Namani at Sea

The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani

30 June 2014 | Peaks Island, ME
10 June 2014 | Tarrytown, NY
19 May 2014 | Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia
09 May 2014 | Sydney
06 May 2014 | Cairns, QLD
04 May 2014 | Cairns, QLD
01 May 2014 | Yorkey's Knob Boat Club
29 April 2014 | Anchored in Pioneer Bay, Palm Islands, QLD
26 April 2014 | Macona Inlet, Hook Island/Whitsundays
17 April 2014 | Rosslyn Bay
14 April 2014 | Pacific Creek, Curtis Island
04 April 2014 | Great Keppel Island, Queensland
02 March 2014 | Scarborough, Queensland
26 February 2014 | Scarborough, Queensland
13 February 2014 | Scarborough, Moreton Bay/Queensland
03 February 2014 | Scarborough, Moreton Bay/Queensland
12 January 2014 | Redcliffe Marina, Scarborough/Moreton Bay
07 January 2014 | Shoal Bay, Port Stephens
03 January 2014 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour

The blog has moved to

29 July 2014
We have moved our blog to, where you will also find all the old posts that were previously hosted here at Sailblogs. We'll keep Namani's Sailblogs page up for a while until we have cleaned up back links at the new location. Meanwhile new posts will only appear on

PS: The picture above shows the 40 or so most frequent words from blog posts during four years of living aboard Namani (courtesy of

The backshore of Peaks Island...

30 June 2014 | Peaks Island, ME
Flying home the long way
... is a special place to us. Years ago we've sat here many times, dreaming about sailing away (Nana probably as long as she can remember). Now Peaks has become both, the destination for our first Transatlantic cruise and the departure point for our more recent "Pacific Interlude". We're back where we started almost three years ago and watching the setting sun reflect off the cliff on Cushing Island from the backshore is still a special treat ;-)

Between reuniting with family and the soccer world cup our first two weeks here seem to have passed in no time. We'll be on Peaks until the end of July, trying to finish a few of the projects we have started while living on Namani before a work schedule will make this a luxury again. We're no longer "traveling aboard" as the subtitle to this blog suggests but it still feels like these last weeks belong to "the trip". Hence we may post a few more updates before this blog goes dormant (or we can resurrect it in some other form).

Back at 41N 74W...

10 June 2014 | Tarrytown, NY
Flying home the long way
Eastbound itinerary

We're back on the US Coast now, about a month after we left Namani and Australia in early May. We had a wonderful trip back with a few stops to see many old (and some new) friends along the way. Many thanks Margaret and Steve; Fenny, Howe and Elizabeth; Ken and Sylvia; Catherine and Chris; Sheila, Bill and Cecille; Sabina, Graham, Ethan and Lynden; Laura, Gary, Aiden, Gerda and Jack - it's been wonderful seeing you - you have all spoiled us with your hospitality!

We'll head up to Maine later this week - back to where we started this trip in September 2011.
Vessel Name: Namani
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 35
Crew: Nana, Markus and Nick
About: A family of three on a cruise from the US East Coast to Australia
Namani's Photos - US East Coast Southbound
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Vital signs along the Intracoastal Waterway
Nicky and mom on the Alligator River
Getting underway on the ICW in the morning
BBQ at ICW stopover
Re-bedding a leaky port hole in Hampton, VA
Nicky, doing his own Mercator projection on an orange peel
Sunrise on the Coan River, VA
The Parasailor flying!
Nicky on his new favorite spot on the foredeck (the Parasailor bag)
Moored in Annapolis
Moored in Annapolis II
Nicky up the mast
Phioebe and Nicky hoisting whales and monkeys up in the rigging
A weekend-sail out of Annapolis with Bonnie, Bill and Phoebe
At the Annpolis Boat Show
A nice sail towards Annapolis
Lates lego project
Nicky bundeled up in the Cape May-Delaware Bay Canal
Will we fit? Crucial measurements between available depth and vertical bridge clearance near Cape May
At anchor in Cape May, with US Coast Guard Base in the background
6-string music in Cape May
Re-union with Arearea in New York
Leaving New York
Bye, bye Manhattan
Squeezing into a picture with the Statue of Liberty
Markus tweaking the Hydrovane to gain a few degrees upwind while be drenched en route to Cape May
Monument to the fishermen
Transiting the Cape Cod Canal
Bed  time for Nicky
The weather keeps changing (towards Cuttyhunk)
Memorial to Captain John Smith on Star Island/Isles of Shoals
Moored in the Isles of Shoals
Moored on Gloucetser Harbor
Dinner time in Gloucester
Monument in Gloucester
Nicky and Nana in New York
Sunrise above the Isles of Shoals
Cemetery on the Isles of Shoals
Exploring Star Island
Nicky and Papa in New York
Sorting out the reefing lines after dropping the main in New York harbor
Hi there!
Nicky helming south
A wonderful dinner with Maggie and Bob aboard Decoy off Block Island
Figuring out tides and way points from Block Island to New York
A foggy hike on Block Island with Bob and Maggie
Re-connecting the SSB antenna
Block Island
A $0.50 per head landing fee on Block Island - quite reasonable (compared to the $10 suggested donation on Star Island in the Isles of Shioals
Game time after dinner in Newport
Which way? Biking on Block Island
Up the 144 steps from the beach at the  Block Island Bluffs
Fun in the Block Island surf
Proceeding at out own risk ;-)
The UN building on the East River
Passing Hell Gate just the ebb current starts
Approaching the Whitestone Bridge
Maine beers - which one to take??
Here we are on Block Island
Rounding the southern end of Manhattan Island
The Staten Island Ferry Terminal
Approaching the Brooklyn Bridge
Saturday morning traffic on the East River
Nana racing tug and freighter