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Old 02-09-2011, 15:57   #46
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A few months ago in the Canary Islands this Australian boat comes into the anchorage with a NEW Aussie flag - could still see the fold marks still in it - it was Bavaria, looked like ex-charter boat. Drops his anchor badly, picks it up drops again.....
So I think this guys a rank amateur.... so I hop the dink and wander over and say: "Hi mate? new boat? Yes. Ex-charter Boat? Yes. Need any advice, Mate?"

This guy says come on board and have a beer...

So I'm drinking his beer giving him the 'she'll be right mate, anchoring is simple after a while.....'.

And he says: "I never anchored in my last boat....... because I circumnavigated the world solo non-stop!"

He is Ken Goulay, holds the record for the fastest Australian RTW, solo, unassisted, etc etc, been sailiing since he was a kid, household name in racing circles and here's me preaching to him how to anchor!




Ken Gourlay

So don't worry Mr B, you can sail the world, write a book about it and still idiots will come up to you and try and tell you how to do it!



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Now that is seriously funny!
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Stop telling them your plans! They only respond because you tell them s they feel you are looking for their opinion.
Agree, its your life not there`s you say your in your 60`s dont you think you have the right to make your own life decisions?

just do a pack and fly to Fiji pick up your new boat and have fun, and you can get crew anywhere.
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Life's a bitch, then you die. Have fun, listen only to your inner child. That's the only voice that tells the truth.

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Old 02-09-2011, 22:20   #50
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Re: Negativity on Sailing Your Own Boat (RANT)

Thank you all for your input. Its what I expected.

Caaarrruunch time,

I am a Dooer,

I am going to Fiji to pick up my boat and sail it home, on my own if I have to,
Thats a foregone conclusion,

You can come to Fiji with me and have a 3 week holiday and then you can tell me if you want to sail back with me or not,

If you are going to be miserable about it for the next 3 weeks and then 3 weeks in Fiji, Forget it, we will go our separate ways, now,

You have listened to all these doomsday prophets and it has made you very upset
Well I am not going to tolerate this crap, end of story.

She has changed her mind now and become happy again, Knowing full well that I am not pulling any punches,

She knows I mean what I said, and has stopped listening to those that just dont know.

So it all looks like its on the up and up,

Only time will tell now,

What you all have said on here is exactly what I thought, I just wanted a second opinion,
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You can come to Fiji with me and have a 3 week holiday and then you can tell me if you want to sail back with me or not,

If you are going to be miserable about it for the next 3 weeks and then 3 weeks in Fiji, Forget it, we will go our separate ways, now,

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kool Ill book my holidays Monday, Whats the time frame of the sail back to Melbourne
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2 wives, 3 long time G/F's. 2 houses I built, I would never amount to nothing, Why even bother sending him to school,

Tradesman with degrees, Houses, Boats, cars, Bikes, Built and rode them all the time,
I just Followed my dream, They came, they left, all Negative,

Here I am, 63, Just bought a boat in Fiji, and will sail it home, with or with out help. I know I am competant to do it,
Still have my second house that I built, Has even got WOW factor,
Still have all my cars, My Honda Blackbird 1100XX, my little Catamaran,
I own the lot outright, Dont owe any one any thing,

My dream is finally coming to pass, Live on my boat and be financially secure in retirement, and still have all my toys,


Why, Because I didnt listen to any of them.But it was hard at times,
Good for you, do your own thing and have fun with it
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A few months ago in the Canary Islands this Australian boat comes into the anchorage with a NEW Aussie flag - could still see the fold marks still in it - it was Bavaria, looked like ex-charter boat. Drops his anchor badly, picks it up drops again.....
So I think this guys a rank amateur.... so I hop the dink and wander over and say: "Hi mate? new boat? Yes. Ex-charter Boat? Yes. Need any advice, Mate?"

This guy says come on board and have a beer...

So I'm drinking his beer giving him the 'she'll be right mate, anchoring is simple after a while.....'.

And he says: "I never anchored in my last boat....... because I circumnavigated the world solo non-stop!"

