Haulout 2020

Boat maintenance is in full swing… no artistic photography this week! After a week in Mooloolaba where we got Anui’s engines and rigging checked, we left for the Gold Coast on Sunday. We sailed to Coomera over two days and got lifted out bright and early on 1st December at The Boat Works. Bengie was brave and jumped off for a quick leg stretch before the scary part began. Then as the boat was up in the air and getting sprayed, she hid in a dark corner and cried a little, poor little kitten! We are now in the thick of life in the shipyard: heat, dust, noise, exhausting long days…

The super fenders make great scratch poles!

This year we are in the posh side: the Superyacht Yard, not because Anui is a superyacht, although she is to us, but because we wanted her weighed and the 300 tonnes lift is the only one with scales!

Her specs show 9.5 tons dry weight (which means empty water and fuel tanks, no food, clothes or toys loaded on board). The bets were on: Wade thought 14 tons cruising weight, Chris thought 11 tons. The verdict: 12.5 tons, pretty light for a boat this size! Now we know, even if we had to go through the dangling in the air stage to find out! A bit unnerving but the travelift operators are very skilled and it all went smoothly!

About to be parked in her spot for the week

We will go back in the water via the less exciting hydraulic Sea Lift: cushioned arms are driven under the bridge deck to support the hulls, lift her off the ground and she is driven gently down the boat ramp into the water.

Last year on the sea lift

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Before any of the tasks began Anui got a water blast to get rid of algal growth and a few barnacles on the hulls, followed by a quick acid wash to clean the gunk off the blue paintwork.

Once Anui was cleaned up, work could start in earnest. This year, given our decrepit physical state we are outsourcing most of the work to our trusted shipwrights at 143 Boat Building. Ryan Thacker’s business has grown substantially; he has the capacity to tackle just about anything we throw at him. We have developed a great relationship with Ryan. With the horror year we have had, even outside of Covid, it is good to be able to lean on him. We want Anui looked after well, so she looks after us for many years to come.


Props & Saildrives

Trent has removed the fixed prop, fitted the new folding prop, and is now tackling the saildrive.

The first and long awaited job while on the hard was the installation of the new folding props we bought back in January. You might recall we lost one of our props last December a fortnight after our last haulout and questionable work on the sail drives by the previous mechanics. We limped around ever since with a temporary fixed prop because that was the only type we could fit ourselves without needing to come out of the water again. The trouble with a big wide boat is that your haulout options are limited as well as expensive and there was nothing suitable down the South Coast. Nor were we inclined to pick up any more costs as a result of someone’s stuff ups!

The two new folding propellers will make such a difference to Anui’s performance under motor and its fuel consumption. No more rattling, no more imbalance, better motoring speed.

New folding prop with its price tag still on!
Propspeed applied on the prop and sail drive

Trent at 143 changed the oil in the saildrives. In the process of doing this, he discovered we will need new shafts and seals next time, which we are ordering well ahead of our next haulout! Nothing like starting the to do list a year in advance!


Antifouling is the other reason for the haulout, a big job which our shipwrights are also handling. Like last year we have asked them to spray it on. We think we get a much better finish with spraying rather than rolling the antifoul and are too wrecked physically to do it ourselves anyway!

All taped up and undercoated, ready for antifoul

We are also getting them to sand last year’s antifoul off the starboard daggerboard and redo it so we can move it up and down more easily! We thought the antifoul was spread too thick last year and collected in the wells, making it impossible to lift the daggerboard out of the water fully. But in fact it was discovered that the starboard daggerboard is thicker than the port one and needed to be reshaped, re-glassed, then antifouled! Not sure how that difference between the two came about but it will be sorted. It just takes time!

Ryan on the spray gun!
Job done – looking sharp!

Paint Touch Ups

The next task is repainting the back steps on the sugar scoops as they are showing a lot of wear and tear through continuously landing there with the dinghy or the dive gear!

143 are also waxing the hulls. We would have liked various poorly handled paint repairs to be redone by our gun painter Geoff from Millennium Marine who is very skilled at preparing, blending and colour matching, to the point where you can’t see where he has been! But he was urgently called away on a big job so we will live with the blemishes for another year.

New Sail Bag

Mike Sabin from Goldcoast Sailmakers is making us a new mainsail boom bag and sun strip for the jib to replace the worn and torn ones. We have chosen pacific blue for the cloth instead of dark grey to reintroduce a bright colour, but we resisted the temptation to select orange. Anui is a vastly different boat from Take It Easy so no copy cat look! We will show you what our pride and joy looks like with her new trims next week!

Other Bits

What else? We got the dinghy engine serviced and new sea cocks fitted in the port hull. Other jobs we tackled ourselves: replacement of both watermaker membranes, fixed a leak in the port toilet, re-riveted the trampoline frame where it was coming undone, various bits and pieces you’d rather tackle when you are on the hard stand.

