Rob and Karen Oberg spent a year and 7,200 nautical miles crewing on other people's boats in SE Asia and Europe before cruising the Mediterranean for 2 seasons with crewmate, Marc Beerts, on a Jeanneau 43 DS, Alcheringa (Alcheringa is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning 'The Dreamtime'). On returning to Australia they acquired a Whitby 42 ketch, renamed her 'Our Dreamtime' and now cruise Australia's Great Barrier Reef and soon the Western Pacific. Total sea miles to date = 16,855 NM.
we arrived back in Oz after nearly three years sailing in South East Asia and
Europe, we had visions of just getting by with our motor bike for transport but
soon decided we really did need to buy a cheap car. Karen found us a 1998 Ford
Explorer on a Facebook garage sale page for just $2k. Quickly christened
"Dora" for obvious reasons she has been an integral part of the
family for almost two years now. Not only has she transported us all over the
place, she has been a fantastic shed on wheels as we have done all the work getting
“Our Dreamtime” ready to cruise and our rental property sold.
At different times, she’s been loaded up with
anchors and chain, full wardrobes of sails, outboard motors, pallet loads of
line, all sorts of assorted parts and provisions and towed trailer load after
trailer of ‘stuff’. In fact her back seats have rarely been in the up position
as she was normally to packed to allow that luxury. In all that time she just kept on keeping on
and never required anything more than two new tyres.
version of air conditioning may have been to wind the windows down, her
armrests may have been replaced with unique pine versions hand made by the old
farmer who owned her previously and she may have been a bit noisy but she
really has provided outstanding return on investment through her loyal service
to us. Karen became quite fond of Dora and despite the fact that in our pre-cruising
days we have owned a number of ‘nice’ cars including Porsche, Nissan Z car, Range
Rover and HSV Commodore, came to describe her as the best car we have ever had.
last Friday, just weeks before we are due head off cruising the Great Barrier
Reef and Dora was due to be given a well earned rest she broke her heart. A
loud noise indicated a problem which was followed by a fairly rapid loss of
power. Karen was fortunately able to will her to keep going a short distance
longer and made it into a nearby shopping
centre car park where she was left for the night.
up the engine the next morning revealed absolutely ZERO oil pressure and awful
noises under the bonnet. No doubt about it. Dora’s condition was terminal. It took quite a while to actually empty everything out that she was carrying and cart it back to the marina in a small hire car. The next task was where in hell to put it all on the boat.
she’s headed for the wrecking yard where she’ll be an automotive version of an
organ donor and hopefully parts of her will live on in others.
you Dora for your awesome service. We would of loved it if you’d just kept
going for another four weeks and why couldn't you blow up just before we filled your fuel tank with $100 worth of fuel instead of just after.
All is forgiven though. We'll miss you.
Dora's final parking spot. So sad!
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