tap and die

Another 4 weeks mainly working on She San in the Whangarei area

So being back in the water is nice, but it doesn’t mean that we are finished with work. The priority list is still heavily loaded with must do’s before heading north, so let’s do it.

First priority is to get the sails back up. In order to do so, Reto must repair the lazy bag, where the main sail is stowed when not in use.

Bernina upgrade
“Pimp my Sewing Machine” – the old Bernina is being upgraded

In order to do that he has to finish his project “pimp my sewing machine” and luckily it works out well. within a few hours the old Bernina is running well through several layers of heavy cloths. Thanks to new heavier wheals, new belts and a new walking foot (the only thing that was really expensive…).

Lazybag repair
and can afterwards without a problem sew the new patches onto the lazybag…

The following repair of the lazy bag does take a bit longer though. While I do the runs into the supermarkets to stock up, Reto takes more than 3 days, mainly to fix all the holes in the old lazy bag material and also a new zipper has to go in.

Whangarei river
Hmm how nice the water in the upper river sometimes looks like…
Parua bay
the Parua bay with the Mount Manaia in the background
Andy and Samuel
Andy and Samuel visiting us on She San – that looks like a proud captain!

After a week we move out of the town basin, not only is it getting expensive but most of all we are afraid that the growth on She San’s bottom will come again.

In the Parua bay we meet up with Lydia and Hannes from the Blue Lilly. How nice to be in cleaner water in a quite bay!

The next day it is finally time to clean up our constant boatyard mess on the boat – Andy and Samuel are coming up from Auckland and want to get to know how living on board a cat feels like.

winches maintenance
Maintenance of the winches – a real greasy job!
repair wind meter
The wind meter in the test phase after repair

Next is the service of the winches and again the repair of the wind meter.

On Wednesday the weather is good, so I declare that I need to go hiking – the Te Whara track over the Whangarei heads from Urquarts to Ocean Beach is the target.
Hiking Whangarei heads
The Smugglers Bay on our way up to Mount Lion
Ocean beach
and on the other side the way down to Ocean Beach – almost there 🙂

After half an hour of disappointment we get lucky hitchhiking thanks to a nice German named Michael. He drives an extra 15 km in order to bring us to our starting point.

We then happily hike over the hills getting some really rewarding views but also some knee pain due to the high number of stairs…

On the other side at Ocean beach there are hardly any cars around but after a few more km luckily a Korean couple picks us up and takes us back.

up in the mast
And again and again Reto has to go in the mast…
tap and die
The new tap and die set, what a useful tool!

The next few days Reto has to go another few times up the mast, the wind meter is again not working any more, the radar plug needs protection, a screw in the mast is not holding any more.

The recently purchased tap and dye set is becoming one of the more regularly used tools on board. We cannot imagine how we have survived without it before!

new reefing system
All the reef lines as well as main halyard and topping lift are led back to the cockpit for more saftey and comfort on board
storage of ropes
and all the ropes are stored away orderly 😉

We go back to town to get the last parts, so we can finish a few more projects.

The “reefing from the cockpit” should hopefully work out now and add to our safety at sea.
And not to fall over the lines we have mounted little blue loops to store them away.

A few days of Reto*s workforce is absorbed by an update of the Predict wind app. Reto accepts to get the update done and follows the instructions that first the old app needs to be deleted. “What a mistake” we later hear even from the Predict Wind support. “Well, but your programmers tell the customer to do so!” And for the installation of the new app you need to have the newest version on your computer, otherwise it doesn’t work.

We dedicate almost 30 GB trying to update our computers. No chance, a few days later we give up. Not very sailor friendly, we find.

By sending a file over 3 different devices we are currently hoping that it might work once we are out there…

saying goodbye to Maya
Saying goodbye to the Maya Crew – Sniff!
The townbasin after one more rain shower

A last time we have Asma, Herbert, Adam and Sammy from the Maya on board, we eat Swiss raclette (a bit improvised, though…) They soon go back to Switzerland, so we have to start saying Good bye!

Townbasin evening departure
Evening departure out of the town basin
Bridge opening Te Matau a Pohe
and once again the bridge Te Matau a Pohe only opens for us
Saying goodbye
Saying goodbye again to Robusta and Maya

On Tuesday evening just before sunset we move out of the town basin, the bridge opens for us at 17.35 and we go to say good bye to our friends with a last BBQ at the Norsand boatyard. See you soon, dear Maya, Robusta and Foxy lady!

Whangarei river
…hopefully a last time going down the river of Whangarei…
Mount Manaia
The Mount Manaia pinacles look like they are worth a hike.
Mount Manaia
What a nice view of the oil refinery 😉
Mount Manaia
Die Zacken von der anderen Seite
Mount Manaia
View over to the mountain chain where we hiked the week before

On Wednesday noon we sail! down to Parua Bay, we find it too choppy outside. On Thursday morning we had planned to sail to Opua, but studying the weather charts takes up so much of our time that we decide to stay where we are.

There is still another mountain to be hiked, so we do that first, next to all the rest bits on our list.

The Mount Manaia is an important holy mountain of the Maori, but nowadays there is a big track leading up to the pinacles. It is not very exhausting, but the views are great 😉

We hardly find any tools on board… but clearly know why we are so heavy…
Some deposit of verdigris over the years

We finally find time also for the smaller projects and less important tasks.

Motukiore walk
Opposite Motukiore island – at low water supposedly it is possible to walk over there
Motukiore walk middle of mangroves
..but for us even the normal DOC path through the mangroves is a problem.
Motukiore walk middle of mangroves
..meeting a few birds in the mangroves..

Another nice walk is leading us out to the Motukiore island, but since we start at high tide we walk out along the road and back over the rocks and along the beach. It works well. Only the last kilometer we find ourselves in the middle of muddy mangroves…

Parua bay
Parua Bay – with a low just passing through…
new trampolin net
A “last” bigger project – the new trampolin net has to be mounted

So while one of this weeks fronts is just passing through I sit here with two warm pants and 3 warm sweaters…

But I cannot complain as Reto is outside mounting the new trampoline net, Brrrrr…

“And when are they finally leaving to Fiji?” some of you might ask yourselves. Well, the weather forecasts were really crazy, showing different scenarios day after day.
This morning however we have the feeling that it should be ok to leave tomorrow, Saturday. But a last look at the weather forecast will tell us tomorrow morning…

4 thoughts on “Another 4 weeks mainly working on She San in the Whangarei area”

  1. I am feeling exhausted reading about all your hard work! We hope to be off on Sunday or Monday so see you in Fiji xx

  2. What spectacular views. I am impressed with all your hard work. Enjoy the next leg of your adventure.

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