So in September my brother announces that he is leaving his current
employ - he has worked on very large Australian cattle stations - has found a ferro
boat in Phuket and is gonna chuck in and go sailing.
What! He's crazy, right?
Well, I run over to Phuket and see the boat for him before he invests in planning a purchase
trip and all that stuff. She is a 53 foot Hartley (Coral Sea model?) - and is a in really good nick.
She is also a tank and is a gaff rigged cutter
displacing around 23,500lbs. I am thinking that this might not be so crazy an idea if he stays around Phuket and Langkawi waters for a few months learning
to sail it. His original plan was to buy it and head
immediately back to Oz by the most expedient passage
. I talked him down from this ledge.
Anyway, fast forward a month or so. I just got back from three days in Phuket.
He and his wife arrived, we spent a couple of long days talking about the boat, the plans, sailing, catching up (we also hadn't seen each other in a scary long time), and made a trip to the boat, the Rolly Tasker sail loft, a couple of chandlers (I wanted him to know how much stuff costs - LOL) and finally a day on the boat looking around.
That was the bad part - They fell in love and of course there is no turning back.
Then of all things we moved the boat to another marina in prep for the survey
. We motored out of the channel and then got all the sails
up. Quite really old sails
BTW - hence the visit to Rolly Tasker.
If he wasn't done in by sundowners just sitting on the hook this 5 hour sail was his undoing.
He's in for the long haul. It was probably a done deal anyway as he'd already closed up everything back in Oz, and they are ready to move aboard.
He is going to stay in Phuket, Langkawi, Singapore
for a few months. 4 day survey
starts tomorrow, a couple of known jobs to do while hauled out (anti-foul, cutlass bearing, anodes) and then a trip to Langkawi to do the title transfer.
From Langkawi he will sail back to Phuket. The current
owner will be along for both passages which is great for learning
the systems and get some time with an experienced sailor.
The boat was laid up in the UK 15 years ago. She has 3 trans-atlantics (one solo handed), an east coast
to Caribbean cruise
. Followed by panama
to south pacific
to Australia passage
a couple of years later. She has spent the last 2 years in the south pacific
. She is very experienced lady and has an excellent inventory of equipment
on-board. She is basically a sail away live-aboard.
The owner is a Brit and a great guy - I wouldn't be surprised of some of our members recognize Alethea Ann.
I am so jealous of my oldest brother right now, but the good news is by convincing him to stay in Asia
I will have plenty of chances to visit him on passages in his new home - Whoo hoo!