Nearly ready to splash, we make a last minute decision to drill a huge hole in our boat!!

In this episode, Nandji is getting closer to splash day. The major keel work is complete and the bottom has been painted with a barrier coat ready for anti fouling. With only 5 days until splash day, we decide to drill a huge hole in the boat!!
Ever since buying Nandji, we have steadily been upgrading her as we continue to sail. One area that we have just been “making do” with, has been the way we gauge the depth of the water below Nandji. Our depth sounder was ancient and it worked 30% of the time. This making life a little more difficult than it should be!! But not anymore!!!

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With no sailing experience, we bought a yacht, got it blue water cruising ready and set off from Australia sailing to the Pacific! We have since cruised through New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Solomon islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and then onto the boat yard in Malaysia to prepare for the years to come. With a new engine, we continued onto Thailand, then back down into Indonesia and specifically West Sumatra to live the island life and chase the surf. With our Sailing plans changing, we returned to Thailand to wait for the weather and begin our journey to the northern route of the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka before heading south across the Indian Ocean once cyclone season has finished and the trade winds begin! We were on our shake down sail when the mooring we were on failed and our home ended up on the reef… We saved the old girl and got her back to the boat yard for repairs to continue on our adventure! Ready to sail across the Indian Ocean, we were only days away from leaving when the pandemic begun closing countries around us… We are stuck for now, but enjoying the slower pace as we have just had our first baby, born in Malaysia! Now completing our second major refit, Nandji is ready for the world when the world is ready for us!!!

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