Hi again Oz,
Much sailing experience???Hmmm this is the sticking point! LOL
Heaps of sailing expereince in dinghies from Mirrors, cherubs, to Flying Dutchmans. However big boats and off shore, almost none. Couple of overnighters on a RL28.
And it gets worse.....
Planning on taking my dog with me. But I do have a crew from Cairns for a couple days at least. Young lady with heaps of off-shore experience, but, with a one year old baby as well. She also suggested a couple of overnight trips out from Cairns to get a feel for the boat. Boat seems very sound.It happily endured a 40+knot run from Dunk Island back to Cairns with no damage which gives me some confidence.
Have just bought a P66 RayM transducer which does all 3 functions. Bought a Evermore SA320 GPS
receiver which appear by all reviews
to be more accurate than the Raystar125, so hoping all will work well. C-80 and DSM250 have been checked by techo's and work well.
Thanks for the advice on the anchors. I checked them out. I have 3 small anchors so will take advice from other yachties once in Cairs when I get to see the size/weight of them. Makes sense to get a really decent lump!
Any suggestions re a Nav gold or Platinum card. Thats what I still need to get, as well as a GPS epirb
. Have a personal gps pocket job.
too. Any suggestions? $30ea at my local coastguard! Wheh!!