This is my first post to the site and I would like to say hi to everyone out there.
I've been sailing about 10 years and in that time have owned 6-7 boats from a 1920s New Zealand
to a 38' offshore racer
(a modified Peterson
design). Supposedly I have been looking for the perfect boat
but it is probably closer to the truth that I like fiddling with different boats and what better way can there be in getting to know a boat than actually owning it.
another boat is a good excuse to put off actually taking off on an open ended cruise
of course, so the process of equipping the new boat
for the cruise
can start again. Over the last few years I crewed on larger boats to and from the Whitsundays and recently completed my first Bass Strait crossing on a delivery
boat is a Mottle 33 an Australian designed centre cockpit
"family cruiser" built in the late seventies. I bought it a year ago in fairly poor condition with quite basic equipment
but with a reconditioned Bukh motor
and epoxied hull
. I've since replaced the rigging
added new sails
, had the upholstery renewed etc. It's well set up for local coastal cruising but I have intentionally kept the systems simple - no furlers, anchor winch
, auto pilot, spray hood
etc. With the Sydney
area being such a paradise for all year round sailing it is hard to get motivated to want to kit it up so I can travel further afield.