Oh my goodness - 20th March we were meant to be loading SAORSA onto a the good ship Damgracht bound for Southampton UK. Due to a storm off Sydney ( which closed the port of Newcastle, where she was taking on yachts), she had to wait in 5m swell for five days. It is now the 27th and she has finally set sail this evening from Sydney and is due in Auckland evening of the 31st. Our slight stress is that she as has to unload three boats and load 10 yachts. This takes four days an
Time to launch SAORSA - thanks to great focus from the Gulf Harbour team, SAORSA was ready for a 2pm lift into the water. With Adam & Shay onboard to check out the engine she was lowered in. We motored beautifully out of the harbour and the three weeks of work seemed to be evident. All systems sounded sweet.
The big job today was putting back the now STRAIGHT prop-shaft and the rudder. Once the shaft was in, the rudder was reassembles and then the lovley Gori prop was assesmbeles, Thanks to Vernon and the the team – it looks superb and thank you for the lesson in how to replace the stoppers.
Our first friends came to visit – Martin and Janet - a lovely morning showing them around and having brunch at the local café. Martin, apart from been an aviator and doctor, loves radios and we took our first look at the SSB. – Thank goodness we have a course booked in Southampton. What is it about Cylcomes and NZ this year. Today we have battened everything down in preparation for Cyclone Lola. --- 80km hr winds forecast and we are side onto the wind. Our pride and joy last
Day off – well sort of,… a trip to Auckland to pick up some more bits and peices, - lifebuoy, track parts, waterproof bag. The huge bonus is the Volvo team are in town and racing … a fabulous day out on the Auckland waterfront. After a long lunch basking in the Auckland Sun we loved soaking up the Volvo round the world ocean feeling – scary stuff and true dedicated athletes.
Thanks to Marine Solutions: Shay and Adam Iam know finding my way around the engine room, Intercoolers are off the main engine and generator and the turbocharger - which had seized is off, fuel filter, oil filters, impellers, coolant replacement …. Its beginning to make sense, and a new work place under the watchful eye of the Marine Solutions team.
Today was my first solo venture in fitting a water pump, since we bought SAORSA the internal water hadn't worked, today I fitted my first new pump, wired it up and – it actually worked ….we have water on board.
OMG – wet wet wet – Brians repairs on the hatches are holding up – no leaks. Today the huge task of removing the shaft began. We want to check if the tree log bent the shaft or not and to remove the shaft, the rudder has to come out. This journey has tested the tenacity of Vernon, Shay, Craig, Adam, Brian and many others over the course of the week – all of whom we are extremely grateful to. Eventually they got it out and it was bent. What we learnt was that Hallberg Rassys
Sold my favorite car …☹… but very helpful now the bills for the boat upgrads are pouring in. Also Yellow fever, diphtheria and Hep A jabs. – ouch….. Tues 5th and back to Auckland, thanks to Tim Boyle for the loan of a great run around car. CJ is getting into the routiine of shopping chores each day – buckets, drill bits, velcro, glue, silicone, towels, kettles, storage boxes it goes on and on… he has become the best shopper in Whangaparaoa!!! He also has a new brief case.
Met some great folk with some good Blue Water Experience and an instructor who had a life time of learning and some very wise advice about staying alive. OMG what have we decided to do –avoiding reefs, electrical fires, sea anchor deployments, screwing down floorboards…. , the snag list grows. A hugly worth while course and yes – the pool bit was fun.