Our Life Afloat

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Brr – Feels like winter down here in Tasmania

Hikers being rescued, rafters trapped, our boat a mess with freezing slush pouring down from leaden skies. Oh My!
But wait – Relief is on its way with a high-pressure system moving into the Bight. Maybe then Jack and Jude can dry the boat sufficiently to prise open a few stuck drawers. It’s been the wettest November ever recorded for Tasmania’s west coast and half December’s rain fell in the first week!

Snow on Mt Wellington our first morning in Hobart

From mid-thirties to sub ten degrees ~
Changing hats this time meant going from mid-thirties heat to sub ten degrees, from smoke haze and hot northerly winds to lush green hills and wet westerlies. Which is better? Which worse? Well for us, once we get sorted, life afloat will be a dream, while up north Nature will continue getting hammered. Already most of the wilderness that Jack and Jude have trekked has been burnt black in hot fires that may take decades to recover. What won’t recover so quickly, if ever, is the destruction of the wild kingdom. Gee, all those critters burnt crispy fried, and those that survive without a food source.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic at the UN climate talks in Madrid, our revered statesmen are trying to piece together a communique telling the world that all will be OK. That’s hard to swallow because there has been a 4% rise in greenhouse gas emissions since the Paris accord that was supposed to lower levels. And this years talks are not expected to produce new commitments on carbon from the world’s biggest emitters.

The index takes greenhouse gas measurements from about 80 ships and observatories around the world — gathered in all their parts per million and parts per billion glory — and boils them down into a simple numerical index, which defines the rise from 1700-1990 as 100 percent or simply 1. This year’s number: 1.4. Credit: NOAA

Newspapers shout ~
Climate experts ‘bewildered’ by government ‘burying their heads in the sand’ and say bushfires on Australia’s east coast should be a ‘wake-up call.’
But our wake-up call will be higher insurance premiums with some properties uninsurable and others not able to afford protection. Adding alarm to this message is that some notable scientists have mentioned Earth may be “beyond the tipping point.” Meaning it is too late to stop climate change. Permafrost thawing releases carbon dioxide, calving icebergs raise the oceans. Add that to mankind’s love affair with plastics, Jack and Jude are bewildered too. How can humans be so wantonly disrespectful of the creation? Narcissistic idiots are what we must be.

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century

Boat News ~
Banyandah was safe and dry inside when we landed back on board a few days ago. After getting our gear piled high in the cockpit, we erected the rain awning just in time to stay dry and then we proceeded to inspect our lady. Besides the good news of being dry inside and no mildew, we were delighted to NOT find any Welcome Swallows nesting in our boom or aft tower.

Big job number one was the installation of a new diesel fuel day tank fabricated from stainless steel by Mass Welding in Hobart. It lives in a tiny cupboard and has several plumbing connections that make installation rather tedious and demanding. And until it’s in and connected, we had neither an engine nor heating. After a few hiccups; one being a fuel filter that leaked after being changed, the other a stubborn hose at arm’s reach, firing up of our straight six diesel brought huge smiles. So lovely to run the heater to dry the aft cabin, helping our drawers slide in and out again. Too bad I stink of diesel…

Day tank diesel

Day Tank ~ sloping bottom and pipe storage ensure uninterrupted fuel to engine

First Banyandah Newsletter 1984 ~

First Banyandah Newsletter 1984
Read more in Around the World in Ever Increasing Circles

Around the World
Good News – Around the World book ~
Last month, the marathon project of publishing our three-year circumnavigation around the world hit a speed bump that we are delighted to say has been cleared. For several years, Jack and Jude worked tirelessly to capture the dramatic family adventures, blending our children’s diary entries with stories written at the time. We had the first proof-copy printed in October and made revisions through November then suffered a setback when our Australian printers closed down. Unknown to us that meant the second proof-copy was printed in the USA. Ouch! A costly time delay during the holiday period.

The good news is we have a sizable order of our latest book underway from the States which should arrive early in the new year. This means we can supply signed copies to our Australian followers shortly afterwards. [More info and ordering here]

In 1050 days ~
We visited and explored PNG, Cocos Keeling, Mauritius, Madagascar, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Seychelles, Socotra, Aden, Red Sea, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Capri, Italy, Europe, Gibraltar, Canaries, Caribbean, Panama, Isla Malpelo, Ecuador, Galapagos, Easter Island, Tuamotus, Tahiti, Norfolk and back to Australia at Coffs Harbour – 30,000 Miles

Teasers: Sea Monster ~ Rapa Nui ~ Tuamotus ~ Machinegun Alley ~ Out the Other End ~ Big Monopoly Game

Banyandah launched 1973, Sydney Australia. Explored the islands and countries bordering the Coral Sea 1974-75. Second voyage through SE Asia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, return to Sydney through Bass Strait winter of 1978. Third voyage north to PNG, Philippines, South China Sea, Borneo to Japan across to Hawaii return through South Pacific in 1982. Around the World 1984 through 1987. Relaunched in 2007, circumnavigated Australia twice then back and forth across the bottom and around Tasmania too many times to count.

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Our Life Afloat — 6 Comments

  1. Hi Jack and Jude
    We are in Peru, before going to Bolivia and still remember our visit to you.
    Always a pleasure to read your stories.
    We wish you the best.
    Dane et Éric (France)

  2. Hi jack and Jude
    Another great blog.Thanks once again.We will be back in Tassie in our new home MV Sealeaf this summer. A look at the west coast and Port Davey are again on the rough plan.If you and Jude are down there again ,we sure owe you both a beer.
    Health and happiness to you both
    Brian and Sandra Dorling
    MV Sealeaf

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