CYCA Hobart 2013 Cruise

admin | November 9th, 2012 - 07:44

On tuesday this week, I participated in the meeting at the CYCA about their Tasmania cruise early next year. We’ve set up a cruise page on Skipr for them and look forward to ‘following along’. My presentation (on using Skipr and Internet at sea) is below.

There was a lot of interest in the inReach Satellite Communicator, check out this page on my other site And of course for any other questions, drop me an email –

In Frank’s weather talk, he mentioned Frank’s Weather site (no, it’s another Frank). A very useful site indeed.

The slides of my presentation are below. [...]

Coastal Cruising Companion Newsletter

admin | October 15th, 2012 - 14:32

Click to download PDF

Marilyn Graham started a newsletter to alert buyers of her Coastal Cruising Companion (CCC) to changes and additions.

The CCC is a terrific guide to anchorages and ports between the Queensland border and Hobart. She provides the updated pages by post or email, great service! By the way, when you purchase a copy of her Companion on our site, it is shipped by Marilyn herself and no doubt you’ll get on her mailing list for the newsletter.


Companion Newsletter Issue 2 (Dec ’12)
Companion Newsletter Issue 3 (Feb ’13)
Companion Newsletter Issue 4 (April ’13)
Companion Newsletter Issue 5 (July ’13)
Order a copy of the Companion.

Meeting the Island Cruisers

admin | October 13th, 2012 - 12:27

I enjoyed catching up with the Cruising Crowd at the Island Cruising Association (ICA) in Auckland for their meeting on Friday night.

To get more information on the inReach Satellite Communicator, check out this page my other site And of course for any other questions, drop me an email –

The slides of my presentation (Part 1 – Skipr Overview and Pt 2 – Internet at Sea) are below. [...]

Boat of the Month – September

admin | September 11th, 2012 - 11:24

This month’s “showcase” boat is Nellie Dick, a replica Dutch barge, cruising the inland waters of the Netherlands. The photo was taking a few years ago when she was “iced in”.

I’ll admit  to a bit of nostalgia around boats in Holland (yes, the skipper was born there).  Holland offers a rich variety of inland cruising and Nellie Dick looks to be eminently suitable!

The cruisers wiki has some rudimentary information on cruising in the Netherlands. The Barge Association website has good  information about barges.

Boats of the Month – August

admin | August 5th, 2012 - 20:54

This year, we’ve been showcasing a boat on our front page every month, showing the wide range of activities by users. This month, I felt it was time for the “bigger picture”, highlighting all users, rather than just focussing on one boat and its adventures.

It’s  terrific to see expand to hundreds of boats, reporting back to friends and family across an area covering Australia, South Asia and the Western Pacific. Not forgetting users elsewhere… With lots of stories, it is great to follow so many of you! And of course I would encourage anyone to occasionally use the map’s zoom controls and click on a random boat on our Currently Cruising page and share the experience of others.

Fair Winds to all,

Marius (

Newsletter July 2012

admin | July 12th, 2012 - 16:19

In this newsletter:

Latest Cruising guides for Eastern Australlia (and how to buy them…)
Tips and Tricks to make the most of Skipr
Campers and Drivers – Skipr for landlubbers.
Cruising in Company – Island Cruising Association
Join Skipr Plus
In case you didn’t catch up… [...]

Latest Cruising Guides available on Skipr

admin | July 10th, 2012 - 12:05

You can never have enough information on board. We’re well served on the East Coast of Australia by a comprehensive set of cruising guides, handbooks or pilots (depending on what you call them).

Recently we’ve started a Skipr online shop where you can purchase some of the best guides for the East Coast. Over time, we hope to expand our range. Much will depend on your support for this initiative. Get timely information about the latest books and buy them at a discount if you’re a Skipr Plus member.

At present we’re featuring the latest edition of the Beacon to Beacon guide and the Coastal Cruising Companion by Marilyn Graham. And very soon we’ll have the new Rob’s Passage Planner in stock.

Find out more about Rob’s Passage Planner [update Aug 2012 - it is shipping now!].

Windflower and the Western Pacific Rally

admin | July 2nd, 2012 - 14:14

This month’s Track/Boat of the Month is  Windflower, the lead boat of the Western Pacific Rally which has now been underway since late April. John Martin, skipper of Windflower, heads up the Island Cruising Association out of New Zealand. Their regular track is around the islands (Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu etc.), but this year a longer cruise takes them North to the Solomons and then West to Australia via the Louisiades.

As John cruisies down the East Coast of Australia, he intends to give a series of seminars about Pacific Cruising, not to be missed. In the mean time you can follow along on the Windflower page as it makes it way to Australia.

John uses the Skipr Plus facility to update his position regularly via email. He says it’s a snap to use together with the UUplus service.

Photo Competition – the Winner(s)

admin | June 2nd, 2012 - 15:27

Boy, what did I let myself in for with this competition? There are some stunning boat pictures on the Skipr system.

We all love our boats and the way they look. How can I pick one winner without antagonising the 120 others who posted their position on during May? So I did what every smart skipper does, I left it to the Admiral. Joy picked the best photo, and I relented by having a couple of runners up. But still, there are so many others… next time. [...]

Photo Competition

admin | May 4th, 2012 - 10:51

We’re starting to see some terrific photos on Skipr boat pages. So we thought we’d encourage even more of you to put your best foot forward by having a small competition.

At the end of this month (31 May 2012), we’ll have a look at the photos of all boats on the Currently Cruising page. The best picture wins a prize ( a copy of Marilyn Graham’s “Coastal Cruising Companion“) and will be featured on our front page during June.

The rules are simple:

  • The picture has to be uploaded to your page by 2000 hrs GMT on 31 May 2012.
  • The picture needs to include your boat or part thereof ( not another boat of the same model)

And as they say, the decision of the jury is final!