Replaced the standing rigging, mounted and installed a 160W solar panel and charging system. Replaced the lee cloths and sail cover, repaired the boom gooseneck, rebushed the anchor winch were the main jobs. The shopping list was extensive but included new lifejacket and harness, a 9m jackline, lots of stainless steel, zip ties and gaffer tape and enough food provisions for 40 days. Then set off to circumnavigate the South Island of New Zealand. Down the East coast to Banks Peninsular, Port Charmers, Stewart Island, Fiordland and up the West Coast back to Tasman Bay. 1400nmls in 38 days.
Removed and repaired the under cockpit stainless steel diesel tank that was leaking. Finally solved the perpetual overheating engine issue! It was blocked cooling channels in the head manifold and the temperature sensor encased in a calcium buildup. Sailed Golden Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, Marlborough Sounds and a run to Mana and return for an antifoul at the Mana Cruising Club.
A paid for professional spray application of antifoul this year while I repacked the stern gland easing out a broken stud. A patch was glassed over the weepy rudder skeg. It has been bought to my attention since that stopping the weeping is in fact not part of the design, it should leak. But anyway yachting is always a learning experience. Speaking of learning, we also chipped into one of the hull midships blisters, and learned all was dry and good under it. Not an osmosis blister. Followed by family times, a sail across Cook Strait to Wellington and back. And the usual fun and games in Abel Tasman National Park.
Supporters are always being sought and even as you read this, plans are underway for a massive sail around the world in Taranto. Seriously, get your name and product listed here by supporting in any way you can, or sponsoring Taranto in the effort to sail her from Nelson, New Zealand to Venice, Italy.
Regularly updated blog as the journey unfolds, entertaining video uploads via a YouTube channel (internet connections permitting) and special mention on all promotional material including any subsequent journalistic and published works.
And of course a permanent website link right here...
Eventually when the diesel engine finally expires we are keen to make Taranto as energy self sufficient as possible utilising an electric propulsion system, with a large battery storage capacity (such as a Tesla Powerwall for example), with solar, wind and hydro power generation capacity. Well, at least that was the case until the recent circimnavigation of the South Island where the reliability and range of diesel was shown to be very practical and safe when trying to maintain those dreaded 'deadlines'. Without significant time constraits however removing the stinkin freakin diesel is the ultimate goal.
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"What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.
The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.
Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? "
Sterling Hayden, Wanderer