Nice to hear from you folks. Not much of a mystery Dan. Just love the south pacific and don't feel a real need to go and do a circimnavigation or anything like that. Our boat is thoroughly set up for cruising and would take us anywhere but my preference for more space and a flatter world is the key. Trouble is this part of the world can really throw it at you, out there in the ocean so the research
has been ongoing from every book, magazine, internet
site, to picking the brains of friends (or strangers), who have already made the conversion from mono to multi.
Both NZ and OZ have suitable haulout facilities, albeit expensive (sigh), but that's boating
for ya. The good thing about a "cat" is that you can always run it up on to a beach for that little bit of maintainance or even an antifoul job, (if you don't want to be too fussy).
So all I need to do now is find the right "cat" at the right time, at the right price
and THAT is easier said than done!!!!!!!!