Farewell Baly

Baly is now on her way to Sydney having passed the problematic border and was abeam Cape Byron at 1800hrs tonight. Here I am saying goodbye at Runaway Bay where we took her to save the delivery some time and to comply with the Plan F Freight and Logistics dispensation allowing her crew to cross the border into Queensland.

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Balakera 2

Adams Centre Cockpit
Sold this boat about 18 years back after owing it for about 10 years. Bought her out of Lake Macquarie and sold her back there. She spent time Sydney and Brisbane while we owned her. She is an Adams 31 which was the production version of Plum Crazy that placed 2nd in the Sydney to Hobart in the seventies.
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Mates

The crew of Balakera 2 when we moved her and the family from Sydney to Brisbane in 1997. From left Goat (Peter Turner) Shark (Brian Sharrock) Me and Brush (Brian Roberts)

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Another great Riverfire event

We had both paddle steamers out at full capacity for this wonderful spectacle.

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Children’s book published

We now have published the kindle, paperback and Dutch version of Lucinda the ferry goes on holidays. All royalties go to the Mater Little Miracles Foundation. Basic learning for children up to 10 years to convey simple concepts of continents and where genres of music originate from. Using a fun story of a retired ferry taken by her benevolent captain on a holiday visiting the places that created the styles of music we know and love.https://www.amazon.com.au/s?k=Derrick+baan&ref=nb_sb_noss

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Baly sold

Sadly after 16 wonderful years our beautiful Seawind catamaran Balakera has been sold to new owners in Sydney. It was a tough decision to make. Here she is returning to her home pontoon after completing her circumnavigation of Australia.

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The boats next door

Several million dollars worth of shipping parked next door. Two Fleming motor yachts.

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My work colleague Doug

I have the privilege of sharing the wheelhouse on Kookaburra Queen with this remarkable man!

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Sad sight

It always makes me sick in the guts to see a boat sinking. This one is across the canal from our home.

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Kookaburra Queen being launched

May be an image of standing

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