Category: Buying a Yacht

September 3, 2019 Peter 2 comments

This boat has a way of testing us in ways we never imagined. After being away from the boat for over 7 months we came back to a boat full of black mould – again! When we bought the boat it was full of black mould from being closed up for a long time and…

October 2, 2018 Peter No comments exist

With the magnitude of challenges on the existing plumbing we made a decision to replace the existing toilet with a composting toilet. But first we would have to rip the existing system out. It would also be a good time to give the head a makeover. There were over 50 holes in the walls and…

September 16, 2018 Peter No comments exist

The initial plan was to replace all the pipes in the head on the assumption that they were the offending items and doing so would solve the problem of the nasty smell on the boat. We purchased good quality sanitation grade piping and replaced all of the outlet pipes from both the head and the…

September 8, 2018 Peter No comments exist

It seems there is always something to do on the boat. It is now almost three months since we arrived in Wyee and Great Escape has not moved from her swing mooring at Wyee Marina. Most of the outstanding maintenance had been done in Adelaide before we left but there are still a few items…

July 16, 2018 Peter No comments exist

We spent a few nights in Bermagui waiting for a suitable weather window. This would be the last stretch but we would stop in at Careel Bay Marina in Broken Bay for a few weeks to visit our good friends, Win and Helan, and to do some maintenance before taking the boat to Wyee Point….

July 15, 2018 Peter No comments exist

After a restful night at Refuge Cove, and our first night at anchor, it was off to Bermagui with a stop at Lakes Entrance. The trip from Refuge Cove to Lakes Entrance was uneventful but we had to cross a bar to get into the harbour. Bar crossings are always a little stressful and you…

June 21, 2018 Peter No comments exist

Bass Strait was named after George Bass after he passed through it in the Norfolk in the late 1700’s. According to CruisersWiki, “Bass Strait has a well deserved reputation as being one of the most treacherous bodies of water in the world.”, and, “The crossing of the Bass Strait is considered a significant but worthwhile…

June 19, 2018 Peter No comments exist

The extra day in Robe had been a bonus. Not only had we, hopefully, sorted out the muddy water problem but we also had a chance to rest up, do some sightseeing and get some laundry done. It was time to head off for Portland. We would finally be out of South Australia and in…

June 15, 2018 Peter No comments exist

Image courtesy of Aloha Accommodation The trip from Adelaide to Robe was a real baptism of fire for us. Heading down St Vincent Gulf the wind picked up and we had frequent 20 knot gusts. We discovered two things very quickly, Margaret suffers from terrible sea sickness when the wind is over 10 knots, and…

June 12, 2018 Peter No comments exist

We were really glad to get out of Adelaide. Buying the boat in Adelaide, and getting it ready for the trip to Sydney, had proved to be anything but a pleasant experience. You can read all about that experience here. We had however met some wonderful people in Adelaide. Gill and Chris had been our…