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"The Larrikin" around the world

Published on 21 june 2016 at 0h00

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My wife Louise and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to sell our Fountaine Pajot Orana 44 in Australia and upgrade to the new replacement Helia44. Multihull Solutions of Mooloolaba are our agent/brokers and facilitated the factory pickup in La Rochelle, France.
With the voyage ahead to sail into the Mediterranean for two summer seasons then to cross the Atlantic we installed equipment such as water maker(AquaBase 12V), Victron inverter, small Fischer Panda 5000i generator, washing machine, 800W of solar and a suite of Raymarine navigation equipment including transponding AIS and radar.

Our plan is to balance life between cruising on board 'The Larrikin' with regular trips home to spend time in Australia with our family and friends. In our first year we were away for seven months and then home for seven months. In that time at home we had another grandson born (we did not want to miss out on that!) and a family wedding to attend. We feel fortunate that we can do both, since we just love the time that we spend cruising but also feel it is important to keep up with the people we love and the special events in theirs and our lives. We will eventually get the boat home to Australia but it may take a few years. We are making it up as we go!

Larrikin around the world

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