Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Counting Down

We are at Rumah Franjapani in Sanur but our days are numbered now,
both here and in Bali.
We have to be out of this beautiful villa, which drops bowls of frangipani's daily, on the 30th.
What a fantastic week it has been here.....

All going to plan, Emotion2 will be back alongside Port Benoa Marina
and we can move from this villa and step once again (4 weeks later) on to the boat once again.

We will have to load 1600L of diesel off a barge.... that sweaty messy job;
load all the stuff Annie and I have bought here;
and then load all the provisioning we will need for the trip to Broome.

To be honest, realistically, we don't see ourselves sailing down the Bali Coast until the 1st or maybe
the 2nd of May.

Bali.... I will be back

Sunday, 27 April 2014

A night out in Sanur

After Steph, Sam, Mark and Mary left, we had 3 nights in for dinner in our new, cheap and cheerful villa.  But tonight we splashed out and had dinner in Sanur....
See video clip in Voyage Gallery

Monday, 21 April 2014


April 18

As we were not able to get to Broome as planned, where Steph, Sam, Mark and Mary were going to join us for an Easter cruise of the Kimberley's, they have joined us here in Bali instead.

So once again we move back to Seminyak, this time Villa Bima, just round the corner from where we were last here at Villa Capri. There are now 7 of us again.
I have included a new link to my Vimeo videos on the Links Menu, or if you prefer You Tube, click here;
and I have posted a video of Villa Bima on the Voyage Gallery page. A wonderful villa.

Meanwhile, the trolley to haul the boat up the beach has been built so as to fiberglass the bottom of the keels; and the decision has been made to get these excellent boatbuiders to also construct a fiberglass hardtop for the cockpit, replacing the cloth Bimini top.
Doing this here saves about $ 10-15k if we did it back in NZ

So we have paint and antifouling being couriered from Jakarta, and hatches on the way from Singapore to incorporate into the hardtop; the boat is up; work is underway; and we anticipate re-launch to continue the voyage around the 28th April .....

It is going to be tough getting back into the voyage after three plus weeks of living in Bali .......!!!


11 April

We move from Seminyak across to the other side of the peninsula to Sanur, and check into the Golden Villas. It is just the 3 of us again. Sanur is closer to the boat, and Ron is going there daily to project manage the work being done.

We will be here for a week, coinciding with a full moon, and high tides.
The moon down the beach at nights has been especially wonderful for me.

There are many ceremonies going on at this time, as the locals give their offerings.

Annie and I have both been doing some more shopping here.
We have been enjoying excellent food, and have made some good friends here

Sanur is quieter than Kuta and Seminyak but certainly no less attractive.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Great Day

We are at Villa Capri in Seminyak, Bali ....
got up about 8am, had a swim, shower, shave, Usana pampered and VITS / MINS
then wandered up the lane to grab a scooter for the day ($ 5) ....

went down to Bodyworks to book a massage with hot stones for 5pm
and then shot round to Potato Head to take a look inside
this was the place with all the shutters on the exterior you will have seen Earlier ...
pure decadence!!!!   yes that is a swimming pool that runs right across the front on the beach front
had a Marguerita and took some shots;
then took off to Kuta to buy some art (got a nice piece)
then the silver Jeweler next door (got 2 nice pieces ... one for my girl)

back to the Villa via the coast road ... unbelievable
little lanes that only scooters can go ... and just eatery after eatery for miles
riding on roads, narrow cobbled lanes, sand ...

Got home at 4pm .. had a swim, shower and shot down to Bodyworks for a 90 minute massage
that simply defies description
I nearly fell off the bike when I was leaving the place
and was really wobbly on the journey home

Had to shoot back to the shop in Kuta jewellrey Because We Realized the piece was too small for Jade
its dark now, got lost, nearly ran out of gas .. saved by a local who shot up to a mate to get some 4 me ...
finally got home had a swim, drink, then got tarted up for the 3 of us to head to Nirvana for dinner
last pic is having a swim when we got back from the most amazing meal at Nirvana ....

Another great day in Bali

(Please excuse the grammar ... its all in the translation thing)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Yes, we are still voyaging...in a sense

the only way you can bog up keels is to get the ship out of the water....
this is a big ship

We found an amazing bunch of boatbuilders here whom have placed the boat on sandbags on the beach
in front of their yard, and have been fibreglassing up all the dings.

