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Old 27-07-2012, 19:27   #1
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Well, I Guess It's Polite to Introduce Oneself

Hi there everyone, captains and crew be they human or friend of the furred, feathered or finned kind.

My names Matthew, i have a little 28' steel boat called defiant and a single furry four legged crew called Mah.

We are new to your site so i would like to say hi to you, hopefully at some point in the near future start meeting some of you on the waterways of the world.

I'm Australian and around 40 years old, my dogs Thai and shes around 6 and my boats steel and she is over 40 years old and never been in the soup.

I bought her (defiant) as a deceased estate, I didn't get the body mind you, but got just about everything else, and better still it was still brand new.

Plans for the future include finishing my little boat, putting her to sea, touching both poles, north and south, (hopefully nicking a piece of ice from each and having a sneaky whiskey and soda), and circumnavigating in any direction that allows my hairy first mate to come along for the ride.

Currently we are living the dream and located in the sunny northern confines of Queensland in a nice town aptly named "townsville".

I have already put myself in a position to greatly enhance my learning curve and to test all my boats individual systems as we live in a very large open field with no power and the worlds longest garden hose.

So its just like being on the water except the waves don't get very choppy.

I homebrew my beer, i grow my own herbs and vegies and i am finishing off the last areas of my boat using only solar and wind generated power and i have a campfire every night.

So maybe you think small boat big dreams,...maybe, but what the heck i reckon, do but one what others say you cant and you will never be judged by there limitations again.

hopefully some of you will take the time to say hello, and for the time being,

be cool everyone,

Matt & Mah
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Old 28-07-2012, 03:57   #2
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Hi Matt, welcome and best wishes for you future travels.
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Old 28-07-2012, 04:03   #3
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Matt & Mah.
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Old 28-07-2012, 04:10   #4
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Welcome. I have been told my 32 foot boat is to small, too light duty for advanced blue water, or I would sail along with you. Sounds like a great thing to do.
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Old 29-07-2012, 21:14   #5
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Welcome. I have been told my 32 foot boat is to small, too light duty for advanced blue water, or I would sail along with you. Sounds like a great thing to do.
When ever i hear that someone boat is too small or to weak or whatever to sail, i always think of back in the past the polynesians, phonecians and egyptians floated everywhere on reads and tree truck canoes held together but bugger all.

And in modern times people still cross some pretty major ocean spaces in microlight sail boats of 6-7 feet in lenght or canoes, kite surfers or kayaks.

I would prefer to go with what i have, trust in myself and fail than to have never tried at all.

Be cool mate, and good luck with what you have.
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Yeah welcome Matt and mah ... I hope to watch 'your space' and see photos when you launch her ... please keep us updated along the way
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Old 05-08-2012, 20:59   #7
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here.
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Welcome Matt and Mah...from sunny Florida....touch the poles for me too! : )
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Welcome aboard.

Your boat is not that small. When I sailed to Australia, I visited Acrohc Australis which is 11 feet 10 inches long, and it is an aluminum monohull that sailed around the world. It is sitting in a museum in Brisbane. Great little boat.

Small boats with big dreams work for me.
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G'day Matt & Mah! Good to hear the Aussie spirit is thriving in Townsville.

If you're doing a Mawson, what kind of heating/insulation are you putting into Defiant?

Wasn't "Defiant" the name of the patrol boat in that old ABC show? Wonder if that boat had a badge...hint hint.
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Welcomd from SW Florida!
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