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Old 22-08-2007, 22:22   #1
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G'day to everyone!!!

I just wanted to stop here before I started posting in the other threads. I've been reading this forum for a while and enjoy it very much. Nice to really see that there are still genuine people about that are honest and really want to help and assist people!!

Glad to be among this fine group of people!!

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Old 23-08-2007, 17:23   #2
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Welcome aboard! I agree that this is one of the nicest boards on the net.

I assume by the g'day that you are an aussie? I sailed in Pittwater as a kid. What's your sailing status?
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Old 23-08-2007, 17:48   #3
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Hi EX,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, I'm in Oz, and my experience consists of just tagging along with friends that have mono and cats. My wife and I are in the process of getting as much information about sailing and everything we need to know about cruising.

Before I spend that much money and have a life change, I like to walk into things with my eyes wide open and very realistic. We plan on chartering a cat either in the whitsundays or nearby for at least a week or so, so we can really get the feel of it, etc.

Thanks again for your response.
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I have always wanted to do a Whitsundays charter. I have friends who did it and they had an absolute blast.

As you know you don't have to commit to cruising to have a blast on the water. I have been back into it coming on a year and it has completely fixed my anoptical disease.

You know. That's the one where your optic nerve is attached to your anal nerves and you have a shi**y outlook on life!
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LOL!! I like you disease and I totally can understand it. We can't wait either for the chartering of the bareboat. I've always had this extreme calling to be on the water and thoroughly enjoyed everytime I was able to come aboard with someone!!

The reason I'm doing extensive research is that I've seen and heard way too many stories about some of the dillusional expectations that some people have when buying a boat/yacht. I want to be as informed as possible and to be fully aware that it is not always the post card view of sitting in a private lagoon with your private beach behind you.. It could happen in the whitsundays but I am aware of everything else involved. Very much a realist.

Thanks again for your reply, Cheers.
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Welcome Shadow. In the states we call the disease Visual Rectomitis. Chartering is a good way to see if things are going to work out or not. For some a charter is enough for others it is just the start of an addiction.
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Thanks John. I've heard and seen way too many people rush into something without doing the proper research and training and they were really off guard. And I know of several people that don't even use their boats because it wasn't what they thought.. What a waste..

But, being here on the forums and doing a charter next year will really give us a good idea of what what are really getting into. Cheers.
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G' Day Shadow...Whitsundays charter will guarentee that you will never shake the sailing bug. My doctor reckons that the only cure is large doses of prosac. Dam now I have started shaking again ...gota go and touch my boat.....
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And I know of several people that don't even use their boats because it wasn't what they thought.. What a waste..

i do too, and i think it's that some people get into it for all the wrong reasons. ie. in Florida, i find some people buy a boat for status and not for the true enjoyment. that breeds the type i like to stay away from. puffy, staunch, egocentric, self-centered, tunnel-visioned wannabe captains that (usually) power boat with three outboards on the transom and wipe your fishing rig out intentionally as they go through the inlet. i bought a paintball gun. hehehe
i'm kidding, REALLY!
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