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Taking a Break in Tasmania

Strannik in Hobart

I am sure Strannik feels very much at home in Tasmania. The region is known for its amazing array of vessels of similar pedigree. I am currently on board Strannik, and I feel very much at home here in Tasmania despite the fact that Taswegians, as they are sometimes referred to, are often the subject of jokes about inbreeding due to the state’s small and isolated population. One explanation for the emergence of the two-headed Tasmanian myth lies in the region's history. The widespread occurrence of goitres during the 19th and 20th centuries, resulting from a lack of iodine in the diet, contributed to this myth.

We arrived here in Tasmania from the Solomon Islands, via Brisbane, and are now in the Margate Marina. Margate is about 20 minutes south of Hobart city. The Marina is relatively new; it replaced an old (rather derelict) one that was nearby. The Marina is home to a lot of work boats associated with the extensive salmon farming in the area. It is also home to a number of yachts. There aren't many live-aboards in the Marina. However, the few folks we have met all have interesting vessels and great stories.

Simon, our Engineer, is on leave, taking care of his own yacht back in New Zealand. He will return in early January, and then I will take the opportunity to see family and friends in New Zealand before returning to Strannik and getting ready for our 2024 cruising season. We are planning to start with an expedition to Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey at the southern tip of Tasmania. After that, we'll cruise north to Flinders Island in Bass Strait, then back up the coast to Brisbane and the shipyard. There, we have to complete our 5-year class survey and general maintenance. This year, Strannik will be taken out of the water for an extensive check of all its equipment and machinery.

We will announce our 2024 cruising plans once the Brisbane dates are confirmed. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy the lazy days, the legendary Tasmanian hospitality, and, when time permits, some reading and writing. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Strannik friends a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2024.

Rodney Russ


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