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I Quit

Today the Captain and I both gave notice to quit our jobs. June 16th 2014 when we collect the boat we will be sailing off for good. No returning and leaving our girl of the ocean all alone, she will be our new home address permanently. WOW. This means: We kiss our three goodbye sooner

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A Place To Call Home For 182 Days

You might think we are crazy. We have purchased this amazing boat yet will not be going on her full time until January 2015. That’s right 2015 NEXT Year… To ease the longing and pain of waiting we do have  5 weeks on the boat in June July but after this we have to pack

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A New Captain, A New Show & New Sheets – a Miss Update

So What’s Happening In The World Of The Miss…. Lots – I will start with big news first. A French Beauty Show Rather Than A Turkish One Huge news for us is that we are no longer showing our boat at the Turkey boat show in August. Catana Yard have decided to show the bad

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It’s Not A Whinge It’s Just The Way It Is – Busy

Warning, when running off on an adventure to the other side of the world, be prepared to be occupied with a new level of busy. Especially an adventure where you purchase a Yacht from France that has to be fully equipped and ready to sail in June. Numerous tasks involved to get to this stage,

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Pacific Sunrise in Hobart

The yacht PACIFIC SUNRISE arrived in Hobart three weeks ago. She is owned by Julian Alcorso, a Tasmanian winemaker and entrepreneur. His father, Claudio Alcorso, founded the Moorilla Vineyards in Berriedale, a few kilometres north of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. Alcorso senior, who owned Silk and Textiles factory in Hobart, established the vineyard

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The First Travel Review “Going Nowhere To Get Here”

I started this travel blog early so I could practice my craft as well as tell the story from the beginning. I don’t consider myself a writer as such, more of a wannabe with just enough cheek to press publish each week and hope that I am not embarrassing myself or bringing more shame to

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Moving To The Water

Below are the photos of our Miss Catana being moved from the yard, through the local town to be placed gently into the water. No easy feat when you are a 12.58 metre long x 6.9 metre wide boat that has to cross the village to the water. The Dutch truck that did the move was nothing

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Learning How To Sail At Speed

I am currently wearing a few black bruises. My bruises are part of the deal whilst racing scurrying from side to side on a leaning sea beast that waits for no crew member (particularly me) as it powers through the ocean, racing towards the finish line. As the least competent crew member I am placed

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The Four Steps To Learning

There are four recognised levels of learning. 1. The Whatever 2. The WTF 3. Go You Good Thing 4. The Let Me Show You How. 1. Unconscious Incompetence – Whatever! Where you don’t know how to do something, yet ignorance is bliss and you don’t really care. You continue to be happy doing what you

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Catana 42 WINS Boat Of The Year 2014 in Her Class

Celebrations aplenty for her fans as the Catana 42 wins in its class Boat of the Year 2014 I got this pleasant news a few weeks ago but have only just managed to get my hands on the article in Cruising World Magazine. No doubt the champagne flowed in France as this is a much sort

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Buying From Afar & An Important Announcement

Tuesday the 4th February 2014 our girl of the ocean will be officially born. On the Tuesday her morning will start with a hair raising ride on her side via large transport truck to the waters of La Rochelle 12 kms away from the factory. Once in La Rochelle she will enter the water for

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The Shopping List

This week with the assistance of Mike, Man of International Waters, we have placed our order for many necessary items needed on Miss Catana,  including much safety gear.   Interesting facts about shopping for boat gear from Tasmania to France. It’s cheaper to buy your gear from the United Kingdom and have the order shipped

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Catana 42 Review

When you make a boat purchase, too much information is barely enough, so a new review of the Catana in Australian Multihull World gave me much delight. However besides reading pleasure, I the Miss had a couple of enlightening moments from the author Kevin Green. Firstly, the Miss found out that on the Catana 42 there

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Luxury Yachts In Hobart Summer by Walter Pless

Luxury private yachts have frequently visited Tasmania in recent summers. This summer’s visitors included ARCTIC P and SOVEREIGN 3, both of which were alongside in Hobart last week. ARCTIC P is owned by millionaire James Packer and she is on her way to Macquarie Island at present before continuing on to Antarctica. [Click on each