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Living aboard

Gladstone to Hervey Bay: The Last Leg

Gladstone to Hervey Bay: The Last Leg

The last little bit of our 2017 journey was from Gladstone to Hervey Bay. Matt is originally from Hervey Bay and has lots of family there, so we decided it would be a great place to spend Christmas. It’s also south of the tropical cyclone […]

Mackay to Gladstone: fair weather and new friends

Mackay to Gladstone: fair weather and new friends

I was nervous about leaving Mackay. We’d had our asses so comprehensively whupped coming into Mackay and the bad weather had persisted for nearly 10 days. We hunkered down in Mackay Marina and waited for it to blow through. The weather was looking good for […]

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” […]

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 […]