Our Founder and Chairman Warren is one of life's great adventurers and is a great inspiration to all of us to enjoy this thing that we call life for as long as possible, here is some of the travels that he has undertaken around the world
I was also lucky enough there to meet a marine electrician Marcus who lived on a Wharram Tiki 38 with his wife and daughter and worked locally as they cruise around Australia. Marcus was very competent and sorted out the problem for me quickly. Great people. His boat was called Captain Jacko and he bought it in NZ and sailed it to Australia.
When we set sail it was in very light winds and anchored at an island about 40 NM north of Gove for the night. Really remote, but beautiful. We then had to time our arrive at what is known locally as the ‘hole in the wall’ which is a gap through the Wessel Island group. These are a chain of islands at the extreme northern end of Australia and stretch about 60 miles north of the mainland. To get around them adds a lot of extra mileage but if you go through the ‘hole in the wall’
If you having been following this blog for a while you may remember that I have a small Porta-bote dingy. The idea of it was good at the time but the reality has not been so good. That is not a negative on the dingy itself...they are quite brilliant but the 8' 6" model is just too small for the use that I wanted it for.
Bawean Island to Bilitung Island Indonesia Most cruisers when they leave Komodo Island continue down the chain of islands doing day sails. That would be very pleasant. It is a very nice area. Great beaches and beautiful clear warm water. Also very sparsely populated although there are small villages scattered around so little fishing boats can pop up from virtually nowhere.
When we left Komodo we sailed around to a delightful little island called Gili Lawa and anchored there for two nights. The water was really clear and the snorkelling is good. Didn’t have a scuba dive as the good diving was off shore and we were not set up for drift diving. (I’ve just bought a new tender which will be better for diving than the porta-bote. It’s a 3.4 meter takacat sports. www.takacat.com)
West Timor to Komodo Island in Indonesia. Kupang was out port of call in West Timor and we used an agent called Napa and he and his helper were great. He arranged not only the clearance but also clean diesel.