Stuck in Sydney

Still no joy on debugging the diesel engine. Mechanic to arrive this morning at 8:30. At 9:30 still no mechanic. Text. At 10:30 get reply. Will come tomorrow. Wonderful. Fair winds and following seas:)

The Joy of Mooring Balls

One phenomenon that I did not anticipate in Australia (at least on the east coast) is very strong wind events. The wind will rise to 35 knots for a period of time and then drop back down. Since the wind events seem to correspond to dramatic wind direction shifts the anchor is very likely to drag for a bit before resetting. I had this problem in the Brisbane River. There it was caused not only by wind events but the daily reversals of the current. As a result Reboot “walked” slowly from the original point where I would drop. In Brisbane this was a real problem as Reboot “walked” slowly out into the river channel. When I arrived in Brisbane the normal wheel and wire steering was not working. I would wait until slack wind and tide to use the autopilot system to get anchored back out of the channel. I had to wait as the response of the autopilot was quite slow for close maneuvers. The delay in resetting did not endear me to the Citi-Cat captains. (The steering was repaired as noted in my

Rain Rain

As those who have been following know we have been having more than our share of maintenance issues. Joy of joys the bilge pump works. The problem was a broken hose. Thus the pump was pumping from the bilge to the bilge.Good thing we found it as we have had several inches of rain all day. Some of it always finds itS way to the bilge. The backup pump works fine, but it will be nice to have them both functional again. Then of course there is the manual pump.Fair winds and following seas 🙂

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Joy of joys. My Kindle Fire has gone sneakers up. Some problem with the digital rights management. Can not read anything. Not to worry says Amazon. Connect to wifi to fix. Sure, in 25 days! Quality! Another night of rain showers. Then a clear sky and stars for 4 hours. It is overcast again this morning. Decent wind but wind and waves on the beam so we are rolling a lot. Sometime in the night the asym sail fell overboard and we have been dragging it in the sock. We will not know if it was damaged until we can put it back up. It looks ok but cost us 1.5 knots while in the water. At least it is clean! Fair winds and following seas 🙂 Please note your reply is limited to 160 Latin characters or approximately 135 for non-Latin characters. Sent via Inmarsat. The mobile satellite company