ABEL TASMAN TO NELSON

27th March and my Birthday.  Not the best of weather today, a bit damp outside, perfect for fitting the new toilet.  In short time the old toilet was removed and placed in the cockpit, I will decide what to do with it later.  I assembled the new toilet, an easy job, I didn’t think the … Continue reading ABEL TASMAN TO NELSON

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Wednesday morning was a stunner, flat calm and warm sunshine.  Truce and I absorbed the heat, the damp wet of Fiordland and the West Coast quickly evaporated away.  The morning was spent pottering around, doing odd jobs and tidying the boat up after our trip up the West Coast.  There are always maintenance jobs pending … Continue reading ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

BACK TO THE SOUNDS – THROUGH FRENCH PASS

Last night I spent some time downloading weather files and looking at routing options in Predict Wind.  It seems that getting a clean run down the west coast is a long way off.  There are a procession of weather fronts coming into the bottom of the South Island, effectively blocking my path for the last … Continue reading BACK TO THE SOUNDS – THROUGH FRENCH PASS

VISIT TO TONGA ISLAND

Considering I had a couple of beers last night I felt surprisingly good this morning.  I invited Steve over for morning coffee, it was about smoko time when we sat down in the cockpit for coffee and ginger nuts.  Beautiful calm sunny weather. After coffee Steve departed to go down to the Adele Island anchorage.  … Continue reading VISIT TO TONGA ISLAND

SMALL WORLD – I RUN INTO AN OLD FRIEND

Strange weather this morning, overcast and cool with drizzle and calm.  Today I am going to explore a bit further north and head into the anchorage for the night. By mid-morning the sun had appeared and everything was drying out.  Ashore on Adele Island I could see several DOC workers walking about in the bush.  … Continue reading SMALL WORLD – I RUN INTO AN OLD FRIEND

STILL RELAXING IN ABEL TASMAN

The weather this morning is calm.  However, the forecast has been talking up a N’ly blow for this afternoon and they seem quite serious about it.  After breakfast I secured the dinghy on deck, lashed any loose gear down and made everything secure on deck.  Then I picked up the anchor and headed over to … Continue reading STILL RELAXING IN ABEL TASMAN

RELAXING IN ABEL TASMAN

A funny night at anchor, the wind was from the north, but it came into Stilwell bay from the south with little waves causing a joggle.  I could see the boats in the anchorage under Adele Island, only half a mile away, facing to the north and we were facing in the opposite direction.   The … Continue reading RELAXING IN ABEL TASMAN