My first post on this forum with a lot of questions. I did my research
but would like to get a bit more advice
from all of you, experienced sailors.
A bit of info about myself:
My name is Michael, and I am 36 years old. I currently live in Sydney
with the plan to moving to Melbourne around October 2021 for a year or two. I have always been very interested in sailing (read books
about sailing, watched many movies) but never really got to it and have no knowledge of how to sail and no experience either.
After long and hard thinking about everything, me and my wife, we have decided to abandon city life in the future and go live and sail around the world, maybe occasionally returning to Australia
or maybe not. The reason why we made this decision is that we both like to travel, like being outside in the bush, like diving
, snorkelling, kite surfing and don't really like the city rush. We don't have kids
or anything else that make us stay put. Over the last few years, we lived in Western Australia
, NSW and now going to spend a few years in Melbourne.
So, the plan is to buy a 5-7 years old, 12-14meters catamaran
in mid or end of 2024 and start sailing around Australia in mid-2025. Most likely starting from Sydney
, going anti-clockwise for about a year. Them perhaps sail to French Polynesia
for a few years, or maybe sail around Philipines.
We want to be prepared as much as possible for the journey, and because we both lack experience with boating
and sailing, I would like to get as much advice
How can I get experience in sailing before buying
? At the moment, I have booked 5 days of liveaboard training
to get a day skipper license
. It seems like a good start to get an idea about sailing, wind
- But what can I do to get more practical experience later on?
- How can and where can I volunteer for the crew positions?
- Does it matter much if I'm going to be getting experience on a mono-hull boat, or it is better to get catamaran
experience because mono would not be relevant?
- Any other advice here?
From the reading and watching YouTubes, I understand how vital boat maintenance
is and the ability to do repairs
yourself. I am pretty good with doing car repairs
myself, and I understand well how the engine
, drivetrain works (on cars). On top of that, we both are very hands-on people. (We renovated our house by ourselves without hiring anyone). However:
- Is there a way to somehow get hands-on maintenance experience without owning a boat?
- Any other tips here?
We have 3 very small dogs
. One will probably be too old to sail (he will be 15 y.o in 2025), but the other 2 will be 4 and 5 years old.
- Is it a good idea to take them with us?
- Any tips from people who sail with their doggos?
This is a very important question for us. For work
purposes, we will have to have internet
everywhere while we are making the trip. Not only when we are anchored next to a town etc. We have driven from WA to NSW a few times and know that even on the land, Telstra reception
doesn't exist in some part (Nullabor, for example). So, I guess the satellite
is our only option? We would like to be able to send emails, remote
connect to other computers
and hold a few zoom meetings from the boat.
- Is that even possible?
- Can anyone point me in the right direction to do my research
- Any other tips here?
- Perhaps it's a good idea for both of us to do some sort of first aid course?
- What licenses do we need to hold to be able to pull this cruise
- What insurances are good to have?
- Any other thing I might be missing to be better prepared?
Its probably very simple, but I'm very curious about how these things work
. Let's say we have sailed to the Newcastle NSW area (or any other small-ish town for the sake of the exercise), and we want to spend the night here (but sleep on the boat), get some supplies and fuel
- How does anchoring
work? Do we just anchor
anywhere? Do we need to pay for it?
- We take the dinghy
to the shore and then plan to go to the shops. What do we do with the dinghy
? How to make sure it will not get stolen or something?
- While we are away shopping
or having dinner, is it safe to just leave the boat anchored somewhere? Does it often happen when something gets stolen from the boat like that?
- Is it a good idea to have a safe in the boat to keep laptops, documents in it or is it just better to take those with you onshore?
I think this is it for now. I hope you had enough stamina to read the whole thing till the end, and cant wait to see your replies.