Before we head to sea, let's show these Green horns the ropes!!
We have found ourselves back on the tax free island of Langkawi, Malaysia as we finalise Nandji II ready to head out cruising for the first time. With a few niggling jobs and still some packages to collect before our departure, we have been busy tinkering away in preparation to sail against the weather for 500 nautical miles to the remote islands off the West Sumatran coast in Indonesia. To mix things up a bit, we invited some crew onboard to help out along the way. Nick and Kelsey are a little green around the edges so it is important before we head to sea for days on end, we familiarise everyone with sailing and handling Nandji 2 Having a new boat is a big learning curve for all and what better way to get everyone comfortable onboard than going sailing, anchoring somewhere amazing and then fixing things…
After 48 hours at sea, we drop anchor in a protected bay to rest. Then we drag anchor... There is nothing worse than an anchor that doesn't hold your boat! Whilst we have been living onboard Nandji II for a little while now, we have really just been moving from one marina, do some boat work, onto the next marina. More boat work etc... Now we are in the final stages of preparing to go cruising again, life at anchor is proving to be more difficult than it should be! Relying on your ground tackle is essential and gives you confidence that when you leave your boat, it is going to be there when you get back. So far with Nandji II, we had dragged anchor 3 times!! This is 3 times too many and it is time to solve this problem. As Bonita was still recovering from surgery, we decided to get some new crew onboard to help us sail to Indonesia. They arrive and move onboard, welcome to Nandji II!
What does 48 hors at Sea sound like? Sailing in squalls from Phuket, Thailand to Langkawi, Malaysia
The Sounds of Sailing... We have done this milk run between the 2 countries many times and thought this time, we would try something a little different and give you an insight into what it is like to be at sea for 48 hours as a family. There is not much talking, more just the noises of the ocean and Nandji II doing her thing.
With a 60 day visa in Thailand, the months of June and July we tried our best to complete as much work to Nandji 2 so we could to get her ready for extensive off grid cruising and finally go cruising somewhere this year. We first met Rob from South East Asia sails and Wiyisi from Seam upholstery back in June when they completed some canvas repairs and made an additional flap for the boom bag. At this time, we also begun the process of replacing our old ragged saloon cushions into something fresh and brighter. With all the work being completed around the boat transforming Nandji 2 into a world explorer, we also wanted to make her more comfortable and feel like home.
The final piece of the puzzle, MORE POWER!! New Solar panel Dinghy davits build
When we first bought our new boat, it was not set up for long distance cruising. The power for the vessel required either running a generator all day or being plugged into shore power in a marina. It was equipped with 2x 80 watt solar panels 😂 This had to change. Slowly we have been upgrading our vessel with a new battery bank, more solar and now the edition of a huge dinghy davits lift complete with over 1200watts of solar power! Lets make this boat ready for Off grid living!!
Sunpowered Solar panels - Use the following code at the checkout and get a further 10% off the Maxeon fixed frame solar panels - SAILINGNANDJI https://bit.ly/SailingNandjiSolar
Before our daughter was born, we used to sail with our furry child Marley. He is a pure bred Whippet that we got as an 8 week old pup, before boat life when we were travelling around Australia in our bus Froth. Then along came old covid and flipped the world and travel upside down. We opted to stay together in a foreign country and wait this ordeal out, only to have pressure of being kicked out of our host country. With no where for us to go and not knowing what would happen to our Marley man, we made the arrangements for him to be exported back to our home country Australia, where we knew he was safe. For the last 18 months he has been staying with our good friends in Oz, but after months of preparation, finally everything has aligned for him to return to us. We have been in Bangkok for Bonita to receive emergency explant surgery, this coincidently aligned with Marley's pre organised travel. Its been a crazy year of making our new sailboat ready to sail, Bonitas health is on the mend and now the final piece of the puzzle is our fur baby to be back with us.
We are in Bangkok for a few reasons... Surgery, Marley and why not check out the place whilst we are at it
Such a crazy city Bangkok is. From overwhelmingly busy, cars everywhere, the never ending noise and the people on people, it was a very different experience for us little Australian family who grew up in the sticks. Living on a boat we are used to vacant beaches, palm trees and talking to rocks, now we are in the middle of truly organised chaos!! We had made the trip to Bangkok for Bonita to have emergency surgery. Now that she has been through the operation and is on the mend, we decided that with a few days left in Bangkok, we wanted to play tourist and check out something unique. The first bustling market is created on top of a train track. The shades and stalls cover the track and then 8 times a day, the vendors pull back their shades to allow the train to rattle through the market, missing their stalls and products but only inches! The second market is based from the old farming days where the rural communities were entwined by canals where the farmers would bring their fresh produce to market by boat. It has since transformed into a bustling tourist destination as the long tail boats bumper car their way through the market with stalls either side.
Bonita has had complications with her breast implants. After seeing a doctor, she needed to have emergency surgery in Thailand...
This is a very personal subject that we are sharing and appreciate your kind words. Please respect this situation and understand it is part of our lives and our journey. After discovering that Bonita's breast implants were ruptured and leaking, we needed to find a surgeon in Thailand for explant surgery. Discovering a great specialist in Bangkok, we travelled from Phuket to Bangkok to see the specialist to complete the explant procedure. This is not medical advice. I am merely sharing my own personal experience and what I’ve gone through.
There are resource links in the description about my surgery and breast implant illness.
This video is for information purposes only and to provide insight into my own personal experience in hopes of helping other women.
Enbloc Full capsulectomy / Full capsulectomy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjDMBYQM19o
Risk factors of Silicone Implants - http://www.fengclinic.com/files/2014/10/RiskFactorsofSiliconeImplants.pdf
FDA study - http://breastimplantinfo.org/fda-study-shows-that-most-silicone-gel-filled-breast-implants-rupture/ Are breast implants really impermeable - https://www.facebook.com/explantsurgery/videos/1949518562007088 Inflamation and depression - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-breakthrough-depression-solution/201111/the-brain-fire-inflammation-and-depression
Breast Implant Illness - https://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/surgery/breast-reconstruction/types/implant-reconstruction/illness/breast-implant-illness
Breast Implant associated cancer - ALCL - https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/breast-implants/questions-and-answers-about-breast-implant-associated-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma-bia-alcl#:~:text=Breast%20Implant%20Associated%20Lymphoma%20(BIA,can%20spread%20throughout%20the%20body. FDA Safety alert - SCC - https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-safety-alert-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-various-lymphomas-scar-tissue-around-breast?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&fbclid=IwAR27wmOYTpJ3izkgK5Ha89LFI1SZNIP9k-ivmgmqAHg7px9WcGQ3V_w8u7E
Breast Implant Illness facebook page 185K women - https://www.facebook.com/healingbreastimplantillnessbynicole https://www.healingbreastimplantillness.com
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