Madhatter II

06 November 2013
04 September 2013 | Raymond Island
17 January 2013
09 July 2012
30 March 2012 | Paynesville
18 December 2011 | Lakes Entrance
17 December 2011 | Eden
16 December 2011 | Bairnsdale
15 December 2011 | Pittwater
08 December 2011
07 December 2011
06 December 2011 | Pittwater
16 November 2011 | Pittwater

New Manifold

06 November 2013
Phill
'Suzie" has a new manifold courtesy of Klassen's Diesel, Vancouver. The old manifold finally corroding through due to a raw water leak from the heat exchanger. Leak fixed and manifold fitted .. back in business :-)

New Home

04 September 2013 | Raymond Island
Phill
Madhatter II now has a new home with the purchase of a powered berth on Rayond Island, Jetty 161 off Western Bvd.

BBQ Modification

17 January 2013
Phill
Stowage problem with gas bottle for BBQ lashed on rear deck .... solution, through deck quick disconnect fitting connected directly to vessels main gas supply, with isolating switch for safety. Thanks to Kim from Riviera Gasfitting who did an excellent job.

Gearbox Refurbished

09 July 2012
Phill
The gear box was sent to and overhauled by Marine Gearbox Services at Mt Kuring-Gai, in NSW (tel: 02 9457 6644). The clutch plates were badly worn, bearings worn and significant wear on the input and output shafts. All parts were repaired / renewed , including a new drive damper plate and tested, followed by a fresh paint job before being set back to Paynesville for the arduous task of fitting it back behind 'Suzie' ,

Down for a Weekend

30 March 2012 | Paynesville
Sunny and Warm
Down for the week at Bull's, Andrew and Ruth dropped over last night on their Nolex 30 for a quick coffee and arranged to go sailing on Sunday. The boat needs a tub down, all the crap from the trees on the shoreline have covered the deck.

Destination Reached

18 December 2011 | Lakes Entrance
Phill
The wind persisted throughout the night and saw the radar reflector get dislodged from the mizzen mast and slam dunked into Bass Strait. We encountered a couple of fishing vessels out of Lakes one of which came over to check out the crazy people on the sail bare yacht and on satisfying themselves we weren't in any distress made comment over the PA about turning our bloody VHF on and went about their business.
We reached Lakes Entrance just before day break, the wind had died down to about 15 knots and it was the start of the out going tide. We killed about half a hour so as to get better light and visuals and headed in. The Lakes bar had not been crossing by any of us before so it was all hands on deck with eyes glued to the light arrays. Got caught in a wave on the east side of the channel which fortunately swepted us sideways into the entrance. Once inside it was a simply matter of negotiating the Narrows or in our case the Shallows on once clear it was a leisurely trip under motor across Lake King around Raymond Island and into Paynesville. Pulled into Bull's Cruisers at about 0840.
Vessel Name: Madhatter II
Vessel Make/Model: Roberts Mauritius 43 Centre Cockpit
Hailing Port: Paynesville, Victoria, Australia
Crew: Leanne Clingan and Phill Chappell
About: Phill is current serving police officer having completed 33 years service Leanne is a retired hairdresser/business manager
Extra: “Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” — Henry David Thoreau
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