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  • Date Posted: May 4, 2020

September 8th, 2018.  Our transit from Vanuatu to Australia was relatively uneventful (although I did have to shut down the main engine once [mid transit] to change out a torn stabilizer belt).  Generally though, the seas were manageable with a favourable current.  By the numbers; burning 755 gals for 1118 nautical miles, we averaged 1.40 miles per gallon which is actually our best yet!  Julie and I had dived the hull prior to leaving Vanuatu – and combined with the current, we often saw 10.7 knots!  The mood onboard was one of relaxed efficiency on a well-oiled machine.  We were enjoying the calm and Zen of it all.  As we approached the Great Barrier Reef, perhaps 6 hours out, I was disturbed by this deafening sound.  It was getting louder and louder, (like a Freight Train), and the unnatural noise caused a dump of adrenalin coursing through my body.  I ran out the Starboard door, and managed a glimpse upward, just outside my periphery vision.  A 4-engined Turbo-prop aircraft screaming past, right over-head, so low – it was if I could have touched it.

The event stopped me dead in my tracks.  As the plane was climbing back up into the air, I regained my composure and ran inside to tell Julie about it.  Mid-way through my delivery, the VHF broke in “INFINITY, INFINITY, INFINITY, this is the Australian Border Control X-ray, Bravo, Oscar, Uniform, over”  I picked up the mic at the Galley repeater station and answered the call.  The ABF had been expecting me (through my email communication from Vanuatu), and were just checking up on who was about to enter Australian waters.  I am still left with this feeling of professionalism, and awe, with the ABF.  Welcome to Australia!

 

 

We threaded our way through the Great Barrier Reef over-night, and tied up at Mackay Customs dock at 1730.  (Exactly when ABF was closing for the night).  Unfortunately, this was September 9th, 2018 – our 30th Wedding Anniversary.  ❤️  We could see and hear the festivities of modern society, but we could not join in.  We could not leave the vessel until cleared by Australian customs.  Not to worry, we counted our blessings for a quick, smooth and safe passage from Vanuatu, and really, what more could a cruiser ask for?

Our check-in into the country of Australia went smoothly, (visited by several agents and their dogs), and about 4 hours later, we were finally provided with an Australian Control Permit – good for a year.  We let go the ropes and headed up North, to Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach – the launch pad into the Whitsunday Islands.

 

 

 

 

AIRLIE BEACH

Ropes on, all secure at Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach.  Seems both nostalgic and a bit weird that Julie and I are back here again.  We first visited Airlie Beach 30 years ago.  We were living in England at the time, and had back-packed our way through NZ, Australia and south east Asia.  We certainly didn’t have much at that time, and now felt a proud moment that we were visiting again in our own yacht.  Sometimes, you get these reasurances from life that you must be doing something right.

 

 

all secure at O-28 slip, at Abell Point Marina

 

 

As we were approaching Australia, Julie and I would often talk about what we were going to do when we got there.  I spent hours describing how we would spend our days sailing, paddle-boarding, and diving the Great Barrier Reef.  Julie asked about sharks, and I quickly assured her that there was nothing to be worried or concerned about.

 

 

Oh, how wrong I was…

The same week we arrived Australia, there were 3 shark attacks!  I didn’t know what to say 😬

As our time in Australia was unfolding, we were becoming aware of the other natural predators out to get ya.  If the sharks didn’t spoil your day, the Box Jellyfish would!  The threat of salt water Crocs loomed.  And of course we were moored in an area which is exposed to Cyclone Season, so that was also a concern.  It became apparent why Australians have a reputation as tough, hardy souls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2019, there were also many Tropical Cyclone warnings.

 

 

 

But, it’s not all gloom and doom!  😀

The town of Airlie Beach is the region’s central hub and has had some major development in the last 30 years.  Right in the heart of the town is this splendid public pool and recreation facility.  We spent days there, lounging around the beach & pool areas, and visiting the shops, cafe’s and restaurants.  All this, just a few minutes walk along the boardwalk from the Marina.  I could certainly get used to this!

