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Old 09-04-2011, 23:40   #1
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G-Day All, We're from Tassie

What a wounderfull site full of all sort of wounderful, exciting, knowleadgable things.I have been looking around it for few days and I'm amazed at the information and friendlness of this site.So first of all thanks and congratualation to one and all for making this site what it is.
My Husband and I have had a dream for sometime to buy a boat and sail away from the hassels of every day land dwellers.It has just become possible for this dream to become reality when my Goverment job force us to take a redundency.So we now have a small amount of money.So were in the market to buy a monohull motor sailer. The ocean has been a part of my husband life since he was 19, living and working on varrious vessels.From fishing boats to commercial tug boats and although he has the vast knowledge and experiance he is new to sailing and we are both willing to gain as much knowledge and experiance as possible from all that are willing to help.
My experiance is limited to water skiing and diving but my heart and my determination in having setting my goal to travel by sea,I believe we can achieve our dream.I have read some amazing and terrifing books.So I acknowleadge that its not always smooth saling.I'm about to under take courses in navigation,radio and safe boating.
We live in Tasmania Australia with a beautiful cat, horses,chocks and rabbits.I was so VERY happy to read about cats living aboard as she is apart of us and I was un able to leave her behind.But we have lots of things to do before the big dream begins.First the boat.

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Old 10-04-2011, 00:02   #2
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Re: G-Day all, were from tassie

Welcome aboard and enjoy.

Always enjoy input and questions from new members.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:50   #3
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Wellcom aboard from the other side of the big southern fire break.Greg
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Welcome aboard Krisbryon.
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Old 19-04-2011, 17:01   #5
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Welcome to CF. I love Tassie so you're very lucky to learn to sail down there. My husband and I also had a dream to go sailing some five years ago. We did the typical courses (competent crew, radio operator, sea survival) plus chartered a boat for a week in Townsville. Our five-year plan gave us the time to save for a living aboard life, learn to sail and tie-off all the loose ends. We've been living aboard for six months and learn something new each day. Good luck in your pursuit.
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Re: G-Day All, We're from Tassie

Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here on the forum.
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Old 27-04-2011, 17:55   #7
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Re: G-Day All, We're from Tassie

As a starting point, assuming you are somewhere not to far from Hobart, you might want to consider just going for a wander around the Boat Sales facility at Salamanca (its just in between Salamanca main drag and Elizabeth Street Pier, next to the ice cream shop). They have about 20 or 30 boats there, all for sale. Not suggesting that any of them are necessarily appropriate for you, but at least it will give you a vague idea of what sort of boat you get for what sort of price.

Tassie is relatively expensive for buying boats - in general the same boat would be cheaper on the mainland, but buying locally does have advantages. Also, with the strength of the Aussie dollar there has been a veritable influx of brand new European production boats (particularly Beneteau and Jeanneau) in the last couple of years that has driven the cost of 2nd-hand boats down a little.

Of course, with the Aussie dollar being so strong, particularly against the US dollar, buying a boat overseas has never been better value.. but having said that, this probably isn't something for the inexperienced.

Good luck with your dreams, anyway.
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Old 27-04-2011, 18:23   #8
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Welcome,

With your husbands vast boating experience learning to sail without needing to learn the on water safety of handling a vessel should be a breeze.

Good sailing.
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Welcome aboard, from the Northern part of the big round shere.
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Old 27-04-2011, 23:17   #10
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Re: G-Day All, We're from Tassie

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We live in Tasmania Australia
Im sure that won't be held against you...


Anyways back to topic, If you have not read "the Cruising Life" its one of the best books we found for the husband/wife team starting out. We are in the same position as you only 18 months further down the track. We brought a great little 28ft yacht which is now 6 weeks away from cast off.

Out of interest what sort of budget do you have to spend on a yacht? Obviously don't answer this if you don't want to?

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Welcome to CF from another from Tasmania.
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Re: G-Day All, We're from Tassie

G'day, Mate. Welcome aboard from the other side of the Tasman. All the best with making the dream a reality. Cheers.
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