23 October 2019 - July 2021 / Upgrades, maintenance .... from bow to aft / Leaving for Indonesia
Grete & Fred Vithen
Wed 21 Jul 2021 01:38
Scarborough Marina QLD 27 11 63S 153 06 34E
Finally it seems we will be able to take off sailing again and finally leaving Australia.
This issue with Covid has really fucked up everything in our world.
We will be able to get our second shot of AstraZeneca 30 July. Yes, yes!. We didn't suffer to much from the first shot.
Looking forward to the next so we can move on. Without vaccination this country, Australia, will be closed for ever.
Longing for The Med. That's the place we will spend our time. Being a part of EU is really precious to us for many reasons.
End of this month I, Fred, has to fly to Canberra in order to renew my Swedish passport. Very costly but otherwise no way to travel on.
We are in contact with an agent in Indonesia, Raymond Lesmana. He seems to be serious and used to deal with circumnavigating sailors. Good.
There are very few options at the moment and we do NOT want to stay here anymore.
31 July we will set sails sailing North. Towards summer and new experiences/adventures. We have not been in the water snorkelling since we arrived.
Looking forward to some clear water inside the Great Barrier Reef further North.
Karolina & Victor with Felix (4) and Elton (8 months) will sail with us from Townsville to Cook Town, 290 Nm (probably 8 days). Nice.
They are really looking forward to get away from weather miserable Melbourne now. Let's hope Covid will not cause problems. The poor guys have been in lock down so many times.
We and Sans Peur are facing about 2000 Nm to get to Darwin where we will sail to Lombok (only place to clear into Indonesia for us now).
It's very close to Bali. We like Bali. More indian Hindu then muslim, suits us well.
Thats another 1000 Nm on the Ocean, a week maybe. The Trades are blowing the right way this time of the year.
Last information is, after been sailing a week, we still have to quarantine/self isolate a week on our yacht after arrival. Again, crazy world. But it's worth it.
Yes, now we really feel prepared to sail on.
We have spend a lot of time to prepare Sans Peur for our future sailing adventures.
This is some of the major and important issues fixed. For safety and comfort.
New Rocna Anchor, 40 kg.
New bigger Ultra anchor swivel. Certified for 16,5 Kn.
New, more modern and safer, Lewmar remote control.
All three sails has been checked. The sails are in perfect condition still. The woven Hydra Net, made in Germany just works perfect in any conditions, no wear & tear. Just the dream for a world a round circumnavigating sailor. Sunbrella sail sun cover restitched. Was really needed.
New Selden infurling swivel and "gear box". Both delivered from Sweden. Feels good. It's a major safety issue to be able to handle the sail from our cockpit, just the two of us.
So far we had no bad issues with Selden materials. What I mean is that while crossing blue water by yourself you need to trust that things works.
Thank you Hampus, Riggarna in Göteborg (and Agnetha & Björn, S/Y Moon - They have always been there for us when we have questions.)
The whole main sheet traveller system is upgraded. 5 new Lewmar Racing Blocks and new Lewmar end stops. New stronger traveller cars for main and cutter.
Our bimin (over sized), spray hood and later sun shade cover in the front (also protecting our deck house windows) has been working very well over time, 7 years in sometimes very challenging conditions.
Celeste, starting her own business, has so far provided a new "sun cover", better then the one we had had.
A new bimini. Our bimini is super large, oversized. The Sunbrella+ seems to be a an improvement. Looks nice and seems to stretch in a good way.
We never fold it. It's always up. Even in 50 knots of wind. Works fine for protection and safety.
Spray hood will also be changed, Sunbrella+.
These 3 items are really necessary safety items for us both for, first safety, but also for comfort (wind, rain,sun).
Lack of electricity has always been an issue.
We bought new Lithium batteries, 2 x 24v 150AH. This means that our service battery bank is now 50% bigger.
The old lithium batteries will now be used for our winches and as start batteries.
New solar panels. 2 x 72 cell LG with 2 Mastervolt SCM 25 regulators. Our radar has been moved to the mast in order not to shade the solar panels.
This means that we will at least get 100% more solar energy in the future.
New Jabsco electrical toilets has been installed. Much better and more reliable than the old Lavac vacuum ones.
New kompressor unit for our freezer. We really like to be able to use the freezer for our passages.
The whole sound insulation in the engine room has been changed. Very messy job.
So much less engine noise now.
Perkins. Fuel injection pump and injectors has been serviced and renovated.
AIS transponder Class B 5 w has been installed (stronger then the old one) plus a new TriNav GPS.
The autopilot system is now totally separated from our other instruments in order to make it more weather resistant.
12 new LEDs installed (8 of them Hella, 5 years guarantee).
Recently we had Sans Peur hauled out and high pressure cleaned. Last time was in Fiji Sept 2019.
New antifouling. That was badly needed. All anodes changed, 4 big ones on the hull, 2 att the prop and one on the bow truster.