27 October 2012
It is now 2 months since I pulled into Cairns aboard Yarramundi. It has been a bit of a saga trying to get the engine fixed and find a safe place to keep her over the North Queensland cyclone season. Marlin Marina here requires all boats move up river if a cyclone warning is issued. Yorkey's Knob Marina close by does not, but does require special insurance which proved very difficult to obtain. That is done now and there is where she will lay during the cyclone season.
Long overdue on this blog is a thank you page. There are so many people without whose help, Yarramundi may never have made it to Australia. So in somewhat chronological order here goes;
Aaron Eddington & George Leaning helped with regular weather updates for the first part of the trip. Aaron also helped arrange supplies to be delivered to Chichijima and Saipan. George crewed part of the first leg to Hachijojima and also sought passing yachts and other people's advice when it came to repairs. He found the person with the cofferdam idea. George also crewed on many of Yarramundi's shakedown practice trips including our first over-nighter.
Hirose San hand delivered a part provided by Aaron to Chichijima and also helped us prime the engine the first time it became necessary.
Nicky helped with the delivery of spares to Saipan, secured a berth at Smiley Cove, did lots and lots of washing, helped as crew, tolerated me while I was a crazy man trying to fix the boat, made sure we always had freshwater and probably most importantly had the most amazing connections which he worked which meant we could overcome many logistical problems from one most remote island.
Nurse Thomas and the islanders of Faraulep gave us food and water and then went on to chop down trees from their own forest and build the semi-dry dock or cradle. The design which worked perfectly was one they developed independently. It was remarkably similar to the dry dock stand used in Shimoda for the preparation work. It held Yarramundi securely through 8 tides and 3 nights and some bad weather.
Steve Pixley via his client organised credit for us on Yap and introduced his associate Willie Banua (on Yap) who then bought for us the absolutely essential parts required to repair Yarramundi. He then hand delivered them to Captain Dominic Tafiileicheng of Hapilmohol 1 (H1) the outer island cargo ship. Captain Dominic ensured those essential parts got to us on Faraulep - and free of charge.
Warren Fraser and members of TSPS for their assistance in seeking passing yachts and other help.
Andrew & Peter Le Lievre had no end of ideas, never tired searching for engine manuals or providing instructions. Andrew also crewed from Shimoda to Saipan and after that continued to provide weather reports.
Wayne Baumunk of Coral Reef Center Guam came up with ideas similar to the Le Lievre brothers for repairing the boat and between them all we were able to work on refining the ideas that eventually proved successful in that we got to Yap without anymore leaks of the rudder falling off! Wayne also assisted with the 'go - no go' decision, introduced me to Arthur Tretnoff, provided daily weather forecasts and also introduced us to the Commander of Guam Coast Guard.
Mr Pong of Yap Fisheries and several of the staff there allowed me to use their train/carriage to pull Yarramundi out of the water and then allowed us use of the facilities at the dock. The train required some major adjustments to fit a boat with a keel. Some of those adjustments were made real-time by the staff with a wrench while diving under a moving boat in murky water.
Arthur Trentcoff did for a most reasonable fee the nasty, dirty and hot fibreglass repair of the skeg making it now stronger than ever before. Fibreglass repair was something he gave up long ago so I am very much appreciative that he was prepared to dong on the face mask and gloves and grind and paint once more in the very hot and narrow confines of the boat.
Rod Pearce of Rabaul for initially helping out with PNG Quarantine, then providing a tow back into the port when our engine failed. He then spent countless hours on the back of his boat to successfully fix our fuel injector pump. He was sometimes up at 5am working away and was an inspiration as he just never gave up.
Kent of KG Mechanical in Cairns forwarded Rod and I critical workshop diagrams to help us repair the full injector pump. Without them we would not have been able to have put the pump back together properly and get the injection timing right.
Bruce Murray for all his advice on fuel, fuel systems and for taking home the fuel tank and cleaning it to get rid of the biobug.
Mick Peart of SV Star Path who arrived in Rabaul with a couple of Yanmar Engine spare parts and was prepared to part with them to allow Rod and I to complete the repair of the engine.
Ito San and all the staff at Shimoda Boat Service for their help in preparing Yarramundi and myself for the trip.
Colin Fulton for taking on my job to look after the shop while I took off to sea for 5 months. He continued to urge me on to complete the journey long after I went over my anticipated return date.
Anne for all her support in preparing and then during the trip. Too many things to list here to thank you for.
Doctor Gabriel Symonds for preparing medical kits and advice - both prior to the trip and during.
Finally and sadly to the late Nozaki san (Captain Tom) who passed away on October 8 2012 on Hachijojima in a boating accident. Nozaki San provided advice, support and kept the Japanese sailing community in Shimoda up to date with my travels.