 

Beautiful fresh, clean, cool pool

 

 

Anchorage – along the walk-way to Airlie Beach town center.  Accessed by several Beach areas.

 

 

Coral Sea Hotel lounge area

 

 

Coral Sea Hotel pool.

 

 

Everywhere you turn, you have to be mindful of geckos and other creatures underfoot. The wildlife is everywhere. This little guy wedged himself between our outboard motor bracket. Julie rescued him, and we put him in some cool water to think about his next move.

 

 

 

WHITSUNDAYS

The Whitsunday Islands are located on the northeast coast of Queensland, and are considered the central jumping-off point for exploring the Great Barrier Reef.  There are 74 Islands in the Whitsunday chain which lie between a huge stretch of coral, teeming with marine life. Most of the islands are uninhabited. They’re characterized by dense rainforest, hiking trails and white sand beaches.

 

This Robinson R44 Helicopter is a regular sight in the Whitsundays. This time, it landed a lucky couple at ‘the Causeway’ on South Molle Island, for a 45 minute hike.

 

 

The money shot. The reality was actually as the photo reveals. Being immersed in the natural magnificense of this area, was undoubtedly a treat for us.

 

 

I would prefer to fly over this area in a Helicopter, but we’ll make-do with a fly-by with our drone.  (watch this space!)

 

 

great hike, and a great day.

 

 

We anchored INFINITY in Chance Bay and had much of it to ourselves.  The odd sailboat, tour boat or float plane would drop by from time to time – just giving the right proportionate feeling of community vs total isolation.  The water was clear and the beaches pristine.  While anchored in this spot one day, Julie and I discussed how great it would be to have a Drone to capture the splendour of the place.  Lightbulb moment!  We looked at each other, and without saying a word, I got up and pulled the sat phone from it’s cradle and we ordered a Drone from Canada right there on the spot.  We’ll pick it up the next time we fly back to Vancouver.

 

tour boats like this came by every few days.  Eye candy for me.

 

 

Whilst enjoying a beach walk, this plane lands and drops off a bunch of Japanese tourists for lunch, like it’s a regular occurance.  It is!

 

 

The Pilot tending to his Charterers.  How cool is that!?

 

 

Definitely coming back here, and I don’t even play Cricket.

 

 

 

 

 

HAMILTON ISLAND

In between our Island hopping, we slipped into Hamilton Island (‘Hammo’) to stay for a week.  After all, it was my 54th Birthday, and what better reason to push the boat out?   Recalling our time onboard INFINITY,  I fondly remember spending my 50th in Mexico, my 51st & 52nd in Hawaii.  I’m liking this Boat/Birthday theme.  😜

 

INFINITY all secure in her slip, while Julie and I tour the Island with a golf cart rental for the day.

 

 

The Island is not a large one, so we were able to circumnavigate it in one day.

 

 

Birthday time.  (Time for relaxed reflection, and a moment of Gratitude) – while Julie charms the birds.

 

 

Hamilton Island Wildlife center, and breakfast with the Koalas.

 

 

 

 

As we were moving around the Island and taking photos, I distinctly remember how the last couple of years had an unmistakably ‘Southern Hemisphere’ energy to it.  It never dawned on me before.  But now for some reason, I had become aware that we were well south of the equator, and a visitor here.  The good news is that we are being treated well!  😀

 

 

 

 

 

Back in our Marina – which has now had a corporate name change from Abell Point Marina, to CORAL SEA MARINA.  The ebb and flow of friends’ vessels is a daily occurance.  I particularly like Nick’s taste in boats.  Fine eye.  😉

 

Nordhavn 62  VERITA  (Hull 012)

 

 

 

BUNDABERG

Julie and I were thinking of continuing our travels North, up to the Kimberleys, and ultimately push into Indonesia.  As our plans were developing, it quickly became apparent that we had a rather large wish-list of work for the vessel, and realized that Australia was probably the best place to get all this accomplished.  Our agreed destination for the yard work was Gold Coast City Marina in Coomera, QLD.  Just prior to our departure, I received a call from Jeff Merrill to see if I was available for a pre-purchase survey for a unique vessel.  Perfect.  The vessel was in Bundaberg, and it was on the way to GCCM!

