Hi lovely people :-)
Just wanted to say hi on the actual forum as I've introduced myself on the website.
Just purchased my first live aboard yacht and in the process of moving from house (rental
) to boat (I'm the owner
I joined the site a few years ago with the plan of firstly getting back into sailing via Trailerable sailing boats and with the intention of eventually becoming a live aboard.
My plan was a 5 year goal to be living aboard
with another 4 years after that to retirement
after that on a larger liveaboard
... I started out in 2012 and here I am in 2016 and about to move aboard my 27ft Columbia
27 (similar to Coronado 27 in the USA). I'll liveaboard
for about 3 years and then upsize to something about 32-34ft as my last boat, my retirement
boat. I'm a year in front of my initial goal so that's worked out pretty darn good :-)
I purchased and sailed the boat from Melbourne (Australia ) to Tasmania via Bass Strait and she sailed brilliantly. The sail was just over 40hr (248nm) and it was brilliant.
I installed a Raymarine
to help with the sail and also a Lowrance LINK8 VHF/AIS plus a Raymarine GPS
Chart plotter. I also purchased the required paper charts
for Bass Strait including the outlying islands of King and Flinders as a backup to technology failing in case I needed refuge from storms. I carried 40L of diesel
as extra and topped up the 60L inbuilt SS fuel tank
. This gave me approx 60hrs of motoring at 5kns with a 40hr trip. Lastly, I installed all new Wichard Lyf-safe safety
jack lines on the deck
as well as 3 D rings for the safety
harness tethers. I used two 2m tethers for the cockpit
work and a 1m tether for the deck
work. I also installed two safety ladders that were hung from the port and starboard to aid getting back onboard if I was to 'go over the side'
I actually sailed Bass Strait using the Navionics
App on my iPad
(with a backup Navionics
app on my Sony Andriod phone) and the Navionics app was just brilliant...absolutely brilliant. I'm hard pressed to understand how manufacturers can compete against an $85 (Aussie map) app on an ipad
(9inch screen) against a $1799AUD 9inch chart plotter.
I purchased three backup battery
chargers at 10000mA so I'd have extra power to charge my phone
or iPad it the boat lost
All in all, it was a fantastic way to get acquainted with my new home and she looked after me brilliantly. I have every faith she will continue looking after me.
Video of some Dolphins
following us in Bass Strait
A pan of Bass Strait - Sailing my home... well, home lol - heading South East with 10-15kn North Westerly
Cheers all, Pete