This year we were set to sail north. After a lot of hard work the boat is ready, the charts updated and we have been again dreaming of palm fringed anchorages and lazy days sailing again.
We have however had to put our plans on hold. There are sadly some storng pragmatic realities that find us having to accept that it’s not going happen this year.
No we are not ‘giving up sailing’ . We still are keener than ever to go cruising again. Time together on the boat is always magic. We take every opportunity we can to get out and enjoy the water.
New plans are now being hatched. Exciting plans. BIG plans. Plans that scare the crap out of us and make us stay up late at might talking about them and asking could we really do it?
The reality also is that why it isn’t fun to blog about it, the foundation of getting out there and pursuing one’s dream is the preparation, research and of course funds to do it. We need funds.
So we are earning, saving and planning.
Unglamorous as it is, plain as day it is what will get us out there cruising as soon as possible.
A bit of an overdue name change for the blog.
While Sophie is very much still sailing, Sam now also a budding sailor so we felt a bit of a change was overdue!
Our boat is now 25 years old. In that time I don’t believe the rudder has ever been dropped.
Last time we were out of the water I thought about it, but we had the hull soda blasted, faired and a new barrier coat + antifoul applied. We also replaced the PSS Gland and at that point the chequebook really began to hurt. In the back of my mind I was concerned about rudder, I knew it was ‘wet’ but figured it could wait. We were working long hours, going to have a baby and not intending on anything more than local cruising, another year wouldn’t hurt.
Ignorance is bliss right?
So out of the water again sure enough a cursory investigation made it pretty clear things were not all well with rudder.
Water had been intruding of course and there was some movement between the rudder blade and stock.
After removing the rudder it also became clear the quadrant was showing signs of fatigue and corrosion.
While these discoveries can be demoralising( and expensive), I figure it is wiser to lose your rudder in a perfectly equipped boatyard than in the middle of the
Tasman Sea. More lessons learn’t.
A cockpit table has always been high on our things to do list as a nicety sorely lacking from our otherwise comfy and hospitable boat but it has stubbornly remained in our too hard basket……until now.
Attempts at designing and building my own have always stalled. Relatively expensive materials/hardware combined with my limited flair for engineering have always left me less than inspired. Likewise local and international options have generally been ill- fitting, expensive or both.
Then I came across the SnapIt range of cockpit tables. Texas based my initial thoughts again were it would be too expensive and too hard.
Yet as I did some measuring I realised that they actually manufacture a perfect Iolanthe size table, to fit Iolanthe’s pedestal and rail diameter off the shelf for $145 US. Not only would they deliver to Australia, but as they offer free delivery in the US they discounted the international delivery costs appropriately as well. Nice.
Now it isn’t varnished shiny teak, but for just under $200 US delivered to my door I now have a great, snaps in place, stable and good looking cockpit table.
Check them out here (no they didn’t give me any kind of discount for a review…..darn should of thought of that :) )
2 weeks old with a Christmas under his belt and a new year begun and Sammy seems to be taking life his stride so far.
Between the four of us, some of the time, some of us are getting some sleep. Which is about all that can be hoped for if my blurry recollection of Sophie’s first few months are anything to go by.
Sammy met the boat today. Josie is quite keen to get out sailing. Balmy weather, regular sea breezes it is hard not to want to.
Which does mean that yes the title of our blog was perhaps a little shortsighted and will need modification in the future! ( Notepad is at the ready for brainstorming during 2am feeds).
When it was initially created Sailing with Sophie was basically for friends/relatives to find photos of Sophie and us while we were cruising and so was thus named!
Meanwhile the list of boat jobs is quietly building steadily, we will be out of the water early Feb, there are new electronics to install( dedicated post coming on this) a new dodger, the genoa needs repairs, the liferaft needs a service and there are a 101 little jobs that seem to never end .