already pre-prepared lists of "Must Do" and "May Do" jobs for Dream On, but
after 22 months away, the list of "Must Do" expanded exponentially as we
tested all the systems and additional glitches manifested themselves.
to this was an unfortunate incident when the boat next door to us pulled out
to go for a day sail and was blown onto Dream On. (It can happen to the best
of us!). Their anchor ran down the top of our starboard safety lines and
pulled out one our stanchions. This required a replacement stanchion and
base plate, and removal of part of our headlining under the deck in the
salon, to reach the under-deck fitting.
The anchor windlass was not
working and took a long time to resolve. Geoff dismantled the electric motor
which looked very sad. Everyone who looked at this shook
their head in dismay.
Finally, having given up all
possible remedies for the old windlass, we bought a new one which Geoff
fitted late May. It's a different type so required some rewiring of the boat
but is a great improvement on the old one.
The GPS was not working, but after a few
days of Geoff's fiddling with wiring the GPS awoke from its sleep.
The boat engine fired up at first
attempt, as did the mobile generator and the diving compressor. The dinghy
outboard went out for service and inspection and appears to be ok.
Our new dinghy arrived. We
decided to go slightly larger, so that we have more space for visitors and
diving gear. It looks huge on the back of the boat. We are now waiting for
some good weather and a break in the job list to take the dinghy out for a
Meanwhile as Geoff continued with the
electrics and mechanics and generally making a mess, Iza has been busy organising
the boat, (and Geoff), cleaning, polishing, and varnishing everything, and
stocking up on supplies for our planned trip to Turks and Caicos. The boat has a
great deal of woodwork inside and is overdue for a full varnish treatment.
Achieving this and still being able to live on board is quote a balancing
act. If Geoff stands still for too long, he'll be varnished!
There was work to do on the
rigging as well. Geoff has made two trips up our 59 foot mast so far. Think
he likes hanging out in the breeze up there!
However, as can be seen from
our page "Major Change of Direction" the work plan and cruising plan for
Dream On have now changed dramatically.