Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Are Professional Rig Checks worth the $$$$$$ ?

 

We pay for one on Our Dreamtime and find out. – S 2 Ep 52



While we regularly inspect our rigging looking for any developing problems, hopefully before they happen, we decided to pay for a professional rig check before embarking on our next adventure. 


WATCH VIDEO HERE


Follow along as Darrin, “The Yacht Rigger” explains the entire process from what he’s looking for to the very detailed report, and insurance certificate provided to clients. 


Along the way he points out a number of improvements we can do on Our Dreamtime to make her rig even stronger. Needless to say, we set about acting on all his recommendations and can now go to sea with complete confidence in our rig.


Checking shroud tensions.

Darrin went over Our Dreamtime from bow to stern and up to the tip of both masts.

Heading up the mast.

Darrin pointed out some UV damage on our mizzen sheet attachment and recommended some changes.


Darrin pointed out the uneven load distribution of our shroud fixings to the chain plates.

A few stainless washers to evenly space the fittings on each chain plate fixed the issue.


Boat Tour - Whitby 42 Ketch, SV Our Dreamtime designed by Ted Brewer. Part 2 – S 2 Ep 51

 


Well we’ve finally done the boat tour video people have been asking for. There’s so much to show on and in our 1982 Whitby 42 Ketch built in Ontario, Canada that we’ve split into two parts for you.

WATCH PART 2 HERE

In this second video we take you through full details of everything below deck including Karen’s very well equipped galley, Rob’s nav station come edit suite, the spacious engine room, some of the improvements in the cabins we’ve been making and much more. Jump on board and have a look.

Our comfy home

A couple of Karen's water colours in the salon

Every boat should have a cocktail cabinet

The refurbished forward cabin



The Galley also got a make over while we were dock bound in Brisbane

As did the heads



Boat Tour - Whitby 42 Ketch, SV Our Dreamtime designed by Ted Brewer. Part 1 – S 2 Ep 50



 Well we’ve finally done the boat tour video people have been asking for. There’s so much to show on and in our 1982 Whitby 42 Ketch built in Ontario, Canada that we’ve split into two parts for you.

WATCH PART 1 HERE

 In this first video we take you through full details of everything on deck including our bespoke, hard topped fully enclosed cockpit, the Liesurefurl, in boom furling mainsail, our anchor of choice and much more. Jump on board and have a look.

Our Dreamtime under sail in North Queensland



Our Dreamtime features a full length keel, folding propeller and large rudder.

Her clever swim platform folds easily up against the stern.


Pretty Much - lol 



Your Questions answered about our Liveaboard Sailing Lifestyle - Q & A with Rob & Karen of Dreamtime Sail Part 2 – S 2 Ep 49

 


WATCH HERE

 After a number of comments on our Dreamtime Sail social media, we invited people to send us the questions they would like answered about our sailing, live aboard lifestyle, boat and any other aspect of cruising. 





In this Part Two video we begin answering those questions about insurance, filming for YouTube, what Patreon and Ko-Fi are, whether a freezer is essential on a yacht, whether we prefer sailing in the Mediterranean or Australia, what our favourite destinations are, Fraser Island anchorages, having me time apart on a boat, safety equipment, pros & cons of boat life, who we’d like to sail around the world with, Karen’s art, where we plan to sail next and the big one, how much does it cost to sail per year.  We hope you’ll find our Q & A interesting.

 

If you have any other questions for us please pop them into the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them


Do we prefer cruising the Mediterranean or Australia? was one of the questions



Saturday, 27 August 2022

How we catch all those fish on Our Dreamtime

 

Spero Kartanos - the man responsible for our fishing success.

One of the most common questions we get asked is "What do you use to catch all those fish?"

Well yes! We do OK on Our Dreamtime in the fishing department but it's all due to our wonderful marina neighbour, Spero. He is known far and wide as THE FISHING GURU of Moreton Bay where we've been based for much of our time since buying our ketch. Day after day he returns to his berth beside ours loaded up with his bag limit of fish and fortunately for us, and you, he is very free with his help and advice. It has worked brilliantly for us all over the coast here so it should work for you. Following is all the details of the rig Spero advised us to use for trolling behind the boat in his own words.

For Spero it's all about getting your lure down to the fish

SPERO KARTONAS

Diving boards and catching pelagic is not new in the world but they have become the choice of fisherman in Moreton Bay since we started writing about them a few years ago. Of course the pros have been using them for a lifetime but it has been so much fun to show fisherman starting out how good it is to get a few for a fresh feed on the table, I thought I would go through how I rig as I have had good success over many, many, years mostly for school mackerel and bonito but also for spotted mackerel in the Bay and the occasional tuna. (NOTE by Dreamtime Sail - We've had good success with Spanish Mackerel amongst the Great Barrier Reef  as well)

As most know the Yamashita boards are now no longer available. However, there is talk of someone about to reproduce some which would be good. The delta boards were fantastic till they played around with a proven formula and made them heavier and they did not swim at all and the K5 copies of the Yozuri orange boards are simple to rig and work well, but don't have the movement of the white boards. In their favour they don't drag as much water so a lighter rod, reel and line is the advantage and do catch fish.

