Don & Deb's Big Adventure Continues in Oz

We are now living in Melbourne, Australia after selling our beautiful yacht 'Buena Vista' in New Zealand. Even so...the big adventure will continue one way or another!

09 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Nine to New Zealand
08 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Seven to New Zealand
07 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Seven to New Zealand
06 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Six to New Zealand
05 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Five to New Zealand
04 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Four to New Zealand
03 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Three to New Zealand
02 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Two to New Zealand
01 November 2014 | At Sea - Day One to New Zealand
31 October 2014 | Momi Bay, Fiji
31 October 2014 | Momi Bay, Fiji
24 September 2014 | Yasawa-irara, Yasawas, fiji
23 September 2014 | Yasawa-irara, Yasawas, Fiji
21 September 2014 | Cololevu, Yasawas, Fiji
19 September 2014 | Cololevu, Yasawas, Fiji
18 September 2014 | Namataya Bay, Yasawas, Fiji
16 September 2014 | Malacati Village, Yasawas, Fiji
13 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Fiji
08 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Fiji
06 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Nanuya Levu Island, Fiji

The List Of Things To Do Is Long!

29 January 2012 | Nearly La Paz
Before we take off across the Pacific Ocean to the South Pacific around March 15th, here's what's on our list of things to do. Don's List: Install new Hydrovane, find stainless steel guy to make dinghy davit extensions to reach out past new hydrovane, refurbish water maker pump, refurbish lift pump, refurbish salt water pump, find Perkins guy and have injectors 'done', refurbish injector pump, refurbish exhaust elbow, build new exhaust elbow and keep as spare, then fit it all back together, learning as much as you can about diesel engines as you go (so if there's a problem 'out there' you will have the basic knowledge to get us back on track), have dive tanks hydrostated and filled, install high water bilge alarm, install mast steps, repaint shower stall, go through entire inventory of zincs, impellers, gaskets, hose clamps, etc etc etc. Find and purchase additional spares needed: injector, Balmar smart regulator, thermostat, various pumps, spare tube for dinghy wheel and a hundred other things we haven't thought of yet. Some of Deb's jobs: Book a flight to California and back, pick up Hydrovane when it arrives from England, somehow break it down and fit the pieces into your luggage and maybe even Don's golf bag (bring some golf clubs back too, don't forget golf balls as well) go shopping to find the dozens of other things on my list, go to Stefi Krausz's Bat Mitzvah after going to our storage area in my brothers garage and finding a dress to wear to said Bat Mitzvah, visit your closest friends and say goodbye again, get the blog back up to date! Get dodger and bimini restitched, restitch our dinghy chaps, make six jerry jug covers, make four dive tank covers, make cover for fold-up bike, make bag for Don's golf clubs, start the huge process of provisioning the boat with food and drink, enough to last us for six or seven months as we cross the Pacific on our way to New Zealand, test all navigation systems and computerized navigational charting systems, subscribe to single-sideband weather forecasts for sailing across the ITCZ and on to the Marquesas Islands, find other Puddle Jumpers in the La Paz area and organize the group for information sharing, set up paper nautical chart sharing meeting to share what we've got and to obtain the additional paper charts that we need. OH AND TRY NOT TO PANIC...JUST TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND START SCRATCHING THINGS OFF THE LIST!
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Vessel Name: Buena Vista
Vessel Make/Model: 46' Formosa Peterson
Hailing Port: Ventura, California
Crew: Don and Debbie Robertson
About: The idea of going cruising started when Deb read the book , "Sell up and Sail" around the time they purchased their first boat, a Catalina 22 and joined Chico Yacht Club in 1994.
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Last great adventure was traveling around Australia for 12 months in a VW van in 1992, and getting married in New Zealand on the way back to the States. After two years cruising in Mexico, in 2012 we sailed across the South Pacific stopping at many island nations including French Polynesia, the [...]
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