Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 20-08-2010, 15:17   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 6
Hello from Marika and Tristan, Australia

Hi everyone,

My name is Marika and together with Tristan we are about to take the risky plunge of starting our new lives, doing the full-time cruising dream!

After painfully saving our guts out for quite a long time & having done a crazy amount of planning (I'm a project manager, unfortunately I seem to be genetically programmed to create 'to do lists' and schedules!), we have quit out office jobs (totally HATE being in an office, but has allowed us to save dosh), sold almost everything we own and will be leaving Melbourne (Australia) in a few weeks on 17 September 2010. With our few belongings packed into our trusty old Volvo stationwagon, we will make slowly make our way North looking for a yacht to make our own.

Not being independently wealthy nor having any kind of inheritance to wait for, we still have to crack the "income" nut. However with a bit of creative thinking and an attitude that we can learn to do a lot of different jobs - I am sure we figure it out.

I'm sure we will be asking for a lot of help and advice & hopefully providing some of that in return as we learn along the way.

"It is better to regret something you have done, than to regret something you haven't done."


mareecar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-08-2010, 15:21   #2
Registered User
matauwhi's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Boat: Mason 53
Posts: 636
G'day, Marika, Welcome aboard. Maybe we will share an anchorage one day on this side of the Tasman. All the best with your dream. I remember those "lists" well and still use a few today. Cheers.

matauwhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-08-2010, 23:56   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC
Boat: S.V. Wildheart - 1976 Douglas 32'
Posts: 132
Send a message via MSN to serah
Hi Marika,

Best of luck - your plan sounds much like ours. Limited funds, but a willingness to find a way to make it work. Like that good, yet overused cliche "Where there's a will, there's a way." We plan on working along the way, especially once we make it to Australia. Where's your first destination, assuming all goes to plan?
serah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-08-2010, 02:07   #4
Registered User
James S's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Yemen & Lebanon... the sailboat is in Lebenon, the dhow is in Yemen
Boat: 1978 CT48 & 65ft Cargo Dhow
Posts: 5,789
Images: 139
Welcome to CF Marika.
You sound committed and I believe that will translate into success.
Good luck with the boat search....and keep us posted.
S/V Arctic Lady
I love my boat, I can't afford not to!
James S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2010, 01:35   #5
Registered User
emmo's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Where ever the anchopr touches, currently Great Keppell Is
Boat: Hartley Queenslander 36 ft
Posts: 91
Images: 2
Send a message via ICQ to emmo
Hi. Iam in Perth and definitly operate on a low budget, but I have recently upgraded to a Hartley 38.
There are plenty of good buys around over east. Good luvk,
Cheers, Emmo
A man is not a camel
emmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-08-2010, 04:12   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 6
Thank you everyone for your welcoming responses! At this stage we aren't completely sure where we will start but probably in Queensland. After reading a lot of negative experiences from cruisers getting into issues with customs, we may look at going somewhere a bit easier going! The reason we are starting in Queensland is we have family there.
mareecar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-08-2010, 18:44   #7
Senior Cruiser
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,169
Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good luck in your pursuit.
kind regards,

SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tristan (Arthur) Jones GordMay Off Topic Forum 30 03-12-2008 21:41
Hi from Australia. john connell Meets & Greets 10 11-06-2008 14:04
Australia Wolfi Crew Archives 0 07-06-2008 06:55
Hello from Australia hooked on water Meets & Greets 10 24-02-2008 11:41
In Search of the Real Tristan Jones GordMay The Library 5 22-08-2005 04:29

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:16.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.