Advice required from ocean cruising couples
Hello all...while you are at anchor
somewhere in your own little heavens, thinking of something to do, how about helping out a new ocean cruiser and his family
. We are about to live the dream...we may not have 20 years blue water
cruising experience, but we are never the less, very keen boaties. ( is this a term you guys use out there?)
Think back a few years and put yourself in our boat
shoes here....now off we go, no laughing or scoffing....
We are motor
boaties..fishing/power boats mainly...5-6m in the past, and pretty new to ocean cruising scene. We currently now have a pretty good 1986 Huntsman 28ft Fly Bridge Cruiser game boat
in Cairns, Qld Australia
, we have about 20 years experience in waters up to 40km off shore only in NZ and Australia
and are finally going to go the next step further and update to go cruising with wife and 2 kids
aged 6 and 3 up and down East Coast
of Australia and Vanuatu
etc.,......maybe further with more experience, but always coastal cruising......fuel and all that.
bought a 1992 37 ft Cho Song aft cabin
Fly Bridge Cruiser, in japan
, powered by twin Cat diesils, 375 Hp each, with under 600 hrs each!!Boat and engines and gear
in "as new" cond.
1100 liter diesil tanks
, 350 liters H2O and good equipment
Q1: What do you all know about the Cho Song name and craft and it's compatibility to what we want to do...
Can't afford to freight it back to Australia on a container boat, , so intend to motor
it back, a bit at a time, lease
the house out, and enjoy the trip and do what it was built for.....over about 6 months...from Japan
Q2: Is this a good idea...
wanted please from people who have done this trip in a motored power
boat( my son has travelled from NZ to Japan/Guam/Vanuatu/ and so on to finish at ChiChi Jima in a small 28 ft ferro single
masted yacht with wife and infant, safely and competently and reckons to go for it with a good plan..hence this plan...I like to ask the experts first)....
Q3:Can someone recommend a good publication or web site.....about this location and this type of cruise
Q4: I need advice
from you on recommended and practical routes for a diesil cruising yacht, considering the boat ( the seas will be bigger than this thing is long!!) ...news on some good ports
, advice on location and activity of pirates, authorities encountered, ( Korea
?) proven diesil outlets and costs...boat info if you know the Cho Song....anything else about cruising with a family
of 2 adults and 2 littlies would be welcomed...highs and lows especially from mothers...
I am a skipper
, as well as a mecahnical fitter and mechanic
and have done time on Caterpillar diesils....these motors are low hours and are like they are off the show room floor, and being a kiwi can make anything out of a piece of old fencing wire and some bits of anything I find....good skills to have with this craft doing this trip?
We know we are a dirty old diesil and not a clean eco sail boat
, but we are ready to enjoy life and to start somewhere.....this is the time...
Look forward to your comments as you think about all this.....