Hauling Out 2013

  •  7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
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The fun begins!!   Above: Hauling Out 2011, Mackay QLD Tomorrow is Haul Out Day and the lead up process has been hectic to say the least!! Our last major haul out was in Mackay March 2011, and then we had a 2 hour lift in Fremantle WA in early November 2011 to wash her down, just to ensure a clean bottom and top boat speed after so many months in tropically warm water. Normally we would dive and do this but the incidence of shark attack in WA had escalated and one man had already lost his ...
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12 months on. . . . .

  •  6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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We cannot believe that 12 months has nearly gone by. . . . . .  Although this past year has been extremely busy! Early September we flew to Cairns and picked up a one way motorhome rental, 6 berth, $5 per day with 2/3 of the fuel paid for! Over 8 days we drove from Cairns to Sydney with a 4 day stop at Proserpine to surprise Mum and Dad, and SURPRISE we did!!    In September & October last year we flew to Hawaii for son, Nathan and Nicole's wedding in Maui and then relaxed into the Hawaiian l...
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Winter is fading. . . .

  •  8/7/2012 12:00:00 AM
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We have returned to Opal Lady and left the cosy fire of our temporary hillside hideaway in Tasmania. We are busy catching up on boat jobs, visiting family and friends and yesterday we had a very different experience . . . . .. . . My Mum and Dad are grey nomads and for 6mths of the year they travel north in their Winnebago motorhome to enjoy the sunshine and warmth, whilst Dads pride and joy, his 26' Caporn with its high power 165hp super turbo charged Volvo engine sits in it's marina pen. Lik...
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Whoo Hoo!! 100,000 visitors to our site!!

  •  7/13/2012 12:00:00 AM
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100,000 visitors to the Opal Lady website, and for us a celebration!!! At 2.44pm today, Friday the 13th July we wish to thank all of you that follow our journey, its encouraging for me to see the visitors page and get the feedback, sort of makes the hours of work updating and publishing the photos and stories worthwhile!!   Opal Lady is now on the market For Sale , this is so we can continue to tick more items off our Bucket List of life!!! It will be with great sadness for us to hand her...
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Back Home!

  •  5/4/2012 12:00:00 AM
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Life has been very busy and I am behind again, still!!!! But there have been lots of photos and pages, and trip statistics that I have added and still more to come. Last weekend we enjoyed the company of other Nordhavn Owners and Dreamers at the 2nd Nordhavn Rendezvous as well as a visit from Dan Streech, PAE Owner/President, which was an absolute pleasure. To see the photos and some of the reports from the weekend go to:- /aspx/m/1201336 But for now . . . . .  Un...
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Strahan and Gordon River

  •  3/11/2012 12:00:00 AM
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King Island was in our wake and the waypoint to Three Hummock Island was 65nm away. At 4.45pm that afternoon our path crossed with the one that we had made on the 28/2/2009 at 12 midday. We let out a cheer and congratulations to Us!!!! Yippee!! This was the unofficial/official point that we mark as our Complete Circumnavigation of Australia. From here on we will be crossing our tracks!!!! Friends, Dannielle and Alyn, Lets Go, had left Lake Macquarie on Boxing Day to come and help us celebrat...
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