I saw a dugong!

I finally saw a freakin’ dugong! Despite being a bit fanatical about marine critters, I had previously never been in the right place and time to see a sea-cow. But my luck finally changed during an early morning paddle across to Round Island. I was paddling back to Urangan when I spotted what I first…

The curious inhabitants of the Great Sandy Straits

In the week since we crossed the “treacherous” Wide Bay Bar, we’ve spent a few days anchored in Tin Can Bay (while I attended my Grandma’s 90th birthday shindig), and cruised through the Great Sandy Straits along the Fraser Coast. With mainly south-easterlies blowing, we were able to take full advantage of some great anchorages:…

Cast off!

4am start. We cast off the lines and motor out of Scarborough in the dark alongside the fishing trawlers. At 5.30am, we are already halfway across Deception Bay, and the sky is once again lit up in pretty shades of orange and pink. It has been a little over a year in the making, but…

It’s all coming together (<1 week to go)!

Kick-ass cruising catamaran: check. Brand new rigging: check. New inflatable tender: check. All the necessary safety gear: check. Cool gadgets (eg water-maker and air compressor): check. Boat merch (business cards, hats, crew shirts, and the awesome stubby-coolers our awesome friends the Gillmans got us): check. Work finished up and land lives all sorted: check. Passports:…

The Dream is Real!

With the port motor working well and  bunch of other boat projects out of the way, we finally busted out of the marina for some sailing, diving and paddling. This is what we signed up for! Check out our Australia Day sailing adventure here, or watch this little youtube clip we put together, featuring turtles,…

The Lion, the Guitar, and the Angel

No it isn’t a knock-off of CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe … rather it’s a roll call of some of the fish species we saw while diving and snorkelling on our recent trip to Moreton Island. I spent much of my childhood fascinated by the Great Barrier Reef and grew up…

A wingless angel (3 weeks to go)

A sailing boat looks a bit forlorn without a mast… …but luckily it wasn’t for long! Earlier in the week, Andy sailed Angel Wing up to Mooloolaba to Lauries boatyard to get another big boat project completed: replacing the rigging*.  This was scheduled maintenance. When we bought the boat last year, she was 12 years…

Smooth Sailing to Moreton (4 weeks to go)

Sailing, diving, snorkelling, beachcombing, reading, relaxing, swimming, SUPing, bushwalking, checking out stunning views….we spent the Aussie Day long weekend doing exactly what we signed up for.  And we realised something: the dream is real! All went well with the motors as we cruised out of Scarborough Marina. After replacing a heat exchanger, then refurbishing injectors…

Liveaboard life (6 weeks to go)

We have now lived aboard for a month. A whole lunar month – full moon to full moon. A month of all different types of weather, including some decent summer storms and sweltering 38 degree days. A month full of hosting visitors and relaxing on the deck reading books. A month full of boat maintenance…

Introducing S/V Angel Wing

We broke a salty sea-dog rule: we renamed our boat. According to legend, every vessel is personally known to Neptune the god of the sea, and is recorded by name in the ‘Ledger of the Deep’. So to change the name without first advising Neptune is to invoke his wrath, making him likely to smite…

100 days to go!

Time is zapping past and there are now less than 100 days to go til we cast off the lines! Yay, only 100 days to go til full-time adventuring! Arggghhh, only 100 days to get everything organised! Top of the list is to fix our (still) broken motor. Back in August during our Brisbane River…