John was building the Heart of Edna, a 50-foot ketch, with his brother David, when Jan turned up unexpectedly one day with her parent, who had agreed to drive her in search of John. Jan had been living in Melbourne for five years and had heard of John’s exploits. Soon their relationship was all on again—John was chuffed!
They chartered the 50-foot ketch for nearly four years before her loss. After building Tafua, they chartered in Northern Queensland before returning to the Western Pacific. It was exciting times for Jan and John, and their new daughter, Kelly.
However, it was clear they wouldn’t continue to take Kelly out of school, so their next big move was to increase the size of Tafua from a 60-footer to a 70-footer, thereby tripling the number of guests they could have on board on Sydney Harbour. It was a great move, setting the way for a prosperous future.
Over the next few years they built three more sailing catamarans ranging from 90 to 100 feet, which also became extremely successful on the harbour.
In 1997, they were made an offer for Sail Venture Cruises (their company). It was an offer they couldn’t refuse. That started another challenge, which was to be their last, the building and running of a five-star lodge in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland.
In 2014, they finally sold their beautiful lodge and bought a home in Newport on Pittwater, New South Wales, where they live happily to this day.