first day back at anchor

First Day At Anchor & Harassed By Bullies ๐Ÿ‚

5 months ago, we limped into Marsden Cove Marina with a battered and bruised CURIOSITY.ย  Taking the old phrase โ€œa boat is a hole in the water that you throw money intoโ€, to a new literal level.

Sure, we had a lot of work with this refit, but we never anticipated such a long stay (rookie mistake). We thought weโ€™ll be cruising again by September.ย  But #BoatLife.ย  Nothing ever goes to plan, much less to schedule or budget.ย  Add in COVID lockdowns, shipping delays and we were beyond just waylaid.ย  Even the baked-on barnacles hiding out in the thru-hulls were starting to grow roots.

But today, we finally make our way back out into the world and spend our first day on anchor.ย  The idea was to slowly ease back into life on the hook with a casual day of exploring a new bay.ย  All was going well until we unwittingly attracted too much attention with our cameras.

Sure, it could have happened anywhere in the world, but somehow, the whole altercation felt very New Zealand.

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Comments (29)

  • Tania

    Thank you for showing the world my world in my early teens when my grandparents and I lived at Little Munro Bay… it hasn’t changed much in 40 years!

  • craig hayman

    love this video! I proposed to my wife at that Gun Bunker, the next bay round we used to get scallops ( in the early days carrying dive gear- later on free diving). Just back from the four leg- friendly kiwis is the track up to MT Lyon (I expect you will have a future video walking that- you will love it). Smugglers is also great for seeing Orcas – they come in for the stingrays. If you anchor there you could dive for scallops, further up towards the heads is good ground for crayfish. (When the Pohutukawa trees are flowering is a good time to look for crays as there are less soft ones. )

  • steve

    Your editing skills are superb. It is always hard to pick a favorite scene, but your little shows of affection just lift me sky high.

  • Jeanette Brennan

    Hooray! You’re back in your element once again. โ›ต๏ธ What a wonderful video! Thanks for a great first outing in New Zealand! Looking forward to all your new adventures. Roll on next Sunday! Stay safe and happy! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™Œโ›ต๏ธ๐ŸŒŠโœจ

  • Richard

    One of my favourite parts of your videos, has always been the soundtrack. This week was another one for the scrapbook. You don’t know how many Artists you have added to my playlists. Thanks especially for that clip backed by Faith Richards’ Are you ready. You guys have changed my life, ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact that track seems like it was made for Nikki, I am sure Jason would agree. Cheers guys, thanks for again for sharing. If you visit Jamaica give me a buzz.

  • Alan Solomon

    Now that video reminded me of past adventure videos when you used to take hikes, go to waterfalls, hike up steep mountains, hike into caves, even a couple times you rented cars and went off. I remember every so often you took Singa for a walk on the beach or in the forest of different locations and/or destinations. I miss those videos, but I still love everything you send out. Those Cows were cool. They looked like fun pups, but I did notice they were getting a little frisky with you. It is always better to be on the safe side unless you have a trained Cow. ๐Ÿ„ You guys were having too much fun in this video. You both had permanent smiles on. I am happy for you. I want to be there having that same quality fun. You provide Great inspiration and motivation and a ton of other positive feelings.
    As always Thank you.

  • Bernie Gilles

    Are those Free-Range Bullies? So glad you’re back on the water, congratulations!

  • Amy

    Yay! Back on the water. Great video. Question – your water shoes – what kind are they?

  • Doug latimer

    Nice to see you underway. Hopefully generator and fresh water maker thing are getting fixed. Have fun.

  • Chris

    Thanks N&J highlight of my week watching your vids and you inspire be to get off my butt and get back to sailing…. big thanks Kris the Celt.

  • Stan Feeney

    Been following your adventures. Happy to see you are off the hard and on the sail again. Blue Skies, Fair winds. Cheers Keep the videos coming. Canada

  • Michael

    Bullies indeed. The nicest kind.

    Congrats on getting to the free anchorages again.

    Please keep us up-to-date on the new features of the boat.

