Merry Christmas (Happy Holidays if you prefer) from the antipodes.
Like hundreds of others here in NZ, we are about to depart on our annual*summer cruise.
The boat has never been heavier, with*400 gals of diesel, 180 gals of water, half a ton of food and*what seems like half*a ton of beer, wine, rum, bourbon, gin*and assorted mixers. You just never know who you'll meet and what their favourite tipple is.
I checked the fluids, the belts, the pumps, the filters and replaced the spares. I just hope I haven't forgotten anything. Last year, we had a completely trouble-free 2.5 weeks cruising and I hope it isn't too much to ask for another.
The weather looks good, the water temp is*good for swimming and there are plenty of fish our there.
So we'll cast off, with a falling tide, on Saturday afternoon and motor out into the Hauraki gulf*and its hundreds of islands.
I hope this gives you all something to look forward to during*this very cold northern winter.
Musn't forget the bait!