He is Ken Goulay, holds the record for the fastest Australian RTW, solo, unassisted, etc etc, been sailiing since he was a kid, household name in racing circles and here's me preaching to him how to anchor!




Ken Gourlay

So don't worry Mr B, you can sail the world, write a book about it and still idiots will come up to you and try and tell you how to do it!



Mark

So true, nice story Mark
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Re: Negativity on Sailing Your Own Boat (RANT)

There are doers and dreamers. I've always tried to be the first, because life is short. I've always pitied the latter, not only for what they've missed, but for the foul stench of jealosy that surrounds them...but listen to them? Only the tidbits I can benefit from, and discard the rest. Good luck and fair winds Mr B.
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Listen to the advice here if you like, I have learned at least one thing. There is no reason to tell someone everything you are planning. I can't believe how many cruisers have mentioned this. I think there is something to this ......
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Thank you all for your input. Its what I expected.

Caaarrruunch time,

I am a Dooer,

I am going to Fiji to pick up my boat and sail it home, on my own if I have to,
Thats a foregone conclusion,

You can come to Fiji with me and have a 3 week holiday and then you can tell me if you want to sail back with me or not,

If you are going to be miserable about it for the next 3 weeks and then 3 weeks in Fiji, Forget it, we will go our separate ways, now,

You have listened to all these doomsday prophets and it has made you very upset
Well I am not going to tolerate this crap, end of story.

She has changed her mind now and become happy again, Knowing full well that I am not pulling any punches,

She knows I mean what I said, and has stopped listening to those that just dont know.

So it all looks like its on the up and up,

Only time will tell now,

What you all have said on here is exactly what I thought, I just wanted a second opinion,
FAN-FREEKIN-TASTIC!
If you want a crew let me know, I have enough miles to fly to Fiji. Just supply food and I'm there. Ain't got much but enthusiasm but you'll have ALL of that. I can put off what I need to do for that trip. Only problem I have is I need to close on my house first, before Thanksgiving but thats the big one.
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kool Ill book my holidays Monday, Whats the time frame of the sail back to Melbourne
I calculate 8 days from Fiji to Bundaberg. 1600 miles approx,

Then another 7 days Bundy to Yaringa, Western Port Bay, 1300 miles, approx.
All depending on Puff in the sails,

So 15 days approx all up.But I am not in any hurry, I am now retired.

I bought a Sailchute for it and will be taking it with me, 30 foot in diameter, It lifts the front of the hulls up, works better than a spinnaker and not as much hassle as one, you dont have to watch it as much,

This little Pussy is gonna Boogy, Hahahahaha The Sailchute is a mile cruncher,
Its all the sail I need, Its used by itself, No main or jib,
DDW it is perfect,
They recommended a 28 foot one, But with all the gear the boat has, it is a bit on the heavy side, so I went for the bigger one.

It takes me an hour to get to St Kilda or Yaringa,
But Yaringa does not have car parking problems and I have a wet berth, So I can just walk to the boat and step on to it, Car park to boat, about 150 yards,

St Kilda, I have to find an expensive car park, walk for ever, and then tender across to the boat on a swing mooring.

I am too old for those hassles, and just couldn't be bothered with it.
And there is not all that much difference in the fees when you add them all up,

Sailchute have a video on their site, They have the sailchute on a Seawind Cat which is very similar to the Gemini, In size and shape,


Cheers,
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Re: Negativity on Sailing Your Own Boat (RANT)

Learn to ignore the negative ones.

What most people think they know about boats and the ocean they learned through sensationalist television news reports, movies like the Perfect Storm and novels based on events that never happened.

The negative ones have no knowledge of the thousands of people who are out cruising the world happily and safely.
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Re: Negativity on Sailing Your Own Boat (RANT)

To all those naysayers I simply have: THAT IS OK - KEEP ON CRITICIZING.

Apparently, to some people, criticizing is as much pleasure as sailing is to me. That's OK.

Alas, look how deep the this phenomenon runs: THEM will be negative about our having a boat. US will be negative about other sailors' choices of, say, multi-hull over a mono-hull, sextant over a GPS, and so on and so forth.

Tolerance? What tolerance?

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