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

Planning

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 […]

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 […]

Becoming liveaboards – the final countdown

Becoming liveaboards – the final countdown

We’re moving aboard in 3 days.  The house is becoming emptier and more spacious and echoey, while the boat is bursting at the seams.  There are crates of stuff piled in every cabin as there hasn’t been time to stow our belongings, and you have to climb […]

Whitsunday Times article

Whitsunday Times article

Lovely write up in the Whitsunday Times today 😀 (Tilly was sad she’s not in the pics cos she was away that day) Now we just need to actually get on board and GO somewhere! http://ow.ly/XVPD30dAGYM Sailing family ‘going where the wind will take them’ Peter Carruthers […]

ABC Tropical North of Facebook

ABC Tropical North of Facebook

We were featured on ABC Tropical North’s Facebook page. We love all the encouraging comments, thanks guys! Link HERE. Whitsundays parents Annabel and Matthew Stewart have quit their jobs and will rent out their home to set sail with their family along the east coast of […]

Radio interview

Radio interview

Our radio interview on ABC Tropical North was broadcast today.  It’s very strange hearing a recording of yourself, but it went well and we’re hoping it’ll give other families food for thought. CLICK HERE to listen.

Haven? or Hades?

Haven? or Hades?

T minus 8.  A week tomorrow and we will be liveaboards! Our 12 month adventure will have properly begun.  It feels strange to think that next Sunday night will be the last we sleep in our lovely house for a while. The bed, I have to say, […]

Fame and fortune?

Fame and fortune?

We had a lot of fun filming on Iron Will today.  ABC’s daily analysis and social commentary programme “The Drum” are planning a segment on why some Aussie families choose an unconventional lifestyle, and we’re going to be one of those unconventional families! It started […]

More setbacks

More setbacks

Matt and I both know that pretty much anything to do with boats gets delayed, takes longer and costs more than you expect.   So we  were  annoyed – but not surprised – when the boatyard called this week to say we weren’t being hauled out next […]

Overwhelm

Overwhelm

We are T-26 (where T = moving aboard day).  Now that I am officially unemployed, I have been throwing myself into Getting Rid of Stuff.  I’ve been packing non-essentials like pictures and photo albums, sorting out/donating clothes and selling stuff on Facey or filling boxes […]