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I thought we had a pretty cool ferry system in Washington until we started spending time in Australia. On our last trip in October Emmy and I spent a week in Sydney and spent a good bit of time on the water. Now after loading Roxia onto (into?) the good ship Yacht Express, Devin and I spent the day on the River in Brisbane riding ferries taking in the sites.
Roxia was celebrity of the day making the local Moreton Bay Cruisers Facebook Page as we were headed to meet Yacht Express.
I saw this sign on the ferry and thought it might be a good Nordhavn option.
We left Mackay, QLD on October 15 and headed to Scawfell Island. We had SE winds 10-15k with wind waves on the starboard beam of 2-3 feet. Roxia handled the seas comfortably. We had one issue with the generator running but not producing power. I checked all the manuals on the boat for the generator and all we had were the Northern Lights books for the engine. I had enough information to rebuild the engine but could I find a wiring diagram for the actual generator…not so lucky. I grabbed the multimeter and headed to the engine room. I was getting power at the generator so I knew it had to be between the genset and the panel. After looking in the N62 manual I found there was a double pole breaker somewhere. Back to the engine room and yes I found the box mounted on the bulkhead behind the gen and there was a tripped breaker. Boom, done, drop mic. First issue at sea solved. We decided to continue the trip. Scawfell was really pretty so we put the dink “On the Rox” in the water to check things out. Yikes, gas gauge flashing empty and no paddle. We circled Roxia and snapped some pictures then back on deck for the Dink.
October 16 found us at Goldsmith Island and a nice little sheltered cove on the North side. Two sail boats were already anchored but we were all separated and cozy. I forgot to leave the inReach on so it looks like we transported there but we actually cruise there. It rained hard but it was warm so Roxia just got a nice wash down. Anchoring is quite nice with the use of Flopper Stoppers to keep the rocking to a minimum. A 300# anchor and 1/2″ chain makes you sleep easy. An item we never had on any other boat is the hydraulic automatic anchor wash down. Water sprays the chain at 180 gpm so as we haul it up it gets clean. It is so strong I thought it might blow off the galvanizing…maybe not.
October 17 we decided to head to the snazzy marina of Hamilton Island Marina. A little pricy but very nice. We did make the mistake of calling in for our slip assignment and proceeding in. Oops, here you wait for the concierge dinghy to come greet you and lead you to your slip. I had to back into a slip for the first time and managed to keep all 70 tons from crushing dock or human. This marina was hit in March with a Category 5 Typhoon. The island, marina and resort were blasted. People in the marina (150) all huddled in conference center to wait out the storm. 260-280kph winds remained for nearly 6 hours. The people were pinned in the building for two days. Food was running out then the steel doors caved in. Everyone tried to stay in the large restrooms. We rode the free shuttle around the island and our driver was in that group. There is a driving range where you hit balls into a pond. The wind blew all the water out and sent 10,000 golf balls onto the runway. Airplanes couldn’t take off or land until it was clear. Resort staff walked the entire runway and cleaned it off so people could be evacuated. The owners of the resort hired 500-600 tradesmen to rebuild the resort. They are still working on projects seven months later but the resort and Island was only closed for 7 days!! No WiFi here! What?
Pictures will have to wait.
With our sights on new adventures and a growing family we are looking at a different boat. Shibumi is at a perfect stage to sell. For the person looking to differ some costs by keeping her in charter she has a consistent history of bookings. It is always good to buy a boat from a boat nerd who is a little OCD. Check out the tab and look at the PDF and let me know what you think.
After 12 years of making sure Shibumi was fit as a fiddle there are not that many more projects. Finally added the AIS to the system and the new paint. It might be time to sell and buy the next boat, possibly the last boat. Interested?
The funniest comment during haul out this year was how shiny our propshafts were. I replaced them three years ago and there are no marks of any kind on them. Maybe the quality is better. I have to give Marine Hardware in Redmond, WA a shout out for building these shafts. They are perfect and have no vibration.
Pettit has been my paint and varnish of choice for the last few years and bottom paint, topside epoxy paint and varnish are holding up better than expected. Thanks to Rachael and Pettit!
For me it is always a time for celebration the day following the winter solstice. The days are getting longer and I can feel the funk draining away from my brain. It also means I have probably started to complete some winter projects. These two pictures represent more work than they appear.
The picture of the electric panel shows a new selector in the upper right. There are now two locations to plug in shore power. One in the cockpit and the other in the same location as before on the port side of the pilot house. We are in so many locations where the stern location would be preferred, now you have it. Since I was running wires I also wired Shibumi to accept 50a 240v. I don’t have a use for it yet but I’ll think of something.
The picture of the hydraulic pump came after Shibumi returned from a charter with the pump hanging in the bilge after it sheared off. I decided to design a new bracket that would be stronger and my friend Marc Lecoq from Lecoq Machine Works fabricated it. I notice the engine has less vibration and the gusseted bracket has no movement.
Still have a few more projects to finish…
I’m getting ready for winter work on Shibumi. Projects on the list so far are:
Upgrade wheelhouse VHF, add AIS, wheelhouse window trim, rework stabilizer hydraulics and if I get the energy add a shore power inlet to the cockpit. I’m sure the Admiral will have more projects as well… The Shibumi website is now linked to Bakes Consulting.