 

 

INFINITY in her stride, and of course flying the Flag!

 

 

Transit down from Airlie Beach – to Bundaberg – to Gold Coast City Marina (Coomera)

 

 

This is the vessel which I surveyed for a client in California.  It’s a 28m Aluminum Wave Piercing Trimaran.  It was originally constructed and used as a passenger ferry for Lady Musgrave Island.  Our client has plans to convert this impressively fast vessel into a personal yacht.  I’m happy to report that my preliminary inspections carried over to a successful sale.  The vessel is now in Sydney, awaiting international shipping to California.

 

Wave Piercing Trimaran, Spirit of Musgrave.

 

 

During our time in Bundaberg, Jay and I thought we’d take the bus into town and discover what Bundaberg had to offer.   We overstayed our time shopping though, and missed the last bus (which was 1pm!) back to the Marina .  We thought we’d walk back, “we could use the exercise” – but that’s when we learned it was 22 kms to the marina!, and we were in flip-flops.  oops.  No matter, we had all day – and it took all day!  We got back to INFINITY at 6pm, in pitch black darkness, and ready for a Bundy.  😉

 

A quick stop at the Bundaberg Brewery (where they make the Bundaberg Ginger Beer) – on the walk back to INFINITY.

 

 

 

 

GOLD COAST

 

The journey down to Coomera (Gold Coast City Marina) was OK.  A little rough for my liking, and we had an autopilot pilot issue during the elevated seas at oh-dark-thirty, but we managed alright.  We always do, we make a good team, Jay and I ❤.  But that incident during the night pressed the importance upon me to get any niggly issues sorted, once and for all.  We originally planned just to do a simple ‘bottom-job’ (hull anti-fouling), but our list grew as we became aware that we were entering a full service yard, and therefore the opportunity to power through the vessel TO DO list.

 

Lifting INFINITY out of the water, to begin our 2019 maintenance period.

 

Just prior to our vessel lift-out, we received an email from our Quebec friend Justine Hamelin.  Justine once lived with us in North Vancouver (early 2000’s) and has remained in touch with us over the years.  She was taking some time out, traveling through New Zealand and Australia – and did we have time to meet up?  Of course we did!

 

Justine and Julie, together again 😀

 

 

Pressure-washed and blocked. The work has begun!

 

 

Julie – INFINITY’s official maintenance crew chief. Working on barnacle removal from the through-hulls.

 

 

Justine is staying to help us, and catch a ride up North.  It’s the weekend, and time for pancakes! (meanwhile, the work goes on)

 

 

During our time on the Hard, The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show (Australia’s premier marine event) was taking place, and I took the opportunity to down-tools and attend, representing Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales as the JMYS Trawler Specialist.  I had several meetings, and met many professional contacts.  Yacht Brokering is all about people and relationships.  Isn’t everything?

 

 

 

 

taking our ride to work

 

 

NO Jay,,,  just No.

 

 

In the midst of work.  Someone actually has to do this!

 

 

Justine was also busy at the Boat Show for Team INFINITY. She was working with the Drift sales team, and sold many SUP’s and floating docks.

 

 

After wrapping up our Hard-stand activities, it was time to put INFINITY back into the water.  For 2019, she is sporting a new Black anti-fouling paint job, and looks great!  We had the grey hullsides polished while we were at it.

 

 

Paint theme for 2019 = Black

 

 

Travel-lift underslinging the straps prior to lifting.

 

 

Julie giving the lift crew the final nod of approval.  It’s her call.

