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Old 08-01-2011, 22:43   #16
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Hi Mick, thanks for the response. Sounds like there are lots of options, and really nice folks in and around the bay. We (almost) have a 38ft steel mono, Pugh Windsong.
We are weighing up the opportunities between living aboard for 2/3 months (non-existent in Port Phillip as far as we can tell (any advice?), so we are looking at Western Port) and continuing to rent in Melbourne while berthing more locally (not surprisingly, much more $!). Either way we intend to continue working up until d-day in around June/July 2011.

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Old 08-01-2011, 23:38   #17
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Hi Mick, thanks for the response. Sounds like there are lots of options, and really nice folks in and around the bay. We (almost) have a 38ft steel mono, Pugh Windsong.
We are weighing up the opportunities between living aboard for 2/3 months (non-existent in Port Phillip as far as we can tell (any advice?), so we are looking at Western Port) and continuing to rent in Melbourne while berthing more locally (not surprisingly, much more $!). Either way we intend to continue working up until d-day in around June/July 2011.

Michael and Caitlin
Do you have any inspiration yet, as to where your first destination might be?
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Well, we're bringing the boat back to Melbourne from Adelaide in March/April depending on weather. Plan is to cast-off the mooring lines at the end of June and then head North and get out of Australia before the cyclone season 2011. I imagine first stop will be Bali, or maybe Timor Leste (maybe volunteer there for a while) but we have so many places on the list... Philippines, Thailand, North Sulawesi (we're divers) ... etc... nothing is set in stone - that's the beauty of it all!
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Well, we're bringing the boat back to Melbourne from Adelaide in March/April depending on weather. Plan is to cast-off the mooring lines at the end of June and then head North and get out of Australia before the cyclone season 2011. I imagine first stop will be Bali, or maybe Timor Leste (maybe volunteer there for a while) but we have so many places on the list... Philippines, Thailand, North Sulawesi (we're divers) ... etc... nothing is set in stone - that's the beauty of it all!
I really like the boat you have chosen, it's a classic..
We've been to PNG, but have always steered clear of Indonesia, after hearing some reports about people being hounded by Indonesian customs, but perhaps it's time to revisit that, as it has been 10 years since I heard those things.

Thailand seems like a really beautiful place to cruise. From interest, you say your divers, do you have a dive compressor on your boat or will be installing one? I'm interested in installing one on our boat as the kids get older so they can dive, but really have no idea where to start with that.
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We had considered it but the cost is very high for running a compressor - let alone purchasing it in the first place. We used to help run a dive club back in Adelaide and have experience in servicing and maintaining dive compressors - it isn't cheap.

We have decised to go with a few extra tanks instead and get refills where we can. We are hoping to have 4 to 6 tanks in total - depending on the budget. We have plenty of room onboard with a large engine bay which would lend itself to a dive comp being istalled well clear of the engine. Oh well, one day perhaps.

P.S. Sorry for hijacking your thread, Mick! Good to talk about these things though
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Hi Mick and welcome we have our boat at yaringa marina and enjoy the lay back atmosphere.Greg
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Hi Mick, thanks for the response. Sounds like there are lots of options, and really nice folks in and around the bay. We (almost) have a 38ft steel mono, Pugh Windsong.
We are weighing up the opportunities between living aboard for 2/3 months (non-existent in Port Phillip as far as we can tell (any advice?), so we are looking at Western Port) and continuing to rent in Melbourne while berthing more locally (not surprisingly, much more $!). Either way we intend to continue working up until d-day in around June/July 2011.

Michael and Caitlin

Hi again Michael...found this Living Aboard in Melbourne, Australia
Which seems to confirm the situation in Port Phillip.

Ozskip has chimed in re Yaringa and I would definately concur re the laid back athmosphere. The resturant (have not been there for a while) is right on the water and is very nice. The only time I saw it not so laid back was one day where a fisherman came in, plonked his catch on the wharf when a seal, as bold as you like, jumped out of the water and claimed the catch for him/herself. It was a case of very long sharp looking teeth versus a fishermans boot. I must admit I laughed so much at the scene of the mexican standoff.

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Unfortunately there are few options for staying in Melbourne for very long. St Kilda is full and doesn't have cats if you have one. There are short term spots at Docklands which is literally right in the CBD. There are some visitor moorings at Williamstown which is good. Parks Victoria is the website you need to look at.

Westernport has a few options for cost-effective slipping if required and for Catamarans there's a guy that has slipping for $15 a foot and $30 a week long term storage.

A 12m Cat at Docklands will cost you $1400 a month if you are staying long trem, or you can just buy a berth for $140,000 !!
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