In this episode, our time in Australia has come to an end. We finally got home to visit our family and friends and introduce our daughter to everyone after 2.5 years away. The last couple of months have flown by but Nandji is calling. This is the longest time we had ever been away from our boat. The long flight delays and difficulty in overseas was all worth it as we set feet back onboard our home. I wonder what surprises she has in store!!
In this episode, we are sailing north through thew West Sumatran Islands of Indonesia on our way to the Telos Islands. Sailing with an 11 month old baby onboard has its difficulties but it also comes with great rewards. We discover an amazing little island too good to pass up and have to stop to check it out. With a 3 day sailing passage, this is how we sail with a baby!
After living in some nice apartments and some real shady ones, finally Nandji is ready for us to move back on board. Our floating home has seen some major renovations these past months and to move back on board and be preparing for the future journeys ahead, is a very special time. Countless hours has been invested into making Nandji a safe and beautiful home for our years of sailing to come. After completing the final installation of the new depth sounder, the jobs are complete. It is now time to get all our shit on board and prepare for the adventures ahead!
In this episode, we have gone full circle and arrive back at Nandji with our baby daughter Tallula. We are very thankful for the city of Penang and providing us a safe place during these difficlut times to have our daughter, but the city life wore thin a very long time ago and it is back to Nandji we go! Loading up the car and making the 3 hour drive back to Nandji felt like a massive milestone and standing at Nandji with Tallula in my arms was a very rewarding feeling. Time to finish off Nandji and get sailing!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, manoeuvring Nandji around other vessels has always been challenging and as we rarely spend time in marina's, it always get me nervous. Marina's are always tight quarters surrounded by expensive things you do not want to crash into! Making our way out of the pen and into the haul out cradle, all my worries were pout to rest as we place Nandji on the hard stand and begin our second major refit in preparation for the new crew member who will be here before we know it! We move everything off of Nandji and let the boat work begin! We plan to complete a major overhaul and upgrade to Nandji's living quarters. Removing everything from Nandji and starting from scratch!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are living out the old saying which is so very true! There is always something to fix on a boat! Ever since we painted our topsides last year, Yosh is like an old man with his front lawn and when something happens to his paint... LOOK OUT! The nesting has officially begun and whilst Bonita is cleaning and cleansing the boat ready for the new baby, more problems are found. At least we can now travel inter province around Malaysia so we head to Harbour master and clear out of Langkawi. Our long 6 months on the island has come to an end and it is time to move on to greener pastures! Does the boat work ever end? there is always something to fix on a boat!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we head out for a sail to north coast of Langkawi to explore the intricate mangrove system that occupies majority of the coast line. With miles and miles of back waters to explore, we load up Flubber and do our best to get lost! Langkawi is only 6 degrees above the equator and is protected from the ocean swell. These two factors mean that sailing in the area is often light winds and smooth seas. It is a very relaxing and peaceful way to travel. We sail 20 nautical miles to reach this maze of creeks and anchor through a tight gap between two cliffs! What an amazing place!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are getting close to finalising the repairs to Nandji after the reef scenario... The broken timbers have been removed and then re-planked by a local Thai contractor. To cover the timbers on the outside and to fill the seams the guys used an epoxy filler which I ground right back ready for fibreglassing. I had already back filled the seams on the inside with an epoxy wood glue and then fibreglassed over the lot including the structural ribs. The outside is now ready for more fibreglassing and we tackle the biggest glass jobs we have ever attempted. Nandji is nearly ready to go back in the water and the repairs are coming to an end, the only question now is... Will our boat float???
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