Time for a change

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog you may notice things have changed a little! I hope you like the new look. I’ve gone for something simple, something that allows me to share more of my photos – since we’re seeing so many wonderful out of the way places while we’re cruising it would Continue reading

Get Wrecked on Great Keppel!

Anyone else remember that advertising campaign from the 1980’s when the Queensland Resort Islands were at their peak? It’s been 26 years since our first visit to Great Keppel when I flew north as a brand new private pilot with Graham and some of my fellow trainees. Eight years later my first job with QantasLink Continue reading

Hurry up and wait…

Life doesn’t always play by the rules. We’re still in Hervey Bay, despite having the perfect weather pattern to sail north, because we’re waiting for new rope that should have arrived on Friday  (at the latest), but according to Australia Post’s tracking system is currently in Sydney! Bit of shame as it was trying to Continue reading

The Bridge, the Jewel and Celebrity Chefs.

We were up with the sparrows and dolphins to catch the rising tide up Brisbane River. The sunrise and moonset were gentle and golden. Motoring up the river brought back so many memories. I spent many hours as a child hanging around the river waiting for Dad’s ship to dock, endless hours running around oil Continue reading

Worth the cold toes!

It was worth crawling out of bed in the half light this morning to see the moon set. I knew it would be pretty, but I hadn’t counted on another yacht being anchored in the perfect position to add another layer to the photo. (Sadly that time of day is when I miss Zeus most Continue reading

I Found Veritas!!

So there we were motoring into Scarborough Marina with our hiccupping outboard motor and the first sailing vessel I spot is Veritas! She looks remarkably like Conor’s boat in Northern Heat and she’s even the right length! It’s a blue moon tonight – the second full moon in the month of July – and we Continue reading

Let’s go fly a kite!

After yesterday’s comedy of errors I was a little tense when we lifted anchor this morning and put the steering cable and the auto helm through their paces. The lads in the nearby tinnies may have been justifiably nervous as Roobi wiggled her way through 360 degree turns left and right. Nothing has sounded so Continue reading

Power Struggles

Living on Roobinesque and being self-contained means we rely firstly on solar power, then on wind power and if all else fails we have a diesel generator. Any time our engines are running they also charge our battery bank. The solar panels are true champions, quietly going about their business, never demanding anything but an Continue reading

The Dress Rehearsal is Over!

Roobinesque has been scrubbed, painted, polished, waxed and buffed to within an inch of her life. (Sounds like a long session at the day-spa, doesn’t it?) She’s now making an extra knot and a half of boat speed and I swear she had a sexy little wiggle as we departed Boat Works. The last week Continue reading

Nothing But Blue Skies Do I See!

Progress at last! The sun came out to play and we managed to finish polishing the underside of Roobi’s main deck and paint the first coat of anti-foul. Our props have been turned to gold and we’ve turned into a couple of groaning geriatrics! My Fitbit has awarded me a Penguin March Badge and The Continue reading