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Old 04-04-2012, 03:30   #1
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FINALLY. ITS ON THE TRUCK HOME.

Another episode in the Life of my Gemini,

Well, the insurance has come through, I bought the wreck back and will fully repair it in Melbourne at Yaringa Marina,

It was derigged last week, and after much stuffing around by a Boat trucking company,
I rang another Company on Monday morn and they said they could move it Tuesday.

I left Melbourne Monday evening at 8-30 PM.
I arrived at Port Stephens to late to see my boat loaded and sent on its way.
Damn,

But what I did get to see is my boat on a truck waiting to turn right in front of me.
I cant stop on a green light and the traffic is horrendous, Peak hour, Freeway.

So I keep going and stop in a leeway beside the road, I get out and wave him down and direct him to the side of the road,

My friend goes across the road and gets some piccys of the boat on the truck and me beside it.
Damn,
Something wrong with the camera, some error, No Piccys.

The truck driver tells me where he is going to park the truck and boat for the night on the side of the Freeway, and drives off,

I felt extremely proud of the fact that, That was MY BOAT on the back of the truck,

But also extremely saddened that it was in such a very sad shape,

So I pay my bills and pick up what is left of all my gear, that was with the boat when I left it in the Marina,,

I also found out that they had cut out the floor of the upper hull to see what was inside,

I pick up a lot of my other gear from the Salvage man, who told me also one of the first things he did was get the motor running, Nothing wrong with it, runs nicely. it did not take on water,
Bonus,

Coming home just before the Hawkesbury bridge on the Freeway,

THERE IT IS, WHOO WHOO, its in a truck park, But I have gone past it. I have a trailer on the back of the car and I am not backing up a Freeway in Peak hour, So I squeezed the car against the guard rail and walked back to the boat,

I had a look at it in the dark and it just looked. Just Awesome,

So I took a few piccys in the dark,

Hope you like them,

I arrived home just before 12-00AM today, Round trips almost 2300 Klms,

Cheers,
Brian,
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:06   #2
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Brian, that's good news, at least the fun can now begin. Would love to see the photos as you are going along with the repairs.

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Take the time to keep a record with text and pix cos its nice to look back when your done
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Have you got an update for us Mr. B?

I flew over Yaringa on Friday morning and didn't see it there. There were a couple of other very nice looking cats there though I did notice, I'll have to have a look from ground level next time.
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Re: FINALLY. ITS ON THE TRUCK HOME.

She is currently sitting in the Yard at Silverwater, NSW, for the Easter Break,

Easter Curfews on trucks,
But should be here this week. 700 miles, 1200 Klms, Aprox, or early next week.

I did the return trip last week in 38,5 hours, But I wasnt towing a 14 foot wide load,

He did mention some thing about travelling between 1 and 5 PM,

I will keep you posted,
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I did the return trip last week in 38,5 hours, But I wasnt towing a 14 foot wide load,

He did mention some thing about travelling between 1 and 5 PM,

I will keep you posted,
So its not a cheep trip Brian
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So its not a cheep trip Brian
Approx 8 Grand, AUD, But its well worth it in the long run,
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Capn B,
11 years ago, Good Friday April 13th, 2001, I received my current boat on two trailers from California (USA West Coast) to Connecticut (USA East Coast). Shipping costs were about the same, but in US dollars.
Good luck on your rebuild, probably won't (can't) take as long as me.
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11 years ago, Good Friday April 13th, 2001, I received my current boat on two trailers from California (USA West Coast) to Connecticut (USA East Coast). Shipping costs were about the same, but in US dollars.
Good luck on your rebuild, probably won't (can't) take as long as me.
Fortunately, mines still in one piece and only on one truck,

But Brand new,
My Gemini had a trip from Annapolis to Morro Bay Calif, on the back of a truck,
It was easier than taking it through the Panama Canal,

So it was East to West at the time, Now its North to south,

I am looking at about 3 months, or so, and back in the water,

I have the money to do it,
And the people with the expertise to do the job professionally,
Once it gets here, It should be all systems, Go,

How long did yours take you to put together,
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