Imagine

Wed Apr 8 20:06 2020 NZST
GPS: 27 28.569S 153 02.768E

What have we been up to? Not a great deal. We are still in the Brisbane river (easy access to shops). We have been doing bits and pieces to the boat. Touching up the paint, running new sheets on the sails. Nothing too exciting. We hauled Imagine out of the water at Rivergate boatyard, to get the leaking propshaft seal replaced. While it was out we gave her a couple of coats of antifoul , removed portholes and resealed them, replaced the roller on the bow, painted 10m markings on the anchor chain and painted the hull above the waterline. All that in 6 days, while the seal was being done. We also got a rigger to replace the forestay and inner stay because I found 1 strand of the wire broken.

Back in the water and we discovered some rot in the rub rail while sanding it back to varnish. So we have now cut it out and have to go to the hardware shop to get some timber (this will be essential travel as we need to urgently fix this before it spreads).

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Haulout1.
Haulout2.
Replace Porthole.
Antifoul Keel.
Wed Apr 8 19:57 2020 NZST
GPS: 27 28.569S 153 02.768E

COVID19 Well it's stuffed our plans, along with everyone else's. All the Pacific Islands have closed their borders and we don't blame them. They would be very vulnerable. Just like you, we are in lock down. Only being able to go shopping or exercise. Yay we just found a shop that currently has plenty of toilet paper.

Australian's are to stay at home with no non-essential travel, including no boating. If we self isolate and stay at home and our home moves up the coast are we breaking the law? Is it non-essential travel and boating? It's a $1300 fine each for non-essential travel We have enough food to stay onboard for more than 14days and could make our own water up the coast. We now have to go ashore every few days to fill jerry-cans with water as the river is too dirty to make water. This increases our chances of catching COVID19.

For the moment we are staying put. A shop across the river has advertised for workers so Sue has applied. If she gets it we would then have some income. Like you we will just have to sit tight and see what happens next.

It's good to hear that in New Zealand the number of cases are reducing due to their total lockdown. Still a ways to go but good to hear some positive news.

Stay safe and be healthy everyone


Wed Apr 8 19:06 2020 NZST
GPS: 27 28.569S 153 02.768E
Run: 1nm (1.8km)

COVID19 Well it's stuffed our plans, along with everyone else's. All the Pacific Islands have closed their borders and we don't blame them. They would be very vulnerable. Just like you, we are in lock down. Only being able to go shopping or exercise. Yay we just found a shop that currently has plenty of toilet paper.

Australian's are to stay at home with no non-essential travel, including no boating. If we self isolate and stay at home and our home moves up the coast are we breaking the law? Is it non-essential travel and boating? It's a $1300 fine each for non-essential travel We have enough food to stay onboard for more than 14days and could make our own water up the coast. We now have to go ashore every few days to fill jerry-cans with water as the river is too dirty to make water. This increases our chances of catching COVID19.

For the moment we are staying put. A shop across the river has advertised for workers so Sue has applied. If she gets it we would then have some income. Like you we will just have to sit tight and see what happens next.

It's good to hear that in New Zealand the number of cases are reducing due to their total lockdown. Still a ways to go but good to hear some positive news.

Stay safe and be healthy everyone


Sun Feb 9 12:57 2020 NZDT
GPS: 27 28.041S 153 01.960E

Imagine:Esther.

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Sun Feb 9 12:51 2020 NZDT
GPS: 27 28.041S 153 01.960E

Imagine:Esther.

Sunday 9th January Back in Brisbane after taking potential crew to Moreton Island for a few days.

Amelia and Tim, originally from Canada and now living in Brisbane, may look at meeting up with us later in the year. They have had their own boat and did coastal cruising. Esther is from Germany and has taken some time off to travel and would like to do some sailing. She has had no experience crewing but is keen to learn and wants to do a blue water crossing. She is now travelling to NZ - where she may be able to get some more experience and is possibly looking at joining us in Vanuatu.

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Amelia and Tim.
Sun Feb 9 11:54 2020 NZDT
GPS: 27 28.041S 153 01.960E

28th January Back in Brisbane The steering...

The bearing seemed to have collapsed making the steering wheel very loose.

To get us back to Brisbane I cut up a nylon chopping board to make a couple of bushes which seemed to hold the steering in place better.

When we got back to Brisbane I started disassembling the helm. With several calls to a friend in Sydney (thanks Gordon) I discovered the only way to fix the problem was to remove the entire helm. With Ben and Greg's help we disassembled and replaced the bearings.

I remounted the helm on the boat, connected the rudder up and it seems to work.

In removing the helm, had to cut out all of the fibreglass housing which meant now I had to build a new helm station. Instead of using fibreglass I built this one out of timber so the back could be removed if anything ever needed repairing again. All this has taken approx 3 weeks to do.

Everything on the boat takes longer to do in this heat and humidity - a trip to the hardware store for bolts takes all day. This week we hope to take it for a test sail.

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Old Helm.
New Helm.
Sun Feb 9 11:48 2020 NZDT
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Image 20th December We arrived in Bundaberg today after spending a couple of days at Fraser Island. On the way to Fraser Island the helm (steering wheel) started making a funny noise. When we got to Fraser Island, Andrew tried to oil it and discovered a bigger issue. We've now cut a "view door" in the helm pedestal so we can now see that the bearing needs replacing. Being this close to Christmas, it may be an issue as many places have closed already. (There is an emergency tiller if it totally packs up but we don't plan on going too far until we can get it sorted). Also attached is another boring (not) video of dolphins - some good footage of them jumping and frolicking across the bow. It's only a short video as the video camera had flat battery and ended up filming it on the phone.

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Sun Feb 9 11:39 2020 NZDT
GPS: 27 28.041S 153 01.960E

Still working on the boat.

Everything take 10 times longer on the boat. If I require a pipe clamp or extra screws or even getting groceries the process goes: lift the dinghy off the deck and into the water, lower the motor onto the dinghy. Lock up Imagine, dinghy 15 minutes to a secure dinghy jetty. then depending on what we want, it's a 3km walk to the shopping center or a 20 minute ferry ride and 1.5km walk to the hardware shop.

But we do get to watch the sunset while having a wine on the aft deck and have feasted on fresh prawns. We get to meet up with Ben, Amie & Lachlan and see him with Santa. I have even dined on Chickens feet, when Ben took me out for my birthday ÿØÿà

chilling

Imagine - Imagine - 2603 Apr 2019

Yesterday we left Whangaparaoa and good friends. Tears were shed as Dani, Greg and Elo waved goodbye from the beach

Imagine - Imagine - 2503 Apr 2019

We have just finished stocking the boat with canned and dry food. On Friday we will stock up on fresh fruit and veg and meat.

Imagine - Imagine - 1604 Apr 2019

We have passed CAT1

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