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Old 08-09-2010, 17:56   #1
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Hello from Australia - Mike & Caitlin

Greatings from Melbourne, Australia.

Just signed up after a few weeks or lurking and reading posts.

My Wife Caitlin and I are almost ready to buy our first Cruising Yatch and this looks like a great place for opions and experience to be shared, we look forward to sharing with you all. The house is on the market and the jobs are ready to be cast away!

We currently have a 6.0M Farr 6000 Trailer Sailer that we use regulary and has taught us about as much as we can learn sailing in sheltered waters. I have a fair bit of experience on the water in smaller power boats and sail boats and have a current Coxswain ticket. Caitlin and I are both keen divers and spent a few years on the committee of a university diving club where I was the boating officer. A recent bareboat charter to the Whitsunday Islands for 7 nights in a Hunter 39 has us sold.

Anyway, enough about us......
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Old 08-09-2010, 18:20   #2
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Welcome to the forum folks. Heaps of great info throughout. Seems to be a favourable market for buying in Australia at the moment - so best wishes.
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G'day Mike and Caitlin, good to see people from our neck of the woods posting. ( Envious that you have your house on the market, we are still finishing the renovation on ours before we can get sailing full time ) hope to see you out there sometime.
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Old 08-09-2010, 21:24   #4
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Thanks for joining the crew and welcome aboard.

What are you cruising plans? Local in Oz or far flung dreams?
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:08   #5
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Thanks for joining the crew and welcome aboard.

What are you cruising plans? Local in Oz or far flung dreams?
We want to do the top end of Oz and Asia to start with, 12 to 18 months. Probably come back to Oz for a family and hopefully set sail again in the future with crew/kids for the world trip. One step at a time though.

Got our eye on a great looking boat ATM.
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:36   #6
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:54   #7
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Great to hear of the plans and be sure to give us a shout if you get this far. I'm sure we'll still have a few cold tinnies by the time you get here.
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Old 10-09-2010, 00:28   #8
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Hi Mike & Caitlin welcome aboard... Melbourne sailor here owner of a Beneteau Oceanis 390 ...always interested in like minded people for a chat about all matters "sailing" and " cruising" have sailed mainly the east coast but interested in futher horozions I welcome email anytime at my address tim1945@optusnet.com.au
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G'day mates. Welcome aboard. Maybe we will see you on this side of the Tasman one day. Safe sailing. Cheers.
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:45   #10
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Welcome Mike and Caitlin,
We cruised an Ultimate 18 then a Farr 7500 on Port Phillip before moving up to 'Sweet As' a Bavaria 36. We are now resident south of you in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania. We have found the forum extremely valuable as a resource to learn how to maintain and improve the yacht.
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Old 10-09-2010, 20:46   #11
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Thank you so much everyone for the warm welcome. Once we have a boat in the water we hope to see you out there. The house is on the market and we have set a date to be either in a boat or moved to the East coast with the cash ready to buy the best we can afford. The trouble is choosing, but there’s no great rush ATM.

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Old 11-09-2010, 00:46   #12
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Hi Mike and Caitlin

Welcome! Likewise I am from Melbourne but currently in Capetown South Africa putting the final touches on our Atlantic 48 catamaran which we hope to sail slowly back to Oz. This our our retirement plan, kids grown and time to live life! We are also new to sailing and hope this forum will help in getting to know other cruisers and meet up along the way! Good luck with buying your boat - lots to choose from! We began our sailing in the Whitsundays and just loved every moment.
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Greatings from Melbourne, Australia.

Just signed up after a few weeks or lurking and reading posts.

My Wife Caitlin and I are almost ready to buy our first Cruising Yatch and this looks like a great place for opions and experience to be shared, we look forward to sharing with you all. The house is on the market and the jobs are ready to be cast away!

We currently have a 6.0M Farr 6000 Trailer Sailer that we use regulary and has taught us about as much as we can learn sailing in sheltered waters. I have a fair bit of experience on the water in smaller power boats and sail boats and have a current Coxswain ticket. Caitlin and I are both keen divers and spent a few years on the committee of a university diving club where I was the boating officer. A recent bareboat charter to the Whitsunday Islands for 7 nights in a Hunter 39 has us sold.

Anyway, enough about us......
Welcome . My wife and I have almost the same story (From melbourne had a Noelex 25. Lots of time on the Gipsland lakes and Whitsundays).
Last 3 years have been full time cruising in the Med and loving it.

Have also sent a PM (private message) see the top right of the page
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Old 11-09-2010, 23:29   #14
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G'Day Mike and Caitlin,

Always good to have more Ozzie representation on the CF, so welcome aboard and enjoy the benefits of this group: advice (good and bad), opinions (good and bad), jokes (good and bad), product reviews (good and bad) and so on.

Buying that first yacht is similar to taking that first shot of (your drug of choice)... the beginning of a long, slippery path which leads who knows where. The good news is that the folks who sell boats are usually nicer than the ones who sell drugs, and the path has lead Ann and I to many years of great adventure and good living. You have already set out on the path, seem to be gaining speed, and with luck we will encounter you in some pleasant anchorage one day.

Cheers, and keep us up to date on your search for the cruising boat.

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