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Old 04-03-2011, 21:50   #1
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Introduction from Peter Hamilton

Hi fellow sailors

I am interested in all things sailing and like others am dreaming of doing a little cruising . I own a J24 in Sydney harbour and a laser both of which I race .

I have done some ocean passages on the east coast of Australia and 3
Bass strait crossings to Tasmania .

I am reaching retirement age soon from teaching in High Schools and I will have time off to do some travelling.

I plan to work in the maritime industry and have completed the theory for the Master V commercial vessels liscence in Sydney.

I am thinking alot about doing some world passages for my ocean log for the Maritime qualifications either on commercial vessels or on yachts.

Ultimately I hope to purchase a bigger boat for cruising and have been looking at a number of designs for cruising .

I dont have the technical skills or gumption for boat building or outfitting so I will look around for sound second hand boats.

So Im using the cruising forums to collect information about the cruising world so that when the time comes I will be better informed.

At the moment Im thinking of Joe Adams designs in Steel and 36 ft as a minimum for coastal cruising .

So there you have it.

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Old 04-03-2011, 22:14   #2
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Re: Introduction from Peter Hamilton

Hi Peter:

Welcome aboard. This is a great place with a lot of knowledge to share.
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Old 04-03-2011, 23:24   #3
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Hey Peter, welcome to the forum.
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Old 05-03-2011, 00:02   #4
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Sounds like you have a lot of fun. The J24 must be a lot of fun to race - there is one in Bahrain, and it's always winning!!!

Welcome aboard - I hope you enjoy your new journey.
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Old 05-03-2011, 00:31   #5
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Thank you everyone.

I am very interested in eveyone's boat buying experiences and how they are progressing on all their passage making so I am enjoying the site immensely.
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Old 08-03-2011, 22:44   #6
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
I haven't done much passage making lately. I do, however, go interisland here in Hawaii a few times a year on other people's boats. Mine is still undergoing major repairs.
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Re: Introduction from Peter Hamilton

Hi Peter....Welcome to CF… I think Joe Adams designs are great as long as it was well built and maintained in steel.

However for that size, do not discount well built fiberglass yachts. They can be considerably easier to maintain.

In your location with the excellent surveys and charts, the forgiveness of a steel hull is less critical.

Good luck in your search
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Old 10-03-2011, 13:24   #8
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Thanks Pelagic

Unfortunately the smaller you get the heavier is the steel and the slower you go!

So yes I agree and the smaller the boat the less is the cost -

So far I have worked out that the cost is 50% Purchase 50% refit and 25% maintainence so maybe less is more.

I think Ill be sailing two up any way. Ive got two more years to work toward the purchase and Im saving. Then Ive got a year free to go travelling.

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