In this episode, Nandji is floating and we are finalising all the little jobs to move back on board. Nandji is close to a new house and she is in the best shape she has ever been. I thought it important to try and complete all the jobs before moving back on board to try and minimise the mess and the need for digging out tools again. Nandji has limited space so when the tolls are packed away, they are packed away for good!! Of course Nandji has a few little surprises she throws at us, and then there is Bonita's life of living on the land needs to downsize a wee bit!! How many bikinis does a girl need???? With Nandji being a wooden boat, she tends to move and change shape whilst on the hard. Now floating, I wanted to check the alignment. This is a task best done without the missus!
In this episode, we rip ore old stuff out of Nandji and throw it over the side. We rewind back to a month ago when Nandji was still on the hard stand and we were deep in fixing mode. But you can not do an oven install and not have a cook up with it!! So once the oven is installed, we fast forward back to present time during our shakedown sail and Bonita does a little cook up!! Having a working cooker and oven is essential. A device that gimbles and holds the food on top is something Nandji has previously lacked. I can not believe Bonita went 4 years with only one burner that works! Now we can cook up a storm!!
The Decks needed a serious upgrade, Time to Redo the Deck with Kiwi Grip... This was a bad one!!
In this episode, we take a little step back in time to when Nandji was still high and dry on the hard stand. We first painted the decks with kiwi grip back in 2017, before we departed Australia. I also completed a massive deck repair back when I knew nothing about fibreglassing.... I say it a lot in our videos, there are great repair jobs on Nandji, and there are shit ones. This one I did was shocking!! 😂So a quick fix up and repaint the entire boat with kiwi grip to bring everything up fresh and flush! Every man is proud of their Deck!
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!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we have been busy completing our second major refit to Nandji, with a baby on the way, we have had to work long days to try and complete the boat before the baby arrives. With Bonita now 9 months pregnant, it is time to move closer to the hospital to have the baby. Bonita has rarely seen the progress of Yosh's labour, but it is time to reveal what Nandji looks like. Nothing else matters but the boss's opinion. Hopefully she likes it!!!
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