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'How to not buy a yacht' is our story of how we ended up buying Nandji. With no sailing experience we purchased a yacht and moved our life onto the ocean. We take you through the process we followed of choosing a boat and finally making the purchase. Learn from our triumphs and our mistakes from our journey so far. I tell the stories of how we gained experience and take you along for the ride on our first sail, where of course things go wrong... Enjoy!
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DODGING CYCLONE DEBBIE
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, our work on preparing Nandji for our big voyage is interupted by a little storm called Cyclone Debbie. Luckily we were 1500km South from where Debbie made landfall, but we still managed to get the aftermath of Debbies wrath. We had winds predicted of 40 knots and it peaked at 55 knots! We are very happy with our decision to head into the marina and lucky to get the last berth! With Nandji safe, we head over to Koresails to continue with our sail bag construction. We have a birds eye view of
Nandji whilst she copes it sweet from Debbie. Hope you enjoy!
Music Credits - Jordan Merrick - Untitled #1, You Gotta Go
- Fugitive & the vagabond - Talkin' City Blues
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In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are busy little bees in getting Nandji ready for our first overseas crossing. Some people think this stuff just happens... Really it is alot of hardwork and dedication towards the goals we set, that really make this lifestyle possible. In this episode we get lots of little jobs done, sort the important paperwork for us to sail overseas, paint the cockpit of our vessel, check out the donk and then we are forced to prepare for extreme weather. Cyclone Debbie hit the North Queensland coast and we got the remnants of the storm. We put Nandji back together and prepare for what is to come.
Music Credits - Fugitive & the vagabond - Talkin' City Blues
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We are preparing our sailboat for her first ocean crossing. With the list continually growing, Yosh is back from work and we get busy on crossing off items on the list! We send Bonita up the mast for the first time to measure for a new headsail. We follow on from our last episode as Yosh fibreglasses and paints over the huge hole in Nandji where rot had been cut out of the deck. We do not have a water maker on board, but with the heavy Queensland rains, Yosh gets inventive and fills our tanks the old fashioned way.The sun returns and we measure up for a new main sail bag as our old one is struggling to hold together. Also to make Nandji safer when we need to lash down the main. We then head to the local sailmaker in Mooloolaba, Kore Sails to begin making it.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We sail into Mooloolaba as Yosh has been offered a job working on a local boat. We show you around Mooloolaba and give a tour of the area. Yosh dosnt hear back from the job and decides to pull out the tools and start working on Nandji. We are preparing for our first overseas voyage and take part in an Offshore cruising course run by The Island Cruising Association. We sit down with John and Lynn from the ICA and they answer a few of our questions about offshore cruising.
Music Credits - Stork
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we pack up our lives and leave Brisbane. We say goodbye to river life and sail north up the coast to Mooloolaba. Chasing an opportunity for work, we head out in rough stormy weather and have a great sail north. Battling a gusty breeze because of the rain squalls, we rolled in the swell and sailed at max speed to our new home. Entering into the seaway in the dark, Nandji did her job well.
Music - Vancouver Sleep Clinic
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we adventure around the city of Brisbane on the free bikes. We meet with friends in the Brisbane river and plan our festive season adventure time. We sail around Moreton Bay together, secretly racing everywhere of course. We dive on the Tangalooma wrecks, check out Amity Point on North Stradbroke island and dive for some Razorfish. The best beer drinking food ever! I even let you in on Grandmas secret receipe to pickle Razorfish. Not quite grandmas receipe, but it does alright!
Mitch King - http://www.facebook.com/MitchKingmusic
Andrew Rothschild - http://aroths.com/
Old Man Friday - http://www.oldmanfridaymusic.com
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we continue our 3 day and night sail from Bundaberg to Brisbane. We enter the Brisbane river and are hit by a server weather warning. We find shelter at an unused jetty and wait out the weather. Luckily it blows over quickly and we are able to continue sailing up the river to our new home at the pile-ons. Its a massive change for us moving to the city. We show you around and also put on our new anchor.
Music Artists: Nic Cassey:
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we depart Bundaberg on a long 3 day/night sail South to Brisbane. We navigate the maze like Sandy Straits. This is a stretch of water between Fraser island and the mainland of Australia. The water is shallow and ridden with sandbars that are constantly shifting. Yosh managed to successfully do this at night! We rest up waiting for the tide to rise, then cross the notorious Wide Bay Bar. This sand bar has caught many a boat out. We battle the strong currents and swell and successfully charge through the waves to the safety of the open ocean. With all the drama behind us, we settle in for an overnight sail to Brisbane.
