A scruffy old roughneck on his scruffy old 12m (40') steel
is pondering a voyage from Darwin to the east coast
some time in September.
The scruffy old roughneck has owned and sailed the boat
since 1987, pretty well full time since 2001, and consequently has gained a bit of an idea on how to carry out and survive a voyage of this sort.
The scruffy old boat is not in bad shape, having a relatively new engine
and a rigging
and hull refit
2012-13. It has a fairly extensive set of the requisite tools to carry out repairs
and the scruffy old roughneck has a fair range of the skills required to keep things going.
From a navigation
viewpoint sufficient information sources (charts and book things) and equipment
is carried aboard the vessel to keep it off the rocks and pretty generally afloat.
Since it's a fair way across to Gove then Seisia and down to Cairns and he is getting on a bit the old roughneck is pondering on taking a crew and consequently expressions of interest are invited.
The expressions of interest may be lodged here and I will provide an email
address via the private mail service
When you get the email
address tell the old bugger a little about yourself but please note and consider carefully before lodging that the scruffy old boat is a sail boat and consequently very much subject to the vagaries and whimsies of the weather
And, that once committed to the voyage on departing Darwin there are only two reasonably civilised places between Darwin and Cairns to abandon the voyage, get of the boat and make your way back to urban Australia
Ė Gove and Seisia.
Also, this is a relatively small vessel and you will have to live in fairly close proximity and share facilities with the other two persons aboard and that fresh water
supplies are limited.
It is envisioned that it will take about 7 Ė 8 days to get to Gove, there will be an indeterminate stay in Gove waiting on fair winds and these prevailing it will take about 4 days to cross the Gulf of Carpentaria. Note that these four days will be out of the sight of land. After a short stop at Seisia, and perhaps a side voyage to Thursday Island, the vessel will day sail down the north Queensland
coast inside the reef to Cooktown then Cairns and points south to the Great Sandy Straits.