Interesting Times Ahead

Interesting Times Ahead

May you live in interesting times, the old Chinese curse goes, and events lately have certainly proved to be very interesting. As I write this, the world is going mad over the new President Elect of the USA, a Mr Donald Trump.  Well Facebook is certainly going crazy.  I have never seen a time where people seem to be so polarised over their particular brand of ideology.  Never has the gap between the left and the right been so big. …

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A Snowball’s Chance…

A Snowball’s Chance…

What started out as a dodgy gearbox in the Yanmar soon escalated. As previously described, we removed the engine from the Gull and dropped it off at the diesel workshop, Minards Diesel up in Newcastle.  I had a really good chat with Neil, the guy who would be working on the old clunker and he really knew his stuff. Neil also recommended getting some head work done. Apparently you have to change the head gasket every five years or so,…

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Out With the Old and Back In With the Old

Out With the Old and Back In With the Old

The last blog was about time and how it seems to slip through our fingers like sand, or alternatively, there isn’t enough of it to hold in your hand. But we seem to be through the tunnel and are now able to devote weekends to La Mouette.  After a hectic couple of months with work commitments, a holiday, Pipeband stuff, Deb’s Mother being in hospital as well as moving out of my flat, things have stabilised somewhat and we can…

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The List Goes On and On

The List Goes On and On

Every Boatie has a to-do List – I think I mentioned in a prior blog that mine is on an Excel spreadsheet, colour coded and ranked in priority. There are big jobs and lots of little jobs, ranging from removing  the old antifoul to hanging pictures.  We will get there, it’s just a matter of time! When we first bought La Mouette, it was pretty much a blank canvas, basically a 1970’s family cruising yacht which hadn’t been updated. The…

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Who Knows Where the Time Goes

Who Knows Where the Time Goes

Entropy is one of the laws of the universe and it most certainly applies to boats – the more you don’t use them, the more they fall to bits. The reverse doesn’t apply however, if you do take them out and use them, then they wear out!  There is no escape.  The only part of your boat that these immutable laws don’t apply to, is of course, the “to-do list”.  If your boat sits out on the mooring, or in…

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What They Don’t Tell First Time Boat Buyers!

What They Don’t Tell First Time Boat Buyers!

There’s no doubt about it, if you are a first time boat buyer, especially a boat that lives in the water permanently, then the learning curve is steep. We bought La Mouette in March 2015 and sometimes I can’t believe how far I have come in the last 12 months in relation to boats and boat systems. When we were looking around at buying a boat and going aboard various boats with brokers, we looked at all the usual stuff…

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The Dangerous Business of Going out of your Door

The Dangerous Business of Going out of your Door

Well I guess that it’s no good setting up a blog site and not posting any blogs, so here goes! When we originally bought La Mouette last year, we didn’t have any long term plans for cruising or anything like that. Didn’t even really think about such things. It was more along the lines of weekends away around Pittwater and the Hawkesbury and maybe even up the coast a bit to Lake Macquarie or Port Stephens. As kids on Mum…

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Welcome Aboard!

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome aboard! Take your shoes off and come aboard!  Don’t forget the golden rule, one hand for you and one for the boat. Take a seat and I will put the kettle on and make a brew, or would you prefer something a little stronger.