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Code Blue Update – Old News! June 18, 2019

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We spent almost six weeks in the Sydney Harbour area and had a great time. On Sunday 4-21-19 we took a trip to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains about 1 1/2 hours by train.  Sunday is the maximum charge of $2.80 total or so all day long on trains, buses and ferries.  We hiked around quite a bit.  There is a view point called the Three Sisters.  This view point location had several hundred tourists, maybe into the thousand mark.  Luckily, not near as many chose to hike the trails in the area.  On the way back the train was packed to the gills with the aisles filled to the brim.  A younger couple gave up their seats designated as senior/handicap to us.   Recently we did a tour of the Sydney Opera House, Governor’s House, and a tour of Sydney’s Town Hall.  We’re becoming quite the local tourists waiting for the ram part to return. 

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Sydney Opera House

While we were there we received our repaired hydraulic ram from UK on 4-23-19 under warranty and no extra charges for getting through customs.  We hope this will finally solve our autopilot problems! It came a day early and we picked it up by taking our boat back to Rose Bay Marina, about a five mile trip each way.  By the time we got back to our anchorage in Blackwattle Bay several more boats had come in and we lost our convenient location to the dinghy dock and are a much cozier group of boats as there is a line limit border that determines our available anchorage.  We’re in about 11 feet of water and I set a kellet (Anchor Buddy) weight down with 50 feet of chain out to keep from swinging more that we have room for.  This is a more protected anchorage than Rose Bay and closer to the downtown area of Sydney.

We’re back at Scarborough Marina near Brisbane and will try to get a little more caught up with our blog.  Sometimes the boat projects just take over!

Hawaii by Air & Trip to Sydney from Scarborough April 6, 2019

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Sea Turtle in Hawaii – This was at Black Sand beach near our condo we stayed at in Hawaii on big island.

Code Blue Update – 4/5/19

We signed up to head to Hawaii via air for 18 days to use up condo points with Vacation Internationale, left January 31st.  Kona mostly but other places on the big island and Oahu.  Back on 18th Feb.  Flights were Brisbane to Hawaii and back.  This renewed our three month Australia visa also.

2-5-19  Still in Kailua Kona.  Did a dive for 45 min.   Came out due to getting dark.  Changed dive site earlier.  Dive camera is working.  Fish didn’t want their picture taken for the most part, I was moving to fast.  Visibility 40-60 ft.  Lots of fish.

2-8-19  Today, Drove up to visitor center at Mauna Kea the big mountain to 9,200 foot level.  About freezing at this level.  Top is 13,796 feet.  Astronomy tour, free, they used to do 7pm to 10pm here has been put off for 6 months due to parking lot construction enlargement.  Astronomy tour at the top is $200 per person and you need a good 4WD vehicle to get there.  No tour space until 20th or so for that one.  We leave to Oahu on 14th or so.   Brakes got searing hot so we parked about 1/2 hour to let them cool in the cold winds, 1/2 way down the access road.  Rental car automatic does not have a lower gear of much.  Drive and Drive S, is all.

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Code Blue – Sidney Fireworks and Pursuit Races January 2, 2019

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Fireworks Opera House – View from our location and lots of fireworks.

Code Blue – Sidney Fireworks and Pursuit Races

Code Blue Blog Update 1-3-19

We couldn’t make it to Sidney for the New Years Eve Fireworks by boat due to weather/wind so drove to Sidney by car from our boat in Scarborough Marina. About a 10 to 12 hour ride depending on which way you went and stops for gas and such. We thought we would be watching from the roof of a hotel as part of the room fee. But there was an additional fee and tickets were sold out that we didn’t know about. Our back up plan was to join the hoard of people at the parks and such. We picked a spot near the ferry landing with views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. While waiting there was sunshine and rain. They had a fly over at 7pm. Not too exciting with 2 planes with smoke trails flying in circles. At 9pm they do a fireworks display for the kids, then at midnight for those that stay late.

