Keep on keeping on

Sadly we’re still here in Scarborough waiting to take off up the coast, heading for Cairns where we will be joining the Sail 2 Indonesia rally. The good news is that thankfully the auto pilot is now working but frustratingly, a leak has sprung – apparently from a valve where our newly furnished prop shaft enters the boat.

Of course the person who “fixed” the prop has not returned any of our phone calls and to be honest we aren’t sure that we want him to do anything else to the boat but the good news is that a recomimagemendation from someone we trust has turned up trumps. Our new contractor has kindly made time to help us out (even though his entire team is booked up until the end of July). Bali Hai is now out of the water at Scarborough Marina and should be fixed up by early next week.

In in the meantime we continue to prepare for taking off and yesterday our son Ben’s partner Sarah helped me load a large amount of provisions onto the boat – everything from pasta to washing up liquid, including dozens of tins of tomatoes, tuna and countless bottles of sunblock and insect repellent! We also picked up the many charts we need for the Indonesian Islands and our made to measure fitted sheets for the new bed in out remodelled cabin.

Next time I write we will be underway at long last. Even though we have moments of doubt and wondering if we are completely mad,  most of the time we just “keep on keeping on.”

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

4 thoughts on “Keep on keeping on”

  1. After so much to do leading up to doing nothing (sailing) you will be looking for things to do at each port of call. Have you got your collapsible push bikes onboard?


  2. Oh dear – it sounds like waiting for a baby to arrive! But in a similar way, I’m sure it will be worth it when it finally happens and then this long drawn out time of waiting will just fade from your memories. At least you’ll have time to remember all those things you forgot about packing first time round!
    Lots of love, Sarah and Mum x


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