2004 Feb 16: Bay of Islands, back to ADAGIO's builder

The weather cooperated and we motored ADAGIO before daylight to the boat ramp in Opua. On February 16 at low tide and in dead calm conditions, the house moving truck transported ADAGIO from her high-and-dry perch on the marina’s launch ramp, through the marine industrial complex at Opua, to the boatyard of Allan Legge. It was an interesting experience, being able to see into the second story windows of the offices from my vantage point inside ADAGIO’s saloon. I was a little concerned when we came to a sharp right turn, with very little extra room to port or starboard. But the truck driver performed his magic. I heard extra gears and gizmos being engaged. The trailer and boat safely cleared three inches next to the down spout on the rain gutter of the building to port. Somehow we negotiated the right angle turn and glided into Allan Legge’s boat yard. Once again I was amazed at the precise navigation by the driver of this gigantic truck. ADAGIO was carefully inserted between a boat which was up on its cradle to starboard and the boat shed to port, with about 6 inches of clearance to the boat and exactly enough space between ADAGIO and the building so that the door of the building could swing open without scratching ADAGIO’s topsides.

Our boat builder was immediately aboard, going over our work list, making suggestions and clarifying details. He assigned one of his expert consultants to begin examining our damaged mini-keel. Brian the cabinetry expert soon came aboard to look at the areas of veneer that needed another coat of varnish. They kept Steve and me hopping, and Steve continued non-stop providing more details and information.

In early April Steve supervised the re-installation of our boom, which had been back to its maker Reef-Rite receiving several new features and upgrades. ADAGIO now has new “eyebrow” awnings, which were designed to block the sun from the front windows and give us an added handrail while going forward from the cockpit and a hand rail and a place to clip on our tethers when working on the foredeck. New hardware was installed in the cockpit for sail tuning lines, and our new boom vang would arrive soon. The interior floors had been re-painted with non-skid paint, to keep our carpets from slipping, and to provide sure footing if we for some reason needed to take up the carpets. The mylar window film that blocks the UV light and some radiant heat was replaced. The weather had been perfect for working on the boat. For that we were grateful.

By the first week of March, all continued to go well. We were slower in completing the boat tasks than hoped. The work was first-rate, but we did not get ADAGIO back in the water at full moon high tide when planned. Steve was working almost to exhaustion every day, in spite of having a bad cold. Surrounding landowners were taking advantage of a patch of fine weather to do open burning. I was becoming more and more allergic to smoke, and of course there were many pollen-producing flowers in our garden.

Enjoying our BOI house for the last time

I remained at our house every day, preparing for its sale and sorting through our belongings. The weather cooperated. I planted numerous flowering plants, just before the rain gave them a good soaking. I sold our Laser sailboat to a young brother and sister and our wind surfer to an athletic young mother of two toddlers. We gave many clothes and our prescription medications which were nearing their expiration dates to our cruising friends Alan and Martha to take to the people on the islands of Vanuatu where they are setting up medical facilities. Other clothes went to the Opportunity Shop in Russell. The books that we did not keep we gave to our house sitters who are home schooling their children. They also bought our car and the furniture that we did not put in storage. So all in all, the process of choosing which belongings to keep and which to sell or give away was mostly painless.

On February 27, dolphins swam into our bay for the third time in a week. We were expecting the remains of a cyclone to pass over us on the weekend. The weather was beautiful. My windows were filled with views of sparkling waters, gracefully sailing boats, birds, sunshine, a full moon and stars. So I had no complaints. I listened to many hours of New Zealand radio, so was up to date on local issues.

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