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Sent: Sunday, December 09, 2007 2:27 PM
Subject: Rose's Offer - could be the only way to get a seafood
meal - more breakdowns
Yes - well that could be the only way a bloke who lives on a
yacht can get a seafood meal - by going out to dinner at the Casino (which
I've still never yet visited). But I'm just not sure about leaving the
yacht for a few days yet - and certainly at night could be a problem until
we get ourselves sorted out on the mooring and the ship to shore
arrangements. So I just can't say right now - if & how I can go - please
leave it with me for a few days.
We are still tied to the dock - and Cliff seems in no hurry
to move me off - so we may as well sit here - using the power etc - for as
long as possible. I asked him yesterday about moving out - and he said
that maybe sometime this week when the tides were high - but that he'd need
to go out and 'grappling hook' drag up a mooring line someone had cut - on
the 'big mooring' - for me to use. So he's apparently not really ready for
me out there yet.
It is in the vicinity of where the salvage barge is moored at
the left of the photo above. He also tells me that there are about 3
people living on yachts moored out there - and they don't seem to have any
trouble from Maritime Services - and just keep a low profile. And having a
couple of other 'yachties' out there - could make it all the more secure for
leaving the yacht.
The 'Navy Minesweeper' out in the middle - DOES belong to the
bloke who made the big anchor for me - just as we thought - and Cliff says
that he's got someone living on it.
He says I can leave the car parked inside - in the front of
the shipyard as it is now - no problem - and come and go with the dinghy
from the shipyard docks as I like.
Which would be just fine too - except for the fact - that
right at this moment - I can't get the 2 small outboards going. The 3.3
Johnson that was on the Dory - that sunk - did start up after I cleaned it
up - and I ran it for about 20 seconds - then I turned it off.
But as of yesterday - Saturday - when I decided to take it
for a run - out to visit the other yachts - (I even had Penny in the dinghy
ready to go) - it would not start again. And despite spending about 2
hours on it - and then on another 2hp Yamaha - I could not get either of
them going. The Johnson would not spark - no matter what - even with a new
plug. I rang John at Riverlands - who suggested cleaning the points -
which I did - but still nothing. So I'll leave it for a day or so - and
have another look at it.
You see Chris - this is exactly what happens - I've said
again and again - when you live on a yacht - you can't have enough - little
outboard motors. Because 99% of all you do is just going back and forth to
shore - and now see - we do not presently have a working outboard motor.
The other couple in the Lazarette haven't been run in several years
either. I will get to them - but right now there are other jobs to do.
Today is Ida the Witch's Birthday Party
and she has emailed me a couple of times to see if we could
go - but the same problem arises - it is difficult right now - and with the
yard locked on Sunday too.
And just now - unbelievably - the washing machine will not
work. There's power there - but you turn the machine on - and it's
You'd suspect that it's a fuse in it or something - but I'm
not inclined to start pulling it out and apart - until I give Uncle Dick a
call tonight (free). It wouldn't be the first time we've had to do the
washing by hand in the tub or shower - and it probably won't be the last
either. When I lived aboard the previous yacht for years - there was no
Now - as for the 'Act of God' sinking of the dinghy
I DON'T recall you mentioning - about putting several ropes
on it - when you were here - maybe you thought it - and just didn't say it -
or maybe you said it - and I missed it.
But the dinghy went fine for a week in that spot - until it
sunk. Who'da thought.
And what does this comment of yours - 'And what about those
fenders!' - mean?? They are working just great.
I've just bolted back on the 2 SS 'gate posts'
at the stern of the yacht and reconnected the step railing to
so that should give something solid to hang onto - getting on
and off - but I still have to make a new boarding ladder sometime. Do
you have the 2 - 4' long sheets of perforated SS - that I used on the swim
platform for the runabout? As you can see the stern floor still needs a
new sheet of plywood fibreglassed in. (There's a Mister Plywood just
around the corner) So that's another important job on the list.
Everything to do with the main engine and gearbox - seems to
be working fine - so the next job might be to have a serious look at the big
Diesel Generator in the Engine Room. It has also been sitting unstarted
for a few years - and it's 10 KVA power will be needed out on the mooring
for any equipment or welding to be done - and also for the 240v Anchor Winch
to be used. Also it's necessary if we're going to have HOT water - as it
powers the heater - and also has it's own homemade Hot water system we can
use. So we might make that the job for tomorrow.
That's all for now. It's a nice sunny day - with a lovely
sea breeze - and Penny's upstairs asleep on her soft high cushions.