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Old 15-10-2009, 13:41   #1
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Welcome from Whangarei

Hi. We are David and Susanne Ames. We are originally from Olympia, WA (south of Seattle), bought our 1973 catamaran Cheshire in Cornwall, and have sailed her to New Zealand with as many stops as we could manage in the South Pacific. We like it so much that we are planning to stay in the area for a while, working in Whangarei to top up the kitty. We are the SSCA cruising hosts for Whangarei and are happy to welcome and help all visiting cruisers.
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Old 15-10-2009, 15:02   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Susanne (& David).

Your cross-referencing (cross-fertilising) information between our forum and the Seven Seas Cruising Association could fertalize both venues, and benefit all cruisers.
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Aloha Susanne and David,
Welcome aboard! I used to drink Oly when I was in high school. Was my favorite for a lot of years. Even went to the brewing plant once.
Anyway, great to see you out cruising and having a great time. That's a good advertisement for Whangerei.
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A warm welcome to you both. Hope you enjoy the Forum; I'm sure we'll enjoy hearing about your cruising experiences.
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Old 17-10-2009, 14:36   #5
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Thanks for the kind words, all

BTW, OlyWA is another nice place to visit on a boat. Rather like Whangarei in many respects the town is organized around the harbour, it is large enough to offer decent food (and excellent coffee), lots of services within walking distance or a short drive.

Alas, the brewery is gone. I dont know if the plant has been purchased and made over last I heard a condition of sale was that it could not be used for a brewery again. A major change for the area I think about half the residents of Tumwater worked there. Someone was interested in making it a plant for bottled water so they could still use the old slogan "It's the water" ;>)...

Im trying to get the logs of our trip to New Zealand posted on svcheshire.blogspot.com. I have gotten our routes posted on the Google maps linked off that site.

Im enjoying the discussions on this site, especially the multihull threads.

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Welcome aboard. Great to havd some one with your experience on the forum. You are living in one of our favorite cities. Do you have a mooring at Town Basin?
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Welcome to the forum
Whangarei is one of the places I want to sail to. My Parents sailed around the world and the only place I thought they'd never leave is Whangarei, so I know I have to check it out. Have fun and agian, welcome to the forum..
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Washed up in Whangarei...

At present, Cheshire is hauled out at Dockland 5. We had persistent patches of osmosis, and found that it went to the boundary between the fairing layer and the fibreglass. So we stripped the boat to the glass below the waterline, applied a new layer of glass with vinylester, and are now in the process of building up the fairing again.

Wed like to be back at Town Basin, where we were in summer 08, but it will probably be awhile...
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