Late January 2012 – Gordons Bay, Helderberg, Western Cape First published on offtheline.co.za

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It’s been a while since the last post, but we’ve been so busy…and time flies by with incredible pace. The mission at the moment is to get Melody ready to sail to Simonstown to take her out of the water. We want to replace anodes, clean her bottom and add a couple of extra seacocks, which will be quite handy. Hopefully we can make the trip in 3weeks time. In the last week I fitted our ‘braai’ on the pushpit. For our international readers, ‘braai’ means barbeque over here in South Africa. I made some chicken on the braai on…

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There is nothing worse than a leaky boat. On my first crossing, my cabins’ portlights leaked and on Will’s crossing the same thing happened. This time we are making sure that we have a dry boat. The old acrylic portlight windows was cracked and not sealed properly anymore, so we ordered new polycarbonate ones from Maizeys Plastics and fitted it with the most expensive, but most proper product on the market – Sikaflex. ( ps:Thanks Jean for the half bottle of ‘activater’, that was quite a cost saver…) One more thing to tick off the list… Ruf First published on…

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Wow! Old Melodious is really starting to become a looker! The deck has been painted white and the only traces of the crusty blue paint lies on the bottom of the Cockpit floor. Rufus moved it this week and produced an awesome dogbox, which we’re all incredibly stoked about and have confirmed that it’s where we’ll be found hiding from the sun during plenty of our journey. The portlights are in the process of being replaced to ensure that we have a water-free boat. The storage area, opposite the heads, is almost completed after some extreme carpentry which happened in…

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After Wilhelm and I spent our Saturday moving house, we were relieved to be able to catch up with Ruf and enjoy our Sunday on Melody on a beautiful day at Harbour Island.  We managed to service our winches, did plenty of  painting, sorted out the lazerette and had some fun inspecting the mast and roller fuller in the sky.  Just another spectacular day in Africa 🙂   Viv First published on offtheline.co.za

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After having a memorable sunset cruise on Friday evening it was back to work on Saturday morning. With Rufus tackling the dreaded lazarette , he managed to do an amazing job in cleaning it up and giving it a layer of paint, all in the gruelling heat. Wilhelm replaced some of the old engine pipes and fitted a water strainer to the engine, as well as taking on some electrics. We now have a operating log (an instrument to measure our speed through the water)and a fancy transparent spaghetti of pipes transporting  super clean water to our mighty engine. I…

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Yesterday we cranked up Melody’s 80HP motor, stowed all the paint cans and tools, and motored her out into the bay for the first time in 12 months… It was so nice to be out on the water again with our ‘sea tank’, and we could feel that Melody was eager to satisfy us with her performance – and she sure did. She ran beautifully and we just could not get the smiles of our faces. Bliss… Why did it take so long…we moved the steering system below, we changed the controls, we rewired the motor / alternator, we changed…

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The last month or so has been filled with exciting times, from cooking our first meal on Melody, which was shared with Janneman and Robyn, and the happiness of our first coffee on board! Bachelor parties, the arrival of my brother, Philip and his wife Julie, home from Madrid for Christmas. Two wonderful weddings, one being Wilhelm’s sister, Lizanne to Dawid in the little Karoo town of Matjiesfontein. The long and anticipated return of Kate and Rufus from Zambia! Rufus, Wilhlem and Melody’s Birthdays and Christmas. All these celebrations have left little time for work on Melody. The good break…

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Tuesday 20 December was a fantastic day for all. Not only is it Rufus and Wilhelm’s birthday but this year it marked Melody’s one year anniversary as our boat.  We decided to celebrate the occasion with an official reunion/birthday snoek braai at the Gordon’s Bay Angling Club, in front of Melody’s mooring at Harbour Island. Our families and close friends joined us and the evening was filled with lots of laughter and happy stories of the few months spent apart in Zambia and S.A. Its great to chill together again! Kate First published on offtheline.co.za

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It is amazing how a fresh coat of paint and a few wooden trims can transform a space and tie up months of hard work. During the past week the newly constructed saloon settees were painted and dry-fitted in place. What an improvement!On Saturday and Sunday the fiddle around the galley top and the shelf trims were fabricated and fitted. The joinery would not have been possible without Greg’s radial arm saw. The resulting hairline mitre joints were well worth the effort of slogging the saw down to the boat – thanks Greg! The fact that all the trims were…

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Wow….what a weekend! On Friday afternoon the diesel tanks were finally sealed up – It won’t be long now before the 80hp Fomoco roars back to life! Revelling in our achievement we decided to push on with the saloon bunks and ended up camping out on old Melody after watching some live music at Bertie’s Mooring. Chris and Carla popped in for lunch on Saturday, which only added to our motivation. By late Sunday afternoon the saloon started to come together, with both the Port and Starboard settees in place. After tidying up we went for a celebratory beer at…

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