Waiting in a marina for weeks on end would have to be one of our least favourite things. We get so bored!
After a while there is only so much tinkering you can do, so much peering at charts to plot future reef escapes, so much chatting to friends on the phone or on neighbouring boats before you go totally loopy! Have we told you we hate waiting and don’t always have a positive attitude to all things boating?
But believe it or not we managed to keep ourselves amused over the last few days.
It started with socialising with the neighbours… all bigger multihulls than Anui. We felt a bit dwarfed but we think we won on vintage style points!
We then did some sailing on a 50ft Grainger called Wet Bar. Owner Ross keeps his boat in the Mackay Marina and periodically visits from Melbourne. He was in Mackay and we got talking, as you do! The funny thing is that Wet Bar was one of the boats we considered when we were looking for a replacement for Take It Easy. Ross was searching for a boat too and looked at Anui! Some months later we all decided on our respective vessel. We bought Anui, Ross bought Wet Bar. Small world!
Whereas Anui is our fourth boat, Wet Bar is Ross’s first! Lots to learn on a big boat since he is quite new to sailing. He was having trouble tacking his catamaran and asked us to teach him… So we spent an afternoon showing him a few tricks and practicing! We have never done that much tacking in an afternoon! The tacks are a bit ugly and Wet Bar won’t win any races tacking upwind, but at least now Ross does not stall the boat. And we did well with the swap of assistance: Ross is lending us his car while he returns to Melbourne, which will come in handy while we are in the shipyard!
The other fun thing we did was spend a day with friends Mick and Lyn, who bought our second boat Medina and live in Mackay. Told you it’s a small world! They have rescued us a couple of times out of the marina, showing us Mackay’s northern beaches and lookouts.
This time they took us up to Eungella National Park, about 80kms inland. We had a wonderful day up the misty hills and along the Broken River, watching several platypuses and spotting beautiful kingfishers. How lucky is that!
Out we come!
And now we are ready to be hauled out! We moved the boat to the lifting pen yesterday: John Sticklan and two helpers gave us a hand, while the conditions were perfect: high tide, barnacles and oysters underwater, low wind. Backing the boat into the pen on one engine was a bit nerve racking. We had to use the dinghy tied to the back as our reverse gear on the port side and the guys were ready to fend us into the very narrow space. Wade was at the controls for this little exercise and did a great job… it was far too scary for Chris to handle! You can see on the photos how narrow the gap is! The weather has ben very fickle; it was a rare calm day sandwiched between two insanely windy ones! Lucky we took it or we would have been waiting for another week!
Today as we post this we are getting lifted out of the water and work starts at long last. Stay tuned for the recount and photos of the haulout, removal of the old engines and saildrives in the next post.