Toucan's Travels Blog

This is the blog for Toucan’s Travels from the east coast of the US to the Caribbean, down to Panama and through the canal and then across the pacific back home to Australia. Hopefully, our blog will convey exactly as it is with both the highs and the lows.

No Frills, No Frou-Frous

There’s been a few postponements to our haul out due to other boats needing emergency lifts more urgently than us. But now, finally, it’s our turn. We need to haul to fit the new prop (impossible to do in-water), and whilst we no longer have any oil leaks from our sail drives (hurray!) we think it prudent to replace the bottom oil seals as these haven’t been done for several years. And Murphy’s law being what it is, you know what will happen if we don’t…

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Selamat Tahun Baru!

Happy New Year everyone! We wish you all a healthy, happy and peaceful 2020, filled with love, friendship and new adventures.

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Selamat Hari Natal!

Happy Christmas from Indonesia!  It’s going to be a new and different experience for us this year, and despite not being able to have the company of our loved ones we’re determined to make the most of it and embrace our new experience of a Raja Ampat Christmas.

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What A Wonderful World – Raja Ampat

The last few weeks have given us fabulous adventures both above and below the waterline. First there was Wayag with its’ stunning landscape and since then we’ve continued to explore other islands and underwater paradises. 

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Nature’s Cathedral – Wayag

We’re very excited to visit Wayag as we’ve heard so much about this iconic northern area of Raja Ampat. While we were back working in Sydney we gazed enviously at the photos from our cruising friends who’d come this way and dreamed of the day we could be here. And now we are!

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So Long, Sorong

We return from our sea-trial to Batanta Island with mostly good news. There’s no more slipping from the clutches which is terrific, but the starboard gearbox is alarmingly noisy under load. We think Rieman may have made the washer tolerance too tight, so we’ll need to get it re-machined at some point. In the meantime we’ll just put our headphones on with the music turned up loud…

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