We planned to slip the mooring lines and leave Perth forever sometime in May. There were a few little maintenance items that needed to be attended to and then we would ‘Putter off into the Sunset’… That was the original plan.
We took ‘Opal Lady’ to Fremantle to have her bottom cleaned and engine serviced, and aside from our also moving out of the house at the same time, Neon (family cat) going in to the Kattery and moving the ‘Son who won’t leave’ down to his student housing, it all went well. The Murphey Gauge (it’s job is to report what is going on in the engine) decided not to work, so it was sent away for a stern talking to and was refitted a week later.
Peter had a DiCaprio moment while we were bringing ‘Opal Lady’ back to Mindarie. Life is good.
The plan was to fit the new solar panel, have the hydraulic oil for the steering topped up and then off we would go.
Unfortunately the work on the hydraulic steering system found a bigger problem with the rudder.