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Old 12-09-2009, 09:08   #1
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I am an Australian and have been living in Stockholm, Sweden for the past 9 years. Last year I bought a Searay Sunsport 220 for speeding around the waterways here, but now I am bored of it and want to reacquaint with sailing. So the boat is up for sale and I am planning/hoping/dreaming to by a yacht next spring/summer.

Whilst the summer here can be nice, it is not hot enough for me, so the boat I want to buy will be kept in Greece. I'll be looking for something around the 37 foot mark, possibly ex charter and will plan to eventually export it to Australia I'm not sure if I would ever consider trying to sail it all the way to Australia, but I am certainly dreaming of sailing the ARC and shipping it from the US.

It' has been just over 20 years since I regularly sailed, which was on a Columbia 27 and a Columbia 34 back in Melbourne, so I have a lot to catch up on on in the sailing skills department

I'm sure I'll end up asking a few dumb questions, so bare with me
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:23   #2
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Why the ARC? If you want to socialise, do it in the bar. If you want to sail, sail.

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Old 12-09-2009, 11:39   #3
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I figure that it may be a good way to start my deep water sailing experience... It is so far off at the moment, so I will probably change my mind about a hundred times before I ever get too adventurous. Maybe by the time I want to take my boat on such a journey I might be wanting to go solo, so peak hour traffic might not be a good time to sail
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Welcome to the Forum. You will find lots of help and experience here.
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As a 50% Aussie in Norway, - Sweden what a lovely country for sailing. The islands around Stockholm, and the inland waterway from Stockholm to Goteborg.

Lucky you.

happy to help in anyway to update your sailing heritaeg, but slightly constrained by lack of a boat myself.
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Thanks for the welcome!

Talbot, I've heard there are a lot of yachts in Stavanger so you must be the odd one out. I have a cousin working in Stavanger at the moment. He said he went sailing there today whilst nursing a hangover

The waters around Stockholm are great for boating and I do wish I had a sailing boat here but the mild summers and cool water take the fun out of it for me. This year there was only one weekend where the water and air temps combined and allowed me to swim from my Searay which is frustrating as it pretty much designed to be a swim platform :-(
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Aloha and Welcome aboard!
Good to have you here and I wish you well in fulfilling your dream of sailing in warm places. Just want to question why you would want to have a 36 vs the 34 you already have experience with? Just my opinion but I believe 35 is about max for me.
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