America’s Great Loop article in ‘Afloat’ magazine

My article written about our experience last year of  doing the America’s Great Loop will be included in next months edition. Afloat has a circulation of 30,000.

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Fog stops river traffic


The Citycat ferry in this photo is less than 100 metres away and there are two others also stopped nearby but not visible due to the fog on the river today. I stayed put for 90 minutes in my ferry as it was unsafe for navigation due to the lack of visibility.

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Feeling versatile

Received a call from local yacht broker Robbie Somers this morning asking me to do an inspection of a boat (Cat-Man-Do, pictured below)  with some prospective purchasers as he was unavailable. So when I’m not driving ferries five or six days a week I get requests like this or to captain the charter boat as I did on Saturday. It is nice to feel wanted.

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Some Winter weather, finally

After enjoying amazingly warm winter days this season we finally received some real winter weather. Heavy rain on the river and a cold Westerly breeze. It only reached 14 degrees C at New Farm where I worked the cross river run from Norman Park.

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Views from my office window

Magnificent night vistas from my corner office window (wheelhouse) as we do a late shift with Brisbane Ferries on the river.

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Lenny’s Lap Sandhills 3 race event

Great weekend with Balakera acting as start boat for this community event to raise awareness and funding for Motor Neuron Disease. A yacht race on Saturday from Cleveland to the Moreton Sandhills, foot race across the dunes to the surf beach and then a yacht race back to Cleveland on Sunday. Plus a party onboard Talisker on Saturday night!

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My new job at Brisbane Ferries

I have often looked at the Baan heritage of maritime involvement and thought I belong there. There was Grandfather Jacob Baan’s barge which he unfortunately lost in the Great Depression, Uncle Wim being a ships captain and later fleet commodore, Uncle Coen’s expertise as a ships engineer and Uncle Jaap and and my father Leen also going to sea.

So after my careers in various industries like IT, recruitment and hotels, I have now secured a captains job with Transdev Brisbane Ferries. It is a job I have wanted for years and I had to get Marine Engine Driver qualifications in addition to my Ships Master Class 5 ticket.

I’m having so much fun and getting paid for doing what I love, I recently heard a local football legend and sports commentator say that “if you can make your obsession become your profession, then you will never do another day’s work in your life.”

With views like this it’s like being in an open air cathedral and it is even more spectacular at night!

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