At Last we "Splash" - Mackay Marina 21:06:710S 149:13:64E
After a frenetic visit back to the
The boat had been in the shipyard since we left Mackay some
12 days earlier, and we were hopeful that most of the work would be complete on
our return. Annette Hurley of
This was a significant undertaking and as you can see from the picture above it is a large rudder and the new Stainless Stock alone weighs in at 50Kilos. But the work done by the two companies involved was very impressive.
The finished article looks a “proper job”………….
The complete amount of work done during our stay here is too long to list in this blog, but I will save it for the next one……………..something to look forward to!
So it came to pass that we were lifted out of our cradle on the “hard” and the giant 65 ton travelling hoist trundled along to the launching dock. On Friday 29th August. This was just as well because the local hotel was now full and we had been asked to vacate our room at the afore mentioned Clarion.
The Wind generator and the SSB, DSC aerials only just fitted the beneath rear crossbar of the travel lift. This despite the fact that “Zippy” was dwarfed by this mechanical monster.
Mackay has a substantial tidal range so the lift out dock is quite an impressive bit of engineering………
Once in the water, we boarded Zipadedoda with Rick, one of
the engineers from Marine Engineering. There were some anxious moments as we
checked to ensure that the new Stern gland was water tight, and that the rudder
assembly did not leak. Then we had the fun of getting the engine going after
the installation of the new injectors. This took ages to bleed the diesel
through. But it coughed into life and the repaired silencer/mixing boxes worked
a treat. The engine is now much quieter with the new injectors and correctly
adjusted tappets. We had, had a few traumas with the Maxprop after its
full service, due to the fact that the engineers lost the details on how it was
set up before they took it apart! But it too performed perfectly as we manoeuvred
into our berth in the
It is now Sunday night and we are the last Bluewater Rally boat in Mackay. ( Shame………). We have spent the whole weekend cleaning and polishing. NEVER again will I agree to have the bottom sand blasted. The grit and dust was everywhere. Jamming up the winches, windlass, sheaves and the teak decks are completely impregnated with the stuff. I have hosed them down 3 times now and we are still finding the stuff. It also seems to act as a rusting accelerant. Every bit of stainless steel on the boat has surface rust. I had no idea just how much of it we have. I now have arms like a gorilla, and numb fingers to boot!. But still only half the stainless steel is shiny! This does not take into account the mega cleaning job on the interior. There was dust and grease and oil everywhere.
We still have some issues to sort out, like getting the generator working properly, getting the Genoa repaired, installing the boom brake, getting all the cleaned up running rigging installed…oh and getting the leaks on the new electric toilet fixed and repairing the vacuum leak on the vacuuflush toilet………..it is never ending.
Time for a stiff G&T me thinks………………………
Oh, on a positive ending. I bought an AIS class B
transceiver and colour LCD display in the