The Stewart family buy a boat, jack it all in and go sailing!

The Sea Stewarts

The Sea Stewarts

The Stewart family buy a boat, jack it all in and go sailing!

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Playing Games

Playing Games

This week we’ve been playing a lot of games. Monopoly. Pass the Pigs. Uno. That waiting game. It’s been a necessity; we’ve been sitting at anchor the whole time, waiting for the weather to change (and for another part for the generator to turn up […]

Next please!

Next please!

We’re ready for Stage 2. Much as we’ve enjoyed floating around the Whitsundays and seeing our land-based friends every week or so, we’re now keen to set off on the next stage of our journey. The plan is to head south and … well, see […]

Island time

Island time

We’ve done it! We’ve cracked a week at sea! Well, when I say at sea, I actually mean pottering around the delightful Whitsundays. But the point is; we haven’t had to go back into port to get anything fixed, which is a first for us. […]

Reasons to be cheerful: One, two, three

Reasons to be cheerful: One, two, three

We’ve had the BEST week.  It’s not been without its challenges; but overall I think we’re winning. REASON ONE:  We have sails! They go up! They come down! They make the boat move!  This is so exciting for us.  We’ve been working on the sails […]

The Never-Ending Story

The Never-Ending Story

I thought we’d left “To Do” lists behind in our land-based, 9-5 jobs. Nope. Boats have to be the WORST for generating endless lists of Stuff To Do. We generally have a few on the go; Matt’s To Do List, Bel’s To Do List, Things […]

Things I never thought I’d say

Things I never thought I’d say

When you start living aboard a boat, your whole idea of “essential comforts” is thrown out the window.  (Well, unless you’re loaded and can buy a whopping great gin-palace, complete with a crew in white uniforms). For most cruisers, especially those of us at the […]

Finally – we’re cruisers!

Finally – we’re cruisers!

It’s an overcast grey morning and we’re anchored in a bay, surrounded by scrubby low land. There are a few other boats dotted around at anchor in the bay. We arrived yesterday, after finally, finally leaving our “home” berth in the marina and saying “adieu” […]

*Do* pay the Ferryman? Re-stepping the mast

*Do* pay the Ferryman? Re-stepping the mast

Today is an exciting day for us:  the main mast is going back on the boat. For a while now we’ve been having repairs done to all the rigging and the main mast.  The team over at Marlin Marline have done an amazing job over […]

On the Kindness of Strangers

On the Kindness of Strangers

Years ago, back in the Noughties, I spent a season on a boat in the Caribbean. It was a beautiful Bowman 48, fresh out of the packet, and sailed like a dream. It was owned by my ex-employer-from-office-days and friend Richard, and he wanted help […]

Warts and all

Warts and all

Our boat is not flash.  Words you could use to describe Iron Will: sturdy, seaworthy, solid.  We bought her because a) she has great lines, b) she’s built to last and c) she was the right price. She’s also distinctive looking – in a marina […]