I am in the process of purchasing
a Swanson 42 from Melbourne. I live in Adelaide and have no blue-water experience at all (except the sort that lands on you when surfing), though I have plenty of gulf and bay sailing experience, having grown up among boats and having sailed since I was ten. (I am forty and a bit now)
I am looking for a skipper/mentor to help me take the boat
from Melbourne (Western Port Bay ) to Adelaide in the near future. To clarify, this would be a paid position.
If that person recommends it I am happy to take on additional crew. I would see myself as crew, not skipper
, though I understand that might seem unlikely to some people, I am actually happier to defer to the experts in these situations, which is what I will be paying for.
At this stage I am assuming the boat
will pass survey
, probably with a recommendation for new sails
, and probably some maintenance
of the standing rigging
, but otherwise it should be a seaworthy
and safe boat. I would replace sails
before the trip if that is what the survey
recommends. The boat is equipped with good electronics
and a functional autopilot
, though I am working on memory of a test sail over a year ago, the autopilot
seemed good then and was coupled with a plotter and radar
. It is comfortable, if old and slow.
I am reasonably flexible on timing, though the cost of the pen in Melbourne is significantly more than in Adelaide so I will be keen to move it sooner rather than later. The trip itself is not something I would want to rush and I would be more than happy to wait on good weather
at any stage, and pay for the skipper's extra time to lay by if needed.
Please PM me if you can assist, or get me at mdunk (at) dunkit dot com dot au.