Radar


Reboot finally has a working radar again. When arriving in Brisbane the radar failed. In addition the mast bracket came loose. I shipped the unit off to Garminā„¢. They replaced it promptly with a refurbished unit with a one year warranty. I love this company. They have treated me exceptionally well. The problem was how as a solo sailor I was going to get the new unit up on the mast. Enter Manuel, my new crew for the trip to Cairns. Together we could do this. And we* did. But it took 6 hours on the mast. First we had to find new fasteners. That took four stores and several hours. Although Australia has decent stores they don t carry the diversity of stock found in the U.S. We finally found a specialty fastener store that carried the right size. Then we discovered that the old fasteners for the bracket did not want to come out. After several failed strategies we borrowed a hacksaw from the marina and cut them out. (Yes, Reboot has a hacksaw somewhere, in some locker …) Next was getti
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Aussie Hospitality

It has been a trying week. First, my radar breaking loose from the mast on the way into Scarborough. Then getting hammered in Morton Bay by the thunderstorm. Discovering that almost all my dinghy fuel had sloshed out during the storm. Getting some dinghy fuel and a crew member from the VMR in Scarborough. Heading down to Brisbane only to have the steering fail. Going all the way up the Brisbane River to the Botanical Gardens and finding no place to anchor. Heading back down the river until we found an anchorage about 1 1/2 miles from the dinghy dock. Ryan getting sick and having to drop him off so back to solo sailing. Then finding out that the nearest place to purchase fuel on the water was 3 1/2 miles away. And realizing that I might not have enough fuel in the dinghy to make it.Enter the Aussies. First, the nearby marina agreed to receive my repair parts. (Remember that with XO on board I can t go into a marina.) No worries!As I was standing on deck this morning I noticed a beautif
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Sunset visitor


Our sunset visitor. He (she?) Is sitting on top of the old radar pole. (I moved the radar to the mast to get more range. Apparently most people don t realize that radar is line of sight. Mounted on top of the pole it has an effective range of about 5 miles to the horizon. People set the range to 32 miles and think they can actually see that far…..) These birds are remarkably unconcerned about people. I was 4 feet from him when I took the picture. He just looked at me. We had one land on Reboot when we were coming from Panama. MIke swatted at him with a boat hook. He just squawked and stayed in place. These are big birds. One would not want to get into a fight with them. The downside is that tomorrow morning we will need to scrub the solar panels. Not fun. XO just sat and looked. I think he was smart enough to realize this was a bad place to try to and go on the attack. When he was a kitten he got up on the panels once and realized he had no traction. Reboot healed and he almost went
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