Holding tank monitors, hatch covers. Check! Just two more on the to do list before summer break.

Do you sometimes feel overworked? This is how it feels in our household lately, especially when this Sunday we decided to get going and give it a good push on two projects. It started with *V* who wanted to focus her entire energy on our hatch covers. Let me tell you, sunbrella was flying, and she got intimate with her sewing machine, the thread etc… By the end of the day we had 6 of the 8 covers made, fitted and installed. Not a small job, even if it looks easy once done, and if you wish to duplicate this work, estimate 2 per day. May be if I can sweet talk *V* she might provide us with a summary of what she learned on this subject. Subsequently, we gained respect for the canvas maker, for the time they take in making your sail bag and certainly a better understanding of the price they charge!

On my side, I tackled the holding tank monitor: One tank was clean and empty the other one was not. I made my usual assumption that two hours should be sufficient! But as usual that was wrong! For it took closer to four hours before I was entirely done…

The first hurdle is that you need to find 12volt nearby, then a spot to put the screen itself and then easy part the install.

Did you say messy boat!

It got to the point that when we had one of our neighbour come and say hello we couldn’t sit anywhere.

To top it all up, in the middle of all this we made a run for the pump out and cleaned the second holding tank. We can now say we are all pretty and shinny inside and out. Yet, another system we have learned to know well.

Once calibrated and tested we reassembled the starboard side and are happy to report no leak, even the vent line is working as planned. I have included these two pictures for future reference, and to show how beautiful 2 clean holding tanks look like. We have to have something to show for all that hard work.

Now we just need to receive the red magic plug and we will be firing on all “cylinders”.

Then, it was time for a nice dinner the four of us in the cockpit, relaxation and good laughs around the table is always welcome, with a bit of chance summer might be here to stay? Anyhow, we certainly are ready, just two more bigger projects.

*V* for all your effort and perseverance with all these covers, I offer you today 2 islands 151st and 152nd, Oh isn’t that romantic?  These will be the next time we have to open those boards to look at those beasts.

The Kermadec islands.

Polynesian people settled the Kermadec Islands in around the 14th century (and perhaps previously in the 10th century), but when Europeans reached the area in 1788 they found no inhabitants. The islands were named for the French captain Jean-Michel Huon de Kermadec, who visited the islands as part of the d’Entrecasteaux expedition in the 1790s. European settlers, initially the Bell family, lived on the islands from the early nineteenth century until 1937, as did whalers. One of the Bell daughters, Elsie K. Morton, recounted the family’s experience there in her memoir, Crusoes of Sunday Island.

The Station comprises a government meteorological and radio station, and a hostel for Department of Conservation officers and volunteers, that has been maintained since 1937. It lies on the northern terraces of Raoul Island, at an elevation of about 50 m (160 ft), above the cliffs of Fleetwood Bluff. It is the northernmost inhabited outpost of New Zealand.

The islands are a volcanic
island arc, formed at the convergent boundary where the Pacific Plate subducts under the Indo-Australian Plate. The subducting Pacific Plate created the Kermadec Trench, an 8 km deep submarine trench, to the east of the islands. The islands lie along the undersea Kermadec Ridge, which runs southwest from the islands towards the North Island of New Zealand and northeast towards Tonga (Kermadec-Tonga Arc).

The four main islands are the peaks of volcanoes that rise high enough from the seabed to project above sea level. There are several other volcanoes in the chain that do not reach sea level, but form seamounts with between 65 and 1500 m of water above their peaks. Monowai Seamount, with a depth of 120 m over its peak, is midway between Raoul Island and Tonga. 100 km south of L’Esperance Rock is the little-explored Star of Bengal Bank, probably with submarine volcanoes.

Further south are the South Kermadec Ridge Seamounts, the southernmost of which, Rumble IV Seamount, is just 150 km North of the North Island of New Zealand. The ridge eventually connects to White Island in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, at the northern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The islands experience many earthquakes from plate movement and volcanism.

Raoul and Curtis are both active volcanoes. The volcanoes on the other islands are currently inactive, and the smaller islands are the eroded remnants of extinct volcanoes.

2 Comment

  1. How dod you guys settle on *this particular* monitor?

    s/v Eolian

  2. Hello Bob,

    We did consulting the practical sailor review, our dock neighbors that have just installed one and one that had it for few years and finally price availability.

    Hope that help.

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