NEW PLYMOUTH STOPOVER

We departed Ketu Bay early on Tuesday, motoring out of Pelorus Sound as the dawn began to break.  All was very quiet after the thunderstorm of last night and everything on deck was wet from the rain.  We motored on for a couple of hours before a breeze set in and sail could be set.  … Continue reading NEW PLYMOUTH STOPOVER

DEPARTING HAVELOCK

Yesterday I completed the engine oil and filter change.  The new vacuum pump worked a treat.  For once, the first time ever. there was no mess to clean up.  The right tool for the job makes all the difference.  Why has it taken so long for me to figure this out? Sucking Oil and no … Continue reading DEPARTING HAVELOCK

INTO PELORUS SOUND

Last night I could not sleep.  No point in festering in bed if you can’t sleep so I got up and checked the weather again.  There seemed to be a window of opportunity to go up the east coast of the North island on Sunday.  I decided to sail out of Nelson, head up through … Continue reading INTO PELORUS SOUND

NELSON HERITAGE PARK

Today I went for a walk and stumbled across the Founders Heritage Park, completely by accident as I didn’t know it existed.  I went through the gate and found that entrance was free to residents of Nelson, I have been here so long I must qualify, I signed in the book as a Nelsonian. Nelson … Continue reading NELSON HERITAGE PARK

CENTRE OF NEW ZEALAND

When I returned from the brewery tour on Tuesday I noticed that the floating work jetty adjacent to Truce was empty and the securing piles were missing.  Instead, the jetty was held in position by a spider’s web of ropes.  Funny I thought, maybe they have removed the piles for refurbishment or replacement. On Wednesday … Continue reading CENTRE OF NEW ZEALAND

ENJOYING NELSON

Now the engine is fixed I am ready to continue the cruise up to the North Island.  The beautiful high pressure in the Tasman has disappeared and is replaced by a procession of lows marching towards New Zealand.  The weather man calls these complex lows, they are bringing fronts, rain and strong northerly and westerly … Continue reading ENJOYING NELSON

ENGINE FIXED

Wednesday night and I have 3 new injectors in hand ready to be fitted.  I was going to fit them in the morning but the excitement got the better of me and I set about fitting them at night, helped by a headtorch.  Carefully and methodically I inserted the fibre washers, copper washers and then … Continue reading ENGINE FIXED

NELSON AND ENGINE REPAIRS

Thursday 1st April.  I took the dinghy ashore and visited Marine and General.  I explained the engine problem with the engineers, after answering all their questions they concluded the most probable cause is a blocked or worn injector.  Anyway, that is the first place to look as there is nothing else obvious that hasn’t already … Continue reading NELSON AND ENGINE REPAIRS

ABEL TASMAN TO NELSON

27th March and my Birthday.  Not the best of weather today, a bit damp outside, perfect for fitting the new toilet.  In short time the old toilet was removed and placed in the cockpit, I will decide what to do with it later.  I assembled the new toilet, an easy job, I didn’t think the … Continue reading ABEL TASMAN TO NELSON

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Wednesday morning was a stunner, flat calm and warm sunshine.  Truce and I absorbed the heat, the damp wet of Fiordland and the West Coast quickly evaporated away.  The morning was spent pottering around, doing odd jobs and tidying the boat up after our trip up the West Coast.  There are always maintenance jobs pending … Continue reading ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK