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14 June 2016 - Auckland New Zealand

We made another visit to Diane relatives in Hamilton a few weeks ago. This time, we met not only her aunt Dora but also her son Raymond and wife Julie. Raymond drives a concrete truck and Julie does quilting. Dora, of course, is retired.

After considering all the options for the past 6 months, we finally decided to haul the boat at Port Whangarei Marine Centre. This place has asphalt surfaces, a large travel-lift, clean showers and toilets and a large communal kitchen area. Its not only the best haul-out available, but they also had some good deals ongoing.


We’ve had Coppercoat on the bottom for the past 8 years. We’ve been very pleased with its performance (augmented with ultrasonic), but believe that since we’re in New Zealand, the time has come for new paint and to “clean up the bottom”. After lifting, the bottom looked pretty good actually, but there were patches (where there are internal frames in the keel for example) where marine growth concentrated. These areas I normally scrape clean every few months, when in a warmer climate. Here are three “before pressure washing” photos. 

I especially like to point out to the “non-believers” the effect of putting a bag on your prop. In the first week of December 2015, I braved the frigid waters of the Town Basin, and put a black plastic garbage bag over the prop, tied lightly with a thin cord. The afternoon that we were motoring out of our berth headed to the haul-out yard, we “busted” through the bag simply by putting the motor in gear and driving forward. What you can see in the photo is the remnants of the bag just forward of the prop. Note, in particular, how clean the prop is. It is a stark contrast to what I typically see from our friends boats, who never use a bag when they’re stationary for months at a time.

After the lift, I authorized the increase in pressure from 2500 to 5000 psi with the pressure washer - and that was extremely effective in removing growth, and even removed paint, exposing bare steel in several areas. 

After consideration, we decided that the best way forward was to authorize wet sandblasting, fresh epoxy and fresh coppercoat. We had always planned to “wet sand” the hull, but this new approach is not only going to consume a few more maintenance dollars (wet sandblasting instead of wet sanding, and now an epoxy base plus the coppercoat antifouling), but will ensure a stable base. Unfortunately, the work was still ongoing when we left the boat on 13 June.

A few days before we left, we noticed that Circa Marine launched another one of its Steve Dashew designed aluminum boats.


Diane and I "have left the boat and the boat yard for a 3 month holiday" and are en-route: Auckland to Hong Kong (where we'll stay for 3 days), Hong Kong to Amsterdam (where we'll stay in Rotterdam for 5 days), Amsterdam to Montreal - and then on to Ottawa. We'll centre ourselves in Ottawa, but intend to visit (in no particular order) Kingston, Cornwall, Timmins, Sudbury, London-Waterloo area, Montreal, New Brunswick and Halifax. We're really looking forward to seeing family and friends!


To see previous log entries, just use the tabs at the top of this page. 

Countries Visited So Far with our boat, and detailed on these pages:         

(Departed Canada: May 2009) (30 countries by boat so far)

Antigua: May 2011

Bermuda: June - August 2009
Bonaire: February - April 2014

Bahamas: December 2009 - March 2010, December 2010 - February 2011

Barbados: March 2012
British Virgin Islands: May 2011
Colombia: October 2014 - December 2014

Cuba: March - May 2010
Curaçao: May 2014 - September 2014

Dominica: May 2011, April 2013

Dominican Republic: March - April 2011
Fiji: September/October 2015
French Polynesia (Marquesas, Tuamotos, Tahiti and the Society Islands): April-July 2015
Galapagos: March 2015
Grenada: June-November 2011
Guadeloupe: March 2013
Martinique: March 2012, March 2013
New Zealand: November 2015 - 
Niue: July/August 2015
Panama: December 2014 (San Blas Islands), (Portobello and Canal) January/February 2015

Puerto Rico: April 2011

St Lucia: May-June 2011, December 2011 - February 2012, December 2012 - February 2013

St Martin /Netherlands Antilles: May 2011

St Vincent and the Grenadines: June 2011, February 2012, December 2012, April-May 2013

Tobago: March-May 2012
Tonga: August 2015
Trinidad: May - December 2012, June - November 2013
USA: August - November 2009, June - November 2010
US Virgin Islands: May 2011
Venezuela: November 2013 - February 2014

Before we went cruising, we also "had a life" and did our fair share of visiting (or living in) other countries.
We've also been to a few other countries, but just not with our boat.  (33 countries so far)

Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia Herzogevinia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, 
Hong Kong, Jamaica, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway

Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland), Vatican City

SV Joana is listed 
for sale at this site
 (in case you're wondering why, we're not planning to give up the cruising lifestyle or our home, but most things are for sale and since we've met many cruisers who have listed their boat, we figured we'd do it too). 


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