My father built a boat when I was young, it’s a 30ft, centre console, a Pelin design built from ply with a glass finish called Midnight; and I love her. She is a simple design, a fast ride, is spacious with good storage, has lots of shade and an unfinished fly bridge that is perfect for jumping off. As children we would head out around the islands, anchor and dive straight into the water to stalk fish whilst snorkelling or swim to the beach to go on adventures, only returning to the boat when it was time to leave or eat, hence why I refer to boats as floating snack stations.
Recently, I have had the pleasure of spending some time on floating snack stations with a little more finesse. Vanilla 2 is one of those boats that boasts the
luxury of things like; cushioned seats, full size fridges and air-conditioning. It’s the kind of boat where you could happily spend the day on without leaving (aka the dream).
I was invited onboard this Dufour 560 by Queensland Yacht Charters for a day sail around the Whitsunday Islands, to check out Vanilla 2 but also to get my sailing fix. At 56ft she is the biggest vessel in the Queensland Yacht Charters fleet with three beds, 3 bathrooms and lots of space to do things – like reading, yoga, snacking etc. The managing director Christophe, his friend Murry and my friend Raven and threw the lines around 10.30 am, set the sails and headed north to circumnavigate Armit Island (I hadn’t been here since I was about 12!). We had some lunch, shared some stories and then returned to Abell Point Marina by mid afternoon.
My friend Raven, a dance, movement and acro yoga teacher had just returned from his world tour of Europe so naturally we made use of the space on this grand girl and rolled out a yoga mat for some acro-yoga play before calling it a day. Watch to the end of the video to see 71 year old Murray flying!
While anyone can hire Vanilla 2 for a sojourn around the Islands I think she is a rather romantic girl and would best be enjoyed by a couple on their honeymoon or anniversary as a private charter with crew to cater for all y0ur needs… and if you need a yoga teacher to add to the relaxation then I know just the person. 😉
Check out some snippets from our day on Vanilla 2 and if you like the video please let me know by leaving me a like and a comment.
Big love x
After the first video hit 1000 views on youtube I thought it was time to…03 February, 2018