Brief History

Masala was built by C-Stainless Boat Builders, in a boatyard at Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

Unlike some custom-built yachts, where the hull and equipment may be years old before it is finally launched, Masala was constructed over only a 12 month period.

April 2001

Construction of Masala commenced.

2 April 2002

Masala launched at Western Port Marina, Hastings, Victoria. Mast stepped. The sails arrived in August.

August 2002—January 2003

Commissioning: the owners, Craig and Lisa, make many short trips on Western Port Bay to test the sails and the boat’s systems under varying conditions.

20—21 February 2003

Inaugural ocean voyage, in Bass Strait—Western Port Bay to Refuge Cove (Wilsons Promontory) and return.

15—21 March 2003

Craig and Lisa and another couple sail Masala from Western Port Bay across Bass Strait to King Island then on to Stanley Harbour in Tasmania, before returning to Western Port. 50 knot winds and huge seas experienced on the return leg. Masala handles it well.

26 April—25 May 2003

Craig and Lisa sail Masala from Western Port to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, with many stops along the way.

2—14 June 2003

Passage from Coffs Harbour to New Caledonia. Craig, Lisa and friend Ross on  board. Seven days of heavy windward sailing; five days spent sheltering at Middleton Reef due to Cyclone Gina. 10 weeks spent cruising in New Caledonia.

26 August—1 September 2003

Passage from New Caledonia to Scarborough Marina, Brisbane. Craig, Lisa and friend Michael aboard.

July—August 2004

Craig, Lisa and new baby Dana cruise Moreton Bay to the Gold Coast and return to Scarborough.

July—August 2005

Repeat of the 2004 cruise. Lisa pregnant again. Tough decision taken to sell the boat—two babies will be just too difficult. Craig and Lisa start plans for building their own house instead.

2 November 2005

We take possession of Masala.

12 May—2 November 2006

Our cruise from Scarborough Marina, Brisbane, to the Whitsundays and return.

June 2007

Sadly, we sold Masala due to family health issues and work commitments.

June 2007—February 2009

Simon, Nikky and their little boys Ollie and Luke cruise Masala in the Moreton Bay area and as far as Mooloolaba. Increasing work, family and lifestyle commitments limit further use.

March 2009

We sold our house and bought Masala back!!

June 2009 onwards: see the Cruising Log.