Nandji is going back to where she belongs!! It has been a long journey to reach this point of Nandji going back in the water. We have had a baby and completed some major boat works to make our boat a beautiful home for the future years of sailing. When covid hit, we decided to stay with our boat and our dog to have our first born baby overseas. The unknown of leaving these two behind, was not fathomable. It has been difficult a decision to deal with, add many many hours of hardwork, constant visa issues and the potential we were being kicked out... We now have a beautiful daughter and a vessel that floats!!! All those long days in the boat yard on a grinder, all those litres of sweat dripping off my nose, all seem like distant memories as we reach this major mile stone in cruising once again. SPLASH DAY!! WOOOOOO!
In this episode, Nandji is getting closer to splash day. The major keel work is complete and the bottom has been painted with a barrier coat ready for anti fouling. With only 5 days until splash day, we decide to drill a huge hole in the boat!! Ever since buying Nandji, we have steadily been upgrading her as we continue to sail. One area that we have just been "making do" with, has been the way we gauge the depth of the water below Nandji. Our depth sounder was ancient and it worked 30% of the time. This making life a little more difficult than it should be!! But not anymore!!!
This is what Boat yard nightmares are made of... Fixing the Keel...
In this episode, Nandji brings on a potential worst nightmare... Sitting too long on the hard stand, the lead/steel weight of the keel has oxidised, causing rust and the fibreglass to delaminate. How far down the rabbit hole do we travel... If you are going to do a job right, you do it right the first time. After juggling any thoughts and short cuts in my mind, I do what I know should do and cut it all off (half the keel) and ay up new fibreglass. A job I do not want to repeat any time soon.
In this episode, Nandji has gone back to where she belongs, in the water!! It has been a long road to reach this point, lots of hard work, lots of stress and lots of determination to be able to sail away from Malaysia. We have been fortunate enough that our host country decided to extend our visas, giving us plenty of time to prepare for what lies ahead. Lets recap on the all boat work that was completed in this short time frame since Tallula was born and we have been back on Nandji. Beginning with the first job of installing new port light in the aft cabin to stop all the water leaks!
Given 30 days to leave the country, and we are not ready to leave. With everything against us, we have a stroke of fortune.... You just never know who is watching...
In this episode, the unthinkable happens... We had been given a 30 day extension on our expired visa to leave Malaysia. Nandji is on the hardstand, our daughter is yet to have travel documents and then there is Marley... Flights home are continually cancelled, all the countries around us are expensive to enter, but our boat is not ready to sail.... It is heads down bums up busy to get Nandji ready for what ever is to happen at the end of this 30 days. We are not ready to leave, but you never know who is watching your videos....
In this episode, it is time to lay it all out and make a plan. We have 25 days left to get everything in order and then off we go, but to where... I have been labouring hard on Nandji to get her ready to sail to destination unknown. It is time to evaluate all our options and give you a run down of what we are faced with. Everything is going to cost big bucks, no matter what we do. Let's try to make the right decision and live with it.
In this episode, we have been given notice that it is time to leave Malaysia. We have been here on an expired visa for months now and the time had come for the government to decide weather they would continue amnesty for foreign. nationals. They decided not to... Nandji is not finished and Tallula is only 2 months old. We head to immigration in the hope of gaining an extension... What do we do now!!!
In this episode, we have gone full circle and arrive back at Nandji with our baby daughter Tallula. We are very thankful for the city of Penang and providing us a safe place during these difficlut times to have our daughter, but the city life wore thin a very long time ago and it is back to Nandji we go! Loading up the car and making the 3 hour drive back to Nandji felt like a massive milestone and standing at Nandji with Tallula in my arms was a very rewarding feeling. Time to finish off Nandji and get sailing!!
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