well its been 7 months since we purchased Sunshine and we have slowly chipping away at turning the old charter
boat into our own personal boat. Its been a tad difficult arranging tradesman to do the work on Hamilton Island with us still having to fly in and out often to take care of business at home.
Some of the major work we have done to date has been to raise the bimini
six inches (150mm) to give us standing headroom
under the bimini
. Widen the bimini just under 3ft (800mm) either side and to have a clear plastic windscreen installed between the bimini and saloon
roof. We also had side covers made to give us more shelter from the sun which are also shower
proof. We will put water
proof covers on at a later date but as we are in tropical waters we were more concerned with protection from the sun. A new boom bag was also installed and we have gone from the light blue to a clean grey look. The cockpit cushions
have all been replaced with a more durable rubber and covered in a two tone grey. All the material is Sunbrella which we have found by far the most durable material here in Australia
. We had new hatch
covers made which will protect the interior
from the direct sunlight up here.
There has been a myriad of other work we have been doing including servicing the motors and sail drives, antifouling and polishing the boat, replacing the rudder
We had a very large amount of gear
from our old boat to move up here. Some 2400 kilometres north of home. We discussed several options including driving the car up with a trailer but this would take three days, accommodation, meals
. We also had to consider the sea dog who would be coming with us on the trip as it was to be our final trip as we would be cruising the area after this.
We were fortunate in finding a removalist company that wanted a backload to return to their base and we got a very good deal to send all out gear
north. This including new solar panels
and all the associated gear to wire it up. All our spare parts
such as all the stainless nuts, bolts, screws, shackles etc collected over many years. Lots of tools that we found indispensable over time, our dingy and motor
etc. There was so much it is not possible to list it all. We arranged a managed storage
facility not five minutes from where we hauled the boat for antifoul making it very easy to transfer all the gear.
We are currently anchored in Woodwark Bay in the Whitsundays which has to be one of the most underrated anchorages
up here. The boat is proving to be far more than we expected and we have been enjoying every day of ownership
to date. Our top speed to date has been 10.7 knots in a 20 to 25 knot
Sou Easter. We are averaging 8 knots and we seem to do half wind
speed up to 18 knots comfortably. We are still in the learning
curve and having way to much fun. Having some difficulty attaching photos at the moment but will do so as soon as I figure it out.
Greg, Sue and Sea Dog
Whitsunday Islands Australia