Tahina's New Navigation System
Pictures of our new NMEA 2000-based Navico (B&G and Simrad) boat systems, and using the system off Android and OpenCPN.
Oct 20, 2013
Lightning Project Parts Arrive
A few shots of our new products arriving.
Oct 4, 2013
Lightning Project Phase I
A few shots of our project to start removing old parts and document what we removed for insurance.
Sep 28, 2013
The crew of s/v Totem have a family tradition of holding an annual special rummy card tournament. Tahina hosted the Pan Pacific version of the tournament on August 31, 2012. Three very nice gold/silver/bronze medals were awarded to the winners.
Aug 30, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
Pictures of our visit to Palau Redang on s/v Tahina. Awesome anchorage, nice resort, great beaches, and great diving/snorkeling around the island.
Aug 10, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 9, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Sentosa Island in Sinapore
These are some photos during our stay on Sentosa Island in Singapore at the One° 15 Marina. A few photos of the Sentosa Resort and it's large merlion statue are shown. Finally, a few photos as we departed Singapore by boat.
Apr 10, 2013
Screen shots showing how we turned parts os Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia green in Ingress on the same day.
Apr 5, 2013
Pano Test for G+
Mar 19, 2013
Singapore Early February
A few photos of sightseeing in Singapore before Chinese New Year, Year of the Lion/Snake
Feb 6, 2013
This is the "night" market in Gelang Patah, Johor, Malaysia. A weekly event on Tuesday nights where you can get fresh cooked food and produce. There's also clothing and other flea-market-like goods.
Jan 25, 2013
Views of Kuala Lumpur including visit to KL Tower, Petronas Towers, and more
Jan 10, 2013
Pictures from our crossing to Singapore and sightseeing there
Nov 4, 2012
A few photos of our visit to Belitung
Oct 24, 2012
Pictures of our visit to Bali, Indonesia
Oct 8, 2012
Scenes of Lombok mostly from our 1-day tour there. We really enjoyed this tour and Lombok
Oct 7, 2012
Gili Lawa Laut and Diving
Amazing diving and snorkeling here
Oct 4, 2012
Dragons at Rinca
Photos from our visit to Rinca (pronounced Rincha) Island where we saw Komodo Dragons and more.
Sep 29, 2012
Trip to Kupang
These are photos of our passage to Kupang, our arrival, and a few of the sights we saw in Kupang
Sep 25, 2012
A few shots while we were in Darwin - we were so busy preparing to leave, we didn't take a lot of pictures.
Sep 19, 2012
Cairns to Darwin
A few photos from our 1090 nautical mile, two week, passages to Darwin. We stopped at Lizard Island, Margaret Bay, Seisia, and Gove on the way.
Sep 11, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
Snorkeling Lizard Island
Shots from snorkeling at Lizard Island. First at the Giant Clam "farm" next to the anchorage. And then by Horshoe Reef in the lagoon.
Jun 27, 2012
Pictures of our ride on the gondola, visit to Kuranda village, and the ride back by train to Cairns.
Jun 20, 2012
A few shots from our walk to the forts on Magnetic Island. Including the koala we saw off the trail there.
Jun 15, 2012
This time we did a whirlwind tour of the Whitsundays with our daughter before leaving to head north. We did some scuba dives this time and saw some nice coral/fish.
Whitsundays Part II
Pictures from our first trip to the Whitsundays with the Horch family.
Jun 9, 2012
Whitsundays - Part I
At the Whitsundays and on the Great Barrier Reef
Jun 3, 2012
Our brief one-night stay at Lady Musgrave. A beautiful place with reportedly good snorkeling. It rained overnight and forecasts were for worse later. So we left the next morning.
May 20, 2012
Anchor and Chain Galvanized
Re-installing the freshly galvanized anchor and chain at Bundaberg Port Marina. It doesn't get easier than having a fork lift deliver it right to the bow on the fuel dock!
May 19, 2012
Our trip north from Port Stephens was pretty wild. The winds built to 30-35 Knots with seas 4-5 m. Some photos from the passage, and a series showing us making the entrance at Yamba under scary conditions!
Mar 17, 2012
Departing Port Stephens
A few photos as we left Port Stephens starting with some last shots while at Soldiers Point, then Broughton Island. Awesome sunrise as we departed to head north.
Mar 16, 2012
A few photos from our visits to Melbourne
Mar 9, 2012
Tasmania Day 1
A few photos from our first day in Tasmania driving from Devonport to the Freycinet National Park at Coles Bay.
Mar 4, 2012
Western Plains Zoo
We visited the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. An interesting zoo where you can drive, walk, or bike from exhibit to exhibit. A road takes you around through the big fields where the animals can roam and graze (if that's what they do).
Feb 24, 2012
Trip to Dubbo
A few photos from our road trip to Dubbo from Soldiers Point.
Feb 23, 2012
A few photos from our visit at Soldiers Point, Port Stephens in Australia.
Feb 21, 2012
As often happens when we go to see, a pod of dolphin joined us on our way out of Broken Bay up the coast of Australia. About 20 were dancing back and forth off the two bows of our catamaran.
