Some good news at long last, we are released from boatyard captivity and have recovered our freedom! Anui is repowered, tested and has been given the all clear to go.
The engines were connected and we turned them on for the first time on Monday after Jim from Mackay Marine Services finished installing the exhausts. Everything was checked. Wade reconnected the bilge pumps. The boat was fully provisioned, everything on board clean, shiny and ship shape. We had our sea trial on Tuesday morning, which went well. Jim pushed the engines to max -11.5 knots speed, complete with rooster tails! We got back to our berth, dropped Jim off. Wade could not resist doing a boat wash down. We finally cast the mooring lines by noon. Phew!!
We left Mackay after a hard, expensive and mind numbing 10 weeks’ stretch out of action. We know we have been whinging for a while and in the current environment with many of our Australian followers in lockdown, a few of you thought we should consider ourselves lucky. Let us just say that it is absolutely no fun nor lucky being stuck in a shipyard for 10 weeks, but we are grateful we finally can get away. The weather is smiling on us and granting us our wish: to escape to the Outer Reef.
We felt a huge sense of relief. Our plan is to stay offshore for several weeks, or as long as the weather allows. We have this overwhelming need to escape and spend time in our happy place: aqua clear ocean, reef anchorage, no one but the chosen few around. We met up with two other catamarans we are friends with, Oceaneer and Clair de Lune, at Scawfell Island and took off the next morning. Because we will be between 60 and 100nm offshore, internet coverage is patchy.
We have scheduled several posts to keep in touch: this one about our departure, the next about our immediate cruising plans, the third about one of Chris’s articles currently running in Australian Multihull World. So there won’t be total quietness from sv-anui. Do stay in touch though and send us your likes and comments. We may not respond immediately, but we do appreciate receiving them. If you enjoy our posts, tell us in the comments please, it is much more encouraging to us than silence!