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Old 23-04-2018, 21:16   #16
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Re: Circumnavigation of Australia for a novice

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Do you realise that it was actually a spoonerism?
Nope and he never mentioned that to me when I helped break it down (for the trailer) at the end of a Southampton boat show......I'll have to give him a wedgie next time I see him.

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Old 24-04-2018, 06:38   #17
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Re: Circumnavigation of Australia for a novice

An Oz circumnavigation is one of the trips I am considering, though will probably do a trip to Bali first. A UFO 34 would be an option, similar to an S&S 34 but with a bit more room. See the attached link for further details

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Old 24-04-2018, 18:17   #18
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Can anyone advise on their first experience buying a boat for sailing open ocean / coastal waters?*
Take a deep breath, then jump in.

Find something that floats, which you like the compromises for living onboard, and like sailing. Save $10k for adding stuff that you decide you must have ( But probably dont really need). We added new batteries and enough Solar to charge them, 55m of chain and a new rocna anchor, a liferaft, and a new headsail.

By the time you have sailed up the East Coast, you will have learnt enough to make your boat work. Or worked out it really doesnt work. Or that you dont.

We found as a family of 4 that our 250 litres of water limited us to a week or so between ports. Our 1.9m fin keel made me nervous of bar crossings, and the kids got towed in the dinghy from time to time when we got sick of them. We used the diesel engine way more than I expected, but realisticually we could have done our trip in a beach cat as we chose weather conservatively. (Perhaps not really, as we sailed up wind a fair bit, and motorsailed into light headwinds even more)

Unlimited budget, I'd probably choose either a 40 ish foot Oram cat, or a Nordhaven style motor cruiser. $50k to spend, perhaps an Adams 36, just cause I like them and they are better value than the S&S 34 everyone else would choose. No money at all, I'd bet I could jump from boat to boat as an extra hand on passages.

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Old 24-04-2018, 21:42   #19
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Re: Circumnavigation of Australia for a novice

Crossing the Bight from Perth to Adelaide,
Is one of my threads,
It might give you some idea's,
Plenty of good info on there,
Its in the Multihull Forum,

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