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Old 30-11-2013, 03:38   #1
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Hello From Australia

My partner and I are just about to start cruising. We are moving from W.A. and have a 50ft schooner near newcastle at the moment.
We are both in the medical field and have decided to move up to QLD, where we mostly work anyway.
Cruising is new to us as and have been researching for a while now.
Our vessel (made in Italy) "Mastro Pietro" will be our new home.

Now to sort out all the traps with insurance! We thought it would be simple
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Old 30-11-2013, 09:07   #3
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G'Day Tacmed, and welcome to CF and your new life style!

Where will you be living aboard? There are lots of possibilities in the area, but not all welcome liveaboards.

Perhaps our wakes will cross, meanwhile good sailing to you.

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I am looking at moving to Hervey Bay once the engine is replaced and anti-foul etc.
Water depth seems to be my issue at 2.4m keel depth. Looking at the marine charts, a lot of places may be too shallow
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Old 30-11-2013, 10:23   #6
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Good decision to move to Queensland!
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new to you boat.

Sorry but I would never buy a cruising boat with a keel deeper than 1.8mtrs... 2.4 mtr keel will probably keep you away from inside Frazer Island and Hinchinbrook Island... I quite like Townsville for sailing but I think that depth keel may be an issue in the river where the yacht club is (very friendly) and I believe you can forget the other marina there too (where you get diesel) very shallow, Magnetic Island marina is also shallow from memory as are most it seems.

Shallow around Harvey Bay but at least it is sand.

The owner of the Farr 40 I race on hit a rock lying off Barrenjoey headland racing at speed under spinnaker a few weeks ago, reportedly $100 000 in damage apparently covered by insurance. He was pretty quite after hitting, very nice man we all felt sorry for him, kind of exciting though too. Couple of the old farts crewing fell over and got a bit bruised up. I think the Farr 40 has 3mtr draft his old Bavaria Match 38 with the 1.8mtr keel would have sailed right over the top of it no problem. we were lucky we didn't punch a hole in the hull.

Whats the depth at Lady Musgrave entrance?

Get a good dinghy.

Lots of retires in Harvey Bay could be good for the medical business.

You will have lots of fun on that boat anyway and she sure looks pretty, lots of room on a 50 footer for sure. Welcome to the east coast.
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Sorry, bit off topic. @giant: I live on Pittwater and would like to understand your Farr 40 keel strike a bit more. Would the skipper by chance have ventured too close to a rocky point, that is clearly marked on charts and strongly indicated by a very highly visible lighthouse at Barrenjoey Head? I guess it does pay to keep distance off and an eye on Depth Indicator readings in certain situations.. How close to the shore was the vessel?

I guess when Skipper wants "First Place", certain risks are taken! ; )
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I have a 2.4m draft. I havn't bumped the bottom ever. Yes you need to keep an eagle eye on the depth. But it's not a huge deal. If you where to believe Giant, then we may as well never leave the mooring. I don't know what the depths are at Harvey Bay, even if it is as shallow as stated. Just check the tides and fuel up on the high. Its not rocket science. Also plenty enough depth at Lady Musgrave Island. Sorry Giant I am not trying to offend anyone.

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Hi Tacmed. Welcome along and enjoy mate.
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Hi all and thank you. I thought about the draft restrictions. The rough water stability was more importantto me than river sailing. I do have a good tender and chain anchor as primary. Once I get my skill up on a larger yacht I plan to sail a but further. I liked the lead weighted fin keel design. Not to many rivers but that is a stability trade off. I have a few charts and can find my way through.
A question, my maps show Hervey bay HER yet a lot of people say Harvey HAR is this the same place? I am from WA, so I pronounce it as it is spelled.
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A question, my maps show Hervey bay HER yet a lot of people say Harvey HAR is this the same place? I am from WA, so I pronounce it as it is spelled.
I am a fourth generation Queenslander. We called it "HARvey Bay" growing up, but we only went a few times. Both pronunciations sound similar so who knows.

My Grandparents were best mates with Dick Johnson's parents. I think their family used to go to the caravan park up there. Long time ago so I might be wrong.
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I've always heard it pronounced "Har" even though it is spelt "Her" (and I've spent quite a bit of time in Qld over the years)
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The HARvey bay worked well for me. I didnt end up sounding like a drongo....when in Rome

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