Music - Kooii - Http://www.facebook.com/kooiimusic
- Simon Doe - https://www.facebook.com/simondoemusic
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we meet some fellow sailors that happen to have scuba tanks on board. They invite us to go diving with them. So we did what anyone would do, stay for another two days, hang out and go scuba diving! We then set sail south and hand steer 55nm to Bundaberg. Here we pick up some packages. A new head unit for our autopilot, so no more hand steering! We also collect our new Anchor from our friends at Manson. This beauty means no more sleepless nights! Yew!
We give you guys a big run down of what is happening in our crazy lives and tell you about our future goals!
Music - Clint Wilson - https://m.facebook.com/clintwilsonmusic/
- Andrew Rothschild - http://aroths.com/
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we enjoy life living in the coral cay that is Lady Musgrave Island. This place has been one of the favourite places we have visited along the coast and definitely the coolest island. We explore what Lady Musgrave island has to offer, walking around the beaches, frolicking in the forrest and swimming in the shallows. We then head outside of the lagoon and dive all around the outside of the reef. We were treated with a massive spectacle of marine cretures. From eels to octopus, sharks to Eagle Rays. The wild life was stunning. Of course we played with our new drone toy Darryl and took to the skies to get a birds eye view of this slice of heaven.
Music Credits: Mitch King - www.mitchkingmusic.com.au
Cesare - www.facebok.com/cesaremusic
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We were faced with weeks of strong wind from the wrong direction. After spending some time in 1770, it was time to leave and head out to Lady Musgrave Island, but of course when ever you want to do something, the weather does not allow you. After two previous attempts of trying to cross the bar and rounding the headland of Roundhill creek, only to head back into the safety of the anchorage. The third time around, we managed to get through the waves and had a good wind that allowed us to set our course out to Lady Musgrave Island. There we chase some waves and begin to enjoy the beauty of this Great Barrier Reef paradise.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are challenged with some heavy weather. Buckets of rain, hectic lightning storms and strong winds. This treacherous weather caused Nandji to drag anchor more than once, keeping us on our toes and with weary eyes. Not getting much sleep as we were constantly worried about Nandji. We managed to scrape through some how unscathed and once the weather cleared, we got to do some exploring. Walking through the magical Paperbark forrests on the out skirts of Agnes Water. After all the rain, the trees and foliage were thriving, it was a magical place.
Also the Captain sorted out our toilet issue. Installing a new macerator pump. Not a nice job to do, but now we wont be stuck up the creek without a paddle!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we reach a massive milestone for us and adventure out to Fitzroy Reef. Fitzroy Reef makes up part of the Souther Great Barrier Reef. The lagoon oasis is roughly 40 nautical miles from land, in the middle of the ocean. There is a skinny natural entrance into the lagoon, via a tiny channel in the coral. Once inside Fitzroy Reef, the lagoon is calm and protected from the open ocean swell and wind. The depth is shallow enough to anchor and you are protected from the elements. An amazing place that blew us away.
The beauty of this paradise and the time we spent playing in the natural wonderland, left us with smiles ear to ear.
Music Artists: Tia Gostelow
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we explore a bit more, around Great Keppel island. Bonita walks up a massive hill with an amazing view. We have a fire on our own beach, with not another soul in sight. We watch the storm roll in from the distance and hurry back to Nandji for shelter. The wind swings over night and we set our sails and fly down the coast. This is where our sailing became a bit complacent... We Chinese gybe and spin 180 degrees... A little scary but it was exciting stuff! Dolphins ride the bow of Nandji as we sail a fast pace towards 1770.
Music Artists: Luke Morris
Old Man Friday
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we leave the white sand and palm trees of West bay. Sailing to the other side of Middle Percy island to the more rugged and untouched Whites Bay. Marley got to cut sick and chase around his favourite toys in the world, Coconuts.
With a good wind one morning, added to the fact we had no food left, we decide to set some sails south and complete our first overnight sail to Yeppoon and Great Keppel islands. The wind gradually
disappeared and the motor had to be turned on. We had some Whale visitors that swam by and really put on a show for us. Launching themselves out of the water only 50m from Nandji. Amazing!!
Music Artists: Miss Max
Old Man Friday
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we arrive to the stunning Percy Isles. Since sailing down the coast, we have been looking forward to this stop off. The Percy group of islands are remote and alone, along way from the nearest main land town. Middle island has a very colourful history that we learnt all about from the current caretakers. The island has four permanent residents and rarely do they go to the mainland. Some of the stories they told were very interesting.
One week before our arrival, a fellow yachtie had done himself a mischief and ran aground on the rocks. Losing everything. His sailing boat wreck is prominent in the distance from the anchorage. We go check it out and see what can happen when things go horribly wrong.
Lots of sailing boats come and go during our visit. A popular destination with still so much seclusion. We loved this place so much we want to sail back there now!
