Friday, September 25, 2015

Dive Bottles in situ...

When we went to the UK, with quite a lot of drama we took our dive bottles on the plane - seeing them installed on Askari is pretty cool. The first of our belongings to be on the boat.... how exciting....

Friday, September 18, 2015

UK Yard Visit Sept 2015

Just beautiful - our Askari!
Our steering - pretty heavy duty!
We couldn't decide what size Rocna to go for, so John had 3 sizes mocked up for us on the front of Askari - he tries so hard to accommodate us - what a star!

Demonstrating the lift for the TV - you need one of those don't you?!

She's in there....

The cockpit table - we refer to it as the small car.... it is custom made so costs as much!

Perfect Joinery
Aft cabin - port side
Stern - or cocktail deck
Nav Station
No wonder she's so heavy

Yes I can see me spending a lot of time sitting here - maybe with a GnT
We left the builders a little note......

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Good enough for the Grosvenor....

After a really long day at Southampton Boat show yesterday we took the train into London and checked into the Grosvenor Hotel and as soon as I walked in to the room I recognised the fabric on the sofa cushions - yes it was Bronzo!

Bronzo, Sparks by Dedar Fabrics is what we have chosen for our bedhead in the aft cabin, our kick panels in the saloon and the side panel in our bunk cabin. Carolyn particularly loves it as it has a metallic weave which picks up the light and gently shines. It took many hours of working through the books at Passmores to find this fabric and then there it is at the hotel - spooky!

I couldn't resist rearranging the bed to get an impression of what it might look like as a bedhead fabric - we think it will look great.

Monday, September 14, 2015


Just had an amazing day at the Southampton Boat Show and managed to dodge the showers. It was a fun and pretty expensive day but we got some really good stuff!

- 4 Crewsaver ErgoFit 290N Lifejackets - two with automatic AIS beacons for Andrew and I - Crewsaver through in a bag and a knife for each.
- 2 pairs of leather Dubarry Boots (we only sail in bare feet in Australia so this was a bit strange)
- Hot Orange Musto HPX suit for Carolyn - we got a good deal as apparently the orange is being discontinued but I love it.
- Yellow Henri Lloyd Ocean suit for Andrew - who wouldn't conform to team colours (nothing new).
- A gadget hose that shrivels up - no idea if it's any good but we liked the idea.
- Ocean Cruising Club Flag - we love the OCC so will be proud to fly the flying fish on Askari
We also spent some time with many suppliers and learned lots about the equipment we have spec'd.

Andrew always loves to spend lots of time at the Raymarine stand - today was no exception and as a result we have further upgraded our chart plotters.