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Code Blue Update – Christmas Eve Day December 24, 2018

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Code Blue Update – Christmas Eve Day

Thought I’d send this out as a blog update 12-24-18

Recent completion jobs:

1) Finally got our new bilge switch installed thanks to some help from Phil a boater friend. They don’t sell the old mercury switches that were very dependable anymore due to environmental reasons. So we’ve moved on to a pneumatic switch type that is out of the bilge, with a bell cup of air and a tube in the bilge that relays with air in tube to the switch when to turn on and off.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year – The Future has Arrived December 23, 2018

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Sidney Fireworks

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year – The Future has Arrived

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From s/v Code Blue, Dec 14th, 2018

Thought I’d send the enclosed, an item from a friend, and enclose a bit of a Christmas letter with some recent pictures. We’re in Scarborough Marina, Australia, about 45 mins. north of Brisbane. We’ve got a few things to fix on the boat but things are coming along. Garmin is sending me a new radar antenna, not as a Christmas gift. Watermaker needs a new pump/switch part that we have on the boat as a spare. We’re making our way down to Sidney is the plan. Maybe in time for the New Years Eve fireworks show one of the biggest in the world they say.

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Code Blue Update 11-23-18 — Australia November 2018 November 24, 2018

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A recent sunset after a rain here at the marina.

Autopilot Update, things are still working great. The new ram solved the main problem getting things to work as they should. The ram mount loosened up some after the fourth day of sailing from New Caledonia to Australia (6 day passage) and developed starboard steering lurching from heavier winds for a while but I snugged up the nuts under the mounting plate, has done the trick. Paul on Tululah Ruby lll gave me this suggestion at the rally in Bundaberg, as they had the same problem on their boat.

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Code Blue-Bundaberg-AU Anchorage 11-4-18 November 4, 2018

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Code Blue-Bundaberg-AU Anchorage 11-4-18

We made it into Bundaberg, AU at the anchorage next to the marina by 5:24pm on Sunday 4th Nov 2018 Noumea, New Caledonia local time which is 4:24pm local Bundaberg time. Left on the 29th at 5pm so basically 6 days of sailing.

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Code Blue Update 10-30-18 – Transit to Australia & AP Working October 30, 2018

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We got delivery of a new ram for our autopilot from Precision Marine Services in Rhode Island. In talking to Dave there he didn’t think a new solenoid coil would help much. We were able to borrow one from Al on Irie II and it also got hot and didn’t seem to help. In talking to Dave he thought we had pump problems in the ram. It was too old, now 15 years, for parts needed.

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Code Blue 10-07-18 — 2nd Mahi mahi, 192 NM from Fiji October 7, 2018

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Blog Update

Caught another Mahi mahi 44″, 18+ lbs on Sat. 10-6-18. This one was bigger Judy says but the scale still says 18lbs same as the last one but this was way thicker steaks and 3 1/2 inches longer. Much cleaner cockpit by handling different in the boat. Used our hook to bring in to boat, as net is too small for these bigger fish. We need to use up fresh fruits, veggies, meat and seeds before New Cal.

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Code Blue Update Status 10-03-18 PT – Fiji to New Caledonia Transit October 4, 2018

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Code Blue Update Status 10-03-18 PT – Fiji to New Caledonia Transit

We think Nexus Ram solenoid coil has a short in it causing to heat up and not work. and provide “No Rudder Response” alarm to Simrad AP44 controller. Electrician found 190 F got to, then stops working. Finally found something that makes sense to solve autopilot problem going on since Jan 2018. Found a Nexus part dealer in Rhode Island for $86.43 then ship coil to Bundaberg, AU plus shipping cost. Will use Hydrovane windvane and auxiliary Raymarine ST2000+, tiller autopilot Hope to leave in couple days from Vuda Point Marina, Fiji. Discovered watermaker was leaking a bit, 1/4 cup an hour, Dealer worked on and returned last night about 5pm. Checked on his work bench for couple of hours, no leaks. Replaced some O-rings 2ea x 3″, 4ea x 1″ smaller ones at head area of Clark pump.

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