22 October 2021 | 'S: 'E, Grand Chancellor Hotel, Brisbane
15 October 2021 | 27 26.662'S:153 06.434'E, River gate marina, Brisbane
12 October 2021 | 26 18.073'S:156 00.246'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
11 October 2021 | 25 41.635'S:158 24.609'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
10 October 2021 | 25 03.764'S:160 40.921'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
09 October 2021 | 24 16.537'S:163 21.449'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
08 October 2021 | 23 23.005'S:166 09.112'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
07 October 2021 | 22 12.270'S:168 20.490'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
06 October 2021 | 21 00.046'S:169 58.439'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
05 October 2021 | 19 49.684'S:171 35.302'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
04 October 2021 | 18 37.463'S:173 06.679'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
03 October 2021 | 18 11.767'S:175 05.347'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
02 October 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Port Denarau marina , Fiji
18 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Port Denarau marina , Fiji
16 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Denarau, Fiji
15 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Denarau, Fiji
14 September 2021 | 17 44.915'S:177 22.373'E, Denarau, Fiji
13 September 2021 | 17 44.915'S:177 22.373'E, Quarantine anchorage, Denarau, Fiji
11 September 2021 | 17 14.384'S:178 18.007'E, At Sea to Fiji
10 September 2021 | 17 32.600'S:179 35.350'W, At Sea to Fiji

How to get another week in the Marina!

11 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
9th March

10 24.394 N
75 32.692 W

Weather; sunny, wind n/a, waves n/a

The reluctance to get out of bed this morning was largely down to the fact that I knew I was facing another full day of scrubbing the cockpit windows and canvas but I struggled out and was just about ready to go outside and make a start when Gerry vanished outside and then asked me something about which window I was up to and took down the next in the queue to make a start on it. Apparently he had nothing else pressing to do today so thought he would "help" me out. I know that I was cutting my nose off to spite my face but I really didn't want him taking over as I knew we wouldn't be doing the job in the same way so I joined him in the cockpit and suggested that it might be better if I continued with the curtains whilst he made a start on the overhead canvas which I would struggle to be able to reach. At this point he was saved for the time being by the carpenter returning to finish the job on the cap rail and once he had finished Gerry was quick to put the lifelines and the stanchion back in place, taking a photo and paying the carpenter for a job well done. Within no time I was back in the groove of spraying, scrubbing, hosing and then spraying the curtains, just as I had yesterday. Gerry cleaned the canvas between the dodger and the Bimini and even cleaned and polished the isinglass peep windows and then he moved on to the larger expanse of the dodger and made a start on that, after a couple of minutes there was a bit of sailor speak happening and the announcement that the canvas had ripped along the enclosure metal support, could I come and have a look. Gerry thought that I might be able to fix it - I don't know how he envisaged that I could do this as it was instantly obvious to me that any form of repair/ reinforcement would just cause a weakened area a bit further in from the current tear. I expressed my opinion that the whole thing needed replacing, repeating the warning I had given him before we left the USA on this trip - the whole canvas is around 7 years old and we were probably going to need to replace it sometime on the trip to Australia -one year on and the time had come! He still wasn't convinced and suggested that we get a canvas worker to have a look at it so he went to our neighbor to ask in his best Spanglish, if they knew of a canvas worker, coming back moments later to say that a man was on his way and would be here in 20 mins. I continued with the window cleaning and shortly afterwards the man appeared, accompanied by the captain from the boat next to us - he was acting as interpreter. Gerry, not being one to take my word for anything asked him first if it would be possible to repair the rip, I didn't say I told you so but I was tempted when the man said exactly what I had - it would just stress another part and cause further ripping, the only option was to replace it. As there is nothing wrong with the Isinglass windows we came up with a plan to just replace the canvas and reusing the windows and zippers - as long as the price was right. The man quoted US$250, it sounded reasonable to me considering what is involved so we agreed. Then came the news that it would be about 10 days to get the material and start the job, we would need to be in the marina for the entire time, so much for going out to anchor this coming Thursday as we had planned - damn, that means I'll have to put up with airconditioned splendor and Hollywood showers for a bit longer! We had to pay a deposit so that he could order the material but that's not unusual and now we wait! This was just about the end of Gerry's cleaning for the day, or so he thought. I pointed out that he could try and clean the center bit of canvas which I have no hope of reaching from the outside or he could start on applying waterproofing to the canvas on the windows that were now dry. By late afternoon I had finished all of the windows, thank goodness, they just needed the isinglass cleaning now and we would be done
with them - that's for another day! The last thing that happened today was that Gerry got called out by our translator captain from next door to go to the "door" as someone wanted to see him. That translates to the gate, in case you didn't get it! Off Gerry went, not quite sure who wanted him or why, it turned out to be our agent who had in hand the Inner spreader spare parts that Gerry had ordered online - they were quick to arrive, but that was good, it would give Gerry another job to occupy himself with. The agent also gave Gerry the bill for their services (1,691,600.00 pesos - that's about US$457- which included all customs and immigration fees, Covid tests plus a FEDEX fee for the water filter membrane import) and said that he would pick Gerry up and take him to the office tomorrow to settle the bill, all good as we had no idea where the office was located.
We were both pooped from being out in the heat once again and reveled in the luxury of air conditioning and comfortable seats for the rest of the evening.
Vessel Name: Opal of Queensland
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52AC
Hailing Port: Bundaberg
Crew: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
About: Motley mostly, especially the cat
Opal of Queensland's Photos - Main
30 Photos
Created 22 October 2021
10 Photos
Created 16 September 2021
25 Photos
Created 14 September 2021
57 Photos
Created 7 August 2021
44 Photos
Created 17 July 2021
69 Photos
Created 11 July 2021
41 Photos
Created 10 July 2021
33 Photos
Created 13 May 2021
49 Photos
Created 3 May 2021
59 Photos
Created 9 April 2021
34 Photos
Created 5 April 2021
9 Photos
Created 5 April 2021
68 Photos
Created 4 April 2021
21 Photos
Created 12 March 2021
26 Photos
Created 27 February 2021
plenty of broken bits and things to fix in Colombia
44 Photos
Created 25 February 2021
25 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
27 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
29 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
36 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
20 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
13 Photos
Created 5 December 2020
Wind indicator replacement
12 Photos
Created 24 November 2020
15 Photos
Created 3 November 2020
leaving Port Louis marina, travelling to Spice Island Marine yard and hauling out to do the anti fouling
60 Photos
Created 3 November 2020
10 Photos
Created 29 July 2020
20 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 5 July 2020
28 Photos
Created 26 June 2020
62 Photos
Created 20 June 2020
10 Photos
Created 4 June 2020
155 Photos
Created 4 December 2019
104 Photos
Created 4 December 2019
55 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 1 November 2019
The life and antics of Miss Priss aboard Opal
27 Photos
Created 1 November 2019

Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg