Quick Fix: 36° 37.2 S / 174° 47.4 E

Gulf Harbour Marina, New Zealand
Conditions: Charged Up

Power. Play.
Enertec Marine, our newest sponsor, has worked closely with us for over a month to prepare Dream Time for our return to cruising. We've installed a new Mastervolt combi unit and control panel to replace a 17-year old system, we've updated our alternator and regulator, they've given our watermaker a complete service, inspected our D400 wind generator, and even organized 'spaghetti junction' - a birds nest of old wiring now neatly arranged with new cables, bus bar and shunt. Best of all, they've given us some great advice, so now we're powered-up, and ready to play - thanks Enertec!

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Loaded? VT$21,453 Vatu (Vanuatu currency), or about $200 U.S. bucks.

Quick Fix: 36° 37.3 S / 174° 47.2 E
April 28th, 2015 (day 2,889)
Conditions:  Wind: 20/SW  Sky: Overcast.

Big Spenders?
It's been over a year since Dream Time was cruising. Real cruising, I mean, offshore stuff where courtesy flags and pristine charts are dug from storage as new shorelines break clear of the horizon. Much of 2014 was dedicated to family and managing boat projects, but now we're finally getting ready to head back into the big blue - dusting off systems and gear that have laid dormant for over a year, updating GRIB software and topping-up satellite minutes. Dream Time's cupboards are stuffed, too, with enough supplies and spare parts to see us to three new countries this year. We've even filled our wallets with exotic currencies adorned with rare shells and legendary spear wielding chiefs. It's cost a bit of cash to get ready this time, but a better investment I cannot think of.


Quick Fix: 36° 37.2 S / 174° 47.4 E
April 5th, 2015 (day 2,866)
Conditions:  Berthed. Wind: 16/W  Sky: Cloudy.

Samoan Swordfish
I've worked with print, video, animation and interactive media. But over the last eight years, living and cruising aboard Dream Time, if I need a creative fix I turn to whatever I can find, mostly coconuts, no shortage of those in the tropics. But I also carve wood, occasionally whale bone, the variety found by Polynesian families - remains from gentle giants that swam the oceans many years ago. But recently, while in Samoa, I met a local fisherman, a tuna fisherman, who occasionally finds a swordfish on the end of his line. He gave me two old bills. I've just finished carving the first - detailed with Polynesian symbols and plugged with ironwood from the Tuamotus - a tribute to the area this great fish once journeyed, and a region we've spent the last six magical years exploring.