Redbopeep: All sensible comment as usual. The mooring area I'm in is surrounded by $6M houses but there have been no complaints about me or my yacht, even when I was working on her for 18 weeks straight. I'm unobtrusive and don't abuse what freedoms remain. There are four people on the waiting list for moorings in the area but I doubt that this is a significant factor in their decision.
Simply getting a clean done isn't possible before I arrive in Sydney in 6 weeks. Contractors in Sydney are notoriously unreliable and this was outlined to the maritime authority in my initial response. I also pointed out that the hull had been cleaned from a dinghy to a depth of 450mm below the surface before I left so they must be noticing recent growth, except maybe at the heel under the helm which was unreachable.
There's also a financial consideration. Even if I could find someone to do the job at short notice, the standard charge is upwards of $500 and this would be required at least quarterly due to the heavy growth in the area. My sole income is from an estate, which has recently been challenged. Income has dropped to subsistent levels due to the administrators having to pay legal fees and accountants, and I just spent a large chunk of change on a house in NZ leaving me with severely depleted reserves. I was living well within my means but the income suddenly went down to half of normal 8 weeks ago and is likely to continue in that vein for the unforseeable future.
It's tough but I'll muddle through it.
"The cure for anything is salt water... sweat, tears, or the sea" -- Isak Dinesen
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