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14/07/2012
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Hi again, Well we have had a great few days a Magnetic Island, second day we put the boat on the beach and gave the bottom a bit of a clean as it was a bit green and horrible from being in the Noosa River over the summer. We scrubbed the bottom of the boat and I fitted new anodes on the prop shafts as well.  On the third day went for another walk along the beach and then decided to get the Knee Board and Wake boards out and take the kids for a board along the beach. It was a bit of fun but I am still very disappointed with the new 30hp 2 stroke outboard on the duck as it does not get on t
14/07/2012
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Hi Every One, We are currently sitting at beautiful Magnetic Island off Townsville (28th June). We left Woodwark Bay on the 25th of June and headed off to Gloucester Passage and Montes Reef Resort, the sail was uneventful and we got there in time to have a good walk on the beach and then a couple of cool drinks at the resort. The resort reminds me a bit of the old Tipplers Resort on the Gold Coast, a bit old school but very friendly. In fact I like it there much more than the glitz and glitter of Hamo, and the beers are half the price! It was a great afternoon, just before dark Tony and Karen from SV Double Shot sailed in as well, it was good to catch up with them and swap sailing and fishing stories. In the morning we decided that we would head off north to Cape u
14/07/2012
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Hi All, Long time no Blog, Well a bit has happened since last time, we have caught up with Jason, Michelle and their boys Liam, and Kyle, they where hanging in the Whitsunday’s waiting for us to catch up. We caught up with them on the 18th of June and spent the day at Butterfly bay on the northern end of Hook Island. We also ducked around the corner to Manta Ray Bay and had a great snorkel with a couple of big Maori Wrasse that we where hand feeding and a couple of Big GT’s that where hanging around, very cool! We still had Mac’s best mate Ricky with us and I think he enjoyed the time
16/06/2012
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Hi All, Just a qick update, we are safley moored at the Marina at Mackay in central Queensland. We have spent the last few day with out phone or internet service cruising from the Keppels up through Freshwater Bay, then Pearl bay. We then sailed around the milatary area at Shoalwater and anchored at Marble Island, from there onto Digby Island and yesterday we sailed the last 40 miles into Mackay. We have had a great time exploring the beaches of all the anchorages along the way.   Mac found a huge shell on the beach at Freshwater bay and we watched a navy landing craft droping off supplies and equipme
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15/02/2012
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Hi All, Well we have been at the Noosa Marina at Tewantin for a couple of weeks now. It has been good to be able to get Mac to school and go for a walk without having to get in the rubber duck and go to and from shore.  The marina is OK, we are moored on the outside underneath the restaurants and it is a bit noisy and rocky on the weekends with all the boat traffic but otherwise not to bad as marinas go. The manager Warren has made us feel welcome and it will be home for the new few months. As most of you know we have been loading videos of our trip on YouTube (enter smithsnoosa in the YouTube search). It has been great looking over the footage from our trip last year, it certainly has reminded us how lucky we are to have visited the places we went to and met the people that we did.
26/01/2012
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Hi all and Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well we are still in not so sunny Noosa. Mac has started school again and we are all getting back into a relitivley normal life. It has been good to catch up with all our freinds and find out what they have been up to and the share our adventures with them . We will be heading to the Noosa Marina next week and we will stay there for the next three or so months. I have some work coming up a a few resorts around Noosa and we will be doing a few jobs on the boat, getting her ready for sailing up north again. Jo and I have been looking through s
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24/12/2011
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Hi all, Merry Christmas !!!............... We are currently moored in the Noosa  Woods and as normal it has been raining and windy!!! We are all missing the warmth and sunshine of far north QLD. I am sure it will stop raining eventually!!!!!!!!!!!   Anyway it is Christmas eve and we are all together and we will get to spend Christmas day with all our friends at Noosa, so life is not to bad.. We will stay here for the first   few months of next year and then possibly cruise north again next winter? Time will tell.. We hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas with all your f
06/12/2011
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Hi All, We are all safe and well. We are currently anchored safely in-front of Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island. We are waiting to see what the weather is going to do. There has been a strong wind warning issued for this part of the world for the last few days, and now there is a trough moving slowly south from the mid Qld Coast and may form a weak low pressure system, you guessed it off Fraser Island on Thursday. We will have to wait and see how it all pans out. Only 60 odd Naut Miles to go but mother nature is not making it easy for us. As I am writing this it is still blowing 35+ knots of Doub
24/11/2011
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Well as you have all heard by know we have made it down to the Keppel’s. We are currently anchored on the southern side of Great Keppel at “long beach “trying to hide from the Northerly winds. We have been over to Rosslyn Bay to re supply and wash down the boat. We also needed to do a couple of repairs, we lost a fridge unit whilst we where at the Percy’s so we needed to get it fixed, unfortunately it was not repairable so a replacement was ordered and installed, certainly money that we would have had to have in the bank with Xmas very quickly approaching. The outboard motor on the tender has been p
22/10/2011
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Hi All, As Mac mentioned, we left Magnetic Island last Saturday afternoon and sailed overnight down to Gloucester Passage which is at the top of the Whitsundays. We stayed there Sunday night and on Monday headed down to Woodwark Bay which is around 5 miles north of Airlie Beach. We headed there because there was a strong wind warning current and we where expecting 30+ knot wind for the next few days. We anchored as close to shore as depth would allow and put out plenty of chain. Although it was pretty windy we remained safely anchored. After three nights there we where all starting to get a bit bo
11/10/2011
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We are currently moored near the bluff at the southern end of Hinchinbrook Passage, it has been a pleasant enough few days in the passage, the main issue has been the bloody marsh flies. They are horrendous, lots of them and they are ferocious. We would have killed 500 or more of them today alone. The passage itself is very beautiful with calm waters and rugged mountains as a background. We have caught a couple of fish and a good feed of muddies so not all bad.

06/10/2011
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Not much to report, we have left Port Douglas and headed south towards Cairns. We decided to spend the night at a small cay around 15 miles north east of Cairns, it is called Upolu Cay, but unfortunately it was not quite what we expected, the cay is under the water for most the time! It is late in the day and we have grabbed a mooring for the night so all is good. Into Cairns tomorrow to pick up a delivery of Sam's nappies and then back out and on our way to Hinchinbrook, we may stay at Sunbury cay on Sat night if the weather hold out, if not a snorkel for a couple of hours and then south to