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70ft expedition yacht Salt Lines joins us

70ft expedition yacht Salt Lines joins us

Exciting News: 70-foot expedition yacht joins us

It’s been a crazy 15 months for David with Silver Fern and COVID-19 border challenges in Australia and New Zealand. So he figured, why not double down and add a second expedition yacht to Ocean Sailing Expeditions in 2022?

David Hows met Matt Harvey in June 2021 when Matt joined David onboard Silver Fern as Chief Mate on the 600 Nm passage from Southport to Hamilton Island, Queensland. With the various challenges that unfolded along the way, Matt proved himself as a capable and composed skipper, especially under pressure.

Fast forward 4-months and Matt completed the purchase (sight unseen) of a 70-foot expedition yacht that’s been parked up in Tahiti for 18 months (thanks to COVID-19) after it was halfway through its second circumnavigation. With a 200000 Nm and 30-year history of ocean sailing and adventure, the yacht’s previous expeditions include one to Antarctica by the British Army, who retraced Ernest Shackleton’s famous voyage.

Matt’s passion for sailing has him plunging headfirst into commercial yacht ownership and joining Ocean Sailing Expeditions, with his 70-foot expedition yacht to be renamed “Salt Lines”. This enables us to increase safety on remote expeditions with two yachts and expands the range of sailing adventures we can offer.

When can you join Salt Lines?

Salt Lines sailed into Sydney Harbour after an epic 4,500nm delivery passage in December 2021, and now there is plenty to do to get her ready for the first sailing event in June 2022. Salt Lines has a full sandblast and repaint, as we want the boat to be 100%.

Read more about Matt Harvey and check out the Salt Lines history and photos.


Check out the latest podcast interview with Matt Harvey

This episode covers the journey so far for Matt, the sleepless nights and what lies ahead next for Matt and his delivery crew, including sailing 3300 Nm across the Pacific to Australia for February 2022.


Watch the video tour of Salt Lines with Matt Harvey

This video gives you a guided tour of Salt Lines, with Matt’s comments on the vessel’s history, its layout and features and why he chose this proven vessel.

Come Ocean Sailing with us

Our mission: To sail with everyday people to rare and remote places, participate with passion in ocean races and adventures and undertake expeditions we’ll remember and treasure for the rest of our lives.

Step up and join David Hows and Matt Harvey onboard as a crew of their 70+ foot yachts ‘Silver Fern’ and ‘Salt Lines’ for the ocean sailing adventure of a lifetime. Whether it’s a 600 Nm ocean passage down Australia’s East Coast, a 200 yacht regatta around the Whitsunday Islands, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, a Tasman Sea crossing or circumnavigating Tasmania, why not join us as a crew member in one of the limited spots available for each adventure.

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