair out, and I will lose my marbles and start dribbling too!
As soon as we had a dry day, Wade attacked the big windows on either side of the cabin: six big panels that needed a bead of Fix Tech right around the aluminium frame.
We thought we were done, but of course that was not the case. When the rain returned a persistent drip kept running down the side panel onto to the carpeted floor in the starboard hull. Upon investigation we suspected a jib sheet pulley on the top of the cabin roof needed re-sitting. So with a couple of sunny days forecast, Wade has done that.
We also discovered fresh water was collecting in the engine wells through leaky hatches. Rainwater came through gaps in the seal between the aluminium hatch frame and the glass! So the glass on those two large hatches has been taken out and re-sealed into the frame!
But wait, there is more! The spinlock clamp that allows us to pull the dagger boards up and down from the cockpit, and is located on the side of the starboard engine hatch was also letting water into the engine compartment. Man we bought a sieve, not a boat!
We are done with the leak fixing for now and are waiting for the next downpour to evaluate our handy work!
The next challenge will be to start the water maker… We haven’t used it since purchasing Anui. But with our friend Phil joining us on board in a week, we thought we’d better get that operational. This time we do want water on the inside! We’ll see how that goes. Fingers crossed!
For now we are enjoying a few dry days and lovely sunsets.