Adventures on Yarramundi

27 October 2012
22 August 2012 | Trinity Inlet, Cairns
17 August 2012 | Cairns Harbour
16 August 2012 | 14 56.8653'S:148 11.3993'E, The Coral Sea
15 August 2012 | 14 14.19156'S:149 5465'E, The Coral Sea
14 August 2012 | 13 12.0330'S:150 26.6810'E, Still in PNG Waters, Coral Sea
14 August 2012 | 70 miles north east of Australian Waters, Coral Sea
13 August 2012 | N N'N:E E'E, The Coral Sea
13 August 2012 | N N'N:E E'E, Solomon Sea
12 August 2012 | N 'N:E 'E, Solomon Sea
11 August 2012 | 'N: 'E, Solomon Sea
10 August 2012 | N N'N:E E'E, Solomon Sea - South of Deep Planet
09 August 2012 | 'N: 'E, Solomon Sea
09 August 2012 | Blanche Bay 4 miles from Rabaul
08 August 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club
07 August 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club
06 August 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club
05 August 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club

A plan for getting the engine going again

03 August 2012
Adam flew back to Australia yesterday and I'll miss him. I went into the regional town of Kokopo with him to sort out some visa issues we had from leaving PNG and then coming back in without actually going anywhere. The rather thick set and authoritarian head of the office scrutinized us in his corner office. Thought for a while he was going to close and lock the door behind us. How long does it take to get to the Solomon's? 2 - 3 days? Where were you then for 6 days? And what is this visa you have Devlin. APEC Travel Card. Never heard of it. Can you get cash out with it too? I just said we just wanted to leave the county and return to our families and that seemed to go over well.
Kokopo was a delight after dusty Rabaul. Also a waterfront town but has a long beach instead of a port, a couple of restaurants, a beautiful hotel and some great supermarkets. I stocked up on some Australian cereal and muesli, soya milk and olives and then had dinner at the hotel overlooking Blanche Bay where we sailed only days earlier. There were a couple of young Japanese businessmen there from Tokyo and I could not resist saying hello. We are having drinks together on Saturday. Was also able to purchase a sim card for my phone and now have full internet access again which was good for catching up on a lot of things.
Adam made it back to Cairns safely and has found two diesel engine workshops. I have found someone local however who has worked on this model engine before and is coming along this afternoon to take a look. If we can pull out the injector pump we may well be able to clean it up and get it working again ourselves. That then leaves the injectors. We don't know if they are working or not yet and won't until the pump works.
So I am now left with 3 scenarios.
1. We get the pump and injectors out this evening and fix them ourselves over the weekend. That would have me getting out of Rabaul on Tuesday.
2. We can't fix them so I take them off to Cairns Sunday, get them repaired (or replaced) on Monday fly back Tuesday and hopefully out of Rabaul by Thursday. I have found a workshop in Port Moresby which might save a day. The German engineer in Lae is too far away from here. Quicker and cheaper to fly to Cairns!
3. Parts cannot be simply repaired or replaced and specialist comes to Rabaul - don't want to think about that just yet.

Whilst I have been waiting on assistance with the engine I have been working on other issues. The toilet had completely stopped. Dismantling it this morning was not fun. The macerator had dental floss around it catching lots of debris and the impeller was also broken. Sure glad I bought that repair kit. Glad to say it is now working fine now.

Vessel Name: Yarramundi
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Espace 990 33 feet
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: David Devlin
Extra: Yarramundi now lies in Mooloolaba and is occasionally sailed with my son. I do plan to evenutally get her to Sydney.
Yarramundi's Photos - Main
Andrew and I don’t think he is human – probably some Viking god who has came back to earth for a visit. He setup a vodka distribution business in 22 countries and sold it to Diageo retiring at the age of 32. He spent the following 2 years designing and building his 56 foot $6 million boat and has been sailing it for the last 6 years. He sails alone and has been everywhere – including Antarctica. Neither of us have seen anything like the boat – The interior is like an upmarket modern Scandinavian apartment, it has every convenience imaginable (both domestic and maritime), and the outside with it’s teak and stainless steel looks like it just came out of a show room. We certainly did not see Bart cleaning it so are convinced it has been blessed. Or he has some little helpers stowed away somewhere and they come out at night and clean it. In fact we did not see Bart do anything else accept hang around and be cool until he left. He does not use a motor. Despite being in the corner of the harbour he untied his huge floating bachelor pad himself and used only the wind to turn the corner and sail out. We motored out to wave him off and even at full throttle could not keep up. He is off to Kyushu and then Hokkaido where he plans to stay for about a year skiing and photographing the wildlife. He had a coffee table book on board. It was of his boat and it’s Antarctic adventures. Of course he would. Very cool guy - we were privileged to meet him in Chichijima, have dinner with him a couple of times and tour his boat. David
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Yarramundi is now provisioned with 400 litres of water, 350 litres of diesel, 60kgs of rice and pasta, hundreds of cans of soup, spam, sauces etc to make up more than 800 meals. She is leaning a bit to port side so we will have to do some rearrangement of the contents before taking off on Sunday March 25.
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Created 21 March 2012
Weather permitting Yarramundi will depart Shimoda, Japan on March 25 for Saipan on her first leg to Sydney. Following that we will sail to Chuuk (Truk) via Guam, then Honiara, Cairns and onto Sydney visiting many of the remote atolls of the Caroline and Solomon Islands.
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I've been lucky to have my sister Maria and cousins Holly, Adam, Liam and his wife Zoe visit Japan and sail on Yarramundi
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Why is it that every winter I've seem have had to dive below the boat to fix or retrieve something?
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Created 22 February 2012
Yarramundi has been taken to Seabornia Marina on the west side of the Muira Penninsula for some major work. We made it in record time within one day thanks to the 30knot wind from the north but little thanks to George who fell asleep at the helm.
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Created 22 February 2012
A few friends visited Yarramundi on Seijin no Hi (coming of age day) while she was in Tokyo Bay. A brief sail was followed by a turkey lunch.
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Created 20 January 2012
People who have helped fit-out and maintain Yarramundi
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From Shimoda to Wakayama and Mie Prefectures - a 12 day trip with 3 other yachts from TSPS.
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Created 2 December 2011