01/04/16 Fri. Happy Birthday
Ana! We both had a day off work and did very little
all day, then went over to the Kraken Bar and Grill for evening meal.
02/04/16 Sat. Another day of idleness, just too hot to do
anything - with the sun shining into the cockpit at 7.30am the temp
shown was 42oC but as the sun went
higher and thermometer was in the shade, it dropped to 40oC.
OK, the cheap thermometer reads a little high, but all the same it was
too damn hot!!
03/04/16 Sun. Made good progress today with the cable runs,
most are now in place and awaiting the hardware to be fitted and hooked
04/04/16 Mon. One step forwards and two steps
back........things are going wrong again, water in the bilge and unable
to find the source today! At least the NMEA problem with the old
chart table instrument has been resolved and wiring restored.
05/04/16 Tues. Woken by heavy rain at 4.20am which got even
heavier by six o'clock and continued until mid-morning. All cable
connector boxes and junction boxes now in place along with the NMEA
converter (0183 to 2000).
05/04/16 Weds. A day off from instrumentation, we went into
the Financial Park and the town for various shopping items and a haircut
for me. No hardwood available in town, I shall have to broaden the
search for suitable pieces to make new conduits and instrument head
07/04/16 Thurs. Late evening and we discovered the bilge
under the saloon full of water (the second time in a week or so), pumped
it out and there was maybe 400 litres of fresh water discharged
overboard. Decided to fill the tank again and switch off the pump
- see what happens overnight.
08/04/16 Fri. The water tank was still full this morning
which indicated the pressurised part of the water system has a leak.
It took us about 30 minutes to discover water running down the outside
of one of the water hoses under the forward cabin. This is the
hose leading from the shower to the galley. Further investigation
showed the 't' piece to be hidden under the floor of a cupboard in the
heads, so......empty the entire cupboard, take up the floor which was
glued and screwed and follow the hoses. The 't' piece was
fractured and squirting water onto the cupboard base the whole time the
pump was switched on. It took us all day (until 7.45pm) to replace
the two 't' pieces with brass ones and restore water pressure.
10/04/16 Sun. Traced and repaired the fault in the stereo
system, removed one cockpit instrument and marked out the bigger hole
required for the new instrument - not been feeling too good since Friday
11/04/16 Mon. Into town again, shopping for sanding discs
needed for new instrument apertures, paid marina fees for the month and
relaxed for remainder of the day. We are currently re-watching all
50 episodes of Game of Thrones in anticipation of season six release
12/04/16 Tues. Rain for most of the day preventing me from
sanding and cutting in the cockpit but at least it brought the
temperature down to a chilly 28oC!
13/04/16 Weds. More rain........until midday. I cut
the new holes for two instruments and fitted them, tested.....all
working fine. Now just need to blank off the remaining one old
instrument and build a new rear box plus cable conduit. Ran out of
cooking gas during the evening!
14/04/16 Thurs. Raining again this morning (and most of the
night), heavy until 11am. When it stopped, I took the empty gas
bottle into town and exchanged it for a full one - and welcomed Bob back
to Dulce.........so good to see him up and about, fighting the
battle with cancer and back on the boat!!
15/04/16 Fri. This morning I took off the exhaust elbow
which was showing signs of leakage around the welded seams, then I
rented a car for 24hrs and took the elbow to Ramsey Engineering to be
repaired (and possibly another made as spare). We then spent a few
hours searching for hardwood before eventually finishing up at the first
wood yard we started at......and ordering the wood needed for a new
instrument back box. During the evening, Ana, myself, Lyda and Bob
went to Frattini's for dinner - the best steak I have had in a long
16/04/16 Sat. Drove up to Ken's Enterprises (wood yard) and
picked up the ordered wood - not the best of quality but it will do for
what I need. We then took advantage of the remaining hours of car
rental and visited a few out of the way supermarkets and collected heavy
items. Spent the evening on Dulce in the company of Alex
and Jen, Peter and Dana, Lyda, Ana, Ann and her sister and one or two
18/04/16 Mon. Today's problem is a blocked cockpit drain -
there are four in the cockpit, two connected on the stbd side and two on
the port, and the stbd ones were blocked. Rodding them showed them
to be clear, leaving only the 't' piece to sea so a trip under the
boat was needed to poke a screwdriver into the outlet and clear all the
barnacles out - once that was done, all was good again.
23/04/16 Sat. The box at the rear of the instruments is
finally finished - just got to varnish it now! My England flag is
flying for St. George's Day........
24/04/16 Sun. Refitted the exhaust elbow to the engine and
tested this morning before the sun got too hot - even sheltering below
with the fan on full is exhausting with temperatures in the mid thirties
25/04/16 Mon. Up very early this morning.....Ana, myself,
Lyda, Bob, Alistair, John and Anna met in the car park just before 5am
to attend the ANZAC Day dawn service at the War Memorial. From
there we went to the Tiara Hotel for breakfast before returning to the
28/04/16 Thurs. All wiring now boxed in! The heatwave
continues making it very uncomfortable in both cockpit and saloon.
Went out to the "yacht club" in the evening for dinner with Paul,
Alison, Alistair, Juanita and Ana.
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