FROM THE LOG
The Year of 2007
We arrived in New Zealand in November 2006. The weather was a shock after so many years in the Tropics. According to the Kiwis, they have 4 seasons in a day, which pretty well describes the climate.
When the sun is allowed to shine it is very hot. After all, the latitude corresponds to that of Sicily in the Northern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, however, the sun is not allowed to shine as much as we would like.
An other local saying is (when the weather happens to be nice): Just wait 5 minutes! The positive thing is that it often works the other way around also, even though the pretty weather again may last just for 5 minutes.
New Zealand is a country of magnificent scenery. We explored most of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf as explained in earlier reports.
After a while we installed wheels on the dinghy. When the tide went out there could be a 300 meter haul to get the dinghy into the sea again!
If I think that somebody tries to anchor too close to Scorpio, I may send Malla out on the fore deck looking like this (above left).
Before we vent on our annual vacation to Finland we undertook some major repairs and development on the boat and these projects continued after our return. These projects delayed us so much that we may not have the time to sail to the South Island as planned.
The biggest project was a complete over haul of the main diesel engine, but this escalated to several other related and unrelated subprojects.
On these photos you can see Scorpio on the hard in the Dockland 5 shipyard at Whangarei.
As is the case with most cruisers, one accumulates a lot of junk aboard and there will be a need to raise the waterline. Usually people don't bother to paint a new boot strip in that process. But the stripe is there for a reason, as can be detected from these 4 pictures above.
The most wonderful thing for us, in New Zealand, was the food. The vegetables and sea food are plentiful, excellent and affordable. Even though the exchange rate of the Kiwi dollar has climbed considerably in recent years, the prices of common produce are much lower than in Europe. And, as a special bonus, there is an abundance of vineyards with excellent labels - and again, at bargain prices!
We'll let the photos below speak for themselves.
On the photo above (right) Malla is trying on the shoes of Forrest Gump, when we passed through San Francisco on our annual trip to Finland. How right he was!
Scorpio logged a record low milage in 2007, but a second highest repair and development bill.
Next year there will hopefully be a lot of miles
under the keel and few
expenses. Fingers crossed and knock on wood!