Music Artists : Jay Hoad
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we continue on our journey south towards the Percy Isles. With so many islands in between, we have lots of stop offs along the way. we were blessed with lots of good sailing weather, so we made the most of it and sailed over 100nm. Stopping off at Brampton Island, then to St Bees Island, then to Scawfell Island, then to Digby Island. Lots of little day sails were done and we managed to squeeze in some diving. When we sailed into Digby Island, there were fish jumping every where so the Captain through out a lure and caught a big Queenfish. We then sail away from Digby Island and set course to the Percy Isles.
Also, we draw some prizes for our lucky patrons!!!
Music Artists used: El Moth
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In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we prepare Nandji for our grand departure of Airlie Beach. We begin sailing south, island hopping our way along. With some strong winds from the South East, we hid behind Thomas island for a bit and installed our new fridge/freezer. Ah, the luxury! The weather cleared and we could start sailing south again. So we hoisted the sails, and sailed on down the coast. Planning on heading to Goldsmith island, but we kept sailing and stopped at Brampton island instead. We saw whales jumping, Yosh caught our first fish trawling, which turned out to be a shark. Our island hopping adventure has begun and we are loving all the sailing and the new places discovered.
Music artists used: Fugitive and the Vagabond
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In this episode of sailing Nandji, we leave the beautiful Gloucester Island and return to Airlie beach. The forecast of Northerly winds encourages us for a quick turn around. We load up Nandji, ready to begin our journey south. We have a time with no wind and get creative to entertain ourselves. We attempt our first night sail and head south to Thomas Island.
In this episode we are waiting for northerly winds to blow us down the coral coast. We are greeted with strong trade winds and decide to take it on and sail up the coast instead! We stop at Maureens cove on Hook island for a night and downwind cruise to Gloucester Island.
We find an amazing restaurant with a bar called Montes which was perfect after a long day of Sailing.
We also draw the competition winners from our last video.
In this episode we invite you to join us on a tour of Nandji. We take you into our home and show you around. We take a helicopter flight around Airlie Beach and its competition time!
Competition time!! We are running a comp for your chance to win you and three friends a Spinnaker watch each! Prize is valued at over one thousand Australian dollars!! Click the link below to check it out!
In this episode, Bonita helps clean up the ocean with Ecobarge. We sail around Whitsunday island stopping off for Lunch at Whitehaven Beach and run into trouble crossing the Whitsunday Passage. We ran over a mooring and though we damaged the prop! We start taking on water as we were sailing across the passage then to discover a fire onboard. This experience was a big learning curve for us and has helped identify the way we solve problems as a team under pressure. We are still learning the ropes of sailing experiencing things for the first time and sharing this journey with you.
In this episode, we spend 5 nights anchored out on the Great Barrier Reef. We explored over 10 nautical miles of reef and were granted some of the finest weather one could ask for. We had a day when the ocean didn't break a ripple all day. Mirror like. It was amazing. We spent at least 6 six hours a day in the water either spearfishing, free diving or just generally exploring this magnificent reef.
In this episode, we set sail across the Whitsunday passage to Hook island to check out some inlets. We hide away from some bad weather in a beautiful little anchorage called Nara inlet. We take the tender out to explore the inlet a little deeper and seek out a waterfall. The weather passes and we set sail out to the Great Barrier Reef. We had some terrible weather followed by some beautiful sunny skys, making for some interesting and boring times on board!
In this episode we make a make-shift halyard and sail back from the great barrier reef to Airlie beach. We were blessed with some beautiful calm seas and clear skies. Once back on land we fixed our problems and set sail for the spectacular Whitehaven beach and Hills inlet. This is the greatest distance south we have sailed and we are starting to really enjoy the long distance sailing and are becoming more comfortable with blue water sailing.
In this episode, we set sail on our first adventure out to the Whitsunday islands. We were graced with beautiful weather so over a couple of wines decided that we should head out to sea and check out the great barrier reef. We are so happy we decided to take on this daunting step as we were gifted with the best of mother natures beauty. Of course we had some problems but we are quickly learning how to overcome and conquer unfortunate situations.
This is our second episode of Sailing Nandji. We have limited sailing experience but believe you can accomplish anything if you are passionate and dedicated to the cause.
This Episode is about adjusting to this new lifestyle of living on the ocean, preparing Nandji for long journeys and we also managed to reach our first weekend away anchorage in a pretty epic location.
This is our first episode of Sailing Nandji. Nandji is our Roberts 40 yacht we bought two months ago in Airlie Beach. We are from South Australia and are learning how to sail. We love to try new things and adventure. This episode is about our journey leaving Adelaide, travelling across the country and moving onto our new vessel. We had a few surprises when we arrived but managed to take her out for our first sail.
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