We've been busy since arriving in Hampton Harbour. Happily the boom bracket problem has now been fixed.
On Wednesday we cleaned up the boat and went ashore to clean ourselves too. Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club offers free temporary membership for short-stay cruisers and has clean showers, laundry, beer and good food. We had a very good dinner in the club with Graham and Anne from Kakadu.
|Zen Again anchored at Hampton Harbour|
From KAW we went to Atom, a sort of mega-Bunnings for tradies, where I bought the bolts needed for the boom repair and also a spare V-Belt for the engine. On Thursday evening an old friend Mark came down to HHBSC for a few drinks. He offered us the use of his car over the weekend which we very happily accepted. Twas good to catch up.
This morning I topped-up the main diesel tanks with 60 litres from our jerries. At 0900 we went ashore and Graham and I drilled and tapped the boom and bracket. The bracket appears to be very solidly attached now, but given recent experience I'm still not convinced about the tapped holes. The thru-bolt is worthwhile insurance just in case. We returned the boom to the boat and re-rigged it. Then we replaced the No 2 jib with the No 3 jib in preparation for tackling the west coast.
Over the weekend we plan to do a little local touring using Mark's car. Then early next week we hope to head west.