Picture this: Anui is anchored off Crab Island near paradise Point in the middle of a busy waterway for the Australia Day long weekend: an endless procession of stink-boats, luxury cruisers, runabouts, the odd yacht under motor and obnoxious jet skis go past us creating monster wakes! Some of these were so bad we’d yell « INCOMING » and had to prep the boat as if we were going for a rough offshore passage to stop stuff from flying everywhere! And the noise… OMG!!!
Ok so it was not one of our best ideas for an anchorage! But there was a reason for staying there before getting to The Boat Works. We had a few things to do: major dental appointments, provisioning, emptying the local post office of all the gear we had ordered… But the biggest reason was picking up Chris’s new laptop! Now that put a smile on her dial: great performance, colour and speed for photographic work, lots of grunt. No more squatting on Wade’s machine, no more complaints about its slowness and dullness. Lance Wallis at Computer Repairs Hope Island made the transfer over from old to new easy. He was able to recover all the data, clone the set up of the old Dell onto the new one and bar a couple of odd things with software access, everything worked smoothly straight away. He has even installed a “look Mum no hands” remote access application, so that if we get into trouble, he can assist at a distance. Perfect!
Wade’s laptop must have felt totally let down and jealous, because two days after Chris had her new beast, his broke down – oops! Back to computer doctor Lance for diagnostics (a corrupt drive) and fix: new solid state drive installed. It was back in operation the very next day and performing better than ever! Go Lance! So glad we found him!
The sunsets at Paradise Point were spectacular but by Monday we had had enough of the wakes!
As soon as Chris was out of the dentist’s torture chamber, we moved up to the Coomera River to anchor in front of Boat Works.
That’s it for the pretty photos, now onto the serious business! On Wednesday we moved into our pen at The Boat Works and the team at 143 Boat Building started working on Anui. The task list includes replacing the flexible coupling between the starboard engine and the sail drive, getting a new motor for the anchor winch, replacing the hydraulic ram and brushes for the hydraulic pump on the NKE autopilot, and since we are here for a while, the paint touch ups by our gun painter Geoff, of MMA Millenium Marine Painting, who was not available in December.
We initially thought we’d be here for a week and were progressing really well, until we got news that the coupling for the engine would take at least 10 days to arrive. And with one engine out of action, we are not going anywhere! So now we will be at the Boat Works for probably two more weeks with not a lot to do but wait for parts to arrive. The good side is that we can use water and power with complete abandon! We might have to hire a car and go exploring on land to avoid cabin fever though!