Heading North in 2015


We don’t like to use the word ‘plan’ too loudly, particularly when preceded by the word ‘cruising’. After much discussion, however, we may have some idea of what we are up to next.

Fellow cruisers with bubs Windtraveler wrote a fantastic post last week about the state of limbo they find themselves in and it is one that resonated very loudly in our ears.

We have actually come very close to selling Iolanthe a couple of times. Feeling entrenched back into careers and busy lives this year, it’s been heartbreaking accepting that we are currently not living the dream we bought Iolanthe for.

Basically, we need to go cruising.

Our happy complication is that we are about to increase Iolanthe’s crew by 1. With bub’s arrival imminent this means that the plans we have for cruising into the Pacific or Asia are on the hold for a time.

So the plan then?  A ‘take it slow’, relaxed cruise up the East Coast of Australia next year.

Spring is here

After a very wet August, Spring has finally arrived here in Sydney!

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A week of high and lows

A week of high and lows

East Coast lows that is….

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A weather phenomenon – The NSW equivalent of mini cyclone, one of the most famous East Coast lows did this….


Which was enough to keep Iolanthe marina bound :(


And the High? 

….We Baked.

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Not only did we bake, but this was our first time baking onboard with our new Omnia Stovetop Oven.

We baked Chocolate Brownies using Carolyn’s recipe and indeed the inspiration for the Omnia Stovetop Oven also came from the great reviews and recommendation on her site The Boat Galley.  For our first try the results were very acceptable. We will keep practising, maybe bread next. 

(For those who noticed yes we were using a saucepan as a mixing bowl. The mixing bowl was ‘borrowed’ by the skipper to catch drips from a leak in the anchor locker :( )


The Mustn’ts

the mustnts

“Listen to the Mustn’ts”

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child.

Listen to the DON’TS.

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS,


Listen to the NEVER HAVES,

then listen close to me…

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.

Shel Silverstein





18 sleeps until the Sydney Boat Show




I love boat shows – The smell of gelcoat polish combined with flashy brochures and tanned models selling the dream of fun on the water whether it be in a *tinny, a megayacht or a new Bene.

One could very easily be cynical about these things.  No the smiling sales guy on the 50 footer telling you how much fun this boat would be up the Whtisundays won’t let you in on the joys of unblocking heads, dodgy electronics, coin op marina laundries, refuelling with jerry cans, marina showers, dragging anchors, prop entanglements and slipway bills.

But what’s the harm in dreaming? A life on the water is as good a dream as any.

We probably won’t buy much if anything at the show but we always learn a thing or two and see something interesting. Occasionally the smiling sales guy on the 50 footer gets bored or desperate for a sale(even though we clearly do not present as well heeled retirees) and we can ask him a question or two. At worst it’s a fun midwinter day out!

*tinny is Aussie slang for a small aluminium fishing boat.

What cruising is all about: Maintenance!

 Now some would add in exotic locations, but as it turns out we lucked out there as well.

While our diesel now purrs like a kitten it’s poorer mechanical cousin Stinky the 12 year old long suffering dinghy outboard has been overdue for some love after an impromptu swim at Great Keppel Island.

It is one of those jobs where you can spray some WD40 in there and hope for the best, or you bite the bullet and strip the whole thing down in the name of doing things properly knowing you will regret it almost immediately….but at least when it dies on you again in the middle of a rainy night you can say you did your best.

So far so good with a bit of help from dad(years of lawnmower ownership have made him an authority on 2 stroke motors).  A couple of new gaskets, replace some bearings, piston ring and hey presto Stinky will have a new lease of life. 


Winter on Pittwater

Winter on Pittwater

Lazy days sailing on Pittwater………. The new wind instrument and AIS have been installed. Fridge fixed ( again).