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First Night Onboard

Following a bit of hesitation which was eventually erased by a steady growth of confidence, we decided to spend a night on the boat! It’s something we have never done before so we were both excited and a little apprehensive about our first time.

Since we bought the yacht just over 2 months ago, we have been spending as much time on it as possible for 2 reasons. Firstly, I need 30 days of sea time to gain my Coxswain Grade 1 certificate that will allow me to use it commercially. But the second reason has been a wonderful side affect of this…we absolutely love it! With my wife, Ruth, and 2 year old, Hugo, loving it just as much as I do, we have been exploring Sydney’s water ways most weekends. 

We could just make out an elephant trumpeting, as we had a drink on deck.

Last week we had our first overnight, mooring in Athol Bay just in front of Taronga Zoo. We could just make out an elephant trumpeting, as we had a drink on deck. As the cooler air set in we moved into the cabin where we soon settled into our cosy harbour oasis, having dinner and reading books to Hugo before going to sleep to the rocking of waves and the sounds of them hitting the rocks nearby. It was one of the best nights sleep we’ve all had in quite a while.

It was not only our first night onboard, but my first test anchoring. There were a few paranoid wake ups during the night to check we were not dragging (I’d say were normal for a first timer) and I’m happy to report it stayed anchored well all night.

Waking up to the views of the city skyline complete with the Harbour Bridge in one direction and national park with a beach in the other is what makes Sydney Harbour as beautiful as it is with contrasts of untouched nature in such close proximity to the city. We quickly started to plan where we would go next weekend!

We had a relaxing breakfast on deck before heading to Rose Bay to pick up some friends for a day out on the water. Our Sunday was spent mostly anchored at Balmoral on a beautiful sunny winters day…it was perfect. It’s the other great side affect…being able to share this new life with family and friends!


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