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READY TO SAIL

As the vessel approached completion and berths were sold for the first voyage more people came on board to live and assist with final preparations. Sails were ordered from a sailmaker and when they finally arrived and were bent on the project finally seemed to be complete.

One of the important factors in setting the sailing date was the tide, as only at certain times of the year would there be sufficient water in the creek to enable the vessel to make the journey to the open sea. The work on board had now progressed to the stage where a sailing date could be decided upon. Ship's stores were ordered and subsequently delivered and stowed on board. An area aft of the lower saloon was arranged as a dry store area with shelving and bins, and deep freeze units with deep locker storage installed for frozen foods and meat. A small bond store was provided in the after peak and in front of this was the aft accommodation, the chart room was completed.

Before sailing the ship had to be given a new name and a port of registry. The name Merry was submitted but was unacceptable to the authorities, as was a list of other names submitted. Eventually the name Eye of the Wind, from Sir Peter Scott's book, was accepted and the vessel could be registered. In recognition of all the help given by the local people, her port of registry was given as Faversham.

It is difficult to say here, that at this period of time the conversion was complete, as there is always some new item to add or some improvement to make but, in October 1976, three years and eight months after her purchase Eye of the Wind was ready to sail to Australia. She again lived as a true sailing vessel.

 


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