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Old 01-06-2015, 14:26   #1
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Hello From Auckland

Hello all

Currently looking to purchase my first sail boat, mainly for cruising around our local gulf but want to be able to take a trip to the pacific islands in the future.

Spent many years aboard my parents Farr 9.2 and now looking to take up the helm of my own boat with my wife and 3 year old, which I guess makes me the deck hand.

Have many questions, which this forum has already answered quite a few of, so thank you.

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Old 01-06-2015, 14:43   #2
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Re: Hello From Auckland

Hi, welcome aboard, Richard.

We, too, have many memories of happy hours on Hauraki Gulf.

Have you decided what kind of a boat you're going to buy?

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Old 01-06-2015, 14:50   #3
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Re: Hello From Auckland

G'day, Richard. Welcome aboard. Good group of mates here to get all kind of info as you have found out. What's your budget? I have a well kept Mason 53 that you and your wife can very comfortably live on, cruise the waters of the Gulf while you get your experience and then head off to the islands on day. There are pics in my album on my profile page if you want to have a look. All the best with the search. Cheers
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Old 01-06-2015, 15:19   #4
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Re: Hello From Auckland

Thanks Ann, matauwhi

Haven't decided on a boat yet unfortunately, we have a very short shortlist. Still not sure whether to go older and bigger or smaller and newer.

Currently looking at a 1999 Beneteau 50 (big boat lots of space) or a Dufour 410 smaller, very modern but not sure how practical it will be going to the islands - not that we'll be going there anytime soon. There are a few others between 40-50ft aged between 2000 and 2014 and every broker in Auckland trying to sell us a brand new boat.

Wife very much likes the modern boats, don't think she would have done too well on the 25ft trailer sailer I started on.

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Old 01-06-2015, 16:36   #5
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Re: Hello From Auckland

Howdy and Welcome Aboard the Forum Richard!

I have not sailed anywhere in New Zealand, but I know it is renowned as a challenging place and with many excellent sailors coming from there. I hope to see it some day in the future.

Good luck on your boat search.

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Old 02-06-2015, 00:10   #6
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Re: Hello From Auckland

Evening, Richard. With a 3 year old and your desire to head offshore one day, I would advise to not only look at newer/older or smaller/bigger, but consider the relative seaworthiness of the various hulls that are in your budget. There are many threads here in the forum with such discussions, so they should provide some good insightful reading over the winter.

If you want to have a look sometime at my Mason 53. Cheers
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Re: Hello From Auckland

Greetings and welcome from another Kiwi.

Having spent the best part of 35 years racing and cruising the Hauraki Gulf and beyond, I can say it certainly is a wonderful playground indeed!!

It is often said on here that you should buy the boat that suits your present needs, as your wants and needs can change many times as your boating life evolves.

I could be cheeky here and mention that I have a very family friendly, offshore proven Farr 1104 Sport for sale (No it is not currently being advertised).......... but I won't

Wishing you all the best in whatever you choose.

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Welcome and greetings from SW Florida!
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Welcome, Richard!
You are in serious sailing country, and I hope your family will make the very best of it.
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Re: Hello From Auckland

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Richard.
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