After 1168 miles from Bluff non-stop to Auckland with two Sailing With Disabilities volunteers as delivery crew, we settled here for what we thought would be a month or so for some basic maintenance and then off across the Tasman to Pittwater where a berth had been secured.
Scott went on his extended leave period to buy a boat of his own and spend time in the tropics, and Moksha welcomed ANOTHER Brit, Jon. (Sorry Moksha)
We started some big projects like mast-track replacement and resolving some serious window leaks (water should be outside the boat and not inside apparently) and lots of small projects, as well as the daily, weekly and monthly maintenance, and Auckland proved to be a great place to do this work. There are good contractors nearby and available at all times.
Here's a couple of shots from the city webcam of where Moksha has called home for the last few months; Viaduct Marina, Auckland. She's the only red one on the outer harbour on the right.
Here's a basic list of some of the work done whilst Moksha rested in Auckland.
- Hatch ram pin replacements and maintenance
- Mast track and cars replacement - 80 man-hrs approx.
- New Dodger and bimini designed and fitted
- Satphone & communications improvements
- Full safety equipment and PFD service
- Full medical supplies check
- Jib/staysail cars and track freed
- Dock lines, halyards and sheets improvements
- Replacement rudder sensor - Moksha's Auto Steering was unusable whilst this was faulty
- Diesel heater service and repair - needed for cold-water sailing!
- Sails removed May 16 for re-cutting and service and returned and refitted Sept 16
- Window leak stbd - Removal of all interior fittings and fascias to access window edges and sills
- One week! of 3 people cutting out sealant from window trenches to prepare window area
- Windlass motor removal and service
- Hydraulic pipe replacement for windlass after chafe noticed
- Hydraulic oil replaced and pressure tested
- Winch motor of foredeck winch replaced
- Anchor chain deterioration - leading to 50m of chain cut from 120m of chain in order to be able to 'go to sea'
- Hull chip-repair and paint touch up on stbd side - dinghy prop hit when dinghy-hanging bridle collapsed
- Full teak cockpit table sanding and oiling, and looking beautiful
- And much much, more; jobs large and small