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4 days ago
Boat delivery from Lakes Entrance to Airlie Beach - 1 400NM
9 days ago

Saturday dawned overcast and the weather forecast was for rain and thurderstorms. It would be Peter’s last day on Cordalga, he had other commitments and needed to get home. Geoff had planned to leave the gold Coast but with the weather the way it was, Cordalga couldn’t go anywhere. Before leaving a good friend, Debbie,...

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10 days ago

“Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”  These are the actual words used by Jack Swigert during the Apollo 13 spaceflight. Hollywood changed them to the now popular ‘Houston, we have a problem’ for the movie. We too can now say ‘We’ve had a problem here’. Another one. The weather on Tuesday was anything but...

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13 days ago

By Friday night the Skipper was ‘at 95%’ and we were back in business. We had planned another early start on Saturday, up at 03H30 for a 04H00 departure. When the alarm went off at 03H30 the wind was howling and Geoff couldn’t get a clear picture of the bar conditions from the Bar Cam....

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17 days ago

We’re getting used to these early mornings. It was up at 03H00 again on Thursday for a 04H00 departure from Nelson Bay headed for Port Macquarie. During the routine engine checks the previous day, Geoff noticed that the engine oil level was low which was a bit of a concern. The previous run to Nelson...

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17 days ago

We’re getting used to these early mornings. It was up at 03H00 again on Thursday for a 04H00 departure from Nelson Bay headed for Port Macquarie. During the routine engine checks the previous day, Geoff noticed that the engine oil level was low which was a bit of a concern. The previous run to Nelson...

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19 days ago

In addition to the vibration causing Glenn to have a very cold swim in Narooma, while doing a routine check, the engine suddenly overheated. Finding the problem proved elusive, resulting in Glenn having to disassemble and reassemble the entire cooling system. There was no apparent cause for the overheating but the problem disappeared. The initial...

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23 days ago

“I’ll make it work”. This was the message from Glenn once he received the new alternator which, as promised, arrived promptly on Friday morning. And so between disappearing into the belly of Cordalga and running to and from the local chandler, Glenn set about making it work. The rest of the crew were treated to...

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25 days ago

Going by boat from Lakes Entrance to Eden

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28 days ago

It is a long way from Wyee in NSW to Lakes Entrance in Victoria and even with the good Australian public transport system it would still take 2 days to get from Wyee to Lakes Entrance. It would be a combination of train and bus trips of varying lengths with an overnight stop in Canberra....

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1 month ago

With all that has been going on over the past months we haven’t been able to spend any time at sea – something we need badly right now. It has been well over a year since our trip from Adelaide to Wyee and Great Escape has been on a swing mooring at Wyee Point Marina...

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1 month ago

Some 11 months after we started this project we are finally getting close to finishing it.   We settled on the Airhead Waterless Composting Toilet mainly because of space considerations and the fact that we can use the existing black tank deck vent to vent the toilet. It would however need a small modification on...

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1 month ago

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...

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2 months ago

It’s bad, very bad! It has been over 7 months since my last blog post and I have spent most of that time in South Africa. It wasn’t supposed to be such a long trip. In October 2018 my mother, who at that stage lived in South Africa, injured her back and was told she...

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2 months ago
This is what a service delivery protest looks like. The video was taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in July 2019.
12 months ago
Installing a composting toilet on a boat.
13 months ago
After weeks of messing around, rather unsuccessfully, with the head on the boat, it was a welcome relief to have a few days away from the boat. Peter’s daughter and son-in-law needed to get away from the weather in New Zealand and get some sun and were going to spend a week in Surfers Paradise...
13 months ago
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...
13 months ago
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...
15 months ago
Sailing from Bermagui to Sydney. %
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