I am going to buy a Cat or a mono from somewhere in the world cheaper than Australia
then spend 2-3 years bringing it home. The type of boat depends on the budget
and what is available. My preference is for a Cat purely for lifestyle reasons but I am not close minded to a Monohull
- I race
Don't need to make a profit on the deal but every dollar I save on the price
will go towards our adventure.
I met an older fella in the Whitsundays who had bought a nice Beneteau
then spent four years sailing it home. Enjoyed his stories over a beer
or two each afternoon and helped him with some jobs and in return he let me sleep aboard in the Marina saving me from a noisy backpacker hostel.
Seems I have a bit to learn about the legalities of the whole importing deal but I figure thats where you guys come into the equation.
I have it scheduled for 2012 and in the meantime am doing as much sailing as I can and looking for courses. I was an Army Officer which I hope will help me somewhat as I guess I picked up a couple of useful skills along the way.
Luckily my saucy girlfriend is 100% on board with the idea which I know is a hurdle for some. My ex wife used to get cross whenever our trailer sailer heeled enough for her to have to take a hold of a handrail - she hated not being in control of everything around her.
I am also volunteering for coastal and Pacific deliveries as a crew member
. Irecently helped on one from NQld to Newcastle on the East Coast
which was about 6-7 days sail and I found it quite exhilarating in some aspects. The skipper
was very positive about how well I performed and fitted in with the other crewmembers. Teamwork is certainly not my weak area.
Am buying books
, talking to old blokes down the club and everything else I can think of.
Any further advice?
Anyone in this neck of the woods need a crewmember or two? I have retired from the Army, am 45 and fit as a mallee bull.
Thanks for everything I have read so far - will be in here a lot during the next 18 months I think!