Hello Again One And All
In the middle of September SHAMAL was lifted out of the water for maintaince. Once again I had my heart in mouth as she was lifted. I tell you it is nerve racking seeing your home swinging in mid air. The crane driver must of thought I was somewhat deranged the way I kept reminding him of his responsibilities as I darted around with my camera taking pictures of his every move.
The local boating community here are very friendly and most helpful. We have met a lovely couple who also own a catamaran and have it in charter here. They are the couple in one of the photos having wine and cheese onboard SHAMAL out in Tasman Bay - Nick and Bronwyn - who have helped us out with all sorts of jobs and had us to stay in their lovely home while SHAMAL was out on the hard. Then there is this guy Craig who owns a fishing Catamaran who has told us about the good fishing spots. We have been into the Yacht Club a couple of times when local events have been on and were taken out on a Gemini Catamaran one evening for a sail. We have taken people out into Tasman Bay and are getting the Seawind name known here.
We took a drive over to Picton in the Marlborough Sounds during September and brought ourselves two folding bikes. Mine has the 16 inch wheels - kids size and Alec's has the 20 inch wheels - teenagers size. Folding bikes are smaller and we have seen them being used around the marinas by boaties.
Alec says I look like a over grown kid having to peddle twice as fast as him to get anywhere. I don't care as it sure beats walking everywhere.
This last weekend we took Mike and Gabbi for a three day trip up to D'Urville Island at the top of the Sounds. For the trip up and back we had beautiful days but the Saturday was rather wet and windy - gusts up to 40kts. We knew the bad weather was coming and tucked ourselves into a sheltered bay on a good mooring. We still fished and ate blue cod for the three days - just beautiful. Alec dropped the crayfish pot but again no crays but at least no sharks this time. We caught those on the set line!!!
Love Ann and Alec