Hi, we welcome you to read the story of our travels and to follow our progress as we sail our yacht AQUARIUS to countries around the world.


We bought Aquarius in 1997 after several years of trying to decide what sort of yacht we wanted and, most importantly, what sort we could afford. Our dream for many years had been to buy a yacht with the intention of sailing it around the world. After many sailing trips on OP's (other people's boats) we were able to compile lists of essential and desirable criteria for the search of our boat. Every weekend we visited marinas, searched through yacht brokers' listings - all with no luck. Eventually, just as we were beginning to think that our hunt would never end, a friend suggested we have a look at a boat in Manly that belonged to a friend of his. The friend was looking to sell the boat but had not advertised it for sale. As an aside, a long time before an old sailor had told us that "you will know when you find your boat". As we walked down the dock at Manly and first caught sight of Aquarius, Libby and I knew we had at last found our boat. Once aboard, we found that all our essential and most of the desirable criteria were met. The rest is our story..........

Monday, January 23, 2012

1998 to 2002

In October 1998 we moved aboard Aquarius on a permanent basis after packing our worldly goods into long term storage. Gary left full time employment and started part time employment (while working from the boat) and we set sail north from Brisbane along the east coast of Australia. We reached Mooloolaba, just one days sail north of Brisbane, and called in to see some old friends and to stock up on fresh supplies. We went no further for another 12 months due to our daughter having a serious car accident and needing our attention. Gary's parttime work became fulltime again and this continued until mid-early 2000. Again we set sail, this time from Mooloolaba and headed north. We spent the next 5 years enjoying the sailing life of cruising up and down the northern tropical east coast. During that time we met some wonderful people who are still among our very best friends.

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