With the Cordalga trip now just a distant memory and a few trips to New Zealand since the trip, it is now time to seriously think about getting Great Escape somewhere warm for the winter that is fast approaching.
There are still however a few repairs that need to be done before we can leave. The last thing we want is a repeat of the Adelaide to Wyee trip. That trip saw us fixing something every time we stopped. Glenn had a similar experience with the Cordalga trip. We want to enjoy the trip and that means getting all the outstanding maintenance sorted out before we leave.
One of the things that needs to be fixed is the windows in the aft cabin. We did know one of the windows was a problem (the previous owner has simply applied a layer of what looked like glue to seal the window) and while living on the boat, the perspex in the other window came loose and popped out of the frame. They would both have to be resealed. This is not our favourite job, it requires getting rid of all the previous sealant and applying a new layer of Fix 15 – our preferred sealant.
It takes hours to properly clean the frames.
We have learnt the hard way that it is best to tape up every area where you don’t want Fix 15 – the specification sheet states that once it has dried the only way to remove it is through ‘mechanical removal’ – what they really mean is that you have to remove it with great difficulty.
And then the messy business of applying the sealant and getting rid of all the excess sealant.
It is for us a 2 day job but well worth it.
While doing this job we had a really bad storm and discovered that the hatch in the aft cabin is also leaking. It will also have to be resealed. Better now than after we leave.