It was a week of clean up and organisation too: food supplies checked, their storage re-arranged and documented, lounge and cockpit cushion covers laundered, and a big one, our insurance sorted. More on the topic of Boat Insurance in a forthcoming post!

We will be back in the water next Monday, but won’t leave the precinct yet. It is always open ended when you are getting work done! One repair leads to another, things take longer than hoped and one week can morph into two! So stay tuned for the next maintenance episode!

22 thoughts on “Haulout 2020

  1. I shudder to think what that ‘leak in the port toilet’ entailed. Feeling for you. It has been hot – but at least we’ve had sea breezes. Stay safe. Stay cool. And cat cuddles to the girl. xxx Trish

    • The leak was a weeping of sea water at the seal! New part … all good! The girl has been taking evening walks down the big steps and investigating the surroundings… walking through antifoul dust… gorgeous!

  2. I really like this set of photos, so many details! I’m not familiar at all with the two-blade props and no scag fin. The hulls look perfect again! It’s so weird that your daggerboards are different, gotta wonder how that came about? With Anui in dry dock, it’s easy to see how big she really is, wow! Great post, thanks for sharing this. 😎❤️🇦🇺

    • Hi John – The daggerboard is a mystery: no dampness, no swelling of the cedar. The wells look fine too. It has got us and our shipwrights baffled. But they have planed it and are now re-glassing it.
      Thank for the feedback on the post. For a boat minded person like yourself it is probably interesting. For the artistic readers, less so! But the blog is our journal so we keep track of our activities that way! ⛵️ 💕

  3. I know the 40 degree heat issue. It is very stressful on the body and hard work.

  4. Anui is going to look like a jewel, please shoot a great picture of her when all works are done. Take care, Chris. 🙂

  5. Big jobs done and completed, but more to come eh, made for interesting reading. I hope all this work will make Anui go even faster to beat your current speed record. It will be interesting to see your new sail colours, really sprucing her up. All going well here, won a ball on Wednesday. I have had bigger solar panels put up, producing some nice free electricity. Yippee. Pepa is going well, on the lounge sleeping as I type. Happy sailing

    • Thanks Sue – beating our current speed record is in my sight > 20 has a nice ring to it! But Wade is super conservative. He is a cruiser, not a racer… unless another boat is around! Good to hear of your wins and improvements on the home front.

  6. I think it’s a super yacht too! Beautiful, big, light and fast 🙂

    That’s a lovely photo of Wade and the inverted head. Looks like he’s sneaking up on something (a spider?) he wants to capture without alarming it.

    Hearing you two have left the sanding aside this year makes me feel a bit better about getting someone else to paint around my house. 😉

    All the best,

    • Thank you Murray for saying Anui is a superyacht… mwah to you! Re Wade sneaking up on some beast from the inverted toilet… you should have seen him with it over his own head! Scary!

      The guilt feeling about paying the professional to do the hard work… yes when we see other cruisers in the shipyard with antifoul and fibreglass dust up to their eye balls, and no, for the same reason! There comes a time when you have to look after yourself. We figure we have done the hard yards this year… enough is enough!

  7. 12 1/2 tonnes of style and beauty! You’ll be pleased to have sorted out all those wee issues and be back in the water again ….. more snow here again this morning, quite the contrast to your 40 deg days …. stay well guys!

    • Thanks for the compliment Elgar. We think Anui is a bit like an old sport car: curves and sexy look although dated, but definitely stylish.
      It is hard yakka working on her perched high off the ground in this heat! And although we can ‘live on board’ in the shipyard, we are unable to use the sink in the galley or toilet which makes things interesting in the evenings!
      Weather extremes at either end of the world! You in the snow, us sweltering! 💕 hugs to you both.

  8. It is a bit overwhelming to read of all of the work that needed to be done, but I guess that is part of the annual cycle for you and Wade. I am amazed at the size of the wheeled machines that move around your boat and am glad that you included people in the shots to give a sense of scale. Your comparison of the Anui with an old sports car seems to be an apt one–seeing it out of the water helps me to really appreciate its beauty.

    • Hi Mike – The Travel Lift is huge and this particular one can lift 300 tons so Anui is a feather weight for it!
      The operators said it was hard to get an accurate weight for her – in their word ‘like weighing a peanut on scales designed to weigh an elephant!’
      Glad you like her lines… she is beautiful but we are biased!

  9. I feel your pain: re the heat. After 20 years in Alice, you soon learn to be a morning-person if you have a yard to look after. It’s possibly the only town in the country where no one complains if you fire up the lawnmower 8am sat morning! Anui’s lines are classic and powerful. She looks fast standing still.

      • We’re booked to fly back 30th, Chris. Then deal with whatever nine months on the marina had left us, then over the pond as soon as the weather settles. We still have sea trials to do: so far only one hour under sail: still some loose ends to tie up. Fortunately Peter Snell’s sail-plan is very simple, so not a lot to do.

      • We are thinking of you. Probably some clean up to do. It will be a momentous day when you get back on board and an even more exciting one when you head off across the Strait.

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