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It’s the far less sexy side of big dreamy sailing adventures. Before the campfire beach sunsets can begin, before whale sharks and surfing, and you get to immerse yourself in the colour and chaos of clashing cultures, there are endless boat jobs, massive..... . .

Faraway Fish Banh Mi

Faraway & Fishing

A favourite Aunt once told me that the boldest way to travel was to head to the furthest point and work your way back. “Giant leaps of faith”, she declared, “were always rewarded”, and that’s how I found my way to Garig Gunak Barlu National Park.  This..... . .

Campfire Spiced Wine

Crouched on the riverbank at Cahills Crossing, our spanking new fishing rods in hand and dreaming of big barramundi, the first cast of the day never even hit the water. Instead, my Dad’s line unspooled in a crazy arc, snagging on itself in a mindboggling mess.  My..... . .

Safety at Sea for Coastal Cruisers

When sailors talk about safety, we tend to focus on the gear that might save us: life jackets, an EPIRB, flares and life rafts. All these items are essential afloat, but for me, the most important thing you can take to sea is a really sound boat. Filling your emergency..... . .

Charred Lemon Barramundi with chimichurri

Charred Lemon Barramundi with chimichurri

Barramundi is a tricksy fish that’s notoriously difficult to catch. It’s ironic then that the biggest ever caught was wrestled into a kayak back in 2010, weighing a hefty 44kg. Aussies call them barras but this ancient hermaphrodite that starts life as a male and..... . .

Heading offshore?  Get your boat Aussie-registered in 5 easy steps

You’ve got dreamy tropical isles on your mind, but before the offshore adventure can begin there’s a slightly baffling bureaucratic process to navigate. The first step for any locally registered Australian-owned boat is to get yours on the Australian Registrar of Ships..... . .

Sailing out of Australia: Here’s how to Export your Boat

Having to export your boat when you sail out of Australian waters gets a lot of cruisers agitated. Although regulations may have not been enforced in years gone by, times have changed. Quick trips out of Australian waters are excluded, but if your boat is an Australian..... . .

Feeling Queasy? How to beat seasickness for good

Some days at sea can feel like being trapped inside a washing machine. When there’s wind against tide or a sideswiping swell, when a storm kicks up the sea and your hungry, sleep-deprived crew have been downstairs too long, it can be only a matter of time before..... . .