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Old 18-12-2015, 02:24   #1
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Ahoy from Cape Town

Ahoy from Cape Town.

After years of dreaming about heading off into the sunset, I have decided to make that dream a reality.

At 39, I have zero sailing experience! But start training in Jan 2016 with the plan to take the kids (twins 7) and wife and head off early Dec 2016 for a year or so.

Looking to buy a +40ft cat during the course of the year. Lots to learn and excited to get started.

Will be asking lots of noob questions and hope to share the journey

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Old 18-12-2015, 02:30   #2
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RABBIT. Mark my words, CF will change your life. You're going to love it.
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Old 18-12-2015, 02:31   #3
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Welcome to CF!

A 40'+ cat is a LOT of boat, so hope the lessons go well for you and your wife.
Is she not nervous about having to sail that big a boat?
I'm not even completely comfortable with a 40'+ monohull, let alone a cat - but I'm not the bravest ever

Have fun learning and sharing that experience!
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Rabbit.
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Welcome! Awesome dream... Shared by many...


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Old 24-12-2015, 09:18   #6
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Just broke the idea to my wife. Been planning for a while and had to find the right time to raise the idea. She freaked for 2 mins, processed it and said "cool"

So the planning now starts!

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Welcome to CF!

A 40'+ cat is a LOT of boat, so hope the lessons go well for you and your wife.
Is she not nervous about having to sail that big a boat?
I'm not even completely comfortable with a 40'+ monohull, let alone a cat - but I'm not the bravest ever

Have fun learning and sharing that experience!
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Old 26-12-2015, 07:15   #7
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Ahoy from Cape Town.

After years of dreaming about heading off into the sunset, I have decided to make that dream a reality.

At 39, I have zero sailing experience! But start training in Jan 2016 with the plan to take the kids (twins 7) and wife and head off early Dec 2016 for a year or so.

Looking to buy a +40ft cat during the course of the year. Lots to learn and excited to get started.

Will be asking lots of noob questions and hope to share the journey

Rabbit
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I'm also from Cape Town and have a 62 ft cat I sail short handed on long trips. Just take the time to get used to your boat. If you can sail in Cape Town you can sail anywhere in the world!
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Old 26-12-2015, 07:19   #8
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Welcome to CF ERabbit and GustofW !

Can't wait to see more from you both...
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Old 26-12-2015, 08:06   #9
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Hi Rabbit, Great adventure. We did exactly the same but out of Langebaan/Mykonos.

We bought a 40ft cat and have just crossed to Grenada. You have quite a few qualifications that you require. There are plenty of schools available in Cape Town that will put you through the required courses and this can be done over a couple of months.

Day Skippers, Coastal, and Yachtmaster Offshore if you are planning a crossing.

You will also require a first aid qualification and also a radio license. These can be completed over 2 weeks.

Your boat will have to be equiped for Category A by SAMSA and will require a survey which involves getting it out of the water. Bare this in mind when purchasing - you will want a survey done by a reputable broker anyway.

That's just what I can remember offhand but if you want more info or contact info for good surveyors etc just ask.

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Howzit Haasie. We did the same thing, Seventeen years ago we we sailing for a year or two.
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Thanks for the reply! When did you guys do this?

As I am a sailing noob, but will put in substantial hours before we leave, I am a little concerned about crossing the atlantic with the wife and kids. At a minimum, we would do it with a skipper.

Right now I am hoping to purchase a 40ft cat around April/May and spend 5/6 months getting comfortable with it around Cape Town's more challenging seas. Then perhaps cross myself with a skipper and some hands and meet the family on the other side. - not sure what my wife thinks is more dangerous: sailing across a vast ocean with no sight of land, or taking 2 flights overseas by herself with my crazy twin 7 year olds!

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Hi Rabbit, Great adventure. We did exactly the same but out of Langebaan/Mykonos.

We bought a 40ft cat and have just crossed to Grenada. You have quite a few qualifications that you require. There are plenty of schools available in Cape Town that will put you through the required courses and this can be done over a couple of months.

Day Skippers, Coastal, and Yachtmaster Offshore if you are planning a crossing.

You will also require a first aid qualification and also a radio license. These can be completed over 2 weeks.

Your boat will have to be equiped for Category A by SAMSA and will require a survey which involves getting it out of the water. Bare this in mind when purchasing - you will want a survey done by a reputable broker anyway.

That's just what I can remember offhand but if you want more info or contact info for good surveyors etc just ask.

Kind regards,
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Hi Rabbit, we just arrived on the 20th of December. We contracted a Skipper for our first crossing and would advise the same if you intend to cross.

We have a website with quite a bit of info - if you mail me I can supply you with a link.

Have fun! It is a very wide range of skills and very entertaining. You certainly will not be bored!
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Hi Rabbit, just posted you a pm with web site info. Cheers, Oceanaut.
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Right now I am hoping to purchase a 40ft cat around April/May and spend 5/6 months getting comfortable with it around Cape Town's more challenging seas.
There is a very good cat builder in Cape Town - Robertson and Caine. They can put you in touch with some good skippers. I met one who had 250,000 miles.

I have sailed their boats across the South Atlantic and the Caribbean.
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Keeping an eye out for a leopard 40 or lagoon 400. Really like the look of the lagoon 404, but will be out of price range.

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I have sailed their boats across the South Atlantic and the Caribbean.
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