Saturday 7th September 2013 - Done and Dusted in Denarau
Saturday 7th September 2013 – Done and Dusted in Denarau
So, we’ve now been in Port Denarau for just over three weeks and we think we’re sorted.
The auxiliary generator is back in its home and appears to be behaving itself tolerably. Bl**dy thing it is.
watermaker is sorted and Neil Towner (our local watermaker man) was able to let
us have a new 40’” membrane (which we don’t yet need but we’ll carry as spare)
for around £230. That’s about a
quarter of the cost from Mr Spectra who makes the watermaker. But the membranes all come from the same
Replacing the service alternator turned out to be a bit of a game. Having ordered the relevant 24V one from
Golden Arrow in Southampton, specified precisely the make and model number, sent
them photos of it and asked them to do a commonsense check against those photos
before they despatched it, we took receipt (for about £630 incl carriage) of a
replacement for the much smaller 12V alternator that charges the engine start
batteries. Excellent. If we’d wanted one of those we’d have
fitted the one that’s been in the engine spares locker for two years. An interesting discussion followed with
the guy we’d dealt with in Golden Arrow.
He graciously offered to refund the price of the alternator once we’d
paid for its carriage back to him and (apparently obviously) we would get no
refund of the £150 or so for its carriage to
we’d lost about a week so far.
Detailed discussions with Ashdown-Ingram in Australia followed and after
a bit of to-ing and fro-ing over specifications and measurements we took receipt
a few days later of two (one for spare) 24V, 110A alternators that would fit,
with a bit of modification to both themselves and the mountings in the
boat. The total cost of the
alternators was around £650 including carriage. It was clear from the invoice that the
retail price of these things was approaching double that which we’d been asked
to pay and we’d got two much more expensive alternators for the same price as
we’d been invited to pay for the one wrong one from the
Actually fitting the alternator to the boat was a little fraught. Apart from a bit of drilling and grinding on the alternator housing, it involved the cutting out and re-welding of the brackets that hold it in place in the engine bay. We’re dealing in 3D here with a large lump of machinery being offered up in free space. The axis of the alternator has to line up pretty well perfectly with the axis of the crank shaft whilst the pulley wheels on the alternator have to line up fore and aft precisely with those on the crank shaft. Otherwise you’ll be changing your fan belts more often than you ought to change your underwear. Baobab Marine seemed to think it was a two hour job. We doubted it. Once two guys had spent a whole day welding brackets into the wrong positions/orientations, Jon got the workshop manager to come to the boat the next day and supervise the operation. That sorted it. Suddenly there was a plan and a method. That morning it was installed perfectly. Yet another result; plus, at Baobab Marine’s instigation, no charge for Day 1.
hasn’t been much time for sightseeing whilst we’ve been in Port Denarau. Excursions have focussed on provisioning
and tracking down such items as ¼” socket spanners (there’s excitement for
you). However, we’ve spotted the
odd thing which the Dep Ed felt was blog worthy. First, and far removed from the plain
Methodist chapel architecture hereabouts, is the
one shopping expedition to Nadi we rested our weary feet in a bar overlooking
the river where some local lads were having great fun with a large block of
polystyrene. It could well have
floated there from Denarau marina.
All the pontoons were destroyed last December by Cyclone Ivan and it was
only a month or so ago that new ones were put in. Which is kinda why most cruisers don’t
hang around in
One of the pleasures of the cruising life is meeting up with
people you haven’t seen for a while.
One such was, Mark the Dutchman from Aquamante- he of the “Since it’s far
too rough to launch the dinghies off the quay at
Team work at the top of the mast
And down it goes – good job the Health& Safety police weren’t around
All sorts of yacht services are provided here but Carol was bit surprised that the UAE were making their presence known in the South Pacific and branching out into unlikely territory in more ways than one – perhaps the oil really is running out.
There is a great variety of craft to be found in the marina including a few seriously big mega yachts. This one clearly belongs to somebody who is in a serious hurry. At least there would appear to be job opportunities for excess Fleet Air Arm pilots.
And finally, as a née Finch, Carol was heartened to see
that someone in the
On Monday morning we’re off to Musket Cove, a yottie haven snuggled in amongst the reefs about 12NM away, for about a fortnight. We’ll be there for Regatta Week and so there will be a lot of amusing stuff going on. WE ARE NOT GOING TO RACE. WE NOT GOING TO RACE. Finish. End of discussion. Arnamentia racing around the cans with a crew of 13 is one thing. With a crew of two, 14 deck winches, twin pole gybes and all that stuff it’s a nightmare. WE ARE NOT DOING IT. Honest.