After having the floor boards sanded down, Wilhelm and I slogged them back to Melody to do a dry fit. Replacing the boards was more like putting a puzzle together and required a little sawing here and a little planing there, before accomplishing the nice snug fit we were after. Having the boards returned transformed her interior and gave us an awesome glimpse of what she’ll be looking like in a couple of weeks time. After all the excitement we regretted having to haul them all out again and take them back to the workshop, where we gave them a…

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Well it’s been a while, and over the last few weeks it has been another challenging time over at old Melodious. Lifting the floor boards left our lady looking a little less then pleasant and the discovery that the diesel tanks needed to be cleaned and repainted, due to a built up of gunk, was a little blow to our morale. After an amazing trip away with friends to the North of the country, we returned feeling rejuvenated and ready for the under floor challenge. With help from Bobby, we managed to have the tanks nicely cleaned and Wilhelm was…

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The corner at the entrance to the galley was chamfered and it work out so damn well, that it had to be done on the other side too – Thanks Ruf! The lights in the galley and in Rufus and Kate’s cabin were installed and the whole saloon was given a top coat, enabling us to finally install the radio and  speakers. The sound of the fuzzy radio was pretty awesome but next time we’ll be sure to bring along some decent tunes. The party is getting started!  Wil First published on offtheline.co.za 1. Saloon.  2. Chamfered corner.  3. Speaker and Radio  4.…

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It was back to work this weekend and with the new addition to our crew, Kärcher aka The Hungry Kanarie, plenty was done! New shelving was added alongside the pilot berth and both the salt water and fresh water pumps were dry fitted in the galley. All the recent add-ons were given a couple of layers of primer and are ready for top coat. The floor boards have been removed and taken to the workshop and we’re looking forward to their return. The “Kanarie” was put to good use and we gave the entire boat a thorough and well deserved…

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The weather last weekend was absolutely incredible and in perfect  timing for one of the first weekends we’ve given ourselves off in a while. Wilhelm enjoyed three days of sailing with Joe and Nigel in the Spring Regatta on a 24ft Flameca, while I soaked up some Cape Town warmth. On Saturday evening we celebrated my 26th Birthday with friends on Clifton beach to a perfect sunset,  which was followed by a lively family lunch in Stellenbosch on Sunday. The galley is coming along nicely and after much thought we decided to redo the pilot berth in the saloon. The daunting…

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Over the last couple of days we have observed the “blinding whiteness” slowly creeping out of the cabins, making its way into the galley and navigation area. Recently a streak of whiteness was even spotted in the saloon – loving it!      Wil First published on offtheline.co.za

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When Pieter and Beth heard I was leaving to Zambia, to join Rufus, they decided to be extra awesome and throw a farewell braai! We want to say thank you to all our friends that made it (and to those who wanted to but couldn’t) and an even BIGGER thank you to the Pohl’s for all they did that night as well as their continuous support of Rufus and I, our team and the dream. Kate First published on offtheline.co.za 1. Wilhelm, Vivian, Kate, Carla, Chris  2. Pieter & Beth  3. Wilhelm & Viv  4. Carla & Chris  5. Pieter &…

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As you probably know, from Viv’s previous posts, Rufus has been working in Kitwe, Zambia since early June. After two months apart a dear friend gifted me a plane ticket so that I could join him on his “African adventure”. It all happened at the speed of light and less than a week later I arrived in Ndola, the closest town to Kitwe, with an airport. To say that Rufus and I were happy to see one another would be the understatement of the millennium – this was the best birthday gift I could have ever wished for! Thank you,…

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Finally the weather gave us a break, allowing us to get started on the galley. The utter excitement of this prospect motivated us to work at a whirlwind pace. When the dust had finally settled, there stood a structure vaguely resembling a kitchen. The hard work was rewarded by a visit from Chris and Carla who treated us to an awesome picnic on deck – LEGENDS. Wil First published on offtheline.co.za

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The ocean delivered in mighty fashion this past weekend, dishing up a 7m + westerly swell that curled into False Bay on Friday evening. Instead of signing up for another session of extreme carpentry, Vivian and I set off for Cape Town on Saturday morning in search of new mooring lines. Whilst browsing for lines we spotted some serious bling to pimp out the “old lady”. We returned from our excursion with shiny new door locks for the cabins, two stainless steel faucets and a stainless sink for the galley! Jumping with excitement we arrived at Harbour Island early on…

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Wilhelm miraculously managed to get some work done on Melody last weekend, amidst the celebrations of the boys’ 10 year school reunion and welcomed visits from Chris and Carla and Kevin at Harbour Island. I took a little break from boat-work and participated in a photographic workshop in the fabulous Jonkershoek Valley with Nicole and Eric Palmer. Rufus flashed down from Zambia for a couple of days and it was wonderful seeing him.  He brought his parents along to see old Melodious and it was awesome to hear about the amazing adventure he and Kate are having up there.  We…

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