Its been raining up here too, further north of you its a washout, Ingham is flooded and there's more on the way I believe. Makes for muddy sailing up the coast I guess.
True enough about the savings there is real value for money
in production yachts provided it's not a lemon. I might be looking to hard for too much, I have just read and looked for "Boats to Consider for Offshore
Cruising" on Sailnet and find it amazing how many different makers are out there. I think in reality most of the time one would spend more time costal cruising and crossings would be reasonably minimal. Therefore buying
something generic would be benificial with regard to overall cost, parts
. I'm looking at a whole bunch of boats and saw a 1998 461 Oceanis Bilge keel for sale
here in Darwin, what do you know about the Bilge Keel