The massive swell that pushed around Cape Point this past weekend made for a challenging work environment. Extreme carpentry – let’s go. By the way, spirit levels are for amateurs and c’mon, what’s the fun in trying to dip a paint brush in a stationary tin of paint. We still managed to finish the carpentry in the cabins bar a few wooden trims. The cabin floor boards arrived back from Leon (he’s a ‘real’ carpenter) and they are looking awesome. He fixed them up for free! Stoked!  Another weekend sniffing paint should see us finally completing the cabins – then…

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We said a sad farewell to Kate this week. She was given the amazing opportunity to go up to Zambia and join Rufus. We’re super stoked for them and are looking forward to their return towards the end of the year. Back at harbour Island, some serious work was done over the long weekend. The cabins are really beginning to come together – loads of sanding was done and a good amount of paint fumes were inhaled. The sunny weather brought us numerous welcomed visitors. On Saturday Jan popped in for a beer but performed a miraculous Houdini before his…

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Wilhelm and I went on an adventure tour this past Saturday in search of  lights for the cabins. The entire morning was spent in two shops alone but eventually a couple of lights were bought. On Sunday we managed to put up a revolving light in our cabin, which to my delight, worked far better than I had expected. The aim was to do more but a surprise visit from my parents and a first time visit from Wilhelm’s concluded all work for the day. The rest of the afternoon was spent eating prawns at the local restaurant and sipping…

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After taking some time off  to re-adjust to all the recent changes, which was prolonged by numerous miserable winter weekends, we finally got back into gear and decided to start giving Melody some long deserved attention.  The weather decided to co-operate in spectacular fashion over the past weekend and we were spoilt with winter sunshine as we worked away on getting our cabins nearer to completion.  It was an AWESOME weekend (with the exception of a missing Rufus). Viv First published on offtheline.co.za

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Wow it’s been a while and man have there been some interesting things happening over the last month or so. After resigning from my job in Cape Town at the end of April, in the belief that we would be departing in May, it was clear that we had all been a little optimistic. Things on old Melodious were not going as smoothly as we had hoped and our constant battle with time and finances was killing all of our motivation for our amazing project. Things had to change quickly if we wanted our dream to ever materialize. So we began…

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The imminent arrival of heavy rain on Monday made sealing the windows a priority. The painful hard work put in by Kate and Rufus over the weekend ensured that we now have a dry boat – something we are all very thankful for and happy about. Wilhelm worked away on our scoop moulds and the new morse control which, after installation, will make Melody mobile again after months of being confined to the harbour. In an attempt to make our boat look a little more presentable, Mini-Melody (our tender) was rescued from drowning and used to manoeuvre around the side…

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The boys moved into a new workshop last week and we decided  a celebratory braai was required. We all met there after work on Monday for the braai on our soon to be boat-braai and had plenty of laughs as Rufus showed us some funky dance moves and Wilhelm transformed into a ‘scoop’ horned buck thing – Entertainment for the week 🙂  Viv First published on offtheline.co.za

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Ruf spent the weekend preparing for the installation of the new water tanks which should be ready by the end of the week! Bloody good job, the bilge is looking sweet! Most of the components for the DC distribution board have been sourced. The next step is to send the panel drawings off for laser cutting. The alluminium panel will then be anodised black and all the components mounted in position. Below are a few pics of Wilhelm with his components, what the finished product hopefully will resemble and a drawing for laser cutting. Wil First published on offtheline.co.za

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The long weekend got off to a good start, with the cabins nearing completion. The sanding and painting is almost done! Next step: cabin doors and, finally, the mattresses. Rufus is currently working on molds for the new plastic water tanks, as the original steel tanks were removed due to age. Wilhelm is in charge of the electrics and wiring etc so soon the boat will be operational! Kate First published on offtheline.co.za Photos: Viv and Wilhelm sanding their cabin / Ruf in the storage holds below our bed / Kate in a storage hold ready to mark out the…

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After completing the majority of the structure in both cabins, this week we bought our first layer of internal paint, a lovely reward after all the hard work the boys have been putting in. Over the weekend lots of sanding, filling and painting was done and we ended the weekend in high spirits with a visit from Janneman and Robyn and an awesome evening at Bertie’s Mooring, the local restaurant/pub at the end of the jetty.  Viv First published on offtheline.co.za

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Chris and Carla came along to help this Saturday bearing gifts of ice cold Darling Brew – they are our favourite people in the world. After a long day of stripping the heads and working away at our cabins the beers were thoroughly enjoyed on deck on a beautiful summers evening.  Hint: Cold beers are always welcome!   Viv First published on offtheline.co.za

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