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Peter and Wendy share their adventures on Neverland

At the end of a busy working week, Peter and Wendy Silver like nothing more than to escape to Neverland for a magical journey.

Once on board Neverland, their Riviera 36 Open Flybridge, the couple can fly through the water to one of their favourite anchorages in Cowan Creek, Broken Bay or Pittwater.

Peter said this was their second Riviera named after Peter Pan’s dwelling place, Neverland.

“Neverland is the fictitious home of Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up.  According to Wikipedia ‘it is often used as a metaphor for eternal childhood (and childishness”, immortality, and escapism’ and also pertinent is the fact that the vessel is owned by Peter and Wendy,” Peter said.

“In the story of Peter Pan, Neverland is a place where all the adult worries of the world don’t exist and people never grow up, and that ties in with how we feel when we step on board the boat.

“We tend to cruise around up and down the coast of Sydney and several times a year we point her bow North or South for a coastal voyage.

“We enjoy weekend trips down to the Harbour or a run north to Port Stephens or Broughton Island.

“Once you are on board there is nothing to do, it’s a floating unit which we can move to different locations.  We have a fantastic group of friends on the water who we spend a lot of time with.”

The couple berth Neverland at Akuna Bay Marina, which according to Peter is only 30 minutes from their home in the Hills district north-west of Sydney.

Peter will often leave the office early on a Friday afternoon so that by the evening they are enjoying drinks on board and leaving Sydney’s hustle and bustle in their wake.

“We get a great deal of pleasure taking the family out and watching them enjoy it.”

Peter and Wendy have a 28-year-old son, Jamie and a 23-year-old daughter, Kahli.

“We have had boats all of our lives and our children like the outdoors.  Our son is a keen spear fisherman and diver and he has his own boat now, and our daughter has just returned from the Young Endeavour cruise down the East Coast of Australia.

“The friends we have made on the water are all fantastic people with fantastic children as well and it has had a positive impact on our children.

“We feel ecstatic when we are onboard, a feeling of total relaxation where all the cares or stress of life in general evaporate and that usually coincides with our first drink.

“Wendy and I have had lots of adventures together and having the boat has enabled us to do this.

“Our favourite destination would be Smiths Creek which is very picturesque and peaceful.”

Smiths Creek is a remote section of Cowan Waters.  It is very well protected from the wind due to the rugged hills surrounding the creek and is extremely serene.

Peter and Wendy have celebrated many special occasions and milestones on board including Peter’s birthday.

“For my birthday weekend we had all the family on board and rafted up with our friends who were aboard several other boats. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch together at Smiths Creek.  It was one of those really wonderful afternoons where everyone had a great time and we carried on into the evening and ended up staying on board overnight,” Peter said.

The following weekend was a long weekend, which they spent at The Basin.

“The Basin is a great place, there is always quite a few boats coming and going, it’s an absolutely fantastic place for a swim in summer and we like to go ashore for a bush walk.”

The Basin in Pittwater is located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which covers the area between Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River.  The Basin also known as Coasters Retreat is extremely popular with more than 100 private and club moorings. It is a great place for swimming and the stretches of white sandy beach and bush walking tracks make it a great place to go ashore to explore.

“We also recently enjoyed a whale watching cruise with some friends on board Neverland.  We were fortunate enough to have about two dozen whales pass extremely close by while we had lunch as we drifted off Sydney’s northern beaches.  It was a spectacular sight,” he said.

They also spent a lot of time on board over the Christmas holidays.

“We finished up Christmas lunch with the family and we were on the boat by about 5pm.  We stayed around the Hawkesbury area and two days before New Year’s Eve we travelled down to Sydney Harbour and got a berth in the city.  We headed out early on New Year’s Eve to get a good spot for the Fireworks.

“Sydney Harbour is absolutely the best place to see the fireworks.  We had our own space and we were not competing with the crowds, it was just magic.”

Peter said Neverland was a great boat.

“It’s so well laid out and practical.  It makes life a breeze and easy to be on board, very functional on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

In April 2011 the couple were planning a voyage to the Whitsundays but the severe Queensland floods, which caused massive devastation throughout the state, forced the couple to postpone their plans.

Peter said they hoped to fulfill their dream voyage to the Whitsundays in 2013.

“It is something we have often spoken about and one of the beauties of boating is you have the flexibility to change your plans without worrying about travel bookings and organising accommodation,” he said.

Peter and Wendy spend almost every weekend in Neverland, a place where they enjoy the simple pleasures in life, forget the world’s worries and bring out the child within.

 

 

 

 

 

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Click to enlarge image: Neverland is Peter and Wendy Silver's second Riviera named after Peter Pan's dwelling place

Neverland is Peter and Wendy Silver's second Riviera named after Peter Pan's dwelling place


Peter and Wendy have had many fantastic adventures on board Neverland

Peter and Wendy have had many fantastic adventures on board Neverland


Peter and Wendy occassionally point her bow North to Port Stephens for a coastal cruise

Peter and Wendy occassionally point her bow North to Port Stephens for a coastal cruise


Enjoying a trip to Port Stephens in 2004

Enjoying a trip to Port Stephens in 2004


Rafting up with friends on Australia Day 2006

Rafting up with friends on Australia Day 2006


Celebrating Australia Day 2006 with another Neverland adventure

Celebrating Australia Day 2006 with another Neverland adventure


Peter celebrated his birthday on board with family and friends at Smiths Creek

Peter celebrated his birthday on board with family and friends at Smiths Creek


Peter's son, Jamie and daughter, Kahli celebrated his birthday weekend at Smiths Creek

Peter's son, Jamie and daughter, Kahli celebrated his birthday weekend at Smiths Creek


Peter said everyone had a great time at Smiths Creek for his birthday celebrations

Peter said everyone had a great time at Smiths Creek for his birthday celebrations


Neverland anchored at Smiths Creek

Neverland anchored at Smiths Creek


Another favourite anchorage is The Basin in Pittwater, which is located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Another favourite anchorage is The Basin in Pittwater, which is located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park


Relaxing on board

Relaxing on board


Fireworks display in Sydney Harbour

Fireworks display in Sydney Harbour


Peter and Wendy celebrated New Year's Eve watching the fireworks on Sydney Harbour

Peter and Wendy celebrated New Year's Eve watching the fireworks on Sydney Harbour


Peter said Sydney Harbour was absolutely the best place to see the fireworks

Peter said Sydney Harbour was absolutely the best place to see the fireworks


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