Recommended Products and Businesses

IMG_26791/ Emu Point Slipway, Oyster Harbour, Albany WA

Darren and Linda offer a terrific slipping service using a 40 tonne travel hoist located in the most secure anchorage on Australia’s SW coast, as well as comprehensive repairs to vessels of all materials. Wooden vessels are well looked after by Darren, a journeyman shipwright.


We have been using a 45 lb BOSS ANCHOR in all bottom types and have found it sticks first time every time, which brings us a great peace of mind. Previously, for thousands of miles around the world, we had a genuine 45lb CQR as our principal anchor. It was a good anchor, but no where near the holding power of a BOSS, which holds so strongly we need to take care in pulling it in or risk tearing off Banyandah’s Bows. LOL


3/ THE NAVIGATORS Accommodation in Strahan Tasmania
Megs and Trevor Norton manage self contained units on the hill overlooking Macquarie Harbour. Clean, well equipped, economical with Megs at your service to ensure you get the most from your visit to this magical location.

Trevor is the ex-master of the sailing vessel Stormbreaker. The only surveyed vessel licensed to take passengers to the farthest naviagable reaches of the Gordon River. His knowledgeable dialogue en-route was worth the cost of journey alone. Now, two local brothers operate the Stormbreaker offering overnight stays at Sir John Falls, sleeping in comfort on board the 65’ steel vessel, fully catered.

logo_Vetus_Maxwell4/ Vetus-Maxwell Australia
Long recognized as the industry leader when it comes to innovative design of marine equipment, what we really appreciate is their excellent service. Sailing a vessel across the tough conditions found Down Under is hard on gear and therefore it’s important to have good backup by your suppliers. Vetus-Maxwell has excellent service personnel who look after us extremely well. Their gear is well designed and they’re constantly improving it.

antnena5/ Broomstick antenna to increase mobile phone reception.
Dramatically increases reception. Using a RFI Multi-band High Gain Collinear Antenna, we have made phone calls when 60NM from tower. Model COL 2195 increases signal 6.5 db – which is a strong signal but not too narrow. Robust construction includes 10m of 9006 low loss cable with FME101 connector, A-88 adaptor (SMA-m).

MAINTSTREAM-0016/ MainStream Marine
Provided the best pricing and great service for our new TOHATSU 5 HP outboard.
Contact Jon and Nichola for assistance.
We have found the Tohatsu 5HP has plenty of power for our 10′ tinny no matter how much she’s loaded and light enough for one person to lower or extract from the dinghy.

7/ Sea To SummitJack and Jude really enjoy working with Sea to Summit and using their wide range of well designed trekking equipment.

Sea to Summit cultivates a culture of design perfectionism to develop functionally beautiful products with a “no worries” Australian attitude. From their West Australian base, they have grown into an award-winning global brand sold in over 60 countries. Their original ethos ‘to equip and inspire’ continues to drive research and development of new techniques, materials, technologies and production methods that inspires new product innovations to keep them at the forefront of delivering lighter, better made, better performing gear to outdoor enthusiasts and active travellers around the world.

8/ GPS Utility
GPS Utility LogoTo manage, manipulate and map GPS data. 
GPS Utility can edit waypoints, routes and tracks, and transfer this information to and from GPS receivers using various formats.
We use this very handy program to overlay our waypoints onto maps and to convert lat/long waypoints into files suitable for uploading to Google Earth, or into many other formats. Can be used to download WPs from handheld GPS recievers like our Garmin Etrex.
Avenza Maps is a mobile map app that allows you to view digital maps offline – when there’s no internet or network service available.There’s a free version too!
To manage, manipulate and map GPS data.


LINKS to websites we support:

Super yacht Cuisine
Here you will find countless recipes for use on board plus many many tips on provisioning and storage of foods from a expert super yacht chief. Claire has now worked in the Superyacht industry for over 12 years and been cheffing since she was 17. She has extensively travelled the world through her work and love all it has to offer. She started this blog site to compile the various interesting information she finds along the way. Enjoy 🙂

medical sailingMedical Sailing Ministries (MSM) strives to meet the challenge of … taking medical services to where they are needed mostin our case, using what we have and know – yachts. It’s a humanitarian venture, built around showing love and compassion to those in need.

Attainable Adventure Cruising
John and Phyllis present a wealth of good, useable information amassed from thousands of miles of cruising both tropical and high latitude.
Real practical information to help you go cruising written by experienced voyagers that have really been out there.

Products and/or Businesses that have disappointed:

First ever negative recommendation!
Somerset Sails in New York made our new mainsail and not only is it not to specs, when we complained, the owner told us we knew nothing about sails. The build quality is the poorest we have ever seen on what was suppose to be a heavy duty cruising sail. Judge for yourself.


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