 

 

The obligatory “can’t believe we did it in record time” photo. Always a proud / joyous moment.

 

 

INFINITY’s bulbous-bow will be pressing through the ocean waters once again. (we replaced that through-hull – to the right of the bow thruster – while on the Hard)

 

 

That bright shiny surface is the propeller is “PropSpeed”. Let you know how it works, down the road.

 

 

 

The hard part done, we elected to stay at GCCM for a few more weeks to continue our maintenance period.  The decision an easy one, considering the close proximity of all the other yard services.

 

New underwater lightbulbs fitted from Aqualuma – (their facility was right around the corner from GCCM)  – And yes, that’s another Nordhavn 62 beside us – 6230 WALKABOUT

 

 

–ULGO– I imported this new product from Malaysia, while I was doing contract work in Brunei. We had it stored onboard for several months, and this was the perfect opportunity to try it.

 

 

The product uses nano-technology, and brought up our 19 year old fiberglass components up like new. How long it lasts is unknown?   But looks great right now.

 

 

Delivery time!  During the Boat Show, Julie and I stopped off at the Adjusta-Mattress display to rest our weary feet.  Timing is everything I guess, because we’ve actually been considering a new bed onboard.  These things were so comfortable, we bought a set.  When John from 6230 – WALKABOUT, and Nick from 6212 – VERITA saw them, they also bought them.  Standard issue onboard N62’s?  😉

 

Infinite positions onboard  INFINTIY

 

 

Bed all made up – looks like a conventional one, but you now know different   : )

 

 

I n f i n i t e  D r e a m s  –  last thing we see before turning in for the night.

 

 

While dockside, we prioritized our work where nearby vendors could easily supply us.  The parts would show up at the Marina office, and they’d call us to come and pick them up.  Every couple of days (for the next month) we received various parts and equipment to progress our work.

Just a few of the projects are mentioned below but many others will be documented at a later date @ INFINITY/MAINTENANCE section. 

 

The arrival of our new Hydraulic salt-water wash-down pump. This this kicks ass, and washes our anchor chain free mud & debris during recovery. The old one was 19 years old, and the aluminum blocks had corroded & virtually disintegrated.

 

 

The Main Engine panel dropped down so Jay could solder-in a new Rudder-Position Indicator bulb, and we used this opportunity to lubricate to our window wiper motors.

 

 

OK, here is where the fun really starts…  Our secondary generator had failed us (long ago), during our Pacific Ocean crossing from San Diego to Hawaii, by ingesting salt water.  I had a look at this job in New Zealand, but was told that the Genny was not salvageable.  😮  But, here in OZ, with a fresh outlook, I decided to have another look at this job.  The stars aligned when I found Ron Marshall to assist and believe in the project.  He said the job was doable and that’s all Julie and I needed to hear to give this a shot.

 

Engine Room access through the Salon floor. Nordhavn think of everything.  You are looking AFT, just seeing the Turbo and transmission of the Main Engine.  The Fischer Panda generator is to the left (STBD side)

 

 

Floor panel and crossbeam. Yes, that floor panel really is 300mm (12″) thick and was Heavy!  (made up of 1″ ply and 1/2″ layers of lead, for sound insulation). That crossbeam is a 4″x4″ hard wood.

 

 

Typical project disarray.  We actually hate it, and feel sorry for INFINITY

 

 

The offending article!  Cylinder #02, seized solid into the block. We ended up drilling this out after bending two punches.

 

 

Andy and Ron hard at it on day 3. We moved the generator from its’ mountings to gain full access, but rebuilt it in a clear space in the Engine Room.

 

 

The new piston in place!

 

 

There she be!   The rebuilt genny back in her spot and successfully commissioned.  I was a happy man.

