Ready, steady, go…almost, wait, oops, yes… we’re leaving!


What a week or is two weeks since I last wrote… The crew have arrived safe and sound and have gotten straight into living life aboard Squander.

It’s been one of those weeks where a lot of big jobs got done quickly and many quick jobs took a looooong time!


The trusty Jeep has clocked up some miles running around town getting everything from new kiteboarding equipment for Dmitrij to essentials like rum and beer for all of us!

Vacuum sealing the sirloin steaks.

Squander looks tiny next to "Carpe Diem" – our 165 foot next door neighbour.

The sentiment has been very positive, with every little hiccup being a ‘lesson learnt’ or a ‘thank god it happened here not out there’. I think Squander is feeling the strain of having 4 blokes living aboard and is requesting an upgrade or two to cope with our demands.

The old liferaft – thankfully never used anyone want it??

The last week has seen us provision the boat with food and drinks, install new shelves, add fishing rod holders, test the dinghy and outboard, buy a new liferaft as the old one was deemed unserviceable in less then 3 weeks and even then would cost up to $1200 for the service, re-coded the boat EPIRB to Australian standards,


replaced the Battery charger that gave up the ghost last night,


installed 4 new house batteries,  re-tapped the old cleat and sealed it to the deck, , installed a Pactor modem for offshore email communications, pulled out the generator water pump for the second time and a did a bunch of little jobs in between – huge thanks to the guys on Carpe Diem (Jeff & Ben) who helped us out with many tips and Ben even made a new gasket for us that solved our generator water pump leaking problems!

And that’s just a start – poor old Squander is sitting about an extra foot lower in the water since our trips to the supermarket started.

Before I continue allow me to introduce our illustrious crew who today put the final touches on Squander by scrubbing the decks – in order of arrival.

Simon "Action" Fraumeni


Dmitrij "Camera" Filatov


Nathan "Strike" Harvey


We decided to give ourselves a well deserved night out in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday night – kicking off with  Dinner and a few quiet drinks at the Tarpen Bend in downtown.

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Dmitrij was still a little jet lagged so he went home, where as us Aussies never really got taught the meaning of moderation – countless bars from live Punk rock to Coyote Uglys and god knows what else in between – We survived the night and crawled into bed around 4:00 am – Ouch!

The following night was a quiet dinner on the  boat and an early night.   DSC_0123

With batteries fully charged, we were back into full swing – making friends  around town.  DSC_0132 DSC_0153 Nathan learning the basics?!! Ha – look how good those decks look after the scrub!
Ben from Adamant marine joined us for dinner & a beer  – thanks for sorting out our Battery charger issues!!
See if you can spot Squander amongst the big boys?!


It’s 2:00am here and time for me to Sign out from the USA – if all goes to plan our next report will be from the Bahamas!


This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. adrian & jan

    Hi Guys
    Have a great trip.
    Squander looks great.
    Best Wishes & fair Winds

  2. Stephen & Pauline

    Boat looks great and you seem to be enjoying being a PBO.

    Good luck for the trip and keep enjoying

  3. Wojtek

    Hi Gav,
    Grat boat & fantastic crew. Safe crossing to Bahamas.

  4. Scott

    Entertaining read as always. Looking forward to the next installment!!!

  5. sambo

    Great reading Gav, feeling pretty envious of you guys.

  6. Pete

    Ok Ok I’m jealous once again.
    Good luck and will look forward to the next post!

  7. agatha

    thinking of you all.. looks like a pretty solid crew!!
    have been reading all the blogs and getting additional info from m&d and amanda..

    Happy sailing and speak soon.
    agx xxxx

  8. Lasse Soendergaard

    Looks great – seems like your crew is in better shape than here on Dania! But lets tjeck out your shape after 9 month of sailing, holiday and parties 😉
    The boat looks absolutely great…..
    We will be leaving for Bermuda in about 5 days….

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