The problem at this Latitude are the tides are not like back home... 6 in 6 out...
so we have to enjoy this hedonistic lifestyle for another week until we get a tide to refloat the girl

Goodness me.... will we cope?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


We have updated the About Us page, and almost up to date with the Voyage gallery

More on boat status later tonight. Steph and Sam flew back home this morning

We are missing them heaps already

Sweet 16

Happy Birthday to our Jadey Baby ... 16 tomorrow

getting her learners license the next day

then just for some exhiliration ..... going skydiving on saturday

you are amazing kiddo ... we all love you so much

mwah mwah big time hug xxxoooo

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


2 April

We have arrived at Bali, berthing at Port Benoa, south of Denpassar at 0900 local time.

The sail throughout was far more pleasant, sailing at an angle where we could also set the #2 jib for nearly 3/4 of the trip, as well as the engines running at lower rpm. Having the sail up also helps steady the ship.

So, we are now back live in real-time, and as I write this, we have arranged accommodation at a lovely villa;
packed our bags, and just sitting here waiting for news from the slipway as to when we can pull the boat out of the water.

Bawean to Kangean

31 March

A distance of about 230nm.... our biggest leg to date, so we raised anchor at 0600 and headed ESE.

The seas on this journey were the largest so far, and very confused, creating very steep short waves.
It appeared as though the main swell was coming from the east, about 1/2 to 1 metre at times, but there was also a swell coming from ENE and another from ESE. This is logical given how the Java Sea opens up to the Celebes Sea in the north, the Banda Sea in the east, and the Timor Sea above Australia.

The result was that this all over the place chop was impossible to set a heading, to get the most comfortable ride. So,all day and all night it was just bang bang bang as waves crashed against the hulls and the underside of the wing deck forward of the mast.

Just after dawn, the bilge pump alarms started going off and a quick inspection of the starboard bilge revealed a much greater flow of water. We slowed the boat to a crawl, suspecting that the hammering we took overnight may be pulling that keel away from the boat. Kangean was in sight, and as we crept along at 5 knots Ron set up a second pump for that bilge. When that was all sorted, we stopped the boat and Ron dived over to take a look.
He came back extremely relieved that there were no cracks showing between keel and hull, and all was well to resume at 2000rpm to Kangean.

What in fact was happening is this....

The keels are fibreglass and hollow inside. By hitting the reef we had punctured the keel and water was driving into the keel and hydraulicing up through seams in the plug at the top of the keel and into the bilge.

It was becoming clear that we would have to either beach the boat somewhere, or haul it out at Bali to repair the puncture permanently before we could sail to Broome, WA.

We arrived at Kangean at 0900 whereupon Ron started getting out the dive gear to have a really close inspection of what would be required to do. He had his swim, we had ours, then tried to position to get internet but without success. Annie did manage to get a few calls in to set ourselves up for a haulout at Bali.

So at 1400 on the 1st April, we set out for a 240 miler direct to Bali.

Night Watches

30 March

The distance to Bawean was a little shorter than the past few biggies, but because we left Karimunjawa later than planned we were in for another all-nighter.

The watches are as follows, starting at 1600 in the afternoon...
0700-1000...Geoff   etc etc

Notice how we cleverly have Annie's watch placed around brekky and dinner times!!!

We arrived at Bawean at noon, and again the locals came out to see if they could sell some diesel.
Again the rate was $1 kiwi so we loaded another 345L in the same way. It takes time, and again we didn't get a swim except off the back of the boat.

Free Parking at Karimunjawa

29 March

We spent most of yesterday afternoon loading diesel. This is hot messy work despite the elaborate pumping system Ron has devised to make it as easy as possible.
When we left Langkawi, we loaded 2 x 200 litre drums into the cockpit locker and 5 x 55L into 2 forward deck lockers. This gave us an additional 675L on top of the vessels 1500L

When we get diesel other than a marina, the locals fill the 55L drums ashore and bring them out to us in their boats or canoes. We then pump into the main tanks and the 200L cockpit drums.

As a result of not getting a swim that afternoon, we decided to head to an island this morning, get a swim and relax, then leave for Bawean after lunch.
Sailing nicely out the channel when suddenly the boat bounced over some rocks, then suddenly slammed to a halt.

Free parking at Karimunjawa...... high and dry on a coral reef for 3 hours.

Ron and Annie got their swims.... lots..... as they snorkelled around the keels and rudders, making sure we kept the boat at the right angles, away from some big bombers close by. There was a strong current running so we did this by my being in the inflatable, driving against the side of the ship.

Then BINGO! back she went off the reef. Thankfully the tide was coming in when we parked up.

Thankfully also we sustained no structural damage and no damage to hull or props, but the keels are pretty banged up and we lost a short lower piece of one rudder. We were taking on some amount of water (via the keel setup) but not major... the pumps were coping.
Still, we decided to effect some temporary repairs to slow the leaks, before finally departing for Palau Bawean at 1730 for another sail through the night.

I'm thinking we might be getting a few comments below on this post hehe......