Hi Cat Man Do.
Appreciate your curiosity. Am dipping my toes in the forum waters in the hope that the accrued knowledge will help me plan.
Boat is FP Cumberland 44 stretched with added transom platforms. Also hardtop to flybridge. Volvo
D6 310x2. 12 l/hr at 8 knots. 20 l/hr at 9-10 and 55 lph @ 17kn. WOT gives me 23-24 kn @ 3600 rpm
and 120 lph.
cap is 1600l, Water
600. Have watermaker
, no Aircon., Full nav suite with dual Raymarine
E series, Radar
Plan to add before trip - sat phone/comms (in lieu of HF), extra 500l fuel
I have spent a lifetime sailing, mainly OTB yachts, but with young family
(2 girls, 7 & 10 - both seaworthy!) power was a simpler option for cruising. We have travelled Bass Strait in storms, and brought boat from Fremantle across the Bight, but that's it for big trips..
We have a special place in our hearts for Fiji
, so the general plan at this stage is to head
off in April going east and visit everywhere we can. Aim to return Oct/Nov to avoid the ITCZ and cyclone season. At a pinch can squeeze 1200 nm out of tank but want to limit legs to 7-800 nm so we have a sensible reserve.
In true recognition of the word 'cruising', we will always aim to stay and wait wherever we are than take on bad weather.
Any advice deeply appreciated.