 

 

So, with the lions share of the work done and the pressing feeling to get underway again, we set a date to push back up to Airlie Beach.  Justine was still with us, as she wanted to hitch a ride up North, and also experience a transit on INFINITY.  With a little bit of pressure to get off the dock, and a somewhat doable forecast (certainly not great), we departed on a Friday afternoon.  As soon as we nosed out of the protection of the coastal waterway, and into the Coral Sea, we encountered rough seas.  I should have known.  The forecast continued to deteriorate and this folklore ‘Friday departure’ thing was kicking our ass.  The forecast indicated winds 24 knots from the south, but instead we were getting 35 knots from the east – directly on our beam.  We were getting pounded.  Our stabilizers were doing the best job they possibly could until our Starboard fin alarmed a feedback failure.  (Of course, the usual scenario of piercing alarms at 0230 in the morning).  I tried resetting the unit several times, but it was clear that we had sustained some damage.  Absolutely no fault to ABT.  Our stabilizers have worked like trojans for the last 19 years and 1 ½ circumnavigations, it was just,,, time.

I made the command decision to pull into Brisbane, to get out of this shitty weather, and get the Stabs looked at.

 

 

 

BRISBANE

We approached Brisbane as the sun was setting, so we spent the first night at anchor in Moreton Bay.   I dived on the starboard stabilizer to see if I could see any physical damage.  Fortunately, all looked good, none found.

I had a few back-&-forth phone calls with ABT, and discovered a local Marine Engineering business (Stella Systems) who specialized in ABT installations.  How lucky was that!?  Stella knew their stuff, and the next morning Jay and I started disassembly of the Starboard fin once we reached dockside at Rivergate Marina.

 

 

 

These are my Notes from INFINITY’s Log – July 1st, 2019.

Richard and I completed the work on the Stbd Stabilizer.  Turns out that the encastellated nut holding the fins’ actuator arm assembly, had come loose!  The locking tab had sheared from the excessive seas and allowed the nut to rotate free.  Nut tightened and the potentiometer adjusted correctly.  We’re back in business!

 

So while we scored a win for INFINITY, we recorded a loss for our crew mate, Justine 😞  She had been diligently hanging out with us to visit the Whitsundays onboard INFINITY, but considering the recent events, I made the decision to wait for more appropriate weather, and this was not foreseeable for the next week or so.  As Justine was on a schedule, we exchanged hugs & thanks, and said our good-byes.  It was a pleasure having you onboard Justine, no doubt we shall see each other again.

Making the most of our self imposed delay, we toured around Brisbane city center for a few days, to see what this wonderful city had to offer.

 

We walked miles around the City, taking in all the sites, gardens, paths, and recreational activities

 

 

Beautiful gardens right in the heart of the City

 

 

Always time for Coffee and Chocolate!

 

 

We Zenned-out in a similar lounge chairs after our coffee and chocolate experience. – Actually fell asleep in the midday sun. It was gloriously decadent.

 

We found the city to be a vibrant example of Australia.  Clean, fun, and lots to do.  Brisbane was not on our radar before, (not an intended stop), but we certainly enjoyed the opportunity to explore.  Sometimes when you get lemons, you might as well make lemonade.  😉

 

Our transit back up to the Whitsundays (Airlie Beach) was blissfully uneventful.  We waited for a good forecast and it paid dividends.  (note to all potential cruisers;  this is what you are supposed to do!)  Anyway, the transit up was great, smooth seas all the way, and we arrived Coral Sea Marina refreshed and ready for more.

 

 

 

SYDNEY

 

It was time that I had to go back to work, but first Julie and I had some business to attend to back in Vancouver.  We planned to fly through Sydney (on our way to Canada) to visit friends (Nordhavn 62 alumni) – James and Claire from N62 PENDANA.  The Ellingford’s treated us with warm hospitality and took us touring around Sydney and Pittwater areas.  The last time we were all together was 2015, in Hawaii.

 

Enjoying Sydney Harbour and Empire Marina at Bobbin Head (Pittwater)

 

 

 

After our fantastic time with the Ellingfords, Julie and I flew back to Vancouver, and then back to INFINITY a few weeks later.  I had signed a new contract for work, this time working Deepwater Installations in the Bay of Bengal, India.

