Thanks for a great welcome. It seems that a few of us has had similar introductions to pets/motorcycles/cars/boats. We (and my wife Leigh) are really looking forward to the next phase - it is getting closer and we are getting very excited as to what that might bring. We were once offered some great advice by another couple of Aussies already out there doing it, in that we should buy the boat well in advance of retirement
(and the big trip) and sail it in local waters to get to know her before we head
off. It didn't take long for me to agree with that!! We have owned Outnumbered now for 2 years and have done quite a bit of coastal stuff, but now reckon as a couple we are ready to try something a little more challenging. But we have plenty of time, and I don't want to end up having to sail the boat by my own. Hope to meet some of you out there, and again, thanks for the great welcome.