Haul Out at G&T Boat Yard in Phuket, Thailand

“Actually, maybe let’s go to that mooring ball instead.” David points off to the starboard side of the boat, towards Ko Rok Yai. “Ok,” I say into my marriage saver headset.  I shift the throttles and turn the helm to head over to the other...

Haul Out at Phithak Shipyard & Services

Back in Indonesia, we discovered a leaking thru-hull. The water exhaust for the generator was leaking into our main cabin, and we needed to haul out to fix it. Shipyard options for a cruising boat are rather limited. We were working with a schedule; we wanted to haul out after...

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,...

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...

Review: The Boat Works, Australia’s Greatest Boatyard

The anti-disclaimer: we didn’t get compensation in any way from The Boat Works.  BUT, we did meet and talk to the owners and a lot of the key staff.  We walked through the entire facility.  We used a ton of amenities.  Basically, we just think The Boat...

DIY Dyneema Lifelines

While at The Boat Works, David and I had a long list of projects to tackle.  One of my big ones was replacing our lifelines with fancy new Dyneema lifelines. What is a lifeline? Lifelines are wires or lines that run around the edges of your deck.  These are designed to...

Haul Out in Vava’u, Tonga

We spent our first 6 days in Tonga acclimating ourselves back to boat life, cleaning the bottom, and starting the myriad of small projects we brought the parts for.  When we sailed from New Zealand to Tonga, we discovered a few issues that would require us to haul out in Tonga. ...

Repairing Our Quick Chain Counter Sensor

A good anchoring system is crucial for a cruising sailboat.  We rely on our anchor system to keep our boat, our possessions, and our lives safe. Chain Counter Stopped Working While we were coming across the Pacific last year, the Quick anchor chain counter that’s...