It's all Kevin Rudd's fault you know. The Admiral and I cruised the Pacific in our 45ft World Explorer ketch
before returning to Australia
and settling just South of Townsville because that is where the wind
blew us to. Got a job, bought a house, sold the boat, achieved my life's ambition to sail the Pacific in a yacht with 2 masts. Happy as Larry and contented as a cow in a Kiwi meadow. Then the GFC threatened Australia
and the Labor government
did what everybody else was afraid to do - they stimulated the Australian economy. Rudd, the miserable sod, gave everybody about $900 and said "Go forth and stimulate your local economy". So we did, combined our stimulation $$$s with some friends and chartered a Seawind 1160
from Whitsunday Escape for a week. Had a great time even if it was in between two cyclones and Whitsunday Escape couldn't have done it better for us. Recommended them to my son who also chartered with them with the same fantastic result. As for Kevin, well, after that experience I knew I wasn't ready to be boatless so I now have a wee motor
sailor in which to pour any cash left over after the Australian Wine Industry has had its share. I can assure you Seafari that you too will love the Whitsundays and so will your Admiral.