Pacific Transit 2013 to Asia and Thailand 2016

We spent 2014 in Fiji, 2015 in New Zealand and 2016 in Malaysia and Thailand. Always Saturday was sold in 2016 in Malaysia

07 February 2016
24 January 2016
14 January 2016
12 January 2016 | Phe Phe Lee
31 December 2015 | Debut, Indonesia
27 October 2015
29 September 2015 | Medana Bay, Lombok Indonesia
16 September 2015
07 September 2015
01 September 2015 | Hoga
20 August 2015
26 July 2015 | Debut, Indonesia
21 July 2015 | Horn and Thurdsday Island, Australia
16 July 2015 | Thursday Island and Horn Island, Australia
07 July 2015 | Lizzard Island, Australia

Arrival in Australia

29 June 2015 | Townesville, Australia
We arrived in Townsville instead of Cairns to check into Australia. It was a bit closer and we had been hanging out (and I mean really--aka lying a-hull) as we had little wind and we were killing time so that we didn't arrive over the weekend and have to pay double for overtime to clear customs. We were required to notify border security two days in advance because we changed our destination for clearing in. Australia is very particular about following the rules and it is very expensive if you don't. Customs and Immigrations want to know EVERYTHING well in advance. As it was, we cleared into Townsville Australia on Monday morning bright and early. The first thing we did after we were docked in a slip was to walk to the grocery store to buy telephone and Internet simm cards. It took a few hours to jump through the hoops to activate our data simm card. We discovered in advance that clearing customs etc. over the weekend was double time and it was already going to cost us $380.00 Australian dollars to clear. That charge was to cover the Bio-Security inspection. A specific individual comes on board and wants to know everything that you have on board that isn't allowed. For example, honey, frozen meat, fresh fruits and veggies, dairy and the list goes on and on. Australia will confiscate all items not allowed and destroy everything. The gentlemen we had from Bio-Security was really only interested in termites. He spent an hour with a flashlight looking in all places possible and found nothing. Food was really unimportant to him. BUT following the rules in Australia is most important. Fines for everything and I mean everything. We heard stories of a boat being fined 10K because they had not applied for visas in advance before arriving in Australia. Rules, Rules,Rules!!!!! Have to know the game and how to play it. Very important!

After clearing customs etc. we headed for Cairns to meet up with all the fifty boats that are going to Indonesia. We already had all the necessary paperwork for Indonesia from New Caledonia (visa included) so we were all good to go. Unlike some others that were still waiting for the proper documentation...lost in mail, not filled out properly and returned. Yikes I am glad we didn't have that problem.

The Crew From Always Saturday

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Vessel Name: Always Saturday
Vessel Make/Model: Ross-Brewer 12.8
Hailing Port: Cary, NC
Crew: Ron Epner and Nancy Bertha
Home Page: svalwayssaturday.com
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Assorted photos around the marina and boatyard
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Small village of boatbuilders by hand
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Photos from Cairns
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Created 17 July 2015
Trip to Australia and Arrival
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Created 23 June 2015
Damaged Propeller, Bottom Painting, Installation of Solar Panels
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Annual Regatta including superyachts
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Photos from the most northern tip of NZ, Cape Reinga Light house with view of surroudings. Cathedral Cove, a tourist attraction on the east coast of the North Island at low tide. Newmont Mining gold mine on the North Island of NZ
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First Few Days in San Crlistobal Galapagos
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