Mary’s Blog

Lake Macquarie for Christmas boating? Swansea Channel dredged again

Posted by Mary on December 13, 2016

December 13th 2016 –  update –  Swansea Channel dredging to be completed by Christmas! This is becoming an annual post but is again great news for all boaties visiting the delightful Lake Macquarie this holiday season! Frank Downing, Rear Commodore of the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto informs us that: A dredge is being established right … Continue reading Lake Macquarie for Christmas boating? Swansea Channel dredged again


In mast Furling by Alby Pratt

Posted by Alby Pratt, North Sails on December 6, 2016

It’s a fact…. When it comes to dousing a mainsail after a day on the water a mast furling mainsail is a joy. It’s also a fact that getting a big sail to roll up into a small space can require compromises in both sail shape and roach profile. Alby Pratt talks through In mast furling. He covers whether to go for battens or not, the size of the mast gap, fitting and using the sail and three questions to ask yourself if you are considering an in mast furling.


Where are my L Plates? On becoming a Yachtie..

Posted by Mary on March 30, 2016

In May 2015, Chris and I officially became “Yachties” when we took ownership of our luxurious floating water home. Many feelings spring to mind when I think back to handover day – excitement, disbelief that the day had finally arrived and a sense of exhilaration that our dream was finally a reality and we could


Updates on Lake Macquarie Dredging

Posted by Mike Barry , Hanse 385 “Elara” on December 10, 2015

December 9th 2015 – update - SWANSEA CHANNEL DREDGING NEXT WEEK Mike Barry sends us this good news which was in a press release issued yesterday. Seems like holiday plans for going in and out of the Lake will be ok afterall! Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC said today maintenance