We would like to officially introduce you all to ‘The Boat Currently Known As Lizzie’. Isn’t she gorgeous? She is sleek and modern, streamlined and strong. She has a big heavy-duty engine that pushes her fast through the water when there’s no wind. She has plenty of beds and lots of little hidey holes everywhere waiting for us to store all our treasure. Everything is very neatly arranged in the compact kitchen (ahem, galley), which also somehow manages to have bench space – bonus!
Having said all that, however, The Boat Currently Known As Lizzie is in fact not finished. We have a long ‘to-do’ list that will keep us (read: Simon) very busy for the next, aah, say 12 to 18 months.
After working on her for a week at the marina in Tasmania, Simon and our neighbour Chris motor-sailed up the west coast of Tasmania, over to Deal Island, to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, and then around to Hastings. The weather was perfect for the trip, and they even had that quintessential idyllic sailing experience of dolphins swimming and playing alongside the boat! Surely a sign that we made the right decision. On returning home, Simon said “Lizzie performed beyond my expectations”. You go girl!
Side note: Did you know there are lots of small islands in between Tasmania and mainland Australia?!? No, me neither. Simon and Chris never lost sight of land the whole time. True story – go check a map!
We’ve only had one night as a whole family on the boat so far. That first night was super exciting – we set up special beds for the twins, attaching rope and netting so they wouldn’t fall out of bed; we walked around and around the outside of the boat, the kids always leading the way; we sat out in the cockpit, pointing and waving to other people on their boats and imagining ourselves jumping off the back to go snorkelling in warm clear water up north somewhere; and we celebrated with a lunchtime visit from grandma, grandad and aunty paula, our first time hosting a social event on our new boat!