Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 19-05-2014, 20:00   #1
Registered User

Join Date: May 2014
Location: Townsville
Posts: 6
Reality Check

Good Afternoon All,

New starter, cherry, greenskin, cleanskin (for wine lovers) reaching out to others who may not think I am barmy.
I have been sailing on and off for most of my life (as I'm still here) Coastal, Island hopping, a little bluewater, NZ,Noumea, Vanuatu, Solomons. Sth Africian coast.
Settled in Nth Queensland, family commitments saw me digging holes in the ground (U/G mining) since came to the surface.
Now that I have kicked out the boys, all bar one( won't be long) I realise that I want to be on the water for good.
My loving wife is of two minds, one to stay the other wave me goodbye. We did have a yacht for a few years but with work I could not justify the time nor expence.
I made the mistake to sail from Sydney to Auckland on a tall ship (Picton Castle) and here I am readying my house for sale next year with a boat in mind.
A multihull (Leopard or a lagoon) coastal sailing(Ozzy is a big Island) but not ruled out a little blue.
I look forward to picking your brains and swapping yarns.



ClarkeB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-05-2014, 04:11   #2
Wayfaring Mariner
captain58sailin's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Homer, AK is my home port
Boat: Skookum 53'
Posts: 3,998
Images: 5
Re: Reality Check

Welcome to the forum ClarkeB. You left out new fish, and FNG.

" Wisdom; is your reward for surviving your mistakes"
captain58sailin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2014, 12:42   #3
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
Re: Reality Check

Aloha and welcome aboard!
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2014, 13:20   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 2,821
Re: Reality Check

I was gonna say newb, but I don't own a boat, so I'm not gonna call anyone names, but welcome aboard!!

I like your taste in cats, I'm leaning toward a Leopard myself, just based on reading so far. I've also subscribed to the Leopard Yahoo Group, which really gives an unbiased look into what people are dealing with in terms of repairs, upgrades, things to look for, etc.

So far, it looks like they don't have any brand specific flaws or major issues, just the usual replacing worn out sails, repairing heads, replacing thruhulls, etc. that are normal for all sailboats.
socaldmax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2014, 15:17   #5
Registered User
Steady Hand's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: traveling extensively 2016
Boat: Still Searching for Her
Posts: 3,177
Re: Reality Check

Welcome too.

I wish I could say I had sailed on the Picton Castle.

Leopards sure look nice to me. But I also like the Lagoon cats too.

Have fun!
Ahoy All Sailors! Need Crew for a long voyage either coastal, ICW, or across an ocean in 2016-2017? I am available. See my CF Profile "About Me" page for details. Happy to lend a hand!
Steady Hand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2014, 15:42   #6

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12,083
Re: Reality Check

Keep the house, sell the wife. Removes all the uncertainty that way. (VBG)
hellosailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2014, 16:18   #7
Senior Cruiser
Jim Cate's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 9,147
Send a message via Skype™ to Jim Cate
Re: Reality Check

Welcome aboard, Clarke.

Sounds like a later in life manifestation of earlier ideas. Sadly, this affliction is incurable, so you might as well be fatalistic and just do it!

If you are gonna stay in Qld, a cat is a great idea, so get cracking. We may be up that way in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for our half boat.


Jim and Ann
s/v Insatiable back in MBTBC marina, waiting for next eye jobs to be done
Jim Cate is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2014, 16:28   #8
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 15,119
Re: Reality Check


OZ big beautiful island, well worth a life of cruising. Friendly people too.

A cat will do. You will love cruising Oz in a cat.

barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2014, 16:49   #9
Registered User
sapient sue's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Currently in Southport waiting for northerlies to head south for Yamba/Illuka
Boat: Joe Adams Naut 40
Posts: 138
Images: 3
Re: Reality Check

Hi and welcome. As Jim said - go for it. We did and have not regretted our decision in all our years aboard. Sailing along the coast of Aus is rewarding as the scenery is so varied. We did just that for the first 5 years and then ventured further. Now we have over 80,000 nms under our belt and so many friends in locations too numerous to mention.


Currently re-engining in Sydney

sapient sue 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
Reality Check for Sailboat Process for Newbie zehnmm Monohull Sailboats 14 03-09-2008 13:48
Can you give me a REALITY check on living aboard? floathome Liveaboard's Forum 10 08-08-2008 04:22
Diesel Gunk Reality Check Microship Engines and Propulsion Systems 14 17-07-2008 17:10

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 22:20.

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.