Feb 13, 2012
A few shots from our brief visit to Katoomba it he Blue Mountains. The main sight we saw was the Three Sisters.
Stray Kittys Visit Tahina
Our friends from s/v Stray Kitty came to Sydney to visit and stayed on Tahina. They had just sold their boat and are doing some travel before heading home to Canada.
Jan 18, 2012
Sydney New Year's Fireworks
We got to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney Harbour from our boat. Amazing!
Dec 31, 2011
Shots from our visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia
Dec 26, 2011
Sydney Hobart Race Start
We took photos of the start of the 2011 Sydney Hobart from the north end of the Sydney Harbour (just east of North Head). We were sitting on some rocks on an island near Quarantine Bay.
Entering Sydney Harbour
Photos from our first time to sail into Sydney Harbour. It was a cloudy day, but I used some HDR techinques to help make the photos interesting. The photos OF Tahina were taken by Alan Smith - who was located up on top of North Heads at the point.
Dec 16, 2011
While at the end of last month, I took some pictures of a sunrise while sailing at sea. I just got around to processing the photos and realized I had captured a very rare double-sun sunrise! This is NOT photoshopped!
Dec 10, 2011
Stop in Manly
Nov 28, 2011
These are our photos from visiting Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, and also a few shots from our passage down to Brisbane
Nov 19, 2011
Down to Mooloolaba
A few photos from our trip down to Mooloolaba, and of the town and beach
Nov 18, 2011
Fraser Island Australia
PIctures from our visit to Fraser Island where we rented a 4WD vehicle. We saw the shipwreck of Maheno, the Pinacles, Eli Creek, and some freshwater lakes. We also saw some wildlife.
Nov 15, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
Grand Trail Hike
We took a 15km hike on a part of the Grand Trail.
Oct 8, 2011
Pictures from our visit to Prony Bay up the river. We took some hikes to swimming holes, a meteor crater lake, and water falls. We also visited some penal colony ruins. I took some photos by kayak of the salt-water coral.
Oct 7, 2011
Pictures from two visits to Ilot Mato in New Caledonia.
Sep 29, 2011
Trip to Ile Ua in the south lagoon of New Caledonia.
Sep 26, 2011
More Iles des Pins
More photos of our sightseeing around Iles des Pins.
Sep 23, 2011
Hiking N'Ga Peak
Pictures from our climb to N'Ga Peak at Iles des Pins. Great views!
Sep 20, 2011
We took Tahina out to go visit an atoll to visit one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the Pacific - Ilot Nokanhui is just a tiny island inside an atoll off Iles des Pins. We had to take our dinghies to the atoll because it is surrounded by reefs. The island has a long spit of super white sand surrounded by turqoiuse and dark blue waters. We thought we were in heaven!
Sights and Repairs in Nouméa
Photos from the past two weeks in Noumea, New Caledonia. Our batteries were going bad, so we were in a marina for shore power. We spent time sightseeing, and doing repairs on our furling unit and replacing batteries.
Sep 15, 2011
Photos from our stay at Port Resolution on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. This is where we anchored to go off and visit the Mt. Yasur volcano. You could see clouds of ash coming from the volcano at the anchorage. Later we had ash land on the boat!
Sep 9, 2011
New Caledonia - Part I
A few photos from our passage to New Caledonia, and photos from our first week here. We were parked at Port Moselle Marina. We visited the publishers of the Rocket Guide - Richard and Frederica Chesher. And we visited the Acquarium. Karen and I ate at the Le 360 restaurant too.
Sep 5, 2011
A few pictures from our stay in Port Vila and the area nearby.
Aug 26, 2011
Mt. Yasur Volcano
We had the unique opportunity to get closer to an active volcano than anywhere else in the world. Almost too close for comfort. We first had to take a ride on a 4WD truck on rough roads from Port Resolution. Then we had to climb the crater top to the edge. The blasts from the volcano happened every few moments, and some of them were scary! We had a huge rock land right in front of us (50m away) at one point. It was the exhilirating experience of a volcano ever!
Aug 18, 2011
Passage and Aneityum
Views from our passage to Vanuatu and of our visit to Aneityum
Aug 9, 2011
Mystery Island Kite Aerials
We took the kite to get some aerial photos from Mystery Island. I wanted to do a special shot for the family of s/v Stray Kitty. I had them lay in the sand under the name of their boat and did a "Google Earth" shot of their family.
Aug 7, 2011
Miscellaneous shots from our last days in Fiji. It includes snorkeling we did south of Malolo.
Jul 30, 2011
Malolo Pinnacle Dives
There are three pinnacle reefs just southwest of Malolo Island. A short dinghy ride from the Musket Cove anchorage. We dove on two of the pinnacles. The first one was the best with an amazing amount of fish and lively coral on the top.
Jul 25, 2011
A few pictures of our time at Musket Cove in Fiji. A great place for cruisers to hang out. The marina and resort cater to cruisers and let us use their facilities.
Jul 23, 2011
Navadra and Monuriki
Photos of our visit to Navadra (pronounced "Navandra") and Monuriki (the island where they filmed Tom Hanks deserted on "Cast Away").
