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Rudder Maintenance

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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.

Our newest crew member!

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Introducing Iolanthe’s newest crew addition Sammy.

Arriving early with some drama he has been a brilliant surprise Christmas present! We are stoked and absolutely besotted.

He is also the reason why we have been a bit quiet of late, lots of boat projects waiting to start , lots of ideas and plans for this year but for the time being we are taking it all one moment at a time and enjoying the joys of a new bub.

Spring is here

After a very wet August, Spring has finally arrived here in Sydney!

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A week of high and lows

A week of high and lows

East Coast lows that is….

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A weather phenomenon – The NSW equivalent of mini cyclone, one of the most famous East Coast lows did this….

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Which was enough to keep Iolanthe marina bound 😦

 

And the High? 

….We Baked.

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Not only did we bake, but this was our first time baking onboard with our new Omnia Stovetop Oven.

We baked Chocolate Brownies using Carolyn’s recipe and indeed the inspiration for the Omnia Stovetop Oven also came from the great reviews and recommendation on her site The Boat Galley.  For our first try the results were very acceptable. We will keep practising, maybe bread next. 

(For those who noticed yes we were using a saucepan as a mixing bowl. The mixing bowl was ‘borrowed’ by the skipper to catch drips from a leak in the anchor locker 😦 )

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The Mustn’ts

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“Listen to the Mustn’ts”

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child.

Listen to the DON’TS.

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS,

the IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS.

Listen to the NEVER HAVES,

then listen close to me…

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.

Shel Silverstein

 

 

 

 

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Winter on Pittwater

Winter on Pittwater

Lazy days sailing on Pittwater………. The new wind instrument and AIS have been installed. Fridge fixed ( again).

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Sundowners in Broken Bay

Sundowners!Relaxing in Broken Bay Iolanthe style.

Corn Chips, Craig’s Gucamole, Rum, ducks.