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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 day out in the Whitsundays

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Sunday, September 19, 2010, In : Airlie Days 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYP1fPRGA7A
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Competence is a relative thing

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Sunday, August 22, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

I have been pushed and prodded and now found competent to handle a recreational marine vessel thanks to 5 hours of intense tuition and scrutiny (not)….now isn’t that a fucking scary prospect… somehow I think there may well be a wee bit of difference between the ability to handle a 2 meter dingy and a 13.3 meter yacht with a 10 tonne displacement…but hey…who am I to argue with skipper Phil eh?... nonetheless I have my ticket to ride (aka. Licence to kill) …now it's time to put it t...


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Live and learn

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Thursday, August 19, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

Live and learn

August 20 2010

There’s a chinese proverb that goes something like… “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand”....  and if you get all three you learn!

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Well we’ve been out twice now…the first sail was a bit of a non-event…bugger all wind and lots of time spent fart-assing around with sails with little more than a breeze to fill them and a lost tender (recovered thank Christ)…. As per usual though th...


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Love me tender

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Friday, August 13, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

Getting to and from shore is a pretty important thing really…until yesterday I would have had absolutely no idea how to do it on my own! Yes that’s right I could have been stranded on Hafskip with no way to reach dry land aside from frantically waving my arms at passing dinghies or getting awful wet…..but thanks to yesterday’s lesson and some patient tutoring I now at least stand a reasonable chance of handling Houdini….even if I do seem to have a flair for missing neutral when I ap...


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But it’s not even close to Christmas

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Thursday, August 12, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

We’ve been makin’ a list an’ checkin’ it twice…

My word there’s allot to do before we’re blue water ready! Hafskip is a very seaworthy vessel but her original owner made quite a few alterations and enhancements that make her a tad complex to operate and understand. Not to mention the alterations we’ll need to make to ensure we can store and operate everything we’ll be needing….. Hmmm….I get the distinct impression that if Ralph wasn’t so technically minded we’d be s...


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Houdini

Posted by ralph kluge on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

Monday was a big swell day.. ever watched your rubber duck throw itself against the side of your bath when you move in the water…. Imagine being inside the duck!  

With Ralph playing in the bilge again, add diesel fumes to some pretty unpredictable swaying and bobbing the inevitable result is a pretty queasy stomach.

As fortune would have it I had an optometrist appointment so headed for shore for a couple of hours leaving Ralph in the fumes and swell. Luckily Ralph’s stomach appears be...


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The rhythm section

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

Water, tender, waves, fender, anchor chain….they all work together in a weird kind of symphony. Funny how music creates order out of chaos… Rocked to sleep last night amidst the disjointed but strangely compatible melody imposed by wind, wave and steel.


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Oil and water don't mix

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

OK…the generator and the inboard are in the same area of the boat, under the cockpit and they share the same bilge.

We learned 2 things today…the generator (known affectionately as ‘the gennie’) has a water leak….somewhere??? and the inboard engine has an oil leak (looks like a dipstick seal has died…somehow??.

So what does all this mean? Basically it means Ralph once again has had to get down and dirty with the bilge… there is a bilge pump of course, but there’s no point u...


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Maceration

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

Ahhh un-packing…. Bloody tough when you don’t have a place to put the boxes when you’re done… but slowly, slowly we can see the salon… Probably the most exciting and necessary task for today was watching Ralph wrestle with the macerator (more commonly known as a shit chopper)…great word ‘macerator…quite apt when you consider what it does….wonder if it can handle vegetables??

Well thanks to Ralph’s mechanical brilliance the macerator is now working…much relief all round!...


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Trailer Trash to Yachtie

Posted by Penny Goldfinch on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, In : Airlie Days 

Well we’ve made it to Airlie Beach and have the keys to our boat…OMG! WE made it!!!

Now to get stuff on board...

That’s not quite as simple as you might think as we’re out on a mooring (about a 5 minute tender trip out from the marina) and at this stage we don’t have a fully inflated tender or fuel…hmmm. So after a wee bit of pumping and fuel transfer we have our independence (very handy if you’re more than a paddle out of the marina) and get ready to motor into the public p...


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