Welcome to the site of the Australian yacht Maranatha.
She is a Bruce Roberts design Mauritius 43′ steel cutter rigged sloop, owned by Phil & Pam Bailey working seasonally in the Louisiades Archipelago, south east of PNG. The crew provides ministry support to the National Pastors and churches in the area.
This is our second vessel. The first was the same design but ketch rigged. This original vessel was built by Phil and Pam on the NSW Central Coast. She was lost in the 2013 January floods in Bundaberg, having been swept out to sea from the Burnett River. She was then pounded with surf, lying on her side on the beach at Burnett Heads. Although no welds broke and no water entered the vessel, the insurance company eventually deemed it beyond economical repair and paid it out. Subsequently a replacement vessel of the same design was bought from an Australian and sailed home from Turkey during 2014 and 2015. The original name of the “new” Maranatha was Silver Heals 2. This voyage is recorded on the blog on this site.
Resources for yachties:
We sail regularly in these waters and consequently have extensive local knowledge and valuable information. We can provide waypoints for passages between Townsville Australia and the Louisiades. We list bearings and approaches to many anchorages. We have knowledge of the current situation with clearing customs, piracy, trading, where to get supplies, cultural considerations and much more. If you are in the area please contact us.
Swap n Trade:
The skipper is a licence electrician and can proved services for AC, DC and installation of electronic equipment. Like most yachties we are always interested in swapping skills, services, information, supplies or tall stories.
Where are the Louisiades?
Open Google Earth, search Papua New Guinea. The Lousiades archipelago are the group of islands in a line from SE tip of PNG and the southern end of the Solomon Islands.
I’m a retired Australian Customs Narcotics Investigator. I’m a licenced NSW Electrical Contractor.
I spent 16 years building Maranatha in our back yard on our property at Dooralong on the NSW Central Coast about an hour north of Sydney. She was launched in May 1991.
We have been sailing to the Louisiades since 2002. In 2012 we completed our 11th trip. Due to the loss of the vessel, mentioned above and detailed in the blog, we have not had the opportunity to return since 2012. However the new boat is now loaded up and we hope to leave for the Louisiades towards the end of May 2016. It is our vision to continue this for the foreseeable future.
One of my boys told me I was “getting set in my ways”. I said: “Come on! I’ve had a major change in my “old age”. From a “normal” life as a Teacher, a Mum and Grandma, I’ve now become “The Admiral”, a full time live aboard yachtie braving ocean crossings to sail with Phil to the Louisiades.
It wasn’t an easy transition. The book “Three Grannies Go to Sea” tells my side of why I didn’t want to go sailing and how I came to grips with it. I wrote it (along with two other ladies) to show women facing the dilemma’s I did, what the cruising life is really like from an ordinary womans viewpoint .. something not often addressed in sailing literature.
My heart is in the Louisiades. I love the people. They are so appreciative of all that we do .. whether providing transport, teaching or giving resources. We have formed close friendships over the years and it is always a wrench leaving there.
My heart is also in Australia with my family – our three children and their spouses with 7 grandchildren.
Many thanks to all who pray for us and support our ministry in many ways.