  • Angela

    Curiosity is look’n brand spank’n new, great work guys! You found New Zealand’s Christmas Tree – the Pohutukawa. They only flower in the summer, mostly Dec/Jan and being red and green in colour makes it our native Christmas Tree. I can’t wait to see NZ through your eyes, but super glad it was cattle not people harassing you!

  • Dan S Brown

    Hello guys,
    You really do know how to embrace the day with a smile. I was concerned when you said you were harassed by bullies and became confused when you said they were New Zealand style and normal. ( did not think of livestock) With regard to leaving a dock when the wind is pushing you back, I use a sling shot maneuver. It’s always best to back into a mooring so when you leave, you’re heading out bow forward. Warm up your engines so they don’t stall under load. Take a line from your stern to a place on the dock where you can run the stern line around it and back to the boat. Release and secure all other lines and go ahead slow ( on a twin engine boat, go ahead on the dockside engine only) Look at the dock to ensure you are not pulling it loose. Now all you do is set your rudders to steer to port. The bow should start moving away from the dock. If it isn’t just increase power to the engine. When your vessel is at 45 degrees to the wharf adjust your rudders to center then throttle down or back up for a moment to release tension on the dock line and have Jason bring the line aboard and then you go ahead slow with both engines. I often have to do this by myself with my patrol boat (Single 671 engine) . It might sound complicated but isn’t. Best practice would be to do this every time you leave a dock. Thank you for this video and stay safe out there. Cheers Dan

  • Jeffrey Stenberg

    So cool to see you make it to your adventure day. Love the views and animals. Congratulations on making it through all your repairs and heart-aches with your sails. Very glad to see so many people from around the world helping out, WOW !!! What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You guys are super strong now, Super hero’s. Praying that your future is smooth sailing.

  • CMBenton

    Curiosity looks like a brand new cat! Great job getting your to do list completed! Love the cows.

  • Omg you had me with your comment, I was thinking oh no what a intro into NZ… never run, they will just run with you!

  • Ember

    Big smile on my face. What a wonderful day! Love you guys. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gary K Moffitt

    Thank you guys.I am cooped up in my house in Great Falls,Montana with two cats and your videos remind me I must get out and fly somewhere.Its a big world.Great job!!

  • Mike Wodzinski

    New Zealand Fun Facts:
    # of Cows: 3.95 million
    # of Sheep: 26.16 million
    # of People: 5.08 million

    # of Box Jellyfish: 0
    Most venomous jellyfish: bluebottle jellyfish (Portuguese man-of-war)

    Earthquakes happen every day in New Zealand. Approximately 14-15,000 occur in and around the country each year. Most earthquakes are too small to be noticed, but between 150 and 200 are large enough to be felt.

    New Zealand is a very beautiful country. For the most part, the people are fantastic – very kind, very friendly.

    Enjoy your stay. Make some good friends. ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

  • Peter Drury

    Wonderful way to spend your first day back on the water! Even the “Bullies” were just friendly to a fault.

  • Tracey MARTINEZ Mendez

    HI! I was expecting the worst in humankind about bullying. That was priceless! Thank you for making my week!

  • Sandra & the 2 Spaniels

    So good to see the boat mostly finished and back in the water! It must be a breathe-literally-of fresh air. New Zealand is quite beautiful.

  • Lee Hudson

    You both are amazing. I wish I had it in me to take off on a cat.

  • Kelly Crothers

    So Happy to see you guys back on the water! I watched this episode during my morning coffee, and with the music that you chose and the way you shot/edited this video, I could almost feel the excitement and the serenity through my TV screen.
    Well done J&N! I look forward to the next “under sail” adventure! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒž

  • W. Gail

    You two are so blessed to have each other. Your personalities are fantastic and so much fun. What an exciting life together!! Thank you for your videos so I can live vicariously thru you two.

  • MarkByron

    Amazing video! Thank you. Seeing you guys exploring and viewing the land just gave me good chills. I imagine to look back over the past 5 months, all feels worth it for just even this day.
    Your bullies are beautiful!

  • mary van

    That was a big pour! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure you really slept well.

    So good to see you out again! So many places to explore, I can’t wait to see your adventures!


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