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Old 05-04-2013, 01:56   #1
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Hi, sorry if this is the wrong place for this question, first timer!

I am looking at buying a 25 - 30 foot monohull sailboat in Sydney and sailing it back to Brisbane and would welcome any advice, suggested routes, timings etc?

Thanks, Adam

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Old 05-04-2013, 02:48   #2
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Re: Newcomer seeks advice

G'Day Adam, and welcome to CF.

The trip that you are proposing is done frequently and if not in a hurry, can be a pleasant experience.

The first thing for a novice to do is buy Alan Lucas's "Cruising the New South Wales Coast". Alan's books are the best source of advice for these areas IMO. He is a pretty conservative fellow and all the advice that he offers is from personal experience and measurements. He takes the soundings himself (with his faithful and delightful mate Patricia as crew) and has poked his nose into a huge number of places on the East coast of Oz.

He gives advice on routing, weather, facilities, anchorages, moorings and all the other things of interest to a cruiser.

The bottom line is that if you have time to wait for good weather, this can be done in day hops or perhaps one overnighter, and should not be too challenging. If you are on a schedule and must sail on some specific day, you can (and likely will) get your ass kicked!

In general, you will get more useful info if you ask more specific questions.

Finally, if you are in Brissie and want the boat there, why are you specifically buying in Sydney? Lots of boats on the market in the Moreton Bay area...

Cheers and good luck in your purchase/travels.


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Old 05-04-2013, 03:26   #3
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Re: Newcomer seeks advice

Cannot disagree with anything that Jim has said. Have done the trip up the coast from Sydney many times in many different boats. Usually do Sydney to Coffs harbour, have a day/two off, then Brisbane or Mooloolaba next leg. Can we ask what models of boat you are interested in?

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Thanks guys. Am looking at maybe a Roberts 25, have owned one before and enjoyed the experience, but not 100%sure yet
. Still shopping.
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