We have got used to our extravagant position in the center of Brisbane (see above) and it looks like we will stay here for a while. Meanwhile life goes on as usual on a boat. Everybody thinks sailors are just chilling out all day but that is not true. If you don’t constantly take care of things your boats rots away underneath you. At the moment we have fallen behind a bit with our efforts. We have not even repaired the damages of the hail storm and things are continuing to break.
At least I managed to climb up to the mast top to inspect the damaged wind gauge. While preparing to climb I noticed that the radar reflector had also been smashed by hail. My climbing gear didn’t help much and for Gaylyn it was quite a challenge to secure me. What a job, it took me at least 20 minutes of hard work to make it to the second spreader. In the end Derrik – our neighbor – helped Gaylyn out which sped things up a bit on the last 6 meters. Once up I was rewarded by a beautiful view over the river and by the discovery that the damage was restricted to a relatively affordable part.
We had also more or less ignored the fact that our tiny European gas bottles are slowly but relentlessly being drained. They are badly corroded after 2 years at sea and nobody in Australia is willing to fill them. Two days ago the gas came to an end we had to switch to cold food. In the beginning I at least managed to get my morning coffee by using the generator as a 220 volt source in combination with a electric water jug. One day later our generator that has a habit of failing at least every 3 weeks stopped working for the second time since we are here.. No more Coffee. Luckily we had the contact details of one more friendly Australian, a specialist in gas installation parts. He told us, that what we were attempting to do – to enhance our European installation to connect to Australian gas bottles – was completely illegal and that he could not help us with or sell us anything. Gaylyn did a good job persuading him so that he ended up sending us a part that would do the Job. As he could not legally sell it to us he decided to send it to us for free.. It must be the spirit of Christmas..