Back home for Christmas

Last sunday we boarded the Spirit of Tasmania and took the easy way across Bass Strait, thinking about the day we would be sailing across the pond in our own boat. It was a smooth crossing although there was a respectable swell. We always enjoy the trip. The TT ferries are excellent ships with very effective pitch and roll dampening. These hard-working vessels certainly earn their keep, crossing twice every 24 hours, one day run and an overnight run, stopping in port only long enough to take on provisions and passengers: about three hours. Unusually for a Government owned transport company, they are generating a healthy profit for their owners. When departing Devonport bow thrusters swing the vessels 180 degrees in the narrow Mersey river, with barely 10 metres clearance bow and stern. It’s a sight to behold. Seven hours later we reached the infamous rip at the Pt Phillips Heads.  It was in good form. There were impressive tidal overflows (whirlpools) that would probably send a small yacht out of control. I tried taking photos but they don’t really convey the full story. It was a two day drive back home to a happy reunion with the kids.

Our Christmas voyage …
The tidal overflows at Pt Phillip heads. I want to sail through them one day!
We have a soft spot for these excellent vessels.
The mob

We were happy to reach our goal of sheeting the Port hull, prior to finishing for the year. Deb went inside to tidy up the butt joins, while Pete planed off the excess on the bottom sheets. Celebratory photos were taken, and the hull was double tarped to protect it from the summer rains while we are away. The next step, upon returning is fixing the keel,  fabricating the outboard step then fibreglassing, Qcell, faring and painting.

The tunnel, soon to be filled with the bridge deck. It was interesting to get a sense of the final size of the finished boat. On “turn-over day” they get flipped upright in situ and sit on concrete pads we have prepared in advance. They will then only need to be shimmed into correct alignment prior to connecting with the cross beams.
Celebrating completion of hull sheeting.
Prior to covering her up for the break, Deb tidied up the butt joints with the grinder.

4 thoughts on “Back home for Christmas

  1. A bit of a change of climate for you! Sorry we missed you at Port Sorell. The turn over of the hulls will be a momentous day! All the best for the festive season and for your continued progress with the build. Where will you launch Selah?


    • Actually, apart from big rain, it’s been (relatively speaking) mild temperatures here Chris. Deb and I are beginning to feel like rain makers though. After a wet and wild winter down south we had flooding events here and at Ularu! I think will put her in the water next to the boat ramp an the main beach. Best road access. It will be a tidal launch. If the crane can put her out far enough she should float OK there. Just got to manage the incoming tide with anchors until we have control. Can run through there at a clip.


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