Hey Matt, Thanks for the welcome.. I use to do a lot of fishing
out of my Streaker 5.02 in both bays when the kids
were young...(both at Uni)
I sailed a small Hobbie Cat?... down the bay at Rye a few years back... Didn't find it too complicated, just physics really... different story with a bigger boat
, Ropes, Draft
and real coastal water
We won't be purchasing
until settled in Cane Toad County.... appears to be a huge range of coastal boats between Cairns and Hervey Bay. I don't fancy sailing a rig around and up the coast with my experience, I'd make a home for small sealife real quick.....
I'm on a reconnaissance mission next month driving from Cairns down to Brisbane
with stops at Airlie, Mackay, Yeppoon and Hervey Bay to get a feel for the cruising scene, RYA Sailing Lessons
and eyeball some boats..
When we were on holiday in Yeppoon back in 2014, we wandered down to Rosslyn Bay Marina just to have a look at some boats (had know idea what I was looking at at this stage) and the Yachties couldn't have been more friendly and informative.. Took 2 hours to walk the marina.... So the Blue Water
Yacht Club will be a definite beverage stop on the trip...
I liked the trailerable 26 Macgregor
as a trial short term liveaboard
to stay upright in the WhitSundays, but from what I read it sails
like a brick so Plan B maybe a 30' SV to get the learning
The dream is to upscale to a 43 Cat (Lagoon or Leopard
$$$$??) in the next few years and have a run out into the Pacific Islands.... but I have to paddle before I can freestyle so will see how it goes...