Welcome to the sailing yacht Malua and her master Harry Watson Smith and crew.

Malua is the culmination of my life-long dream to build a boat and sail into the sunrise,
visiting distant shores, and experiencing new cultures.

Where are we now?

Malua is at:  Bermagui Australia since end 2014 having crossed the Pacific. Back at home where we started. Start of major rejuvenation.

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Built in Australia in 2000 and launched in 2003, Malua undertook an extensive cruise through the Pacific - New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, before being shipped to the Mediterranean in February 2007.  We sailed extensively throughout the Med and in year five we tried to pass through the rivers and canals of France to Paris but had to turn back.  In 2012 I sailed through Gibraltar to Portugal, Madeira, and Morocco before crossing the Atlantic from the Canaries to Barbados.  From there north through the Caribbean to Cuba and on to  the USA as far north as Rhode Island.  In Feb 2014 I arrived back on Malua covered in snow in Deltaville.  It was time to sail south to the warm waters of the Pacific and towards Australia. That would be the end of the world cruise.... for now.

After some internal work or rather rejuvenation and some on-land difficulties Malua was ready for a short summer cruise to Tasmania but the Pacific again calls.

2018 - Pacific Islands - again

The southern winter has arrived and it is getting freezing in Canberra and cold at the coast so off we go again toward the warmer weather.  Not this year to the northern hemisphere but towards New Calidonia and the islands.  2017 I continued with the rejuvination of Malua and 2018 was spent on some near place cruises with the family.  Nick introduced Ruby to the boat while I let Theo drive the RIb and get to know the water again but as the coxswain.  He just loved that.
So May arrived and Malua started to move north.  Follow the cruise .....

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2017 - Return to Tasmania

Malua arrived back in Australian and moved into the Batemans Bay Marina. It had been taken over by dodge Sydney developers who viewed it as a water based car park.  The environment was toxic and many vessel left.  My departure was more drematic but that is a story in itself.  Malua is now in Bermagui Harbour Marina.  A great place with friendly people.  Since returning I have done an extensive rejuvenation see here. But it was time to go sailing again so I planned a trip to revist Tasmania as the family had done on the first shake down cruise.  The voyage did not quite go to plan and the famous Bass Straite took its toll.  I and Malua are built of sterner stuff so we came through that but .....

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2014 - USA Panama, Pacific and Home

Malua left the USA and headed south towards the Panama Canal leaving the snow behind.  The crossing of the Gulf stream had its moments but lack of wind forced me to motor to Cuba then on to the Panama.  The Canal and Galapagos were enjoyable.  I crossed the Pacific alone on a very fast passage.  A great sail.  Follow the progress.

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Caribbean and USA - 2013

Malua and her crew crossed the Atlantic in 20 days from the Canaries to Barbados. There Piers, the crew left and Denny joined.  We spend Christmas and New Year in the SE Caribbean before I sailed north through the island chain heading for Cuba.  I spent a month on the southern Cuban coast cruising and doing land travel before fighting my way round the NW coast to Hemingway Marina and Havana.  It was a slog north to Florida and the reception at West Palm Beach was anything but welcoming.  From there I sailed and motored along the coast and through the Inter Coastal Waterway to the Chesapeake and Delaware and on to New Your City.
A short spell in Long Island Sound before sailing to Block Island in the state of Rhode Island.  Then south on the outside to Cape May and to Annapolis.  Malua was put on the hard at Deltaville in the Chesapeake while I returned to Australia after a year away.  Next year Malua will point her bow westwards through the Panama and into the Pacific.

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Spain, Portugal and Atlantic Crossing - 2012

Malua has been in the Mediterranean for five years so it is now time to sail westward towards America.  Last year we tried to travel through the rivers and canals of France to come out in the English Channel.  As you know we had to turn back to the Med.  This year Malua starts on the French coast and cruises through the Balearic - Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza then on towards Spain and Portugal before heading south to Morocco and the Canaries.  We will leave before the armada and reach the Caribbean before Christmas.  Barbados is the intended landfall.

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Mediterranean - 2011 - French Canals

Why the French canals for the summer of 2011.  We so enjoyed the French speaking Corsica we thought we would enjoy France!  We still have to take some weight off Malua before we can go into the shallow canals but if we can reduce the draft Malua is off to Paris then on to the English channel.  The summer has started and a very different adventure has just begun.  The mast was in a rack in Port Napoleon but landed up in La Havre.  We started up the rivers and canals of France during one of the driest spring on record, then it began to rain not before disaster struck.  We are returning to the Med.

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Mediterranean 2010 - Corsica, Riviera and Cote D'Azure

The 2010 summer cruise has started.  Malua was launched at the end of April where I stayed in the Ionian until the end of May when I collected Denny who arrived via Athens.  We sailed pass the south of the toe of Italy to Sicily, through the Straits of Messina and then north up the west coast to Capri where we stooped for a few days before crossing over to Sardinia.  From there we sailed north to Corsica to the wedding and the best cruising in four years of being in the Med.  We left Italy after cruising Elba and the Gulf of Genoa. France Riviera and the Cote D'Azure with all its glitz was next.  We will winter at the mouth of the Rhone.

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Mediterranean 2009 - Greece, Croatia and Venice

Starting in Marmaris, Turkey, Malua sailed westwards through the Cyclades to Athens, through the Corinth Canal to the Ionian Islands, then north through the Aegean to Venice, returning to Greece via Croatia and Montenegro.  Malua was hauled out in Preveza Marina, Greece.

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Mediterranean 2008 - Turkey and Istanbul

From Marmaris we sailed north along the Turkish coast, through the Dardanelles and Sea of Marmara, to Istanbul. We returned past Gallipoli to cruise the uncrowded northern Greek Halkidiki peninsula. Then a quick dash to Kos and into Turkey to haul Malua out for the winter.

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Mediterranean 2007 - Eastwards to Turkey

In February 2007 we shipped Malua from Australia to the Med via the Panama Canal. She was off-loaded at Palma de Mallorca in Spain in April 2007.  

April and May were spent cruising the wonderful Balearic Islands (Spanish), Sardinia (Italian) and Corsica (French).

Then on to Rome for two weeks and south to Amalfi, sailing past the volcanic island of Stromboli to Sicily where we had some memorable experiences.  Setting off again from Syracuse, we stopped for a while in the Greek Pelopponese, home of the Spartans and the original Olympic Games.  Then followed a leisurely cruise through the Cyclades to Kos, Symi and Rhodes.  Our journey ended in Marmaris, Turkey, where we left Malua, on the hard, under a gum tree!

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Our Adams Cruising Yacht - Construction and Fit out

Malua's hull and deck were built in Newcastle, Australia and the fit-out was completed by Camrod Marine Pty Ltd in Canberra, Australia.  Launched in September 2002, Malua has been put through her paces in the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean.  After sailing 10,000nm in 2004, I reviewed the equipment and I am happy to say that there is not a single piece of equipment I would change, except for a third bank of batteries (400ah) which I added to increase the time before charge during a long ocean passages. 

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