The See Saw

We always seem to be on a see saw with our life afloat: serendipitous moments alternating with tedious times, highs and lows, green lights and red lights… a bit like life on land really!

First, the serendipitous moments

We have been on a mission to get down to SE Queensland, but it has not all been hard yakka. We have had privileged times that made us feel good. Here are a few glimpses of these:

Cruising at 10 to 12 knots effortlessly with the spinnaker out on our beam, rooster tails at the back, Chris sitting in the shade of Bluey!
Arriving at Monkey Beach, Great Keppel Island, exactly at low tide for a snorkel! Despite the bleaching event earlier this year and the invasion of algae, the fish life was abundant.
Finding this beautiful little juvenile batfish, playing hide and seek with our mooring line.
Pausing overnight at Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, much to Bengie’s delight.
The Double Island Point lagoon, just deep enough for a few catamarans to anchor in. Bossa Nova and Anui looking smart together.

Then the tedious bits!

At this time of year, our voyage south heralds a period of chores. We always hope it won’t be too bad, but things typically take longer than planned and cost a fortune!

We are spending a week at the Mooloolaba marina, dealing with body, engine and computer maintenance… One of the challenges of being sea wanderers is that you have to manage all this on the go and it just does not happen easily at anchor! Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and we figured we would get as much done as possible while we are paying those exorbitant marina fees!

Mooloolaba is our medical base: health check, scripts renewal, dental check, skin cancer check, and a couple of visits to the Physio for a wrecked back. Don’t you love getting old?

We have also connected with a really good diesel mechanic, Alex Eacott of Wilkott Marine Services, highly recommended by our friends on Bossa Nova. Our previous interaction with a marine mechanic was at Boat Works, which was less than satisfactory. We needed to find an alternative! Alex has given Anui’s engines a thorough check up, taught Wade a few things about belts, impellers, oils, filters. He has improved the heat exchangers and redone the mounting for our new house alternator which if left unattended could have been a drama. We will see him again next year!

It looks like we will get the rigging checked here too and a furling line extended before we leave.

It is just as well we have booked a week at the marina, because on top of everything else, Chris’s laptop has been on the blink – yes, again – for probably the same reason as last time: a faulty power jack. The Computer Doctors are on the job but waiting for parts takes time! We are so dependent on the Dell XPS. It has lots of grunt for photo editing and publishing work, but it is very frustrating when it breaks down.

The next maintenance marathon for Anui is the haulout at Boat Works next week. Our shipwright, sailmaker and painter are lined up and waiting for us: hulls clean up and antifoul, new boom bag and sun strip for the jib to replace the ragged ones, paint touch up, and Wade is all set to instal our two new folding props. We’ll tell you more on all this in the next post!

10 thoughts on “The See Saw

  1. Wow, you two are buzzing with activity! I hope all the items on your list will be checked off in good time. Have you tried using a Mac? They just run and run well. Stay safe! 😎

  2. Just like a house, Maintenance is endless. I hope all goes well at Boatworks. Good you found a good mechanic, they are priceless when you find one, who is good and reliable.

  3. The sentence that really stands out to me in your posting, Chris, is “We always hope it won’t be too bad, but things typically take longer than planned and cost a fortune!” That seems to be the case with cars and houses (and our aging bodies) as well as for your boat. You seem to be well on top of these things, however, and I am sure that the kind of preventative maintenance that you are doing pays dividends in keeping more serious problems from developing. I really like your shots of the colorful fish and adore the photo of Bengie relaxing.

    • Hi Mike. Yes maintenance is constant in the harsh marine environment and to stay safe, you have to lavish a lot of care to the boat. I am glad you adore the photo of Bengie. She has such a gentle look and that one green eye checking on you!

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