America’s Great Loop, Aussie Style sales

Over 360 copies have now been sold, including 72 copies of the large format coffee table version. It remains in the top five Great Loop books available on Amazon, with most sales coming from the USA. Not quite walking off the shelves like Property Power did nearly 20 years ago but still satisfying to see that people are interested in our experiences.

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Rainbow over Shafston House, seen from Sydney Street Ferry  Terminal 

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My father’s first ship

I’m writing my father’s memoirs and came across this photo of the first ship he served aboard as chef in the galley. He did voyages to Halifax (Canada), New York (USA), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Sydney over a 12 month period.

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Cost of circumnavigating Australia

Thought this cost analysis was interesting. A much bigger boat without the sailing performance of our catamaran. Our expenditure for the exercise came out significantly lower. Similarly the America’s Great Loop was much less too, even allowing for the Lease costs and exchange rate. Proving again that choice of boat type is important.

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Buy your boat hardware cheaper online

Recently needed to replace the starter motor on Baly’s port engine. The local Yamaha agent quoted me $996, I sourced it via Amazon ex US delivered non priority for $au 212. Delivery was two weeks, same as the agent who had to source ex Japan as there were none in the country. Same experience with an ignition switch, local Yamaha agent quoted $200, I bought from Amazon for $us 29.

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Don’t you just hate…

Don’t you just hate it when some rich guy brings his huge gin palace past and it absolutely dwarfs your boat!

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Fireworks at Kangaroo Point

Another fireworks show on the river to keep us entertained. This one to commemorate a new restaurant opening at Howard Smith Wharves, seen from Sydney Street Ferry Terminal.

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