Hello All, thought it was time to stop lurking and say hello to everyone, especially to those who are always posting
- I feel I know you already. Your posts have informed me, infuriated me, made me laugh, made me cry, made me sometimes feel smug and superior and other times feel very humble. They have always been informative in some way - thank you all.
This is probably the right time and place to say something about me - Started sailing out of Moreton Bay (Aus) in the early 80's with a 30' steel sloop
- read a "how to sail" the night before my first trip out of the marina - thus began the journey of all things nautical. Later had NZ built carvel 28' Wanderer (ala Hiscock's fame). Now refitting a 31' plywood
Van DeStat Super Dogger in Perth (Aus) - into the 5th year on the hard
, back to bare timber inside and out, epoxy
coated, new engine
, shaft, tanks
, electrics, rigging
, chainplates, sails
- new everything really. Might finish this year, might not. It is not the deadline that is important, it is the quality of the finished product. I prefer to do all the work / fabrication myself (except the sails) so it takes some time but at least I know how good (or bad) the workmanship is. Still learning
new skills and techniques every month.
Home port will be Fremantle for a while getting to know the ship and how she likes to be sailed and then relocate to Port Huon (Tasmania) to have it all (farm, boat and wonderful cruising grounds).
Apologies if my first post is a little long - promise to be more concise in the future.
BTW, my username reflects the fact I have been unable to decide on a suitable name for this "new" vessel (and please be gentle if you have to make a comment on the supertisions about renaming boats