Episode 2: Boat Shopping

 

I have finally gotten around to putting up another video. Boat shopping in the Med. Check it out!

So these days we are enjoying trying our hand at making a couple of videos, taking quick photos as we travel and putting updates out on our socials.  Whether we stick too it or not I guess time will tell!

Anyway I will try and update our boat shopping adventures as frequently as I can over on our Instagram. www.instagram.com/slow.travelling/

And another video coming soon!

 

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Sydney International Boat Show

The Sydney International Boat Show just wrapped up here in Sydney. We went along interested in what is new both in boats and boating products!

The boat highlight was the Amel 55. Such A beautiful cruising yacht well and truly out of our budget!

Check out some of my thoughts in the video above. Subscribe on youtube to keep up to date.

Kbye!

NEW EPISODE ON YOUTUBE

So we are going to give the video logging thing a go! We are looking to buy our next boat. A Bluewater family cruiser.

FIRST EPISODE IS NOW ON YOUTUBE!       Please subscribe and like!

NEW adventures. NEW Blog.

About three years ago almost to the day I sold my last boat Iolanthe.

Since then life has been a blur of work, parenting, and collapsing on the couch with a glass of cheap wine and scouring yachtworld every night.

We are buying a boat in the Mediterranean and sailing it back to Australia.

PLEASE head on over to www.ourslowtravelling.com and check it out!

OR follow us on Instagram www.instagram.com/slow.travelling/

Also we are going to try the YouTube thing so please subscribe to our videos  HERE.

The past couple of land based life have been full of up and downs and we are so pumped for this new adventure!

Really looking forward to sharing it with you all.

We sold our boat :(

After only a few weeks on the market we have sold our boat Iolanthe. We wish the new owner the best of success with her, she is a good solid boat capable of taking him wherever he may care to go.

Selling a boat, a good boat though is a bitterweet thing.

We are now searching for our next boat – which is exciting. We are also very happy we sold Iolanthe in good condition, for a price we were happy with and quite quickly.  Everything one could hope for.

Yet as we pack up boxes of boat belongings we are happy-sad. We remembered the good times we have had and the places we have been. We remember Sophie starting to take her first steps in the saloon, we remember her holding on in the cockpit as we beat into 30 knots coming into Bundaberg, we remember sunset dinners, passages spent talking to dolphins and that this wonderful boat was our only home for a year.

She is now ready for new dreams and so are we. I haven’t detailed much about what we are up to on here yet, but we are not done with sailing rest assured of that.

Antarctic Vortex on Pittwater

The Australian media has been all abuzz this week about an ‘Antarctic Vortex’.  A  bad cold front that has been heading up the coast. IMG_2984 While a little cool it mean’t some decent westerly winds for a fast sail up Pittwater. By the time we settled down for the evening in a deserted Coaster’s Retreat ( This place is usually like a floating caravan park in summer) the winds were easing and it was warm enough for some fun ashore amongst the local swamp wallabies and Kookaburra’s before Spaghetti Bolognese back onboard. IMG_5803 IMG_5798 IMG_5813 IMG_5830   Sophie is pretty good at driving the tender these days!

Portugese Bay

While we are yearning to start sailing some long miles to places far away lately we have been rediscovering the joy of gunkholing around some of Sydney’s marvellous cruising grounds. IMG_2684 As the temperature and winds drop, the waterways get real quiet this time of year, so last week we took the opportunity to spend some time cruising around Pittwater and Broken Bay. One special winter anchorage we have reacquainted ourselves with is the delightful Portuguese Bay. In Pittwater just south of Coaster’s retreat( The Basin) it is well protected from westerly winds and is a great spot with the added benefit that you will probably have the beach and bay to yourself as we did for two days. We anchored in about 7-8 metres of water and then Sophie and I swam in to the beach (yes even this time of year we can’t keep Sophie out of the water!)for a bit of beach soccer and sandcastles before back onboard for a warm shower,  sundowners in the cockpit and then dinner and Nim’s Island for movie night. IMG_2705 The benefit of sailing a few miles everyday and dropping anchor as you please in the afternoon is that it makes for some fantastic family cruising at this stage of our lives. Sammy is at his happiest and most settled on the boat. Sophie loves sailing and is becoming a bonafide, contributing crew member at the age of 4. IMG_2709 IMG_2699 Our blog has been pretty quiet lately as life circumstances have gotten in the way, also making it hard lately to steal the time to go sailing.