While I was at work, Jay was at work on INFINITY.

 

The intense heat of NE Australia took its’ toll, but you would never know it. Jay had the teak gleaming once again!

 

 

One layer of stain, and 8 layers of varnish. Et Voila!

 

 

the first thing we see everytime we board

 

 

Teak decks got a ‘lookin-after’ too.  Nice!

 

 

But it’s not all work onboard INFINITY.  I had returned from India and Julie deserved a well earned break.  With the Coral Sea Hotel just around the corner, it was time to take advantage of the obvious choice.  We spent days lounging around the pool and enjoying the Hotels’ wonderful food.  It was just like a mini-holiday, and a great way to reunite.

 

Lounging, reading, swimming, eating.  Repeat daily.

 

 

Sublime.  Personally, I never get bored of this.

 

 

And this brings us nicely up-to-date, (May 4th, 2020) right here,,,amongst our Covid-19 isolation exercise.  We are all in this together, globally.  Where this will all end up is anyone’s guess.  I just managed to get out of India before all the madness started, and Julie and I are safe onboard INFINITY.  We will be staying onboard until the international Borders re-open.  So far, so good.  We have everything we need.

 

 

Grocery run, as & when required.

 

What’s worse than Covid-19?  Nothing like an Aussie reminder,,,  Sharks again.  😬

 

So, this brings us up to speed for now.  I will be starting a new Listing, most likely called AUSTRALIA – (Covid-19), and updating that as we go, (yes, as I have threatened to do before, I know).  At least we all have the time to get to the things we normally wouldn’t prioritize, and I’m actually enjoying this part of the isolation restrictions.

 

You guys all stay safe out there.  ❤

 

 

 

 

 

    26 Comments

  1. Always enjoy reading…
    (I was a saturation diver/welder in North Sea mid 70’s… now living on a Outerreef73′..
    Still dreaming about a Nordhavn!

    • Hi Jack! Always a pleasure to reach out to a former Sat Diver. Thanks for the kind words, and let me know when you want a hand finding your Nordhavn (or similar vessel) 👍

  2. Thanks Andy! It brought back great memories of our time in Australia. We spent time at every place you did. We hauled in Bundaberg and spent time with Brett Hensler and his wife Belinda. The aluminum cat was there when we were hauled at the end of 2017 to early 2018. We loved the pool at Airlee Beach and went there every evening. We would have spent more time if Roxia didn’t have to be out of the country. I hope our 62’s can say hello to each other in person. We can rename the design as Covid 19 (19 meters). Anyway, continue the adventures and continue writing!

    • Hello Andy and Julie, I was so excited to see your new post this am. We love to read your fantastic adventure and enjoy all the fabulous pictures. Thank you so much and stay safe.

      • Hi John, many thanks for the vote of approval 😊. One we get past this Covid-19 outbreak, hopefully we’ll continue on to Indonesia.

    • Hi Bill, we certainly look forward to anchoring next to ROXIA in the years ahead.

  3. Thanks for sharing. Lin and I really enjoy your cataloging of events and the photos. You are adding fuel to the fire to roughly follow your trackline… soon.

    Stay well!

    Scott & Lin
    N4647
    Boussole

    • HI Scott, we look forward to sharing an anchorage with you, Lin & BROUSSOLE.

  4. Awesome reading! Beautiful pics – the boat looks great! Stay safe xx

  5. Great read Andy.

  6. Just found your blog here, loved it. Had me a little confused when you mentioned arriving in Aust, till I realise it LAST YEAR. If you end up coming over to WA would love to catch up. I sadly still don’t own a NORDHAVN yet, but have travelled from NZ to AUST in 2018 on an N64 ‘KAPOWAI’ and hopefully this year, we will take the same boat to the US if this bloody Covid 19 virus allows us to.

