Around Hobart, Summer 2020

Summer 2020 begins late November 2019, and ends early because we have booked an overseas trip that starts in March.

Off season maintenance - fixing the stern tube leak

Saturday 28 September to Monday 7 October 2019

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We make a couple of short two day visits during the 2019 winter to organise the fixing of a leak in the stern tube seal which is slowly dripping oil on our nice clean floor under the engine. The captain comes on his own in May, and has Spectrum Engineering take a look at the problem to assess whether it can be fixed without moving the engine (yes, it can). While there he revisits the Poo Project, moving the macerator pump closer to the toilet bowl, as it didn't create enough of a vacuum to work the Lavac in its original position. Captain and mate make another brief visit in August when we return from overseas, just to check the boat and to try to find a good time to slip it for the stern tube fix. We succeed in booking a week in October.

We arrive late on Saturday 28 September, have a quiet Sunday getting the boat ready, and we are up on the slip early Monday. Mark the Bilge Rat has the boat cleaned in no time, and as it is a beautiful day, he gets all the antifouling done as well. Meanwhile the captain removes the prop, ready for action on the stern tube. Tuesday is equally productive, Tim from Spectrum succeeds in disconnecting the prop shaft, fixing the seals, connecting up again, and even adjusting the engine mounts as he detects that the shaft is not quite aligned. We have been noticing some vibration, so we hope that this will fix it. Wednesday and Thursday are spent putting the prop back on (non-trivial exercise) and refilling the header tank that feeds the oil into the stern tube. With hindsight, we probably didn't need to drain this, but we did, and the oil is so viscous it takes most of a day to feed it back in with a strange Heath-Robinson contraption of tubes and funnels. Mark touches up the PropSpeed on the prop and we are ready to go back into the water on Friday, but have to wait until Saturday because Friday is Bosun's Day Off.

We are in the water early Saturday and refuel on the way back to the berth. Now we are free to enjoy ourselves for the remaining three days. On Saturday we go out on Alan Perkins' Masterpiece for the annual Opening Day for all the yacht clubs on the Derwent. It's a beautiful day, there are lovely yachts everywhere, and we are zooming around at about 25kt, when not anchored having a delicious lunch or afternoon tea. We are back in time to go to the ANAM concerto competition final with the TSO - three very polished performances by the ANAM students. On Sunday we dine with Diana, on Monday we lunch with the Blichfeldts, who are just back from Queensland. We do enjoy our Hobart social life. It's almost a wrench when we leave to catch the plane back to Melbourne late Monday night. [Top]