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Old 23-05-2012, 05:15   #1
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We are delighted to be a new members of this great website. 'We' are Ian and Marie, and we currently get a great deal of pleasure in exploring our great country (Australia if you haven't already worked it out) in our Castle 650, a 21 foot trailable yacht. We plan to buy a keeler early next year, and sail off into the wild blue yonder in about 3 years time, when we retire. At the moment we are doing a lot of tyre kicking, and sailing on raceboats during our Summer.
There is a huge learning curve when you move from off the beach dinghys to trailable yachts to keel boats, and it has been a wild ride!!!!!
Looking forward to learning heaps from you guys, with a lot of laughs along the way

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Old 23-05-2012, 07:45   #2
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It sure sounds like you are having a lot of fun!! Welcome aboard!!
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Old 23-05-2012, 07:46   #3
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Welcome aboard, Marie & Ian!
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Old 23-05-2012, 07:57   #4
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Hi guys! Welcome to CF!
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Old 23-05-2012, 08:54   #5
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We are delighted to be a new members of this great website. 'We' are Ian and Marie, and we currently get a great deal of pleasure in exploring our great country (Australia if you haven't already worked it out) in our Castle 650, a 21 foot trailable yacht. We plan to buy a keeler early next year, and sail off into the wild blue yonder in about 3 years time, when we retire. At the moment we are doing a lot of tyre kicking, and sailing on raceboats during our Summer.
There is a huge learning curve when you move from off the beach dinghys to trailable yachts to keel boats, and it has been a wild ride!!!!!
Looking forward to learning heaps from you guys, with a lot of laughs along the way

Cheers

Marie and Ian.
Welcome to the Forum. I had a Noelex 25 in Melbourne, before escaping.Do not worry about the transition big boats are easy to sail. The Noelex in Whisunday wind against tide conditions, now that's hard.
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Generally, the bigger the sailboat, the easier it is to handle because things happen more slowly.

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PS explore the option of buying overseas. There are lots of very well priced boats in Greece at the moment. The Australian dollar is doing well, you could be sailing now!
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Welcome aboard Marie and Ian. Here's wishing your sailing dreams become a reality!
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Old 23-05-2012, 15:35   #9
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G'Day back atcha,

Welcome from a quasi-Aussie. FWIW, Ann and I traveled the same route that you are essaying (dinghy, trailer sailor, 30' keel boat, 36' keel boat, 46' keel boat). Been cruising 25 years (since retirement) and still loving it.

My advice? Don't rush it, and enjoy the ride!

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Welcome aboard, Mates, from the other side of the Tasman. All the best with the adventures! Cheers
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Re: G'day!

Aloha and welcome aboard!

Good to have you here. The quote below is an example of many differing opinions here on the forum. Things might happen more slowly if you are going more slowly on a larger boat but with the greater weight the more damage will be caused. A rigging failure happens on a larger boat just as quickly as on a smaller boat.

"Generally, the bigger the sailboat, the easier it is to handle because things happen more slowly."

I think single or double handed maneuvering is much easier on a smaller boat.

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