Malua Adams 42ft Cruising Yacht

Malua is a 42ft cruising yacht built by its master Harry Watson Smith. We have cruised the Pacific and am now in the Med. Currently Malua is in Greece after cruising Croatia and Italy. Spending time in the lagoon in Venice. 2010 western Italy

06 May 2021 | Jervis Bay Australia
04 January 2019 | Tasman Sea
11 April 2014 | Batemans Bay
14 October 2013 | Deltaville
11 May 2012
11 September 2011
20 June 2011
29 July 2010
25 July 2010
10 June 2010
06 June 2010
28 May 2010
23 May 2010
22 May 2010 | Greece

2019 and 2018

04 January 2019 | Tasman Sea
Malua Harry Storm
Well 2018 has come and gone and I took Malua for a short trip to New Caledonia. That was the plan but like most things cruising you have to have a plan B.
Setting off from Bermagui I sailed north up the coast. The BOM forecast seemed to be all wrong when the wind was forecast to be from the South it came from the north and so it went. Sun and it rained.
The day I left the Sydney area it was predicted to be a gentle breeze all the way to Coffs Harbour. Off Port Stevens it started to blow and I did not appreciate how hard the wind was until the autopilot stopped working and all hell broke loose. Being alone on a boat one has to prioritise the tasks to get the boat under control. After some time all was under control and the passage to Coffs was put on hold.
I had not time to study the charts as I entered between the heads and I saw that the water was just not right. Turn to starboard and stop. Go down below and look at the chart. Wow a shallow bank across the entrance but sufficient depth to the north. I motored into the bay and dropped the anchor as the sun set.
Was that a warning not to go further north?
Three weeks later I sailed out of Port Stevens towards Coffs with a new autopilot.
No good forecast for a week as I awaited the low to move off the coast. The as always I left too early and into the back of the low. Not a good ride off the coast of Oz to New Cal. However the low got a move on and moved to NZ and I was left with little wind.
Two months in New Caledonia cruising the main island and the Loyalties with friends on Parhelion.
Denny returned to Australia and I sat around not wishing to make the same mistake again for the passage to Fiji. This time I got it right and sailed almost all the way with the wind on the beam.
Musket Cove regatta week was Ok not as much fun as the previous two times because the Americans dominated the event. Most of this group should have stayed in the USA to make it great again.
Afte a haul-out at Vuda Point I set sail back to Oz via New Cal. I checked in and out on the same day. Provisioned and filled the cellar with French wines and left the day before the rest of the fleet set sail either for Bundaberg or Coffs.
Arrived cleared in and waited for a northerly which finally arived.
A quick passage back to Bermagui and the short cruise ended after six months on Malua. Well that was plan B.
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Vessel Name: Malua
Vessel Make/Model: Adams 42 Bluewater
Hailing Port: Bermagui NSW Australia
Crew: Harry Watson Smith
About: I have sailed all my life originally in South Africa then Australia. The Mediterranean across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and up the east coast of USA. Left USA for Panama Canal to Galapagos to Polynesia then west to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu on to Australia. Now sailing in Tasman and Pacific
I completed the vessel after having hull and deck trucked to Canberra. We have sailed to Tasmania and cruised the Pacific. Malua was shipped to the Med where we sailed from Spain to Turkey during 2007. During 2008 we sailed north up the Turkish coast thru the Dardenelles to Istanbul then back to [...]
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Who: Harry Watson Smith
Port: Bermagui NSW Australia