Love Thy Dinghy

At Christmas, we bought another boat for the growing family boat collection. It is a Nautilus Dinghy and we got it from our friends Aaron & Juliet who own Oddies Marine in the Sounds. We named her Nauti Puff, as she is just a smaller version of Puff our slightly larger inflatable dinghy! Puff was…

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379

So as you may already know, we have had a look at a new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey yacht – as well as a few others, and so far we are pretty impressed. I have got a million bits of paper here with what is included and prices etc, so I wanted to get it all…

Boat Shopping!

We had a spare day in Auckland recently and so took the opportunity to have a look at a few yachts on display. Last year we happened to be in Barcelona while the boat show was on, and we saw the new Bavaria 38, and were surprised at the base cost! So that planted the…

The Head and Plumbing

The head – or for all you land-lubbers – the toilet/bathroom combined in to one tiny space similar to your broom cupboard! I like the keep it simple idea of not having electric toilets and too many complicated systems that might break or require lots of maintenance. However lets see what the yachts come with…

The Cabins

We are going to go for a two cabin version I think, as we need a separate storage area for all our other gear, but we still want some space to be able to entertain visitors who come to stay and also hopefully our kids will want to come and spend some time with us…

The Saloon – the Living Area

I want a comfortable living space with plenty of storage! Here are our wants list: A couch that can be converted in to a double bed if required Can a single have a lee cloth added for a sea berth? Table fold out – size, stability Storage for books, laptops, iPads, games etc Security –…

The Galley

Cooking is something I am planning on doing much more of when we live aboard. At present I don’t seem to have enough hours in the day to be able to spend time preparing wonderful meals at home. I am looking forward to having much more time on my hands to be able to bake…