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 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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!