I have attached a few photos for all to see.



How I rig the boards

1. Main line 25 to 30 lbs. I never use braid for one simple reason when you are trolling at 6 knots plus and the fish hits you want plenty of give in the line to cushion the hit and you will pull the hook especially if you're drag is a little tight so nylon is very forgiving, Also slow the boat down but keep it in gear and wind in slowly and constant pressure as you are using single hook any slack in the line the mackerel will shake the head and you will loose the fish.



2. Snap swivel to the front of the board and towing arm half way. This Tends to dive to 12 to 14 ft (3.5 to 4 metres) depending on how far behind the boat you are towing them. The further back the deeper they go so if you are catching grinners you are too far back. Depending on the depth you are trolling in, 30 to 40 ft (9 to 11 metres) is all you need to be behind the boat.

3. 30cm trace from back of the board to a swivel and then 2 mts to spoon 3 inch work the best in the Bay with chrome or chrome and yellow or gold the best or Smith jigs in white or chrome, (NOTE by Dreamtime Sail: When we sail north amongst the reef we use a larger spoon to suit the larger fish up there) I all ways tie direct to back of board with locked blood knot, NOT a loop and always put a notch at the back of the board to keep line straight. I use 30 to 50 lb trace as I prefer to lift the fish into the boat without gaffing also getting them out of the smiling assassins mouths (dolphins) helps also NO swivel on the spoon. Its suppose to have the movement without spinning.



Spero notches the rear of the board which keeps the line in place.

4. A trolling rod 6 to 10 kilos are ideal and an overhead 15 to 20. I use a Penn 15. It's is all you need and fill it with line. Bringing in fish is easier when the reel has full line .



4a.. Orange boards must have swivels either end. so I use same set up but no swivel between board and lure apart from the one end of the rope at back of board.



5. Oil you're swivels every now and then and ball bearing ones work the best for less line twist.



I have added one of the first ever Yamashita boards made out of wood so any wood working experts might be able to make a few..



So good luck and happy fishing.


Friday, 26 August 2022

Your Questions answered about our Liveaboard Sailing Lifestyle - Q & A Part 1 – S 2 Ep 4

 


After a number of comments on our Dreamtime Sail social media, we invited people to send us the questions they would like answered about our sailing, live aboard lifestyle, boat and any other aspect of cruising. In this Part One video we begin answering those questions about our sailing history, land base situation, sea sickness, crewing on other people’s boats, challenges of living aboard, night passages, what rig we use to catch all our fish, why we bought a ketch, how our in-boom furling mainsail works, using our stay sail, solar power, what we’re always fixing onboard and if we would recommend buying a boat in the Mediterranean like we did. We hope you’ll find Part One of our Q & A interesting.

Watch the video HERE

We were asked what sailing experience we had before buying a boat and explained we started by doing our RYA courses up to Coastal Skipper in 2010

Our first crewing was on this Benneteau 57 from Cairns to Bali via Darwin in 2011.

We then joined the 50ft ketch Atlantia from Bali to Malaysia

We completed our South East Asian sailing adventure by racing the Oyster 56 'Curious' in the Kings Cup Regatta in Phuket Thailand

The happy Curious crew celebrating a 2nd place finish

Conditions ranged from no wind to 25 knots on different days

We then flew to Venice to join a 72 Shipman and sailed to Tunisia via Malta then onto Sardinia  the Balaeric Islands and Spain


We gained invaluable experience on Moksha sailing with a Professional Skipper, Tim.

Our final crewing positions were back on Curious sailing her from Gibraltar across the Bay of Biscay to Dartmouth, London and finally Ipswich in the UK.

We were privileged to be on Curious in St Kats Dock next to the Tower Bridge in London surrounded by famous boats assembled for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.

Robin Knox Johnston with Suhaili that sailed to became the first person in the world to complete a
non-stop solo circumnavigation of the globe


We even got a bit of press back home

Rob and our crew mate Marc applying Alcheringa's new name after purchase in Palma Mallorca

Alcheringa was a 2006 Jeanneau 43 Deck Salon

We sailed Alcheringa around the Med for two years. Here Karen enjoys some sun of Ibizza.

Crossing the Straits of Gibraltar is often a game of dodge ems.

Alcheringa anchored off Isla de Dino on the southern Italian coast.

Another question was what lead us to buy our ketch 'Our Dreamtime'

You will have to watch the video to get the answer to that and a number of other questions we were asked.