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Old 15-03-2008, 23:40   #1
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Hi Everyone,
I'm new to this board and currently boatless. I have had numerous yachts over the years from a Hood 23 to a Cuttyhunk 38 which I built myself over a 4 year period. I've done some racing but i am a born cruiser. I like to smell the roses on the way; the racing guys get too serious for my liking.

I'm currently looking at getting into another boat, something around 36 feet. I would like to set it up for shorthanded sailing. As I get older, comfort is more and more important to me. I weould love a big catamaran but the cost $500 k plus is prohibitive for me. I can get a good cruising monohull (36') for around $A120K.

My ideal boat would have bow and stern thrusters, a good shower, dinghy in davits and a good reliable watermaker, pus plent of solar and wind generating capacity.

I am 62 and one of the things on my bucket list (as in the movie) is to cross a significant body of water singlehanded. I'm thinking Brisbane to Noumea which is around 900nm and a beam reach all the way (theoretically).

I've already found a lot of interesting information and look forward to being able to contribute.

All the best to you all

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Old 15-03-2008, 23:48   #2
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Yeah Gidday, good to have another anzac on the forum, may your plans come to life.

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Old 15-03-2008, 23:52   #3
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Old 16-03-2008, 00:55   #4
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Aloha Pete,
Welcome aboard! We'll be the same age until a week from now when I have another birthday. They certainly swing around quickly now.
Good choice on what to cruise with but I wouldn't worry too much about bow and stern thruster.
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Old 16-03-2008, 03:57   #5
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Originally Posted by SkiprJohn View Post
but I wouldn't worry too much about bow and stern thruster.
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Hi Pete,

Welcome aboard!
Don't listen to John! The bow and stern thrusters are vital as there is little other way to control the boat from the Jacuzzi on the foredeck....

All the best

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Old 17-03-2008, 15:32   #6
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G'day Pete,
And good luck in living the dream.
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G'day A' Pete,
Greeting from a ex Banana Bender now in Perth.

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