I think this forum wanted me back here? as the PM you sent to me arrived yesterday, TALK ABOUT SNAILMAIL...
Much of the latter stages of my build were at my old site Boats-n-stuff.com.au - The server was in Dallas, Texas
. - - and thanks go to the interest of many workers in Google who monitored that site, - I retained my high rating and identification. Before I went on my first cruise
to South Percy Island, I ended up closing the site as I could not find anyone to moderate the site. so I closed it and lost
relating to that build phase.
A friend, who I figured would crew with me for a jaunt to PNG's Milne Bay, is now blind and expected to die of cancer soon... He still wants to go, and retains a very positive outlook and super strong determination, so he may yet beat the "pimples" and recover his sight... He has outlived the best prognosis and is of the view that every additional day is a bonus...
In the meantime, I am doing what I can to help around his lady Pam's lifestyle 14.5 acre farm-let surrounded by tropical rainforest near Kuranda. (it is now for sale
- offers around Au$450K - not listed but word of mouth for the present).
I am also preparing to continue on to PNG - hoping to sell the boat which is set up to cruise
those waters but crossing the 480 Nautical Miles from Cairns to Samarai is not a passage
I will take solo, - - and severe concerns as to safety
, as the path is in a busy seaway, and a little glass boat at 7 knots does not stand up well against a 20 knot
foreign cargo vessel plying these waters. The weather
in the N Coral Sea
can change mood almost instantly, so caution prevails.
I have planned the trip for 'CNO' and the "nasty part" would be 3days-&-8hours... If I had my 'druthers', I would prefer to sell 'CNO', (Au$350K region offers?), now and fly via Port Moresby to Alotau and from there buy a 26ft banana boat with 40hp outboard
... Anyway that is the present plan... - - - full of "iffs and buts" the direction is fairly consistent...
There are communities that I hope to involve in generating some infrastructure improvements whilst encouraging and helping to improve food security
(bloody bureaucratic buzz words) through farming practices and product processing for quality and niche markets.