Route Planning

Planning a Circumnavigation

Plotting a world circumnavigation route is a lot easier than it sounds.  There are cruising boats LITERALLY all over the world.  There are boats in the Northwest passage (up and over Canada), in the Antarctic, and everywhere in between.  There are a few key things to take into consideration, but 95%* of circumnavigation routes follow the same…

Australia

Whitsunday Island: 1st Stop Cruising the Whitsundays

As our time traveling up the coast of Australia is coming to a close, we’re limited in how much time we can spend along the way. But for 6 nights, we enjoyed two completely different bays on Whitsunday Island. About the Whitsundays The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands in the Great Barrier Reef,…

Maintenance

3-Year Maintenance (Some Routine, Some Not)

While at The Boat Works in Coomera, we tackled a lot of projects.  Some of them we do yearly, while a few are things we’d never done before.  Starry Horizons is now over 3 years old, and although she’s still young for a boat, as she gets more broken in, there’s more work to be…

Australia

Middle Percy: A Cruiser’s Famous Pit Stop

Our next stop after Great Keppel Island was Middle Percy Island (sometimes called Middle Island, in the Percy Island group).  Middle Percy is the largest island around, and only has one small anchorage that serves as protection from the prevailing winds – West Bay. West Bay was empty when we arrived on June _.  It’s…

Australia

Great Keppel Island and Keppel Bay Marina

Departing Fraser Island we had strong southeasterly winds. We left Fraser around 8 am aiming for the Keppels. We played with the sails a little bit throughout the day, but by nighttime, we’d taken down our mainsail and just powered along with our genoa. The winds were that strong! Keppel Bay Marina We made it…

Australia

Crossing Wide Bay Bar and Gunkholing Fraser Island

Wide Bay Bar Crossing WBB has a pretty gnarly reputation.  Australians also call it the Mad Mile.  This bar entrance has a lot of shifting sands and is completely open to the ocean, unlike Mooloolaba which had a headland.  Timing the crossing is challenging.  You need to meet these conditions: Enter in the morning or…

Maintenance

Replacing AGM Batteries with Lithium Ion on a Boat

After three and a half years of cruising, our AGM batteries weren’t holding a charge like they used to.  We did our research and decided to upgrade our house bank to Lithium-ion (LiFePO4) batteries. Our AGM Battery Set-Up Battery Setup from the Factory Here’s what our Helia 44 came with from the Fountaine Pajot factory:…