Our fun to suck ratio gradually worsened as we got closer to our flight back to the states. Getting Starry Horizons ready for two months of storage is hard work!
The fun we’ve had includes dinner with our friends Kyle and Shelley aboard Blowin Bubbles, and attending the meet & greet hosted by the Whangarei marine group – all of the marinas and marine service providers in the area. That was fun as it enabled us to meet new cruisers and catch up with friends like Cetacea and Lionheart. We also met Tom, the crew member on Water Music, a fast custom cat, and had him over for dinner. Water Music is on the hard in Norsand too.
But the work side…oh the work! David’s changed the oil on both engines, taken off the enclosure, changed filters, and buttoned up the boat. This included cleaning a ton, flushing the engines, and putting biocide in our diesel tank.
I took the opportunity to take everything out of its place, cleaning things and their places, and putting everything back. This is a great for us to clean house too. We have a donate/sell pile that has gotten pretty large. I’ve actually already sold a few items. Our food stores have been cleaned out, bagging everything we are keeping but giving most food away. To prevent mold and bugs, I’ve wiped things down with bleach and vinegar, as well as placing DampRid and bug traps throughout the boat.
This was also a good time to really take a good look at Starry Horizons after 2 years of cruising. Our girl looks pretty good! She’s got a few cosmetic scratches, dents, and whatnot, but I think she looks really good! People still walk on and admire our “new” boat, so I think we are taking pretty good care of her.
Fortunately, compared to the tropics, NZ is drier and cooler. We will have a friend air Starry Horizons out every so often while she’s on the hard, plus the marina will keep an eye on her. We will be back to check on her in 5 weeks.
The haul itself went very well. It was the first time since her launch she’s been taken out via a trailer. At the factory, the trailer has a custom cradle to hold Helias, with the cradle fitting into the corners of the bridge deck. At Norsand, the trailer was a flat bed with small hydraulics. Starry Horizons was tied via 6 lines into the slipway, and the trailer was driven in between her hulls. David, the slip manager at Norsand, got in a tender and slipped underneath her bridgedeck to place the blocks. Starry Horizons was put on 6 flat blocks, with each pair of blocks being located directly under the bulkheads, to best support the boat. The tide was dropping and the trailer lifted up just a bit to raise SH, and then pulled us out of the water. We were maneuvered onto the ramp to take advantage of the drains for a power wash.
You’ll notice in the pictures that our minikeels have turned white. That is not supposed to happen. When we hauled out in Nanny Cay, we were not power washed, and the hull was cleaned and new bottom paint applied on top of the old stuff. We believe that the keels were not properly prepped (maybe not sanded?) before the primer and bottom paint were applied at the factory. Anyway, we plan on a bottom job here in NZ, so that’s not too big of a concern.
With Starry Horizons all settled, we took off! 30 days in the states, here we go! David will continue posting to our YouTube channel every 10 days and I’ve got some blog posts coming up. Enjoy, and happy holidays everyone!