It was starting to look like the Web Bridge had got us captured, we had been there for so long! But we’re outta here, or so we hope, as we are not totally out of trouble yet. It has been such a saga.
As you have probably gathered, the journey we take as live-aboards is not all sunshine, following winds, fair seas and sundowners. It is not always fun, nor is it always easy. We love it when it is all these things, but sometimes it is not. It can be utter joy, bliss and contentment, but it can also be frustration, disappointment and annoyance. We have had more than our fair share of the latter since coming back from France. So here is where we are up to.
We have our new sails all fitting well now and a very handy sun shade looking very orange for stifling hot days at anchor. Boat builder Gary Groenewald has made us a housing for the Raymarine navigation gear. At dawn on Wednesday, we finally left the Yarra’s Edge Marina bound for Queenscliff at the entrance of Port Phillip Bay, where we are about to swap our dodgy outboards for brand spanking new ones.
Bye Bye Melbourne!
As for the navigation instruments, the installation did not go to plan on Sunday. All the new cabling is done, however a corrupted charts card, the wrong plug for the sounder, the unit not seeing our radar have all meant the Raymarine multi function screen is not in yet. Brook from B.B. Marine Electrics will now meet us at Queenscliff on Friday to sort things out. Nothing ever goes like clockwork on a boat but this has been particularly irritating. We must say though that Brook is doing everything in his power so we can leave.
We are keeping our fingers crossed that this saga will soon be over and we can finally head out of Port Phillip Bay, bound for the West Coast of Tasmania, but there are moments when we despair it will ever happen!
We are trying to stay positive. We have provisioned Take It Easy and our friends Ann and Greg have joined us on board, since they are accompanying us for part of our Tassie adventure. Let’s hope it all gets resolved and we head off during the weekend or as soon as the weather allows.