Browsing Archive: September, 2010

Watch out for the Friggin’ reef

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

Ever get one of those feelings that sits in your gut a little heavy….signalling something’s not quite right…. but you dismiss it…. Instead you assume it’s last night’s dinner, exhaustion, complacency or perhaps just your own inexperience causing you to doubt your intuition? But you realise at the end of it all, with inevitable muttering of “I knew it” that your intuition is not to be messed with in any way! Lesson learned I tell you.

Having been joined for the weekend by one ...

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A note on change

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, In : Getting things sorted 

Over the last 4 months I’ve gone from well-paid and talented HR professional (even if I do say so myself) living in my own home with 2 horses, 2 dogs and fully maintained company car with a circle of close friends who shared my hobbies, to a completely ignorant, nautical dwelling, grotty yachty (common term for boat people not arriving illegally to Australian shores).

Instead of crawling out of bed, spending half an hour in the bathroom, straightening my hair and applying my face, then do...

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A day out in the Whitsundays

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Sunday, September 19, 2010, In : Airlie Days 
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Totally wired

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : Getting things sorted 

We have wiring!! And it’s connected!! Our brand new and rather spectacular Lowrance broadband radar is up and running!!!

Sonar is connected as well and our new charts are locked and loaded. It’s a damn incredible piece of technology… the radar can be superimposed on charts, so not only can you see what’s out there, you can see where it is on a chart.

The display lets you split the screen and watch the sonar at the same time… so you get a very cool submarine ‘ping’ thing going ...

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Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Sunday, September 12, 2010, In : Getting things sorted 

Well we’re free…. As much of the critical work that needed to be done while Hafskip was on hard stand has been done! 7 straight days of hard labour! Lost a lot of sweat and scratched a lot of mosquito and midge bites in the process but it does feel good to have had the chance to get underneath our boat and know her a little more intimately.

We had more that we would have liked to have finished but given how tricky it can be to sand, grind, drill, solder, thread wiring, mount stainless st...

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Fathers Day

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Saturday, September 4, 2010,

Not quite a nautical theme but it’s been occupying my mind so I thought I’d jot it down.

Today is Father’s Day….and even though I no longer have a Father he is still in my mind and I carry him with me. Often over the last month I have often looked at the challenges I face through his eyes and send him my love and thanks.

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Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Getting things sorted 

After nearly a month on the mooring we’ve finally made it into Dry dock. This is where the work really starts!

Hafskip is in desperate need of an antifoul and we’ve had to wait for a high enough tide to get us into Edges Boatyard. I don’t think we really appreciated this until we actually navigated the narrow channel through the mangroves to get there, at one point there was no more than 10 centimetres under the hull…but Ralph kept his cool and we gently docked in the tiny slipway (...

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