Hi from Izzy, Captain Wayne and Sparrow the ships cat, together we are the Mangrove Charlie crew. Izzy has joined the crew to learn how to sail and live the boat life. . . her dream is to buy her own yacht and sail home from Australia to Madagascar as captain.
Together you and I will help Izzy fulfill her dream. . .Leave comments on our videos to give Izzy encouragement. . . maybe helpful hints or any missed information. . .
How to build a sailing catamaran from nothing
Mangrove Charlie is my 14m sailing catamaran which I designed at age 19 and completed building 9 years later. Mangrove Charlie has been cruising with an ever changing, fun, young international crew since 1992.
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Mangrove Charlie is based in Brisbane Australia and our cruising ground is Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and the Islands of the south west pacific. We have no fixed address and no fixed itinerary we go where the wind blows us and stop to explore places that look interesting. For income we work as boat builders when opportunities arise. Through photographs and vlogs we record our daily life, experiences, feeling and emotions.
Years ago, at age 19, I had a dream to design, build and travel aboard my own sailing catamaran. 9 years later my dream yacht was finished and we set sail.
I've been living the dream since 1992, experiencing the most amazing adventures imaginable. To achieve my dream I completed my apprenticeship as a shipwright / boat builder, qualified as a yacht designer and hold a commercial yacht captains ticket.
I live on the sea and love it.
As seafarers we are always bound for our destination, we depart with every intention of arriving at our chosen destination but sometimes we encounter conditions that are too arduous to endure or we change our mind, and an alternate destination is sought.
Upon arrival we celebrated, happy to be safe in a new port. We explore our immediate surrounds, re provision and repair. We explore the surrounding coastal and hinterland area . We usually meet the locals, often making lifelong friends. When we want, we depart bound for our next destination.
That's how we travel,