Hi Jim and thanks for the hello,
I'm in Devonport Tasmania and yes, last weeks weather
was atrocious, Winds in the vicinity of 100kph and gusting to 140kph. Matsika Island just south of Hobart had winds at 150kph and gusting to 190kph. Worse part was these condition stayed for the whole week so 5 days of huge winds and devastation, houses with roofs blown off, trees down, 200mm rain in one day, it was insane.
Yes, my lovely TT680 trimaran was sung as a bug in the driveway, albeit under a Temporary carport. I had dynabolted the temporary carport to the concrete then secured it to the dynabolts and to its credit (and my forethought and handy work) my temporary (tent style) carport did not budge or give me any grief with winds gusting well past 100kph.
I'm a teacher so I'm planning on using a really cool public servants initiative by the Tasmanian Government
called SSAL - State Service
Accumulated Leave. I accumulate 20% paid leave a year over 4 years and then take the 5th year off at 80% paid leave 20% x 4 years = 5th year off at 80%
. I work 4 years, each year at only 80% wages but a 100% workload so I'm accumulating the 20% each year to take on the 5th year.
This combined with my long service
leave should give me close to 15 months paid leave combined with the 6 week long holiday break at Christmas
should give me a total of 17 months paid leave.
The 17 months paid leave will support my 12 months off sailing/live aboard, with 5 months up my sleeve for unforeseen events
. This will allow me to essentially test the live aboard cruising lifestyle with a well considered time frame and a contingency income
. Then pending all 'feels' right I'll extend the year off to continue as live aboard.