Monthly Archives: May 2019

Boat projects (Whangarei)

Living the dream does require some work now and then. Here's what goes on to keep Whistler in offshore cruising condition. First on the agenda was to haul out at Norsand or Marsden. We knew Norsand well but Marsden was a newer option after purchasing a trailer and setting up a yard with several trades [...]

By | May 24th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|11 Comments

Boat Projects (Opua)

We headed north to the Bay of Islands, anchoring for a night midway at Mimiwhangata Bay. Don't get tired of the Mauri names! Approaching Hole in the Rock at the entrance to the Bay of Islands. WARNING: For those non-yachties, this blog is about the boat maintenance we did in Opua. The next blog may [...]

By | May 28th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|4 Comments

Cape Reinga

We took a Saturday off from boat jobs and drove from the Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga. It took a long time (about 4 hours). We had been told by a friend to take #10 but thought we should take #1 Hwy, being the main highway. Besides, we had driven sections of #10 before [...]

By | May 28th, 2019|2019-New Zealand, Uncategorized|5 Comments

Social Side of Bay of Islands

Opua, Bay of Islands Lots of cruisers were now assembled in Opua looking for a window for sailing north to the tropics or west to Australia. A few informal meetings were scheduled to discuss cruising plans for the season and exchange boat and crew names and email addresses. A well-attended weather seminar was also held [...]

By | May 29th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|2 Comments