It is the time of year when we turn our attention towards maintenance: our own and Anui‘s!
We spent nearly a week at Mooloolaba for a medical overhaul, initially anchored in the Duck Pond. This is when we are reminded that Anui is much bigger than our old Take It Easy and needs a lot more room! We could not cope with slip sliding at anchor in the Duck Pond and being awfully close to other boats; so we bit the bullet and got a marina berth – one less thing to worry about, because we have a fair bit on our mind!
When you live on a boat permanently, it takes a fair bit of organisation to attend to all things medical. Specialists’ appointments are handled through Skype consults but for anything else like skin cancer checks, GP, pathology, dentist, we have made Mooloolaba are medical base and now stop there every six months.
So how did we fare with the health issues? Well, a bit average! We both had bits of skin burnt off and each have to attend to follow-ups on matters we did not expect… For Wade, it is gut related and happens on 20/11. For me it’s sun damage on my nose which will get attended to later! And as we expected, Wade’s specialist wants him to have a biopsy in January. My specialist was not impressed either, but nothing that more exercise and more insulin can’t fix!
To The Boat Works
With some of the health matters dealt with, we sailed straight to the Gold Coast on Thursday, an 85 nm passage. After a 4.30 am departure, the off watch crew took a nap underway!
We took the ocean route on the outside of Moreton and Stradbroke Islands, sailed well and arrived at Southport at 5.00pm to anchor behind our friends on Sengo.
Anui got hauled out at The Boat Works on Monday 4th November and it will be worked on for a week or two. It is always a tense time when your boat is lifted out of the water, but she goes up on the sea lift, a treatment reserved for big cats, rather than being dangled up in the air in a cradle!
And now for the greatest source of concern: the state of health of my Dad. He is very unwell and was hospitalised recently. He is now unable to live on his own at home and has been moved to a nursing home – his worse nightmare. It is very sad, very scary and very stressful for him, my sister and me. Cancer is horrible, and even though we all know there will be no happy ending, his deterioration is hard to take. So now I need to fly back to France to be with him. It is always ominous when you book a one way ticket… I don’t know how long I will be away. I will be abandoning Wade and Bengie and catching a plane later this month. While I am overseas, Wade will sail the boat to Melbourne, hopefully with crew to help him.
So friends and followers, that’s our news. We have a few difficult weeks ahead.