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17/06/2011
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Hi all, We are still here at the port of Bundaberg, we are waiting for our new charger/inverter to be delivered by fedex from the states. (It is supposed to be delivered today some time. ) With some help from freinds at Noosa (thanks Michael) and some new found freinds Robert, Linda and the dog Louie from the yatch Concerto we found a unit almost half the price that we first thought it would cost. Still money we would have liked to have not spent but a much better result than our first quote. I would also like to thank Tony and the boys from the slipway here at the port marina for lending us a battery charger so that we could keep the boats house batterys charged whilst we have been waiting for the new 110 volt charger from the states.  We have been doing a few jobs on the boat, I
10/01/2011
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Hi all, We are still on the Gold Coast and since last I blogged we have had a couple of fine days. I think that it was the 2nd and 3rd of Jan. They were glorious, we swam, went for walks on the beach and generally enjoyed the sunshine whilst we we could. Other wise as you are all aware it has been very very wet. We have been feeling sorry for ourselves, but it certainly gives you a reality check when you watch the news and see our fellow Queenslanders a few hundred miles up the coast and what they have been going through. There are people that have lost everything!! So although we are sick of the rain andthe wind we know that there are many many people that are doing it a lot tougher than us. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and we hope that they get the help that they need sooner r
28/12/2010
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Well that's another Christmas over with. The weather was atrocious, but we had a lovely day with the family.The kids all had a great day and between Santa and Grandma the kids had lots of things to occupy their time. We all had a fantastic lunch and spent the day playing table tennis and the kids playing their new wii games. It was the wettest Xmas that I  can remember and everything on that boat has that damp feel about it. We are lucky to beable to have spent time off the boat visiting both my brothers and spending time with their families in warm and dry surroundings. In saying
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20/12/2010
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We have been moored at Hope Island in-front of my brother Jason's house for the last few days and yes it has been raining. Yesterday was the worst but we managed to get off the boat and go and have lunch with Laurens boyfriend, Davids family. We spent a lovely few hours at the Food Fantasy smorgasbord at the Casino, dry and enjoying some nice food and great company. Thanks to Michael and Shelly for the invite and the xmas gifts.  We also ran into some good friends from Noosa as well. Noel and Suzie and their family were enjoying lunch to celebrate Noel's dads 90th birthday. It is a small world!!   At the moment it has stopped raining but it is blowing at around 15-20 knots from the south west. We are going to have a look after lunch and we might head out to South Straddie for a couple o
20/12/2010
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Hi all, we are on the not so sunny Gold Coast.After leaving Moteton Island we headed for Peel Island, with the northerly winds it would be a good spot for a swim and to stay the night. We got down there just after lunch and again had a lovely walk along the beach with the kids and had a swim. [caption id="attachment_332" align="alignright" width="300" caption="First swim"]First swim in the broad water at South Straddie[/caption] We could see storm clouds building over the hinterland so we headed back to the boat to prepare for storm. Mac and I sat on the bow and watched it roll in. You could see the r
10/12/2010
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Hi all, Well we finally made out of the Noosa River. We looked at the forecast on Monday night and the bureau was predicting strong winds and big seas. We woke up on Tuesday and spoke to Noosa Coastguard and they said that the bar was ok and that they were escorting three yachts  in over the bar. I spoke to one of the yachts re the sea conditions and they said that they work ok. We decided to make a move whilst we could. The bar crossing was fine and the seas where ok, a bit of a south easterly swell about 1.2 to 1.5 mts. It was on our nose for the first hour and both the kids looked a bit green. After we swung south it seemed to ease up a bit. It was still a fairly slow trip and we arrived at Mooloolaba around 3pm and went straight to the fuel dock to grab some fuel. We had a bit of a
06/12/2010
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Will this rain ever end? We have been back on the boat for two weeks and it is still raining. It was fun for a little while but now it is just annoying! Everything is damp and we are over it!! We had to go to BCF and buy a tarp to try and give us some more dry area out side as we where all getting sick of sitting inside the boat looking at each other. We did manage to have some friends out over the weekend and have a few more farewell drinks. I will be pleased to go south so we can have a rest! The problem is that the tides are right at the moment but the weather is making it difficult. They are forecasting stronger winds over the next couple and the seas will build as well. We are going to go shopping today to stock up and then we will have a look at the bureaus forecast this afternoon an
06/12/2010
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As we organise ourselves to depart Noosa I would like to thank the many people that have helped us get this far. From our broker Wayne Richards from Yacht Domain in helping us find and purchase Somerset Cat. He was very easy person to deal with and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a boat, especially a Leopard Cat. I would also like to thank the previous owner of Somerset Cat Michael for his help with getting to know the boat a bit better. I certainly makes a difference having someone to ask if you cant find out where something is. Michael was a bit sad to see his boat go, but I think that he was happy to know that it was going to a family that will enjoy sailing her as much as he did. "Two of the best days in a mans life are when he buys a boat and then when he sells it"  Tha
02/12/2010
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Hi all, I am writing this blog from the beautiful Noosa River. We have been back on the boat for about 2 weeks and we have had two decent days of weather. Apparently we Qld has had the wettest spring in 30 years! A great time to start living on a boat! Everything has that damp feeling about it and it has been difficult getting Sam to Endeavour and Mac to school. But we have managed. Lauren and her boyfriend David came to visit last weekend and it was great to see them. We had one fine day and went over to the beach and had a swim and the kids had a snorkel along the rock wall in the river mouth. I think that it will take a bit of adjusting for Lauren when she gets on the boat. We are all used to the small space, use to conserving water etc. But I am sure she will be fine. Mac last da
06/11/2010
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First Blog: [caption id="attachment_334" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Sunset At Gary's Anchorage Fraser Island"][/caption] I am writing this from Gary’s Anchorage towards the bottom of Fraser Island. It is a magnificent night, a slight breeze blowing and around eight boats moored with us. The sunset was like a postcard, just as it should be. But it has taken a bit to get to this point. We got to Bundaberg on Wednesday the 6th of Oct 2010 and spent the first few days at the marina cleaning and preparing the boat for our maiden voyage. The plan was to cruise down through Hervey