Friday, June 8, 2012
Three Gems Update
Well, we haven't had a sudden outbreak of common sense that tells us that it's a bad idea to try to visit Port Davey, Lord Howe Island and the Auckland Islands next summer. Alisa lights up every time we mention the idea and says things like "why not?"
So, the planning is getting under way - I've made first contact with the New Zealand Department of Conservation to enquire about getting a permit for the Aucklands.
And I've started hunting up a good marine engineer here in Hobart to advise us about the likelihood that we can use a bigger prop on Galactic, given the restrictions that the design places on clearance between the prop and hull. We're leaning towards saying yes to the idea of repowering, but there's no point in doing that unless we can fit a prop that will get the extra power to the water.
We're in that blessed stage of pre-trip prep when we still have months to get ready. But experience tells me that it will suddenly be December, and we'll be scrambling to finish our boat jobs and get out of town!