    • Hi Royce. Thanks for participating here. Yeah, we certainly are taking our time here, hey? Australia is great, so we are not really in any rush to get out of here. ABF will probably end up pushing us out 😉. Let me know if I can assist you finding your Nordhavn. 👍

      • Cheers Andy, glad you’re enjoying our Aussie hospitality. Looks like you might be here a little while longer than originally planned. The owner of N64 Kapowai is keen to get away to the west coast USA, but of course like you, we’re going nowhere in the foreseeable future. Very frustrating and I think the ABF would prevent us leaving anyway. Are you considering coming over to Western Australia other than the Kimberley? Some beautiful cruising can be experienced down around Esperance, Albany and up the West Coast.
        Love your blogs so keep them up mate and we will keep in touch.
        Rgds Royce

        • On a roll now Royce, so I will endeavour to keep the blog updated. I have a few ideas for a couple new pages, including rolling out a “paid-for” consulting service in the near future. Watch this space! 😉

  7. Hey Andy and Jay! Glad to read and catch up on the adventures… Every time I see a pic of Infinity I keep saying to myself, soon…. soon… Hope you are enjoying the quiet time.

    • Hi Nick. Yes, Julie and I are actually enjoying the down-time, while it’s being forced upon us. Might as well make lemonade out of those lemons we were handed, right? Our regards to Becky and family.

  8. Aloha Julie and Andy, we have some friends who live in Airlie Beach, please check you email.

    • Hi Gary – ALOHA! Yes, we received your emails – thanks. We’ll be in touch with your friends once this Covid-19 is somewhat resolved. 👍

  9. Hello Andy and Julie, Best blog ever *cough cough*, only kidding :). I love reading your blogs very much as they are always an amazing read, completely full of interesting stories and information; beautiful photos and clearly much fun, laughter and love. Loe them :).

    Seriously love what you’ve done with Infinity’s hull. First of all I thought, “No what, …. wait ” but I think it looks incredible! Also, the beds look sooo comfy and your logo above the beds is stunning! Did you design it? I think I see a touch of Julie’s magic in there…

    It was so lovey catching up with you both in Sydney and so grateful we could before this global pandemic came visiting our fair shores. Wishing you safe travels now and always.

    • Well Hello there Claire! Great to see you here! The hospitality from you and James was just fantastic. ❤️ Perhaps we’ll see you once this pandemic has passed us? Keep safe. 🙏

  10. Cheers Andy and Julie! Maybe you guys updating your blog will give us some motivation to catch up on ours. We left Pairadice on the hard in San Carlos, MX. Are currently at home in Vegas, just barely got across the MX/US border prior to the closing.
    Cruised around with lots of Nordies and were the “Token Selene” in a group photo taken by Red Rover just outside of San Jose Del Cabo. We really liked the Sea of Cortez, and hope to continue south to the canal later this year with the Panama Posse.
    Keep up the blog, we follow you guys still after all this time. Best of luck and cheers from another member of the Jeff Merrill fan club, LOL!

  11. Hi Andy, thank you so much for writing these notes, Bryan and I are anxiously awaiting our Nordhavn delivery N6319. It’s scheduled to deliver May 2021 so until then we live vicariously through you and Julies travels. We’re slowly collecting things for the boat and you’re helping us to know what we’ll need! Thank you thank you. Hope to meet you sometime along our travels.
    Mary Scheible
    N6319 – “Martini”

  12. Great to have new updates to read. Have you all had the chance to use your Minicat while down under? The pictures of the Whitsundays looked like a perfect spot to zip around assuming the wind cooperated and the sharks weren’t too frisky.

    • Hi Dan,
      Thanks for your input. We’ve just returned from another week out in the Whitsundays. (a second bite of the cherry!) Short answer to the Minicat question is = no. We are planning another outing to Hardy Reef, (part of the Great Barrier Reef) when we get a favourable forecast. We’ll dust off the Minicat and drone there. Can’t wait! : )

Reply here,,, what are your thoughts?