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Old 07-11-2015, 03:33   #16
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The problem you mention about Woolwich is typical of books, they tend to be out of date when they're published. However, you can trust Alan's soundings, and I think the geographical information about the anchorages is correct [the land doesn't move around much], and conservative. We've been using them for 20+ years.
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We found that the ground had moved about quite a bit in January last year while entering Lyttleton (Christchurch), but I suppose that's an exception. :-)

Anyhow, it seems I haven't wasted my money on the books, so all is well. I figure you need at least two sources of information on any harbour, so with those and the OpenCPN maps I should be all right.

If in doubt, believe the depth sounder.
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Some points....

Coming out of Lakes Entrance you are already clear (and inshore) of the production platforms.

Its only about 100 miles to Gabo... something has going badly wrong in the planning stage if your wx window is less than 24 hours long.

If you are in conditions that make you want to seek shelter you won't be seeking it in Mallacoota... there is a reason its not on the list of fun places to visit on a yacht.

You could - if the the wind comes out of the east- take shelter behind Gabo.
CLANG. I've been planning by using Google for distances and forgot to convert them to nautical miles. Yep, 100nm is a shortish hop, I should be able to round up and head for Eden in one go.

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I would be getting 'real ' weather forecasts rather than relying on gribs... read the grib warnings on the sailmail pages.
ButOfCourse. GRIB for long-term planning, daily VHF weather for the final decision.

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Do I read this right ..that you will not have a boom?....oh..OK.....
Yeah, I know. The yacht does have a mainsail but God only knows how the guy used it. Then again, there are yachts that run boomless so maybe the sail is designed for it, won't know until I get there.

I'll puddle around Gippsland Lakes for a few days to see if it's workable without. Otherwise I could make a trip to Melbourne and find a used one, but it would be a whole lot more convenient to leave it until I get back to Brisbane. I have enough preparations to do without that.
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:48   #18
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And really, does the existence of a store or placement of a water tap in a minor port make all that much difference? Things do change, and while Alan is meticulous and conservative, he ain't superman. I'll trade reliable soundings for missing stores any day!
Agreed, the basics are there and detailed enough. But in all cases mentioned the changes have been made for at least a decade, and the alternative to that one water tap is a two hour round trip to the nearest service station by bus. Closest alternate showers are at Ryde Aquatic Centre over 8km away.

Anyhow, not grumbling at all. I have a great respect for his work generally.

Didn't know he had a website, but my edition is the latest and includes all updates in an inserted leaflet so doubt there would be much more available there.
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Re: Delivery Melbourne to Brisbane

At the end of the day booms are for sissies.... rig a bumpkin or something so you can take you mainsheet well aft all same jib sheets ( hope that makes sense).


Miles/Kms??? Don't you go confusing feet with metres on that sounder of yours

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On a tri there's ample space for a big long traveller. I'll take a few spare blocks with me.

Naah, I don't get confused between metres and feet, just kms and miles evidently.
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