Ted’s new job- Preparing Southern Star for the South Pacific

When I ‘retired’ from my job at Garmin at the end of the year, I pictured spending time on the boat doing those projects that have been on my ‘To Do’ list forever. This included polishing the flybridge cowling, re-painting the aluminum door frames, re-finishing the teak cap rail in the cockpit, and having a …

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Blog Nov 2023- Re-retirement

Life Ashore- Looking back through Southern Star’s blog- WOW it has been almost a year since our last post. Working life gets in the way of boat life. Life’s routines change from watching for weather windows to checking ferry schedules. The work week fills our time, interspersed with weekends, where we hope to do some …

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Southern Star One year in Auckland

We greeted Southern Star at her Viaduct Marina berth in downtown Auckland on 27th August 2021. She had just been offloaded off of the yacht transporter Happy Dragon, after an eventful and lengthy voyage from Newport Rhode Island (see our earlier post https://southernstarnz.com/index.php/2021/09/17/southern-star-arrives-home/). NZ had just been put into Level 4 lockdown – essentially a …

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SS skytower

Southern Star arrives home

Auckland- Sept 2021 Seems a lifetime ago, that we put Southern Star on board Happy Dover in Newport Rhode Island to send her back to Auckland, and back home. The story began here, https://southernstarnz.com/index.php/2021/02/15/3-months-in-nz-and-still-no-southern-star/ Well, it’s been 10 months now, and Southern Star has finally arrived back in New Zealand. Unfortunately, Happy Dragon the new …

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auckland skyline

3 months in NZ, and still no Southern Star…

3 months in NZ, and still no Southern Star… https://photos.app.goo.gl/3CaSrXz3u2KSjcdp9 It was three months ago today that we exited our two week quarantine (MIQ) in Christchurch after arriving back from the US. We stayed on a few days in Christchurch with Jenny’s mum, and spent our first day of freedom running around organizing NZ mobile …

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Christchurch- Novatel


We had made a bid with Air NZ to upgrade to their Sky couch, which would guarantee the middle seat between us would be unoccupied, and which also converts to a flatbed just big enough for two. We kept checking online, and despite there still being vacant Sky couch seats showing, and also around 15 …



Shipping News

Our dream; our plan has always been to enjoy cruising Southern Star along the US East Coast, through the Bahamas, and to eventually cruise her south, through the Panama Canal and onward through the Pacific and eventually to our home, New Zealand. https://photos.app.goo.gl/XySFBcFX4U5E8x4K6 As you have journeyed with us through our blog and Facebook posts, …

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Back in the USA

Back in the US https://photos.app.goo.gl/UCvxSLfJGNdkdnLH8 We delayed our departure an extra day due to weather, and ended up spending almost a week back at Great Harbour Cay, where we’d cleared into the Bahamas in early December. Some of the cruisers there hadn’t moved since we’d been there, and while it is a great marina, it …

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Advanced Stabilizer troubleshooting-

Stabilizer trouble shooting  in Exotic Places https://photos.app.goo.gl/Rirhc9xfMiHH2Fdv9 We trekked back to Georgetown from Thompson Bay, Long Island on one stabilizer; which actually delivered a pretty good ride. I’d heard that one would give you about 60% of what both stabilizers do to calm the roll of the boat. And now, I agree. We had 4-6 …

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