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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Preparing Terrwyn for our 2nd Leg

It is hard to believe that we are within weeks of heading off from New Zealand for the start of the next leg of our journey!

Catherine (AKA Cathy) has been living on Terrwyn since February 11, 2013 whilst Bill has been back in Calgary working hard to top up our sailing kitty.  No work for 9 months is a bit scary! 

Gulf Harbour Marina has been a great place to stay and much has been done since we arrived late in 2011...

This next segment is from our co-cap William (AKA Bill AKA Scuppers) who dreams about these lists every night and into the daydreams:

17 months ago  SV Terrwyn pulled into Auckland and GHM ( Gulf Harbour Marina )  . We leave GHM in one week.
"Time is not a continuum but merely a series of moments"  and a very big moment is just about here.
New Zealand has been wonderful to us -  again - ( we met here 36 years ago ) and now its almost time we depart.
Terrwyn has stayed  largely "on the Hard"  in GHM under the care of Ralph The Boss of Marine Solutions  while his team refit Terrwyn's mechanical and electrical systems, and he has coordinated the other outfits in their work on Terrwyn. TY Ralph and all the guys in GHM.
These months have been rather like my childhood counting down to Christmas or summer holidays.  I must list the projects on Terrwyn that have kept us busy last year and change.
 I reflected from Quadra Island in 2011 that preparing a Blue Water Boat to cross an ocean takes on a life of its own, is never completed and can displace the real mission. The rhythm of life at sea, sensing the mystery of the ocean,  24/7 motion of the vessel and adjusting  to the changing weather, wind and seas, plotting one's progress across the chart and around the globe  these are the goals.

Arriving at the dreamed-of tropical Island in the middle of all that ocean, by our selves-- THAT is what we are after, not the following "Boat Yard Blues"  which is another fun game but not the big deal. Crossing oceans alone with your love , that is the big deal and that deal is just around the corner.

Repaired, Upgraded, Removed, New

                 -Engine Overhaul  -  3000 hour mid life maintenance , new mounts ,cooler, fuel lines and tanks,injectors,bigger Alternator 140 Amps, coupler , cutlass bearing etx
                 - Ice box compressor
                 - Ice box pump
                 - Bilge Pump and alarm
                 - Holding tank
                 - Water tank
                 - Top sides polished and waxed
                 - Anti-fouling hard paint applied
                 -Running back stays,
                 -Solent spectra head stay to stainless steel
                 -Jib Sheet cars: new bushings and second set added
                 -Jib Sheet car tracts extended forward 4 ft.
                 -Cockpit throttle and gear shifter levers replaced with Spinlock flush fitting with removable winch  handle lever
                 -Bimini roof window panels installed
                 -Galley Renovation
                                new Corion counters, sinks
                                ENO stove
                                 " Pardey Knife rack"

                                 paper towel rack
                                 wine glass rack
                 New Head installed
                 Salon Sole and Cockpit sole Flexiteek  new                                
               Quarter birth storage screen installed
               Medical supplies re furbished
               North sails  1.5 Symmetrical spinnaker  RED
                Pro furler "Code Zero Fuller" for the Drifter
               Turtles for Asymmetrical chute  and Drifter
               Sunbrella Deck Bag for the  Yankee
               Bow stainless steel protector ( anti-anchor damage)
               Chart Plotter in cockpit
               AIS on chart plotter
                remote for  instruments and  Auto pilot second  controller
               Wind electrical generator
                NEXUS instruments  : boat speed, wind speed and direction, depth and  GPS all linked to chart plotter  and
                Ray marine Auto Pilot SPX -30 below deck mechanical auto helm
                Lifting crane for outboard and dingy
               *****FISHING  GEAR ******  ; "stand up rod " , deck winch , and spin casting rod with holders above and below deck and assorted lures, plugs, jigs, lines etx.
                iPAD  Navionic chart plotters times two
               Iridium Phone with docking station  and Global Marine Networks:  email,blog and weather packages
               iCOM Marine  802 SSB
               stereo speakers
               mucho new CDs in CD wallets
               LEDs below deck all around
               Lead line to 6 fathoms
               Main sheet replaced
               Jib Sheets replaced

              diesel salon heater
              hot water heaters : 110Volt shore power and engine manifold
              BBQ    :-(

              Now the courtesy flags are on board, the charts both electronic and paper ,sailing directions, ocean atlases as well. The EPIRB re-registered,Nautical Almanac 2013 stowed, tanks filled with water and diesel, rum, beer, wine and provisions are coming aboard. Pickle, our dinghy and outboard have been checked  and are ready. Weather maps are being followed looking for the " weather Window " to depart.

              Thank you for following our voyage. Poppy has a new blog format via the Satellite phone replacing our previous Short Wave connection. We shall be exploring Hauraki Gulf then sailing north to Bay of islands  and finally check out from Opua, bound for New Caledonia sometime later in April...

              Yours Sincerely,
And don't forget we needed to check that all was well at the masthead!  
 "The Great Mast Ascent"

Our blog address for the next leg will be: 

We'd love it if you find time to visit us there! 

Bye for now
Catherine (AKA Cathy AKA Poppy)