Waya and Yalobi village
Pictures of our visit to Waya and the visit to the village of Yalobi.
Jul 15, 2011
Pictures of the dolphin who visited us on our way to Yalobi village off southern Waya in Fiji. These guys were really playful, and one of them really played it up to us.
Jul 14, 2011
Manta Ray Pass
Pictures of our trip down to Manta Ray Pass. We encountered Tahina's sister ship - s/v Sirius, another St. Francis 50 built the same year. We also got to swim with two manta ray at the pass. One of the manta had lost its tail.
Jul 13, 2011
Narewa Bay and WWII Wreck
This album includes photos of our trip to Narewa Bay off the island of Niviti in Fiji. We first visited the village of Somosomo nearby to do sevusevu with the village chief (get permission to visit the area). Later we hiked from Narewa Bay to the east side of the island to snorkel the WWII wreck of a Hellfire plane. We had a dinner and Wii gaming night on Tahina. We also dived the reef near our anchorage and got some great photos of coral reefs, a sea turtle, and a porcupine fish.
Jul 11, 2011
Blue Lagoon and Diving
We visited an anchorage called Blue Lagoon which is near Turtle Island. There are several resorts in the area. Vodafone has 3G Internet available here. We also went diving off the southern tip of Turtle Island.
Jul 9, 2011
Our Visit to Sawa-i-lau
Pictures of our visit to Sawa-i-Lau in the Yasawas of Fiji. It includes photos of the village of Nabukeru and its school, the rock island of Sawa-i-lau, our visit to the water caves, kayaking, and the pretty scenery.
We anchored near the old resort off Nanunanu passage where we found s/v Jackster and s/v Stray Kitty. Awesome spot! We also went diving outside the Nanunanu reef. Photos fromn that too.
Jul 7, 2011
Album for scrapbook photos
Jul 6, 2011
Namenalala - the dragon island
Jul 4, 2011
Eastern Vanua Levu in Fiji
Miscellaneous pictures from eastern Vanua Levu. Photos from Taveuni, Matagi, Namata Bay, Budd Reef (Yanuca), Cobia, and Rabi
Jun 25, 2011
It was a Fiji holiday weekend - in honor of Queen Elizabeth. We spent time cruising with other boats and discovering Silver Bay off the island of Kiao.
Jun 13, 2011
Photos from our Advanced Open Water dive course while we were in Savusavu, Fiji. We used the services of Capt Nemo Divers - Lino is the Dive master.
Jun 9, 2011
A few photos from the last week here in Vanua Levu.
Jun 6, 2011
Photos from our diving trips to Rainbow Reef near Viani Bay, off Vanua Levu in Fiji.
Jun 4, 2011
Savusavu in Fiji
Pictures of Savusavu, Fiji after our arrival sailing from New Zealand.
May 27, 2011
New Zealand to Fiji Passage
Pictures of our passage from New Zealand to Fiji
May 26, 2011
Tahina broke loose from her mooring while we were in town. Thank goodness for watchful cruisers who spotted her drifting away and organized a small flotilla to pull her back.
May 25, 2011
The day we moved Tahina back to the water at Norsand Boatyard. Finally!
May 9, 2011
Norsand Boatyard II
More shots during our month-long stay at the Norsand Boatyard in Whangarei, New Zealand.
May 7, 2011
Here are a few random photos from projects in the boatyard during the past two weeks at Norsand Boatyard in Whangarei. Also, photos of other boats on the ramp.
Apr 21, 2011
Haul-out and Mast Shots
Pictures of Tahina at Norsand Boatyard on haul-out day and when up the mast.
Apr 8, 2011
We took Tahina out for a sail for the first time in 5 months. We needed to make some fresh water with the watermaker, and we needed to just get out for a sail! We spent the night at Urquharts Bay .
Apr 1, 2011
Lake Taupo to Auckland
Pictures from Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Hobbiton, Mt. Manganui, Waihi Beach, and several places in Coramandel Peninsula. We got to see lots of cool classic US cars during the "Beach Hop". And, a couple of shots of the cool "Martha's Backyard" which sells hard-to-find US products in Auckland.
Mar 26, 2011
Ferry, Zoo, Art Deco, Geysers, and Wuku Falls
This album has photos from our ferry ride from Picton-Wellington, visit to Wellington Zoo, Napier - the art deco town, the Orakei Korako Geysers, and Huku Falls.
Mar 23, 2011
Golden Bay and more
Photos from our drives from Franz Josef up to the Golden Bay area. We particularly liked the Pancake Rocks along the west coast, Cape Foulwind, and the entire Golden Bay area. Highlights of the Golden Bay area are Wharariki beach, Farewell Split, Wanui Falls, and Split Apple.
Mar 21, 2011
Pictures from our half-day tour of Fox Glacier in New Zealand
Mar 16, 2011
Pictures from our Doubtful Sound full-day tour with Real Journey
Mar 13, 2011
Nugget Point Trip
Our trip to Nugget Point and stops at waterfalls and the petrified forest along the way.
Mar 9, 2011