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Splashed!! QUIXOTIC 2018 Refit Recap

After months of hard work, late nights, stress, a pile of cash and heaps of sweat-equity, Quixotic is back in the water and ready to sail north back to the islands.  She just spent the past four months in a specialized catamaran boatyard undergoing some repair and upgrades.  We had our fair share of challenges, triumphs, setbacks and achievem [...]

Kia Ora from New Zealand! We’r...

Kia Ora!  Coming to you live from New Zealand, 15 feet above sea level, aboard the good ship Quixotic: Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family! We have so much to be thankful for this year.  Thank you to all our amazing family and friends for all their love and support.  Thank you to all our amazing guests who have helped make Quixot [...]

Mermaid ON Duty – Boatwork in P...

Hey everyone!  It’s been a long time since our last update.  All is great in the beautiful Fijian Islands!  We are hiding out in a secret bay just off a black sand beach in the lee of beautiful Taveuni Island.  It’s a gorgeous spot and only rarely visited by a few locals on horseback, who bring their steeds to the beach to cool th [...]

Jammed Propeller but Still a Great Da...

After exploring Kawau Island – awesome hiking and even exploring an old copper mine – we sailed down the coast and anchored near Gulf Harbour in Auckland. The next day we sailed into the harbor to pick up our new kayak but the day went a little differently than we planned… After breakfast we pulled anchor and motored into the marina and [...]

We Beached QUIXOTIC in New Zealand! ...

Our heads are pounding from stress and our bodies ache from cleaning barnacles but we successfully beached QUIXOTIC today! The saildrive fluid is renewed, the props are tuned and about 5,000 barnacles have been scraped from her hulls. It was a very demanding day and we are certainly exhausted now. The day started early pulling anchor in the B [...]

New chainplates are in! Stanchions on...

Well that was one hell of a week!!  We are elated to report that we have replaced all four chainplates and 90% of our passage prep list is complete!  I am typing this with multiple cuts on my hands from wrestling with stubborn cotter pins on our turnbuckles, but the sweet smell of victory reins triumphant – we did it, and in record time!  Let [...]

Storms, Rain, Friends, New Anchor and...

We are preparing to sail to Fiji in a few weeks and have begun our passage prep in earnest. The past week was storming so we put in to the marina. We put a tarp over the engine compartment and I spent two and a half days hunched over completely renewing every system on the generator – happy to report our efforts paid off and it’s [...]

VIDEO: Tour of the Re-powered Catamar...

VIDEO: Tour of the Re-powered Catamaran QUIXOTIC @ 8+ knots!
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Repower Complete! New Engines in!

Engines are in and repower complete! The past week has been non-stop hard work for both of us but it has finally paid off and we’re out enjoying the amazing new engines and running them hard to properly break them in. We came out on the slipway (railway) for four days and used our boom crane to pull the old engines and lower in the new [...]

Ellie has been Sold…. We’...

For those of you who aren’t aware, we have sold our beloved Ellie to our friend Kurt Roll of San Diego; he will be taking possession here in Fiji in a couple weeks. So….since we lose our floating home mid-July, it’s imperative that we can live on Quixotic by the time Ellie sells. With that timeline in mind, we have been work [...]

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