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Old 23-11-2011, 15:36   #1
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Well, I Made it . . .

Currently resting in Forster, NSW, Australia.

Single handed, Fiji to Bundaberg, over the Top of Vanuatu and New Caledonia through the reefs in the middle of the night, then down to Forster in the Tasman sea, in the worst possible conditions imaginable.
Came in here with 5 metre waves on the nose, and screaming headwinds, and a 5 knot current.

Totally stuffed after 6 weeks at sea, I need to recuperate before heading home to Melbourne, I am on the point of virtual collapse.

I will write up a full report when I get home in about 2 weeks time.

My 2003 Gemini 105Mc is a fully safe and confidence inspiring certified Blue water cruiser.

Absolutely, an awesome boat in every respect. I am very impressed with it,

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Old 23-11-2011, 16:19   #2
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Re: Well, I made it,

Congats on making it......Can't wait to hear more details on your trip, oh and don't forget pics.
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Old 23-11-2011, 16:49   #3
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Congrats good job on sailing the boat back by yourself
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Old 23-11-2011, 17:08   #4
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Well done.
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Old 23-11-2011, 18:56   #5
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Most admirable, Sir. Look forward to hearing more about your voyage.
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Old 23-11-2011, 20:38   #6
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Old 23-11-2011, 22:04   #7
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Re: Well, I Made it . . .

verywell done triky passage up top,i would have cheated and ended up in brisy
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Old 24-11-2011, 00:02   #8
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Re: Well, I Made it . . .

Way Kewl !!! I knew you could do it from your previous posts about buying your cat. Sure glad you had great reports about your Gemini 105Mc we love ours. Can't waite for your full report I've been thinking about your adventure for a month.
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Congrats!
Put up a blog or picture album somewhere!
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Yes congrats indeed. It sounds like a "character building" (crappy) experience!!!
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Old 24-11-2011, 01:45   #11
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Re: Well, I Made it . . .

congratulations, and welcome to beautiful downtown Forster Tuncurry. ( You can't forget Tuncurry, they get really annoyed). Its a fantastic Tidal current isnt it!

Let me know if you need a lift or a hand, I live 15 minutes from Forster, happy to help anyway I can, lifts, recommendations on mechanics etc etc.
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Old 26-11-2011, 15:29   #12
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Re: Well, I Made it . . .

Your not joking about the tide here, it must be running 8 knots, its either full in or full out. I keep getting slammed against the pier, I had to buy more fenders to counter it.
Very nice place tho.
I am in front of the Thai waterfront restaurant and next to the Wallis fish co-op, if you want to drop in for visit.
I have a Tig welder coming tomorrow to reweld my dinghy davits back on, I cant go any where till they are rewelded,
The boat is all 120 volts, USA, so nothing Australian works on it, 240 volts, I think my Sine Wave Inverter has a switch on the back off it to convert it to 240 volts.
Another job when I get home.
I can get a 5000 watt inverter for $600-00 AUD delivered. so I am not worried if my inverter cant be switched over.
Thats enough to run any equiptment that I need to run for repairs and maybe an A/C. Certainly will run any thing else on board.
What annoys me most. I had just bought a full Tig outfit for doing the handrails on my other boat and they are in Melbourne, I am a DLI Welder and Boilermaker and I have to hire some one else to do the work I am fully Qualified to do myself.
I will carry the Tig on board when I get home, Then I can do repairs at sea.
The whole back is ready to drop into the ocean.

Been bucketing down here, found the boat leaks like a sieve, Front windscreen and the chainplates and where the rigging goes through the roof, But I have resealed it all with Sikaflex, so waiting for more rain to see if I have got them all. You cant see the stainless any more, but I wont have leaks.
The cupboards and drawers and bed and the floor covered in water, My clothes all sopping wet. Wasnt good,But I think I have cured it all.
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Re: Well, I Made it . . .

Well done Brian, sounds like you had a challenging trip.
Glad that you are safe and happy with your cat.
Are you stopping in Sydney on your way to Melbourne?
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Well done Brian, sounds like you had a challenging trip.
Glad that you are safe and happy with your cat.
Are you stopping in Sydney on your way to Melbourne?
I may have too going by the weather charts. Tuesday Wednesday look good,
But after that, the wind and waves are to the north, not good if I am going south.
Where in Sydney are you anchored, Are you easy to find.
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