Nine weeks stuck in Mackay and we are still waiting. As a friend said, patience is an overrated virtue. We are getting cranky!
Sometimes things happen for a reason, and sometimes we don’t know what that reason is! Yes we are in the water and it is somewhat easier, but no we still can’t move because we are waiting for parts that should have been ordered weeks ago.
Mind you, we see an endless procession of yachts on Marine Traffic (and that’s just the pink ones with AIS) sailing north and we think maybe it’s just as well we are stuck in Mackay because crowded waterways would only frustrate us even more! We have absolutely no desire to share an anchorage with 30 other boats. Let’s hope that when we finally take off, we can reap the rewards for taking the plunge and heading for the remote reefs.
What are we up to?
We have spent hours this week in the engine bays re-plumbing the water maker and the bilge pumps, hours on hands and knees cleaning the decks and cockpit and polishing the topsides, hours laundering the couch cushion covers and cleaning inside to get rid of fibreglass dust, hours re-sealing a leaky hatch, days waiting for parts and getting more and more dejected.
We are so close and yet so far. It has been hard to contain our annoyance with the delays and the general lack of a sense of urgency among the trades. Chris has blown a gasket a few times, even cool head Wade’s temper is getting frayed.
The electrician finally finished his job: he lengthened the battery cables which is needed because the engines are back to front, he upgraded the way the house battery and house alternator are connected, plugged the engine controls to the harness, engine fans and blowers and whatever else needed to be connected…
So the last thing we are waiting on are the risers for the exhausts. After chasing Mackay Marine Services repeatedly we have just heard that the long awaited parts have arrived at Yanmar Melbourne, and should get to Mackay on Monday next week. Then it’s a matter of the guys installing and testing everything. Maybe just maybe we will be out of here at the end of next week.
Until then, thank god for a few interludes with cruising buddies from Wet Bar, Intoxicat, Clair de Lune and Medina to keep our sanity and be able to vent!
One member of the crew is quite chilled out: with all that wet stuff around the boat, Bengie is not keen on jumping ashore but is however getting into our herb garden… a bit partial to the chives! And she is an expert at finding the sunny spots for a snooze. What a contrast to the human crew!