At seven in the morning the sky was getting light and we weighed anchor, saying goodbye to Smokehouse Bay.  One of the other yachts at the anchorage departed just before us and looks like they are headed back to Auckland.  The weather is grey and overcast with a lot of moisture in the air. The … Continue reading HEADING TO COROMANDEL


The anchorage at Smokehouse Bay provided another perfectly calm night.  We arose later than usual and with no place to go and no hurry to get there we pottered around all morning doing odd jobs and relaxing.  The afternoon came and went and we had no inclination to do anything energetic.  The weather was unseasonably … Continue reading LAZY DAY AT SMOKEHOUSE BAY


The day opens fine, clear and glassy calm sea.  The wind died down early evening and calm prevailed all night, had a fantastic sleep.  After a bit of a lazy morning, we weighed anchor and headed around to Port Fitzroy where we picked up a convenient mooring just off the jetty.  The mooring belongings to … Continue reading SMOKEHOUSE BAY


Another peaceful night at anchor and a wonderful sleep, hard to believe its mid-winter. We got up later this morning, starting to get into relaxed mode, no rush to get anywhere and plenty of time to get there.  There are now two other boats in the anchorage, another one came in last night. Today we … Continue reading FOULED PROPELLER