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Les and his boat Tarnica

Les is one of those lovely 'characters' that give our lives their rich tapestry. He has lived onboard his yacht for the last 20 years.. Les built his 40 foot fiberglass catamaran under his Queenslander house. As he was working at the time this took him twelve years. He disliked the waves slapping on the hull and has since made her into a trimran for quieter sailing. This is in spite of... read more

Daves headboard

Here is Dave's headboard covered in white vinyl. read more


This is my headboard covered in cloth. read more

A great weekend

We have had such a great weekend. We motored over to Magnetic Island as there wasn’t much wind. Peter came with us, with his guitar, and it's always great to have his company. He joined us for dinner that night and afterwards we took the instruments on deck and played under the stars. We were moored well away from the other boats so I don’t think we disturbed anyone.On Sunday we... read more


When we bought Jazz Cat we decided that we would each have a hull and decorate as we each wanted. The wooden headboards were dark and uncomfortable to lean against. This is the before photo. read more

Back in Townsville

We are back up in Townsville after a very hectic couple of months getting the house ready to rent out. After a 3 day drive up the coast we arrived here pretty exhausted. We were met with a very pleasant surprise. Our dear friend Peter, who had been keeping an eye on the boat for us , had cleaned inside, washed the decks, made the beds, made a delicious home made soup for our lunch, supplied a... read more

Arriving in the Whitsundays

This blog has been inactive for some time as bascially with the exception of a few trips to Magnetic Island and one to the Palms we have been pretty tied up with Townsville and sorting out the boat. Our friend Gerrit, who we bought the boat off, called us to say the weather was perfect for a trip to the barrier reef off the Whitsundays. It was a  great opportunity to get some help to get... read more

Magnetic Island

Our son Grant came up to visit us before he started his new job. Although we had been reluctant to leave the sanctuary of the marina. We decided that the least we could do is spend the night on Magnetic Island.  The tides were not with us as we were around low tide on a low tide at about the time that Grant normally gets up.  It was a beautiful day though and despite the wind being a... read more


Living in  a marina can be a transient life for those that want to sail. People come and go. As a result relationship are built quicker and you have to get used to the fact that people whose company you enjoy may leave any day that the weather is right for their next journey. This is what happened with our wonderful neighbour Henry. We had a few fleeting meetings over the Xmas period when we... read more

Re Naming

Re-naming a boat is a very serious matter.  re-naming a boat is supposed to be unlucky and therefore a procedural ceremony has to be undertaken, Firstly the boat has to be de-named with a de-naming ceremony and then re-named with re-naming ceremony. Both activities have to be lubricated with copious amounts of champagne (the real thing, the gods of the sea are serious drinkers). One of... read more

Back in Townsville

We left Mooloolaba at about 8 am on Friday 3 rd May after a few delays. The first day we drove to Rockhampton and despite a few delays for roadworks we arrived at 3 pm. Rockhampton is the first major town in Northern Queensland and is now very busy and expensive because of the Australian mining boom. It was recently badly affected by the January floods but it appears that this has been pretty... read more

Mooching in Mooloolaba

So it seems that after several months of getting ready to get ready that we may at least be ready to get ready to go. Most of the chores have been done just a few left. The packing is making slow but sure progress. A few administrative issues regarding mail re-direction have to be undertaken and technology properly packed and operation. The plan is to leave on Wednesday 1st of May and drive to... read more