With Nimue in the water and just a few days before our
departure, we discovered a problem with the generator exhaust, which had
basically rotted! Despite it being a Saturday, we managed to find a
company, Zimmermans, in the process of locating to Herrington and they impressed
us by sending someone down immediately to have a look at the problem! Once
diagnosed, Zimmermans advised they could fix it, but we needed to take Nimue
about 90 nm south to their main yard in Deltaville. No problem with that,
as we were planning to head south anyway!
We had worked our ‘socks off’ for two weeks and with all the
effort of fitting the frame and the new wind generator it was time to see it
working. Within seconds the D400 blades were whizzing round, which in turn
generated substantial amounts of power to the batteries. This is exactly why we
purchased the D400, as it generates power even in light winds, which is a great
advantage when at anchor and saves hours of diesel generator usage!
Our Avon dinghy (Merlin) was now back in the UK and we
inflated our new AB dinghy (also known as Merlin) so we could fix it on the
foredeck. The reason we changed the Avon was due to a ‘very temperamental’ blow
up floor and most trips ashore in any sea state were very wet! After much
research, we plumped for the AB, which had a hard floor and bigger tubes, so
hopefully we wouldn’t get so wet! The only thing we now need is a bigger
outboard as the 6hp is slightly underpowered for the dinghy.
We managed to get Nimue ‘ship-shape’ before leaving Herrington
for The Solomons (about 50 miles south), where we had been invited to dinner at
Joe’s house (the frame maker) We had also made arrangements to rendezvous
with our friend Kenny on Loon.
With everything now on board and after yet another trip to the
supermarket, it was time to say our goodbyes to this very friendly yard and
hopefully we will return again someday!
Michael looking rather
pleased with the new D400 generator
The ‘Fall’ at Herrington Harbour
Leaving with the new Merlin
One of the channel markers at
Herrington Marina. Unfortunately we veered off course slightly on the way
out and ploughed our way through the mud!