A big hello from tropical Oz.
We're the proud but unintentional owners of two yachts - An Alajuela 33' cutter based in Cairns and our new vessel, an Antigua 44 Walkthrough Ketch based up in Borneo - and no this is not a brag
Once more we've done what we always swore we'd never do again, buy a new yacht before selling the first
Sometimes we're our own worst enemies!
but I'm sure we're not alone!
We had only just finished outfitting Mico, our Alajuela 33 in readiness for our next blue water. Previously we've sailed her out to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and up to Papua New Guinea and were looking at heading out to Fiji, down to New Zealand and then across the Tasman and up the Queensland coast.
Over the last few years we're totally refitted her with new engine, tanks, wiring, electronics and deck gear. The latest was a new Raymarine Grand Prix Auto helm and wireless remote steering and a brand new full battened main just a couple of months ago.
With holidays all booked and the garden looking less like a jungle and a house sitter all organised, we got an unexpected call from a couple we had sailed with in company from Cairns up to the Louisiades PNG a year earlier. They had sailed their Antigua 44 ketch out from the States on a 5 year circumnavigation and after sailing with us, got as far as Borneo before deciding that they had had enough and wanted to be able to walk across the lounge without a safety line!
Before we knew it we'd said yes - and flew up to take possession, all plans of sailing to Fiji now on hold and our beautiful Mico all dressed up with nowhere to go
So long story short, we now spend our time flying back and forth between them both but it's looking like Borneo and the South China Sea is going to be our cruising ground for the next couple of years.
Our Mico has already done a circumnavigation and has anchored in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and all points in-between and now with a new hull and deck respray and new gear, she needs some new owners to take her on her next adventure as we are finding we are sailing her less and less. She's not a marina vessel - she's a blue water cruiser and with this in mind we've launched a little website to tell her story
Just google Alajuela 33' Mico
Check her out and as they say down here in Oz, you never know your luck in a big city!
Meanwhile we look forward to sharing some of our yacht projects and experiences afloat - both here in Oz and up in Borneo and getting to know some more fellow yachties.