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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 1-3-18

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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Code Blue – Update 9-13-18 Simrad Autopilot NAC-3 September 28, 2018

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Last night 9-16-18 there was a pretty good sunset.

Friends of sv Code Blue 9-13-18

We think we are close to resolution of our Simrad autopilot NAC-3 Computer after eight months or so starting back in New Zealand, install started Jan. 16, 2018. We came from Suva to Denarau to meet up with someone our Simrad tech/engineer had suggested and agreed to help. We got to Denarau on the west side and he was so busy he wasn’t able to help. We did anchor next to sv Barefoot, David and Roz, friends of ours when we arrived here. David agreed to let us connect our NAC-3 on his boat that had the same setup.

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Friends of S/V Code Blue 9-13-18 September 16, 2018

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Friends of S/V Code Blue 9-13-18

We think we are close to resolution of our Simrad autopilot NAC-3 Computer after eight months or so starting back in New Zealand, install started Jan. 16, 2018. We came from Suva to Denarau to meet up with someone our Simrad tech/engineer had suggested and agreed to help. We got to Denarau on the west side and he was so busy he wasn’t able to help. We did anchor next to sv Barefoot, David and Roz, friends of ours when we arrived here.

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