After days at anchor fixing leaks, we needed a nice cruisy sail to remind us we have made the right decision in buying Anui. Despite the amount of maintenance which at times leaves us deflated, once we raise anchor and sail her, we beam from ear to ear and all woes are forgotten.
This was very much the case for our passage from Fraser Island to Burnett Heads: under spinnaker in a light SE breeze. Once set up, spinnaker runs are generally easy going affairs: smooth and gentle. It is a favourite point of sail of ours. Here are a few wide angle shots to give you a sense of the conditions.
Our passage to Burnett Heads took place earlier than originally planned. Our Open Ocean Watermaker needed attention, with the end of one of the pressure cylinders leaking. As a yachtie friend put it: “What is it with you and water?” I don’t know, maybe we are jinxed! When we don’t want water on the inside it dribbles in, and when we do want it, it dribbles in too, but is not supposed to! We discovered this as we were attempting to use the watermaker for the first time since purchasing Anui.
Look at Wade’s face: it says “Bugger” or is it “WTF”? It was not something we could easily fix at anchor at Fraser Island, so we booked a berth at the Port Bundaberg Marina and lined up the job with Ray Pettingale at R&B Marine Services who hopefully will get the water maker operational again in the next few days. Ray thought that the end piece of the pressure vessel may have become brittle from the pickling and when we turned up the pressure, it snapped. Fortunately we had a spare end piece on board. This will be installed, but Ray is also machining us a few extras in case the other end pieces snap too.
We could do without the watermaker for a while, but it will make life more comfortable especially with our friend Phil joining us shortly to spend a couple of weeks with us at the Reef. We want all mod cons and no water Nazi behaviour from the skipper!
While we eagerly wait for our spare parts and Phil to arrive, we are doing the usual provisioning and laundry chores as well as catching up with yachting friends we had not seen in a while.