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... sand until we were in the main part of town. There were plenty of nice looking cafés and restaurants to choose from on the beachfront and we both enjoyed delicious barramundi for lunch.
Thursday evening we met one of my high school friends Vanessa Dunn (née Helman) and her husband, Greg for drinks and dinner at the Yacht Club. We had not seen each other since shortly after leaving school so we had plenty to catch up on.
Friday morning we ...
... overdrive. Cue perhaps my least dignified adventure wee so far - squatting behind Bertha with street lights illuminating my **** like it was the full moon. The Gold Coast was fun. It reminded me of Florida and we embraced this by purchasing passes for Movie World, Sea World and the Wet and Wild water park. We spent two days roaring on rollercoasters, peering at polar bears and whizzing down waterslides. Wet and Wild, as seen in the ...
... is approx 10% of the vans overall weight of approximately 2200kg loaded), so I decided it had to go back on and also added a removable bike rack. Once fully loaded I'll play with things again to fine tune it. I also had the fortune of finding some used "clearview" mirrors on gumtree. After some wheeling and dealing, I picked them up from Brisbane. I had an auto electrician come in and check the 240v system on the van as ...
... so. And that we did, until we made it to an auto-transmission specialist in the Gold Coast. He looked at it and diagnosed the problem (very different to the other mechanics) within a few minutes. He believed it to be a solenoid problem that should be easily repaired in a day or two. Of course at a cost, but not as high as we had first anticipated. Thank goodness. We then found our way to the Southport Tourist Park.......another story in itself! But, for now, time for a ...
... managed to try & repair the old spinnaker as a spare, make new venting cylinders for the hatched, washed everything in sight and cleaned the boat from top to bottom so its gleaming.
We took Sagata up to Boat Works, up the Kumera river, and had her on the hard for anti fouling & cleaning the bottom. We managed to impress the locals by doing the anti foul in 1 day. It was a messy job ...
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