My name is John and I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia
. Before I post my first message I couldn't help thinking ": Wow -the first one I have come across tonight is from an Aussie so I will post one back and say G'day to a fellow Aussie to break the ice so to speak.
Cheers to you.
Have been sitting back for a while here looking at and soaking up some of the threads going by before I got the courage to join up. As Golden has stated there are some amazing people out there.My initial interest was to see if I could get some advice on the 40 ft steel
" I bought back in February 2008 but I now fully realise it is going to be much more than that-much more rewarding.
Hoping to meet some new friends to boot !!
The boat I will be looking at asking for some helpfull advice with - Lets call it "Longshot " for now.
I am advised by a local yacht designer
it is as close to an Adams
40 it can get.I saw it on ebay with no reserve
and my partner looked at me and said " dont you dare buy that boat you've already got a 20 ft Hartley cruiser sitting outside unfinished !!!Being a thrillseeker of some sorts I did a bit of research
and took the plunge,fully knowing I would be given the cold shoulder/death stare.2 weeks later she came around a little ,especially when it didnt fall apart when we lifted it out of the water
.Death stares still coming but weakening now !!.Sold the Hartley stink boat so got some Brownie points.I bought this yacht for $152.50
( true story ) on ebay whilst it was floating ( always a good start ! ) out in the bay and had it hauled out and transported to a site not far from home where it is now sitting. The deck
sheeting was in poor condition so I had already planned to knock the top off it so I could redesign the superstructure as the original one was a bit too boxy for my liking anyway.The hull
is in fairly good condition but I have come across some thin sections so am going to replate where required.
It might even go down on record
as the cheapest 40 ft yacht somewhere around the world ? All up have spent a couple of thousand for craneage ,transport and the steel hardstand
to date.It also has a Yanmar
20 hp motor
So far I have been blessed by having some really gifted people helping me out with advice and hopefully there will be more to come.
Seems you have the same ideas as I do in a lot of ways Golden.Like you I need to learn how to sail too and am going to follow that dream and sail off one day.
Unfortunately it looks like every dollar I have is going to be sunk into this "Longshot " I have bought so I dont know about having a pension to live off.
I was recently told that the word Boat really stands for B
Just about to find out I believe.!!
I wish you and you family
well on your journey and all others on theirs.