Anui ready for her next adventures.......

ANUI After happy years of sailing for our family, it's time for Anui to be made available for someone else's adventures. Here are the details of what she can offer:  A nui  is a 15.9mtr x 8.2mtr blue water performance cruising catamaran built by her Marine Engineer /Boat-builder owner to the highest standard. Anui  is the result of many years of racing and cruising by her owner and was purpose designed and built to be a fast, safe, and easy to sail live-aboard, a luxury travelling family home. She is extremely comfortable, self- sufficient with 180lt/hr Water Maker and 1KW of Solar power and has constantly been upgraded since her launch in 1999. She has just had a further upgrade in 2016 with new Awlgrip paint all over, replaced standing rigging, refurbished electrics, plumbing, upholstery and fittings. Over $150,000 spent in 2016 alone. She is a beautiful vessel and 100% ready to cruise the world again. Anui  performs extremely well off the wind and

Ho ho ho

Dearest Bloggees Merry Christmas, incase any of you are still checking in to our Anui blog after these weeks of no news. Seth and Finn in festive mood in their beloved tree house I have been pondering over just how interesting our lives can be now that we are based back in NSW and now seeing anything exotic any longer. I have been encouraged by some of you saying that we should keep writing, so will do so, when there is something to tell. You may have been wondering what it is like to stand still after moving for so long. It is like waking from a dream, rubbing our eyes and not quite knowing if we had made up the places and people we had seen. Anui is now tied up to the wharf at Kev and Paddy's place on the Clarence River, for a few weeks of relaxation and camping by the river. After that we will potter back to Yamba, at the river mouth, to get ready for school. I've already been back to work in sunny Tamworth and once I was in a room of kids' files it was hard ti

Heading South

Scott and Ole having to face the grim reality of phone plans We're halfway home and still waiting for canoes to come paddling out to trade with us. It didn't happen in Cairns, Makay or the Whitsundays, sadly enough. We've joined the Christmas Convoy of yachts heading South, battling Southerlies and gathering together to compare stories on windswept beaches. Basketball boy, playing with Seth and Finn in Louisiades We've both been looking into work options and getting the last term's school work done in preparation for our return to Yamba and the very necessary gathering of family finances. Dull, but inevitable. The islands of the Queensland coast are rather bleak and dry; we found coconuts on Middle Percy but they were not sweet or tasty. We had fun updating our sign in the famous A-frame and walked up the dusty hill to catch the breeze at the top. Finn has a new pair of runners and so is keen to try them out on long walks so we've been able to bushwal

Your own personal wish list

We're now in the Whitsundays, revisiting some favourite spots and waiting, inevitably, for the Southerlies to abate so that we can make some miles South. Those of you that know me well will know that I like nothing more than a good list. So, I have made a list for our lovely friends on this blog – a list of places that we have loved over the past 18 months that you might like to look up and even try to see for yourselves. Nothing at all wrong with dreaming. By the way, more messages, please. We love the ones that we get and it would be great to know who has been following us over the time we were away. Will keep the photos coming. Where? Can you get there with no yacht? Why try? Indonesia Banda Islands - Yes, by Pelini cruise boats - Spices, steamy villages, volcano Hoga, Wakitobi - Yes, to marine research centre - Beaches, diving, azure water Komodo - Yes, via Bali and Labuan Bajo -  Komodo dragons! Gili Aer -  Yes, via Bali - Beach holiday paradise Kumai River -

Trying to avoid reality

The lovely Pauline, Bagaman Well, where to start? We are back in Australia and already those azure PNG days are fading as the tasks of being back near home loom large. They are by no means gone, though. Papua New Guinea was the jewel in our 17 month voyage. It allowed us the privilege of entering the real lives of island people, without any of the trappings of tourism. There have been no shops, no restaurants, only the fair exchange of items through trading and the chance to make connections. Beautiful billums for sale at the market in Kokopo From Kokopo and Rabaul we headed South to Budibudi (known on the chart as the Lachlan Islands) where the trading began in earnest. Our three boats were surrounded by canoes from dawn til dusk, plying a few vegetables, coconuts, fresh crayfish, some carvings or the famous bagie (more of them in a minute). In exchange, we gave rice, sugar, noodles, clothing, fish line and hooks. The fresh produce was not plentiful, as these islands are mai

The eagle has landed!

Well folks, we have arrived in Cairns! We left the Louisiades on 31 October and had a dream run of only 48 hours to cover the 500 mile crossing. We were flying! The boat being empty of food, drink (that beer was very heavy...) and practically empty of fuel worked in our favour. All safe and sound and somewhat in culture shock. Will add proper blog tomorrow.... Our phone numbers are the same as previously. Love, S S S F

More raving about PNG

Seth diving on the Japanese tank, Duke of York islands Scott and the kids of Urkuk, Duke of York islands I am starting to write this sitting in an anchorage in the Duke of York islands near Rabaul in a small bay surrounded by villages. There are a few canoes of kids hanging around the boat and the morning has been the usual stream of trading – today for oranges, cooking bananas, shells, coconuts, papaya and green beans.  Nemo and his dad living on wreck of Japanese tank   Scott and Finn went off in a local boat to see some Japanese bombs left over from WWII. This whole region is full of sunken wrecks and jungle-hidden relics from the last two wars. Poor Papua New Guinea was really hit hard. On this island, the locals had to go and hide out the years of WWII in caves, hiding their babies and disguising the smoke from their fires as best they could. If the Japanese saw the smoke, they would throw a grenade. It seems that when the Japanese eventually beat a retreat they jetti