Monty and I arrived back in New Zealand in mid-March. We lived on Whistler at the boatyard for 5 nights. Contending with a ladder to get on and off the boat, no practical cooking facilities, public showers and peeing into a bucket at night is never much fun. We ate out most evenings and refamiliarized ourselves with Whangarei’s restaurants.
The weather was dreary, showery, cool and changeable. Occasionally the sun would come out and we would stop complaining till the next downpour. We survived the brief “camping” experience with a multitude of projects constantly on the go and trying to restock the boat.
A number of boat projects were done while we were away in Canada but a few remained for when we returned. A brief list of the major projects included:
- Installing new glass cockpit hatches ordered and shipped from Langley (Canada) to replace the plexiglass sliders. This will allow more airflow into the cockpit. Unfortunately, the hatches we ordered didn’t quite fit the old hole, so a lot of work had to be done to fit them in.
- All the other overhead hatches were rebedded.
- The antifouling was refreshed.
- The gelcoat hulls were waxed.
- The propane system was tested.
Whistler “splashed” on March 20th.
We were in great company in Whangarei with some good friends (you know who you are) and two Antares, our sister boats.
Next up, my sister and her husband come to visit!