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Our Travels

The long walk

Late last week, after a few days of being weather bound on board, we decided it might be nice to row ashore at the sandstone cliffs in West Arm and walk down to the historic community of Yorktown. Replica soldiers cottage at Yorktown I would like the record to reflect that I suggested sailing our … Continue reading »

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Beaconsfield Mining Museum

Last week we caught the 9:20am bus up from Beauty Pt to Beaconsfield, and went to the Beaconsfield Mining Museum, and if you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a visit. You walk into the gift/souvenir shop, it’s the entrance, and pay your entry fee. They have an arrangement with Platypus World and Seahorse World in … Continue reading »

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Low Head Maritime Museum

Yesterday we set sail to Pilot Bay, Low Head. We were off to visit the Maritime Museum there, at the old Pilot Station, and walk to the lighthouse. Our trip was uneventful, but making the entrance at near low tide was a bit nerve wracking, only 2 meters with lots of nasty rocks around. We … Continue reading »

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Apparently you aren’t trying hard enough if you don’t run aground

The morning started innocently enough. We awoke early to an absolutely fantastic sunrise: We started schoolwork with the boys, but had guests motor over and give us an “Ahoy!”. It was Dick and Brenda from the motorboat ANNIE, a 34ft Diesel Duck design. Dick and Brenda are “mudskippers”; that is, they prefer to cruise coastal, … Continue reading »

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Twas the season to be merry…

What a big year 2011 was… As many of you following the blog would know, we left our floating home snugged up on a mooring in the Tamar and headed southwards for what my father used to call the “silly season”. Speaking of fathers, my Dad generously offered to come up from the Tasman Peninsula … Continue reading »

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A wander downriver

What a nice time we had at Gravelly Beach! Last Friday we attended a MAST flares presentation at the Gravelly Beach Slipyard. The Slipyard put on a BBQ and all manner of hairy boaties turned up, including yours truly. We got to talking to a white haired chap who looked like he’d been around boats … Continue reading »

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Shopping trip to Exeter

After school this morning, we set on a provisioning trip to get food for the coming week from Exeter. Here’s a snapshot from Google Earth on the area: That blue dot on the far right is where we are moored. We went for a row in the dinghy up Stony Creek to the boat yard … Continue reading »

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The QVMAG is awesome

We took a trip to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, now located at the old rail yards in Invermay, just north of Launceston’s city center. The QVMAG has an amazing display of relics salvaged from the wreck of the SYDNEY COVE, a ship that went down off Preservation Island in the late 1700’s. … Continue reading »

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A stroll up the Tamar

We had a miserable start to our trip up the river to Launceston. It blew a cold 15 to 20kt southerly and we completely stuffed the tide calculation. That meant doing 2 to 3 knots against the outgoing tide in the pouring rain and biting wind… The trip should have taken two hours but it … Continue reading »

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St. Helens to the Tamar

We made it to the Tamar. Our first overnight trip! We dropped anchor at Deep Hollow in West Arm at 0700 this morning after leaving St. Helens yesterday at 0830. The trip was planned out in some detail, given the tidal critical nature of it at three points of the passage. Back in St. Helens, … Continue reading »

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