Haulout 2020 – Part 2

Our shiny Big Canoe

It is always interesting seeing the boat out of the water… you get a different feel for its size and lines as a few of you commented last week. We particularly like the wide angle shot with Anui dwarfing the courtesy car we borrowed for the weekend!

Our new carport!

Our Big Canoe (the meaning of Anui in polynesian) might look large, but at 15.9m (52 ft) long and 8.3m (27ft) wide, it is still a small home and not all its surface area is liveable room. We calculated that our actual living space is about 66 square meters which is more than many cruisers have but a lot less than a house! The records at the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that an average apartment in Australia is 140 sqm and an average free standing house about 180 sqm. At the other end of the scale, a tiny house has to be no more than 37 sqm to be classified as such. So not quite two tiny houses!

Job List Update

As you can see from the photos above, Anui is antifouled, hulls polished and looking smart. The sugar scoops landings have been repainted, the saildrives and props all in place, serviced and Propspeed applied. All this has been handled by the team at 143 Boat building and we are very happy with them.

Over the weekend we polished the stainless steel deck fittings very early in the morning to get rid of rust marks. We found we started work at 5am and by 10am had to give up because the sun and heat were too much to work outside. We did a few errants during the day while we had wheels, and back to work for a couple of hours after 4pm.

While the sugarscoops were getting repainted, the access ladder was moved just outside the centre of the cockpit – a bit of a clamber between the winches to get in!

Time for a rest and a G&T after a long day

Our splash back in the water happened Tuesday, this time via the Sea Lift, a day later than hoped because we had a bit of a mishap. When our shipwrights antifouled, they taped plastic film on the hulls to protect them from overspray. The sun was so hot that it melted the film onto the newly polished blue paint. They had to clean that up and re polish – at no charge! Our next haulout might take place in autumn to avoid the intense heat!

The Sea Lift about to pick Anui up
We’re off! How shiny is she!?

The Sea Lift and Travel Lift operators are impressive. They control the machine remotely, casually walking behind the boat and guiding it where it needs to go. We much prefer the Sea Lift to the Travel Lift though… the dangling in the air bit is a little breathtaking!

Going for a little drive!
Back in the water she goes!
Dinghy delivered with a smile!

Although back in the water, we stayed at the Boat Works precinct in a wet berth for three days to wait for a few more things like our daggerboard and new sail bag. But to be honest, we were quite happy to stay a little longer: no rush, no pressure, access to the facilities, a lot more comfortable than on the hard stand… worth the extra money! And we still had a few things to do. Now that we were away from the dust, Wade cleaned the dirty black footsteps off the decks with engine degreaser, then scrubbed the decks with Boaties Gold, a combined wash and wax product, and finally buffed the top sides with Meguiar’s Deep Crystal Wet Look so the whites are as shiny and conditioned as the blues. No chalky paint on this boat!


While this was happening, Chris set herself up on the jetty and shampooed the internal carpets which had been getting grubby. The good thing about the heat is that things dry pretty quickly!

Carpets drying on the nets

See the width of the carpets, that’s the width of the walking space in the hulls! Not that wide, eh!

The fortuitous thing about putting the carpets out to dry on the nets is that Wade, who is forever doing boat checks, found the split pin that holds the prodder pole had fallen off! Lucky we did not lose the prodder or him overboard while setting up the spinnaker!

Wade replacing the split pin on the prodder
Bengie kind of supervising!

On Thursday our daggerboard came back! It took quite a team to bring it to the boat and slide it back into its well. It is a heavy piece of solid cedar. But it was a great opportunity to thank everybody for looking after us and Anui.

Reshaped daggerboard’s arrival – it’s heavy!
About to go in!

Today as we post this, we are free to go and will motor down the Coomera river to spend a few days at a place called Tipplers. The weather looks awful… a good spot to hunker down and relax after the hard work!

We can’t get away very far yet as we are still waiting for our sail bag and jib to be finished (fingers crossed for early next week), not to mention the correct computer parts to arrive for Chris’s laptop since the wrong bits got delivered! Breathe in, breathe out…

So no glamour photo shoot of Anui all spruced up yet – hopefully next time – and no addition to our cruise story page with our 2020 reef adventures since it’s all in draft form on the laptop! But we have a gorgeously clean, shiny and ship shape Big Canoe, which is the main thing!

18 thoughts on “Haulout 2020 – Part 2

  1. Nice to see the girl doing her share of work! And resting at the appropriate time – and in the appropriate place! I can definitely understand why you would prefer the sea lift. We would use it if we could but we unfortunately can’t, as our ‘inner thighs are too fat!’ So we have to brace ourselves for the 100 tonne lift every time – I am surprised you fitted – with your external width. The coming weather looks pretty uncomfortable up the coast (although I am grateful that windy.com has reduced the expected gusts in our area to mid 30’s (from 55 knots!). Stay safe.

    • Hiya Trish – we did not fit on the 100 tonne lift. Lifted out on the 300!
      Leaving Boatworks this avo. We’ll be bracing ourselves for very strong gusts this weekend. At least it might keep the crowds away!

  2. Anui is looking gorgeous! And safely back in the water too, that daggerboard is so big! I always enjoy seeing you guys and Anui in my inbox, be safe and well! 😎

  3. Sorry – fuzzy brain – the 300 makes sense! The 100 is very tight for us, but none-the-less we are booked for a lift out on the 100, not the 300, in February. We wont be heading south from Hervey Bay until early to mid January. Hopefully we see you then. xxx

    • As soon as we have our sail bag and jib we are heading off. Might try to spend Xmas at the southern Reef, weather permitting. So might see you on the way.

  4. She looks brand new! And it is so shinny and so perfect from top to bottom! Ready for new adventures. Aren’t you happy, Chris? Take care, girl. 🙂

  5. You’ve really done a lot of work on the Big Canoe & she does look great as a result !
    About the dagger boards section, I thought when seeing her before you purchased ‘Anui’ that they were not the usual airfoil section; more towards a symmetrical section, fore and aft, is that correct ?
    I thought at the time it was a ‘Crowther-thing oh’ ! but I may stand corrected !
    Happy and safe travels, as you go !

  6. She does look beautiful, well done both of you. So shiny and new, love it. The dagger board looked huge when not in its slot. You must be pleased to be back in the wet. Enjoy your first few days and I hope you will both have a rest

    • Hello Sue – we are at anchor now and even though the weather is horrible – rain, wind and storms, we are breathing a sigh of relief it’s all done and will be enjoying the forced rest for a few days. Anui feels so good!

  7. Good to see Anui all spruced up … funny seeing the little Getz in your carport! She looked so tiny it might be possible to winch her up on the deck for your next bit of land-lubbering!
    Happy sailing guys and may your split pins stay split!

    • It was handy parking the car underneath for shade and it really emphasised the size of the boat. Don’t know about the anchor winch to lift it up… another sacrificial pin at risk!
      Always good to get your comments Elgar: you make us laugh!

  8. I love the “carport” shot artistically and for the sense of scale that it provides. Although the Anui may not be that large, relatively speaking, it seems to have a huge amount of surface areas to paint, clean, and polish. You need a vacation now after all the work you have been doing during the haulout.

    • Lots of paint/polish/antifoul surface as you say, Mike. We have had a forced rest after the haulout because of wild weather. Stuck on board for 5 days with high winds and a huge amount of rain!

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