Position Report

Where are we now?

Back from Hobart [last updated 12 October 2018 ]

We return to continue the Poo Project in October, with a new plan. A T-fitting will replace a Y-valve, connections will be straight and we expect that will solve the vacuum problem. We are confident that 6 days should be plenty of time to make this adjustment, and we're looking forward to some other activities during our stay. We do manage a dinner and a lunch with the Blichfeldts, a dinner and lunch with Peter's colleague Rick, who is in Hobart to join Peter at a Pearcey Centre function, and a trip to the top of Mount Wellington on a beautiful sunny morning. But the rest of the time is spent working on the plumbing. After replacing the Y-valve with the T-fitting, we still have a leak - the macerator pump lets air through. Adding a ball valve stops that, but then the Sani-Loo leaks. Engineer has to take it out, pull it apart, find it is missing a seal, craft a substitute with plumbers tape. Engineer's mate is on hand to help, and we do get it finished, and have just enough time on our last day to visit Eagle Plastics with a spec for a screen to go round the whole installation. It's taken us a week to get from 95% to 99% complete. When we return for the summer there will still be a final tidy up to do, plus refitting the doors to the head and installing the new screen.

Where to next?

Back soon?

Looking forward to a long summer in Hobart. [Top]

Where were we last?

In Hobart in July

We are here for a week of work aboard on what we are calling the Poo Project. The engineer decided some time ago that we should replace all the hoses involved in the on-board sewerage system. The engineer's mate suggested that if we were taking apart the whole system, we should consider installing an on-board treatment plant. These things may become mandatory in the near future, so it seems like a good idea to do it now, rather than have to take the whole thing apart again in a year or so. So we purchase a Sani-Loo system and have it shipped to Hobart, ready to collect when we arrive on 10 July. Starting that day, the engineer progressively takes apart the existing system. After about four days there are components old and new and tools scattered from one end of the boat to the other, but after six days reconstruction is well under way, and the project might even be 95% complete by the time we leave tomorrow evening.

Without a functioning head and with stuff everywhere, living aboard would be difficult if not impossible, so we are staying at the Blichfeldts, minding their house while they are in Queensland. [Top]

What did we see?

Day 1, when deconstruction has just begun. Click on the image to see the project progress. [Top]