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The Ta Daa List

The Ta Daa List

Getting things crossed of the never ending to-do list of maintenance items for La Mouette seems to be very sporadic.  They are not regular events, nor are they in order of importance.  They simply get crossed off precisely when they mean to – to paraphrase a famous wizard.  And it’s a bit like that.  During the week or fortnight prior, you plan a particular job and yet, when the weekend finally arrives and goes, the planned job is still on…

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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

The title of this blog comes from the pen of the famous Scottish poet, Rabbie Burns.  The actual line from his poem “To a Mouse” is “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley”, or, in slightly more modern English, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”.  Which is what is going to happen this weekend.  We had laid plans for a weekend of sailing starting on Friday with a flex day off work, however, I…

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The Dark Arts

The Dark Arts

Now that we are well into the journey of owning and restoring an old sailboat, it didn’t take long to realise that some parts of boat fixing come into the category of “dark arts”.  Whilst a lot of jobs on the boat are pretty straight forward, albeit taking double the amount of time scheduled, and sometimes leading onto other jobs, or double the cost originally estimated, these jobs are run-of-the-mill stuff.  It is a boat after all and things always…

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When is a Boat Show Not a Boat Show

When is a Boat Show Not a Boat Show

We measure the progress of our planet around the sun by looking at a bit of paper stuck to the wall, or by looking at those little electronic devices that can also tell you what day of the week it is and in what particular month that day falls.  Each revolution of the earth around the sun is called a year and we don’t just mark the passing of each year by looking at bits of paper but by events…

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A Toe in the Water

A Toe in the Water

The last blog listed quite a few jobs that needed doing on La Mouette.  The toe rail and winch maintenance just to name a couple.  Sadly, those jobs are still on the to-do list, as are some fibreglass repairs, however, they will get done and hopefully soonish.  Someone has stolen my diary again and used it to book up a lot of the empty weekends, so boat repairs and maintenance hasn’t been possible.  But we did manage to get a…

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Furbs and Refurbs

Furbs and Refurbs

After reviewing the “to-do” list – you know the one, that never ending list of boating jobs that despite how many things you cross off, just keeps getting longer and longer, I have decided to categorise the items into two groups.  First group is upgrades.  These are items that previously didn’t exist on La Mouette and cover things such as the roller furling, stereo system, electric pump in the galley etc.  The other category is the refurbs which cover existing…

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The Bay Run

The Bay Run

Since the last blog, La Mouette has had a change of address.  No longer a resident of Booker Bay, she is now happily berthed at Akuna Bay, a wee inlet off Coal and Candle Creek, one of the waterways that come off Cowan Creek.  It’s a flash marina and one of the D’Albora family of marinas – a big change from the previous marina.  It appears that La Mouette has had a few different homes in her past, Sydney Harbour,…

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First Time for Everything

First Time for Everything

After months of not being able to take La Mouette out sailing, actually it’s been over a year, we spent Easter out on the waterways of the Hawkesbury and Cowan.  As the title suggests there were a lot of firsts, however, everything pretty much went according to plan.  Except for a lack of wind, so the motor got a real workout, but that was OK as it’s the first real run the motor has had since the rebuild.  What added…

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Sailboat Care And Beautification

Sailboat Care And Beautification

Sometimes it’s really tough to sit down and write another blog especially when there is a bit of a gap since the last one. You would think that over a period of time there would be more to write about, however, sometimes the boatwork isn’t all that interesting and trying to write a scintillating blog about how you fixed the sink plug isn’t something that you can write very much about. In this case, a lot has happened since the…

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Spring is Sprung

Spring is Sprung

  Spring is sprung The grass is riz I wonder where the birdie is The birdie is upon the wing No, that’s absurd The wing is on the little bird So goes the famous rhyme – and it’s certainly spring here in Australia. We have gone from winter to summer in just a few days, although the ski fields in the Snowy Mountains are still experiencing the best season in over a decade.   Spring is sprung and the grass…

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