What next?

What next?

40 years old, and after 12 years at sea, any cruising yacht will require a major refit. Tainui is no exception. In Sydney she will be given a new engine (John Deere, probably), new upholstery, replacement spray dodger, re-galvanised anchor and ground tackle, miscellaneous repairs to teak work above decks, and interior varnish and paint. Then she will be ready for more adventures with a new, younger owner.

This fine seaboat has never given me a moment’s anxiety, although I cannot say that the reverse is true. I have seen thousands of yachts all over the world but have never envied their owners. Ever forgiving, Tainui has served us well, tirelessly and with patience. She is meant to sail across oceans and to cruise remote places. 

Meanwhile, her ageing skipper will be looking at further exploration of Russia’s inland waterways – fuel for dreams. 


3 thoughts on “What next?

  1. Maxine
    July 3, 2016 at 01:53

    Russian rivers, here we come!!

  2. July 1, 2016 at 10:00

    Hope you had a great day full of good wind, special drinks and cigarettes (I did, thank you!!), bhuja mix (you were already gone when I brought some I finally found :( ) and nice birthday messages!

    I guess you enjoy having the considerate Ian instead of that moody Pamplemousse on board but I will miss our passionate debates!

    Bring Tainui back home safe and enjoy your last passage! Thanks again and see you somewhere sometimes,

    (and the next day)

    John, I guess you arrived to fatherland now! Hope the end of the trip was more calm that the day you wrote me and you managed to move around without breaking ribs… but at least this is the kind of sailing you won’t forget.

    I’m sure you managed to avoid the bricks and had a great end of the voyage! I guess it will be complicated at first but you should see it like the beginning of a new adventure, starting by enjoying family and friends at Rosie’s birthday.

    I always keep my promises. I’m sure we’ll share again special drinks, cigarettes and bhuja mix!

    Take care, bises

    1. July 1, 2016 at 10:02

      Melanie! Yes, we are home. All OK except for a major headache with Australian Quarantine Service, who insist that we have the boat completely fumigated. They are worried about termites and those tiny ants.

      Take care, pampelmousse

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