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a bit about us

In 2014, I was lucky enough to go overseas as a member of the Wanderers Australia hockey team. *see the blog post 'Tour or DIY?' for info on this trip*


We love to travel and for our birthdays in 2015 (Reece is the 18th, mine is the 20th January) we went on a Princess cruise to New Zealand. It was Reece's first overseas trip and the most indulgent and decadent 2 weeks we've ever had.

We are currently upgrading Barnaby in order to sail her from our mooring in Lake Macquarie up the east coast of Australia to the Whitsundays where we will dive the Great Barrier Reef. 

We will also sail Barnaby down the east coast to Tasmania and from there round to Kangaroo Island off the South Australian coast before making our way to Western Australia to see Rottnest Island and the Kimberley region. 

upgrades complete

  • Install speakers inside & outside 

  • Replace skylights for solar vents

  • Replace windows

  • Replace stereo

  • Replace instruments

  • Lift boom & alter mainsail

  • Install boom bag 

  • Add UV strip to headsail

  • Replace ceiling

  • Replace interior lighting

  • Install new gimbal stove

  • Replace rubber in hatches

  • Replace spray dodger

  • Install shower in bathroom

  • Install TV

  • Replace ceiling

  • Replace toilet

  • Turn icebox into a fridge

  • Fix water damage in bathroom

  • Install new bimini

  • Install electric anchor winch

  • Install fans throughout

We are Reece & Ashleigh, avid travellers and victims of severe wanderlust,

longing for sea and sunshine and new places to explore on our 40' New York "Barnaby".

Built: 1979

Make: New York

Length: 40' or 12.20m

Builder: OJ Young/New Orleans Marine/Palmer Johnson

Designer: Doug Peterson

Hull: Fibreglass/GRP

Engine: Yanmar Diesel 50HP (replaced in 2008)

Beam: 3.91m

Draft: 2.18m

Keel/Ballast: Cast Lead

Engine Hours: Unknown


boat specs


  • Install new washdown pump and hose

  • Sand all wood and varnish

  • Re-upholster all cushions

  • Replace v berth with inner spring mattress

  • Replace floor

  • Replace galley benchtops

  • Replace hard rigging

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