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Annual Maintenance and Survey Haulout in Nelson.

Yesterday on the high tide Strannik was hauled out of the water for its annual maintenance and survey on the Caldwell slip in the Port of Nelson. Fortunately, our list of annual maintenance jobs is not too long, it includes antifouling the hull and treating the propeller with “Prop Speed” , a product that gives us better fuel efficiency. The hull was washed down last night and today painters began preparing the hull for the new coat of antifoul paint. Strannik is "in survey" under the Italian (RINA) rules. A RINA surveyor will come from Australia at the weekend and will check a whole range of equipment and fixtures and on Monday when we go back into the water will undertake sea trials before issuing a certificate of compliance for another year.

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Fiordland in May 2022

We farewelled our guests at Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound this morning (Sunday 15th May). It has been an exceptionally successful 10 day expedition with multiple landings and small boat excursions every day. The weather has been kind with very little time lost because of rain. The group was particularly interested in the human history of the fiords and so we focused a lot on that. After farewelling them, we headed for Nelson up the west coast. It is a little over 420 nm and we expect to arrive Tuesday evening. The forecast is good and the sea conditions are ideal. We will haul Strannik out of the water at Port of Nelson for annual maintenance and survey.

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Fiordland never disappointments… our journey continues.

On this journey we are making our way north from Preservation Inlet to Doubtful Sound. The last few days have been spent in Dusky Sound .. so much to see and so much to do here you almost need a lifetime. We have crammed a lot in, making most of the good weather. We have made multiple landings including, Astronomers Point, Indian Island, Luncheon Cove, Pigeon Island, Supper Cove and this morning at Herrick Creek in Wet Jacket Arm. Tonight we will be at the head of Vancouver Arm in Breaksea Sound. We have enjoyed some great walks. This morning some of the group walked into Moose Lake, in Wet Jacket Arm, where the last Moose in Fiordland was shot in 1952. We have also enjoyed fresh cod for dinner.

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Fiordland 2022

We are back in Fiordland, a destination we know and love intimately.  We have a “friends and family charter” which started in Preservation Inlet a couple days ago.  After a magnificent flight in by helicopter to the head of Long Sound the group has enjoyed, The fascinating relics of the Tarawera Smelter, the hospitality (from the lodge caretakers) and history of Cromarty and the Goldfields, a walk to the Puysegur Point lighthouse, a fossick around in Cuttle Cove, the site of NZ’s first land based whaling station, a scramble to the remains of the Morning Star Gold Stamping Battery and the history of the pre European skirmishes  by the feuding Maori tribes. As I write this we are in Chalky Inlet before heading north to Dusky Sound. 

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Blumine Island

We are back in the Marlborough Sounds and it feels good. We arrived at midday today from Lyttelton and are scheduled to start our first expedition from Picton tomorrow. We have a great team on board and are looking forward to exploring this labyrinth of waterways with so many exciting things to do and see.  We spent a quiet afternoon at Blumine Island, enjoyed a great walk to the gun emplacements. The birdlife was special.    

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