[quote=AussieNeil;255197] I found a very cheap yacht and from what Ive heard a good reliable 25' foot
"Top Hat" (full keel) that were made in Australia
over 40 years ago, was hoping after alot of training I could travel from Melbourne to papua new guinea
possibly?, and then came across an Australian man that did accomplish sailing around the world in this very yacht"
Just to add to your info, there is another Aussie who did long distance cruising in a Tophat. Name of Alan Nebauer, who at the age of ~23, and accompanied by his young wife Cindy, sailed from Newcastle to British Columbia
. We met them in Hilo in 1987, and have kept up with them since then. They lived aboard in Canada
for a couple of years, then sailed down to Mexico
where we met them again in 1990. By then they had a new crew member
, 18 month old Annie. Thereafter they sailed back to Oz, still in the Tophat (called Deus Regit).
A few years passed. Next encounter was in Darling Harbour, where Alan was busy with a pit stop as the skipper
of "Newcastle Australia", an open 50 class racer
in the '94-'95 BOC singlehand race
. He went on to earn two "outstanding seamanship" awards in that race
, one for the rescue
of Josh Hall off South Africa
, the other for singlehanding
around Cape horn under jury rig after being dismasted some 600 miles west of the cape.
What's the point of all this? Just to point out that it may take a special sort of sailor to succeed in these oft quoted examples of small boat voyaging.
As long as you have a realistic feel for the challenges that you will face in such ventures, then go for it. If it works, great. If you don't like it, stop. If you die in the attempt, and do so without involving others in trying to save your ass, then it was your informed decision that got you there.
But, note that warning about "realistic feel". The only way to get that sense is through personal experience. Reading what opinionated old farts like me say in sailing forums
is ok, but it simply can't replace experience. Hecate, take your Cape Dory out in some BAD weather
(at least gale force winds), somewhere near home, a hot shower
and repair facilities, and see how things go -- for you and for the boat. If you think that a parachute is the answer, try lying to it and recovering it. Try heaving to. Try sailing with the storm jib
. See what, if anything, works. After you have been cold, wet, beaten up and scared for a couple of days, you will not need to ask us whether it is a good idea to go in that boat.
I wish you the best of luck in your adventures, whatever you decide.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Gladstone Qld Oz