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Old 27-08-2015, 05:31   #1
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South Coast 36 Madien Voyage

I am posting this up here for anyone who may be surfing the net for Info on the SC36, as there is very little info out there on them.

Sea Scamp is my 4th sailing boat, going from a Prindle 15 to a Sea Bird, then onto my first keeled hull a Compass 28, which I absolutely loved her sailing ability, draught and sea worthiness, she just lacked a little bit in size and storage for me with all my toys, e.g fishing, diving gear, Surfboards and storage space in general.

It took me about three years to finally decide on up sizing to a bigger boat, my three choices where a 43ft Hans Christian (which I could not afford) a Compass 38 or the South Coast 36.

I wanted a vessel with a full keel that was capable of taking me offshore, to Lord Howe, New Zealand and at least as far as Fiji , but could also be Navigated through some of the shallower passages and bar crossing which we encounter on the East Coast of Australia, e.g. The Great Sandy Strait, and the Canapia Passage, which the SC36 with her 1.4m draught and full length keel would be capable of doing.

The maiden Voyage was a 3 week cruise from the top end of Morten Bay down to Southport, and back again, exploring the waters and Islands between.

We, Tracey & I left with about 2 hours of daylight to go, with an 18kt Sou Easter blowing, being the first time on the boat we motored all the way, with the 50hp PRIMA Perkins set on 1900rpm, which was giving us about 6-6.5kts into the wind, and 1 to 1.5m horrible step chop, which was of no concern to us with the high freeboard and centre cock-pit, which is garnished with a solid dodger, which again proved valuable the following day as we copped 30 to 35kts on the nose again, I'm not shore how big the waves were the following day, but on the bigger sets, our speed was sometime reduced down to 2.5kts but soon recovered back up to the cruising speed of 6 to 6.5kts @ 1900rpm. She was very comfortable and felt safe throughout the blow,

On sailing I had heard rumours that the South Coast 36 was a dog to tack, well that myth can be squashed, because we got her around every time, even in the light airs that we would experience for the remainder of our three weeks cruising around. She didn't spin on a dime but she did go around, she is a cruising yacht anyway, not a racer.

There where the odd accessions, when the GENOA got caught on the inner stay, but that would of been reduced, if I did not leave the stay sail in the car, we may of even picked up a half a knot or so.
We sailed at about 30degrees off the wind, it was always only light, sometimes getting up to 6 or 8kts when we were lucky, there was the odd 11kt gust from time to time, and our top speed was 6.7kts, while under sail.

We sailed past Dolphins, and Dugongs, dived on wrecks (snorkelled) and saw heaps of fish, wobbegong sharks to, we caught Mud Crabs and Bream to eat, We met some nice people and enjoyed many sunsets sipping on wine, so it's fair to say we had a ball on our Maiden Voyage.

Sea camp sailed well and kept us dry, and we are looking forward to sailing her out to sea in a couple of weeks, with our destination unknown.


Shane & Tracey

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Old 27-08-2015, 21:56   #2
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Re: South Coast 36 Madien Voyage

While manoeuvring Sea Scamp ( South coast 36) out of the marina pen, she responded well to the helm, without much lag at all, her movements were steady and strong, she always held her head and would carry her speed well, as I nocked her in and out of gear as we approached the fuelling wharf, I had no troubles at all with steerage even in some of the tighter spots at low speed.

Sea Scamp is fitted with a 185mm 65fp VETUS bow thruster, which I have not used in anger, but I must say when I have played with it, Sea Scamp can be turn on a dime, I was very surprised at just how much she could be pushed around by the thruster. I am not a fan of the bow thruster, and nearly did not by Sea Scamp because of it, to me it's just something else that can go wrong or leak, but in saying that and seeing how it performed, it's nice to no it's there.

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Old 27-08-2015, 22:26   #3
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Re: South Coast 36 Madien Voyage

Congratulations on what was clearly a successful voyage. Loved the SC36s, they were very high on our shortlist of boats. I particularly like the interior layout and am often encouraged by my wife to reconfigure the Swanson interior to a similar layout. It would be a lot of work, but probably worth it in the end.

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