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Have a nine month old was out yesterday it was great he was out with us at7-8 weeks old easier when they are little they just chill now at nine months he is busy but it was no big deal just take he/ she along
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Re: Soon to be Cruiser with Kid

And may she spend more than half her life sailing from now on.

Good to hear everything went well, chall. Of course, we expect to some rousing adventure stories from you now
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Re: Soon to be Cruiser with Kid

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Hey guys,

She is now 15 Months old and is now just back on land(for the moment) after spending more than half of her life sailing.

Safety was obviously our main focus, we did our due dilligence and found in the end that it was relatively easy and a real joy to cruise as a family.
Awesome! Beautiful kiddo. Hope you and family are doing well.

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Re: Soon to be Cruiser with Kid

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Details, please!
Sorry, I have been a bit slow on the blog side of things I know!

Here is the general wrap up.



The beginning of our trip last July was let's say unpromising.

The night before we headed off, we had dinner and beers with my brother in Law( also off on a adventure of his own in Europe). I was anxious to get going at 3am, so we bolted out of our slip at breakneck speed determined to make good time on passage to Port Stephens.

As we exited Broken Bay it became apparent conditions hadn't eased that much at all. I was shouting orders and we were heading out in the dark into 25-30 knots, and the seas were well big. We had our first reef in, but the second reef line was stubbornly stuck......My wife became horribly seasick, and of course it started raining, cold penetrating rain and I inexplicably was in Jeans and a inshore jacket it not having occurred to me to put on foulies before we headed out, so I was cold, soaked through and struggling to keep control of my boat, a really dumb situation.

As the sun came up I turned the boat around and headed back into Pittwater grabbing a mooring buoy at Coaster's Retreat. We had managed a total distance of 3 nautical miles from our slip. We wondered why we were doing this, perhaps the ocean was no place for us.

We had brunch and slept. We talked. We knew what we were doing, we just had to relax and do it............ The next morning we got up at 3am again, relaxed, made porridge and coffee and headed for Port Stephens.

10 hours later we dropped anchor inside Port Stephens. So excited that we had made a 75 nm passage successfully we cracked a bottle of Champagne and celebrated. How silly that now seems!

After a couple of days in Port Stephens our next passage was an overnighter to Coffs Harbour. 36 hours at sea double-handed with a baby......it would be our norm by the end of the trip but it is well tiring!

We arrived in Coffs with a screaming baby, exhausted and yelling at each other. Two local cruisers came up and grabbed our lines and then in subsequent days they drove us into town for supplies and fuel, brought us coffees and discussed future anchorages and passages. They were our first taste of cruising camaraderie and became friends of the sort that would take years to find living the life we were living in Sydney.

From Coffs we crossed the border into Queensland and then headed across the infamous Wide Bay Bar, we explored Fraser Island and then Bundaberg. We made it up the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave Island, Pancake Creek, Great Keppel Island, Rosslyn Bay, Pearl Bay, The Percy Islands, Digby Island, Mackay, The Whitsundays and beyond.


Pancake Creek


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Middle Percy Island


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We relaxed........ alot

We stopped hurrying and started really cruising. We started talking to people..........on buses, in dinghies, on beaches, in shops and on marinas. We caught up with other boats from our yacht club cruising the coast as well which mean't there was no shortage of sundowners or advice. If the weather was good we sailed, or swam, or snorkelled....or not. If the weather was bad we fixed stuff, read, shopped or cooked.

We learn't alot about sailing and our boat. We learn't alot about cruising.

And now????

We wish it could of gone on forever, but we have returned to Sydney and are back at work.......for now. The initial hope was a couple of years of cruising. The reality was short of that.....however we still feel very fortunate that we got to do what we did.
We are now renewing the kitty so we can go again and realise some of our more ambitious cruising goals next time.
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Re: Soon to be Cruiser with Kid

chall ... re your early return, does that mean your costs were greater than anticipated ?

As for leaving Broken Bay and returning with your tail tucked, I know what you mean. A couple of years back we tried and turned back three days straight. Tiresome and dispiriting but I for one am tired of being beaten up on that stretch.

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Re: Soon to be Cruiser with Kid

The early return was for a few reasons.

Firstly the timing of the ‘cruising season’ in Far Nth Qld. We realized the silliness of rushing up the coast so made the call not to venture further afield. Secondly yes costs. The blow out was probably more in the preparation stage however than cruising…. However marinas hurt a lot as well!

Thirdly ironically because we were enjoying cruising so much we decided that rather than trashing the cruising kitty in one foul swoop and then being forced back into the rat race on its terms, we would very much like to go cruising again and go further and longer. This coincided with some good work opportunities opening up in Sydney….some may see this as selling out on the cruising dream but basically we see it as the opposite.

The reality is also that our daughter would get a lot more out of the experience in a couple of years as well. We are already planning at least 6 months up the coast again leaving next May……whether it will be longer than that or whether we will go further next year I’m not yet sure. We are now thinking about a 'Big' trip 2-3 years but not sure what that will look like...
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Re: Soon to be Cruiser with Kid

You have a cute munchkin there, chall03

Thanks for the details, they are much appreciated and a nice contrast to a couple of other recent tales I've heard.
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Re: Soon to be Cruiser with Kid

Thanks mate.

In terms of having her along it was great. She loved the rough passages, the motion would just put her to sleep. She had a comfy little berth with lee cloth and she was happy. She loved the feel of wind on her face, it would make her laugh and flap like crazy!

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Have a nine month old was out yesterday it was great he was out with us at7-8 weeks old easier when they are little they just chill now at nine months he is busy but it was no big deal just take he/ she along
I agree, by about 9-10 months things got a little harder, she start moving alot quicker! My daughter enjoyed undoing stopper knots, hitting random buttons on the chartplotter and disengaging the auto pilot at the most inopportune times It's all cute to begin with.....but umm on a 2 day passage it gets old!

Friends always seemed to know when we had come into a marina, apparently the sounds of a 10 Month old shouting/singing/screaming and two grown adults singing"If your happy and you know it clap your hands" while trying to dock a boat gave us away.
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