ROAM's Rigged

So I guess now we are officially cruisers?  We have no fixed plans, enjoying exploring new places and letting the weather dictate our moves.  

The rig is in, sails have been measured up and we have been sailing with a jib we have borrowed from Dave on Kavahla.  

It all went down on the 14th October at Savages Wharf in Williamstown without a hitch.  Ando and Matt from All Yacht Spars are pro's, Josh from Savages wharf runs an awesome set up and organised a crane more than up for the job.

The trip from Tassie to Melbourne turned out way better than we had hoped.  This time of year finding a weather window in Bass Strait can be a challenge.  In the end we managed to spend 5 awesome days which made the delivery a trip all in itself.  Larissa has been writing about her experience's and sharing some photos and we have been taking some video which Andy will edit and share at a later date so I will keep this post brief. 

The mast on AYS's transport trailer with the crane in the backgournd.  Ando runs through how he wants the operation to proceed with the crane operator and dogman.   

The mast on AYS's transport trailer with the crane in the backgournd.  Ando runs through how he wants the operation to proceed with the crane operator and dogman.   

The mast upended from AYS's trailer and lifted directly to ROAM.  Having a crane with plenty of hook height and radius made for an easy lift.

The mast upended from AYS's trailer and lifted directly to ROAM.  Having a crane with plenty of hook height and radius made for an easy lift.

Set down.  The mast is landed out on the step and the forestay is pinned off.  Halyards are then used to tie back and align the rig while the shrouds are measured and terminated.  The crane is left connected as a safety until the cap shrouds are pinned off and tensioned.  

Set down.  The mast is landed out on the step and the forestay is pinned off.  Halyards are then used to tie back and align the rig while the shrouds are measured and terminated.  The crane is left connected as a safety until the cap shrouds are pinned off and tensioned.  

Rob Meizer from Ullman Sydney came down and completed the measure up for the sails.  The time spent to do the physical measure up rather than building the sails off the drawings will make for the best fit and easy use of ROAM's sail wardrobe.   

Rob Meizer from Ullman Sydney came down and completed the measure up for the sails.  The time spent to do the physical measure up rather than building the sails off the drawings will make for the best fit and easy use of ROAM's sail wardrobe.   

Kavahla's old jib getting some more sea miles in as ROAM sails for the first time.  Cheers Dave letting us borrow it.  It will keep some hours off our engines while our sails are made up.

Kavahla's old jib getting some more sea miles in as ROAM sails for the first time.  Cheers Dave letting us borrow it.  It will keep some hours off our engines while our sails are made up.

ROAM in the big smoke.  Once the rig was on we spent the weekend in Docklands at Melbourne City Marina settling into the cruising lifestyle and catching up with friends.  

ROAM in the big smoke.  Once the rig was on we spent the weekend in Docklands at Melbourne City Marina settling into the cruising lifestyle and catching up with friends.  

We have since made our way to Geelong and plan to get some surf in and around Torquay before figuring out where we want to stop off next.