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Thoughts on Sailing the South Pacific

We exited the Panama Canal on March 10th, 2016 and we arrived in Australia in December of 2017.  That’s 21 MONTHS sailing the South Pacific! Cruising the South Pacific is amazing.  When we look at the 24 countries we’ve visited on Starry Horizons, the island nations in the South Pacific clearly dominate our favorites. We’ve…

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Towns in the Bay of Islands

This post is about the towns on the mainland that we visited around the Bay of Islands.  Check out our post about the islands in the Bay of Islands that we visited! Kerikeri After leaving Moturua Island, we followed Kyle and Shelley on Blowin Bubbles (or did they follow us?) over to Kerikeri.  The wind was…

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Cruising the Bay of Islands

In addition to cruising the Bay of Islands and visiting some of these awesome anchorages, we also toured some of the nearby towns, including Kerikeri, Russell, and Opua, as well as visited the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Motuarohia Island When we first arrived in the Bay of Islands, after motoring up from Whangarei, we arrived at…

Maintenance

DIY Bottom Job

The last bottom job we had was at Nanny Cay in the BVIs in November 2015.  As that was our first bottom job, everything was just given a soft cleaning and then paint was applied over the existing stuff.  We were launched in Nanny Cay on November 27th, 2015. When we hauled SH out at…

Maintenance

A Perfectly Executed Boat Project

Our first issue with our cockpit fridge was that it wouldn’t turn off.  Despite the fact that the switch was turned to off, we could still hear the compressor switching on to cool down the fridge. Our solution was to pull out the fuse so the fridge stopped receiving power. We didn’t realize it at…

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New Zealand Road Trip: Geeking Out in Hobbiton

While David and I aren’t HUGE Lord of the Rings fans, it’s hard to visit New Zealand without stopping for at least one iconic LOTR tour. And we are so glad we did – both the Weta Studios and Hobbiton were amazing! Weta Studios After taking the ferry from the South Island, we stayed a…