Nothing is simple

Before we left Sydney I tightened the fan belt on the advice of the mechanic. On our trip across Morton Bay this morning of course it snapped. Fortunately there was no wind and waves so I replaced the belt with no drama. I love cruising. Fair winds and following seas πŸ™‚
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Log Entry 242152ZMAY2017

@font-face{font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;}Verbatim ******* “It has been a very rough trip so far. The weather was pretty when we departed Sydney. Sunny, nice South winds. The wind shifted to the North* directly on our heading. It was so light we could not point worth a darn. Cl
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State of the Nation

As I travel around the world I am often asked about US politics. These questions have intensified since the election of President Trump. I choose to keep my blog politically neutral. However when one adds BRIXIT, the recent French election and the daily tweetstorm about President Trump I found this article enlightening and distressing. So, nope, not about dirty hulls or great anchorages. 100% political.http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/19/watching-slow-motion-coup-detat/#.WR84WAG5yHY.twitter
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Embarrassing

In the spirit of sharing I will take one for the team. Those who follow my blog know that we have been having propulsion problems. First step was to dive on the boat and make sure the prop was not fouled. It was cold, I am old, so a crew member checked it out. Nothing obvious. Next high drama with the engine. Filters, air cleaner, bleeding, etc. Multiple expensive Uber trips for parts. Lots of smell. No joy. Next excellent mechanic (Ian Hume at Hume Marine Sydney (+61 4488 14087) Nope, engine and transmission are fine. Professional diver (Barry at Harbour Dive Sydney +61 (0) 424 638 677.) Shaft and cutless bearing look fine. Folding prop folding fine. “Oh, by the way, lots on marine growth on the prop. Should we clean it?” “Please.” Clean prop. Problem solved. Duh!!!!!!Special kudos to the Australian Department of Biosecurity who offered to work out a way to get Reboot hauled with XO on board. Fortunately it did not come to that. Occam s Razor…….. Fair winds and following seas πŸ™‚
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