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

Challenges

Goodbye Whitsundays (and goodbye comfort zone!)

Goodbye Whitsundays (and goodbye comfort zone!)

Here we are in sunny Mackay. Mackay is only about 60nm from Airlie Beach but in a southerly direction! Yup, we’re finally on our way to Hervey Bay. On the 15th November we pulled into Airlie Beach for the last time to take on water […]

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 […]

*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 […]

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 […]

Boat Puzzles (or Getting Ahead)

Boat Puzzles (or Getting Ahead)

Life on board can be cramped, uncomfortable and inconvenient.  Despite this, I still LOVE it.  To be fair, we’ve only been on board Iron Will a few weeks, but over the years I’ve lived on many boats full time while employed as crew in various […]

Clean bill of health

Clean bill of health

We’ve had a couple of pieces of good news over the last few days. The day before yesterday, the surveyor came out to have a look at Iron Will while she was out of the water.  As I mentioned before, due to a combination of […]

Ships and sailors rot in port

Ships and sailors rot in port

We’ve had a rotten week.  Despite vowing to view this extra month in the marina as a holiday, we’ve all feel feeling stuck and cranky. Our lifting day got moved back every day until another whole week had passed and we’re still not in the […]

We ain’t going anywhere!

We ain’t going anywhere!

We’re staying another month.  We talked about it last night and the outstanding repairs can’t really be done at anchor.  It’s not like they’re optional works either; the boat needs to get this stuff done to be safe to sail, so we don’t really have […]

Living aboard: Week 1

Living aboard: Week 1

We’ve been living aboard for a week now.  It’s mostly great but there are still plenty of challenges.  We still have piles of crap everywhere, are struggling to stow everything, walk for miles to get to the car, lug shopping around in the boiling sun […]