So this happened. An estimate of 3 weeks to repair and put back in Freya. Lucky we pulled the mast out as it was rather corroded around the base. Could have been quite nasty down the track!
We are currently tied up at our local yacht club pontoon in George Town. (See photo)
We will head up the Tamar River to Launceston this week to have the mast taken out and some rigging replaced. There is nothing obviously wrong with it but it hasn’t been inspected since we bought Freya so it’s better to be safe than sorry. We can fix some annoying inmast noises, fix the spreaders, as captain is not happy with them, and install a tv aerial.
We had a great sail back from Kettering although very tiring as the autopilot tends to lose rudder response regularly. As we can’t trust it Tim was on the helm all the way. 27 hours straight then another 10 hours after a rest at Fosters Inlet. After speaking to B&G we ran a diagnostic program, emailed it through and are waiting for their reply. Hopefully it will just be a driver update and not a new linear drive to fix the problem.
After installing the new motor in December, although it is running beautifully, the tacometer wasn’t reading as it should. Rather than having to get the prop repitched it ended up just being an electronic calibration. Thank god!
The head has been squeaking terribly and getting a foul smell. The quote for a replacement pump and seal was over $500 so Tim installed a brand new Jabsco throne.
Our secondary sheet winches were not suitable so we bought new ones at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. They were a little low so a fellow yacht club member has made some lovely huon pine bases for them.
It’s nice to be home for a bit and to catch up with family and friends. We plan on being here for about 3 weeks so come and say hi either here or at Tamar Yacht Club in Launceston this week.
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The east side of Maria Island. Not something either of us had seen before. Pity the weather was so crap. 27 hours from Lime Bay to Fosters Inlet. Resting today but 10 hrs tomorrow should see us in the Tamar River mid afternoon tomorrow. C U soon #tasmania #mariaisland #cruising #sailing #liveaboard #shannon38 #shannonboats #shannonyachts #livingthedream
We are sad to be leaving this area but we need to do a few jobs on Freya before we really head north. We hope to be through the Denison Canal tonight and a big push North tomorrow and Wednesday. You may see us in the Tamar River by the end of the week.
Photo is Freya at Cockle Creek
We are at Port Esperance this weekend exploring the d’Entrecasteaux Channel. It is really pretty down this way.
Once again Hobart turned out a fabulous weekend for boaties. We were lucky enough to have been invited to take a cruise around the Derwent on the steam yacht Preana. This little boat has been lovingly restored to her original condition and was just gorgeous. We have caught up with family and friends over the weekend and Freya has had a bit of a birthday with new solar panels, winches and outboard. The weather for the coming week is atrocious so we might just stay put here at the Prince of Wales marina.
Pics and video of our time on Maria Island in January this year. This national park is one of Tasmania’s gems with a rich convict history and stunning landscapes and wildlife abounds.
We hope you enjoy our interpretation of this magnificent island.