Category Archives: Life onboard

Tiki picture showcase

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Tiki showcase, a set on Flickr.

Everyone has been asking for some more Tiki Pics so here she is – enjoy!

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Scarborough Marina – the job list

Sand engine instrument panel, repair joins and oil teak
Refurb main skylight hatch.  Remove teak trims and old window and replace with new.  Sand and stain the trims and hatch base.  Polish steel bars.  Re-assemble and remounted.
Sew spray hood patches where fabric has worn.  Replace old broken clears with new clear vinyl.
Align and install the spray hood frame mounts on deck.  Design and install a mount for the foot-rail of the spray hood to attach to.
Put up the spray hood and test for sturdiness, attach webbing straps where needed.
Glue and repair the interior drawers from the aft cabin.
Test out new 3.5HP Yamaha engine on the dingy.  Check out all the other boats in the Marina whilst doing this :0)
Complete overhaul of the engine fuel system – fuel tank emptied and cleaned, fuel filter lines replaced, manual lift pump removed and cleaned out (noted – need to buy new one).  Primary and secondary fuel pumps removed, cleaned, filters replaced. Electric fuel primer pump & filter cleaned.

Tiki loves Jaegermeister – cheers Reggie!


Thinking of great friends and raising a toast with what's left from our last session on Paws… Happy Birthday Andy from the Tiki crew!

Location:Fortune St,Scarborough,Australia

We have guests – hooray!

Bex was our first guest (well apart from Dave our lovely relocation crew!) and totally revived my spirits by being the gorgeous pink whirlwind of joy that she is. Embracing the marina life, socializing at the evening BBQs and of coarse lots of shopping!
She is the first of many Tiki sirens

Goodbye land-life, well almost

We are officially live-aboards! And what a great feeling it is. After several years talking about it and wondering what it would be like we are here on our floating home. In a marina and still commuting to work for now with the cruising date set for mid July.

Do you know what?

It feels amazing! Simple. Uncomplicated. Liberating. At the same time just a little bit daunting – there’s so much work to be done on and in her! We are all smiles here though, time for sleeves up and elbow grease.

Brisbane update

Back from a great break in Thailand, now with so much to do. Neil is enroute from Keppel Marina and I’m packing up the flat ready to move onboard. Everything we bought for temporary use is back for sale on ebay or gumtree and we have arranged storage for the surplus – how easily we accumulated so much stuff after only 8 months here. Ruthlessness is the key, and with such limited space onboard the decisions are getting easier 🙂