20 June 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
19 June 2021 | 08 45.420'S:137 17.565'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
18 June 2021 | 08 25.251'S:134 33.143'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
17 June 2021 | 08 04.645'S:132 02.891'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
16 June 2021 | 07 47.405'S:129 37.340'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
15 June 2021 | 07 28.231'S:127 29.795'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
14 June 2021 | 07 07.255'S:125 27.880'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
13 June 2021 | 06 35.497'S:123 01.496'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
12 June 2021 | 06 10.013'S:122 20.620'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
11 June 2021 | 05 46.278'S:117 38.692'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
10 June 2021 | 05 18.830'S:114 55.667'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
09 June 2021 | 04 53.353'S:111 51.748'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
08 June 2021 | 04 37.682'S:109 05.337'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
07 June 2021 | 04 20.016'S:106 33.433'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
06 June 2021 | 03 49.728'S:104 21.936'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
05 June 2021 | 03 12.953'S:102 05.669'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
04 June 2021 | 02 38.543'S:99 39.600'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
03 June 2021 | 01 41.208'S:97 38.443'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
02 June 2021 | 00 46.495'S:95 51.030'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
01 June 2021 | 00 03.779'N:94 05.962'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva

A slow start to the week

21 April 2021 | 09 22.025'N:79 56.642'W, Shelter Bay Marina, Cristobel, Panama
19th & 20th April

09 22. 025 N
79 56.642 W

Weather; hot and humid with occasional showers, wind n/a, waves n/a

Monday arrived along with more rain, not the sort that washes everything clean and leaves it all refreshed, more the sort that soaks everything through and then hangs around to cause the humidity to escalate.
How do you like my collage of the hibiscus flowers that I took on our weekend walk about - they are really pretty in reality. Needless to say it was going to be a very lazy sort of day, we had nothing urgent to do so we hung around the salon answering emails and reading for most of the morning. In checking his emails Gerry discovered that the new brushes he had ordered for the auto pilot pump were out for delivery today but we needed to pay the import duty on them before we could receive them, the bill was attached to this particular email. Now these brushes cost us the exorbitant price of US$10.95 plus freight of about US40 the import duty on them was a further US$19 of which duty was $5 and the cost of generating the bill was the remaining $14. Gerry nearly exploded when he saw the import bill and took off to the marina office to see if anything could be done about it. He arrived back grim faced and when I asked the obvious question I got told that the office had no idea why it was so much either but of course if he wanted the parts then he had to pay the bill which he did under protest. Now to add to his disgust over the unexpectedly high import cost I have to tell you that these brushes are a very generic size - they weren't an exact match to the old ones that needed replacing and Gerry was certain when he ordered them that when they arrived he was going to have to do some alterations to them to make them fit the old pump but as they were cheap to begin with he was prepared for this factor. The extra costing was making it more important that they actually are useable if the need arises. He had also ordered a complete new pump which was going to take a bit longer to arrive, the old pump and the MacGyvered brushes were going to be kept as our "oh crap" spare, I was dreading the import duty on the new pump which cost a good deal more than the two brushes but unfortunately it is what it is- we just have to wait and see and then bite the bullet B.O.A.T at its best!
To offset his dark mood Gerry went and delved in the aft toilet for a while as he had noticed a drop of water around the recently installed electric valve. He set about taking it off and resealing it with Teflon pipe sealer, after the first go it still had a leak so guess what, it was removed again and sealed once more which thankfully seems to have done the trick - must have been caused by those bricks he's passing!
Just before 5pm we had a knock on the side of the boat and the delivery guy was standing on the dock with our gold bars, whoops I mean a small envelope with 2 pump brushes in it, in his hands. Gerry had to show him the receipt on his phone before he got his sticky little hands on the envelope. At least we had the darn things in hand now, tomorrow would be the time to look and MacGyver them. For the rest of the evening we did the usual stuff of eating and watching TV. - we are leading every other person's dream, all I want is to wake up from it!


Gerry couldn't wait to get started today, he had a job to do! The salon table was covered in plastic sheeting, the box with the Dremel and attachments was dug out along with a soldering iron, solder, the tin snips, pliers, callipers and an assortment of other tools. Then the old brushes, pump and the new brushes were added to the table before Gerry sat himself down with head lamp in place, glasses on and magnifying glass to hand. I sat very quietly thinking that if he makes a single mark on the table it would be the last thing he would ever do! I did ask if there was anything I could help with and was very glad to get a negative answer - that way it couldn't ever be my fault if things went pear shaped! I took just one photo of the process (it's in the gallery), not wanting to get in the way or disturb the master at work, I didn't even take a lot of notice as he cut the end of the new brushes off, removed the spring and shortened it but wasn't happy with this so he changed the new spring out and replaced it with the old spring which was the right length and then he soldered the cap from the original brush onto the new brush as they had a slightly different end connection. Sounds like a waste of time buying a new brush as only half of it was used doesn't it? But you have to remember that these are only for the "oh crap" event - let's hope we never have to use them! At least at the end of the "fixing" of the brushes they did fit into the pump so there is hope.
Our afternoon was spent very quietly doing nothing at all until it was time to repair to the marina bar and top up our alcohol levels once more and have dinner cooked by someone else. It rained in earnest whilst we were in the bar so we had to stay longer than we intended, eventually leaving between showers, and we did only have 2 drinks each so we didn't fall in the dock on the way back to the boat. We had one last Incident that set Gerry up for a difficult day tomorrow - it was after the close of business and he checked on the tracking information for our new pump (again) and found that it said they had tried to deliver it but had been unable to collect the import duty and this was the final attempt to deliver the package. This was all news to us as no one had come anywhere near us (we had been on the boat all day) and Gerry hadn't received the electronic invoice for the duty, as he had for the brushes, so he was up in arms wondering how we were going to get the pump but there was nothing to be done about this until tomorrow so meanwhile he had to worry and stew on it.
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
33 Photos
Created 13 May 2021
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Created 3 May 2021
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Created 9 April 2021
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Created 5 April 2021
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Created 5 April 2021
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Created 4 April 2021
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Created 12 March 2021
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Created 27 February 2021
plenty of broken bits and things to fix in Colombia
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Created 25 February 2021
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Created 13 February 2021
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Created 13 February 2021
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Created 13 February 2021
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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
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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