Cruisers Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 31-03-2020, 02:42   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 5
Smile Hello from Durban, South Africa

My name is Shelldon and as the title indicates, I call Durban (South Africa) home.

I've signed up (for the 2nd time) on this forum for the simple reason that this pandemic has awoken me to the fact that if I don't get off my butt and work constructively towards my dream of sailing the world, well then the the next 47 years will roll by and I'll have even more regrets!

I've given myself 3 years (so my 50th b'day) to embark on this journey - that's 3 years to learn blue water seamanship (is that the right term?), find a boat, etc...etc.

I hope I don't become to much of an irritant but I'll be asking loads of questions.

Thanks all, stay safe (and sane).


Cheers
Shelldon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2020, 03:52   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 39,128
Images: 241
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

Greetings and belated welcome aboard the CF, Shelldon.
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2020, 04:58   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bellingham
Boat: Outbound 44
Posts: 8,305
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

South Africa is currently shut to foreign boats now do to the cv19 virus. How's thing look in Durban? Do you see any light at the end of the tunnel?
__________________
Paul
Paul L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2020, 05:34   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: From Durban - now cruising all of Caribbean.
Boat: Leopard 40 o/v
Posts: 156
Images: 12
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

Welcome Shelldon to the world of sailing and cruising - Enjoy and stay safe the in SA.
Blackie Swart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2020, 01:54   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 5
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

Thanks for the welcome. We're all on lockdown until the 17th, so staying safe isn't the difficult part, it's staying sane that may be a struggle!



Quote:
Originally Posted by Blackie Swart View Post
Welcome Shelldon to the world of sailing and cruising - Enjoy and stay safe the in SA.
Shelldon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2020, 02:02   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 5
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

Right now the CV19 virus has been slowed dramatically in comparison to other countries, so I guess the lock down is working. But at what cost? We're on lockdown for 3 weeks, it's pretty much killed the South African economy.


I'm a tour guide with my own small business. Even before the lockdown was announced my guests were cancelling tours left right ad center because of what was happening in their own countries.


I'm one of the lucky ones, I have savings and no dependents. My fellow guides, well many of them will have been set back some 10 years, some are closing or will close if tourism doesn't recover in 6 months or sooner (which it's not forecast to do).


But South African has been through many difficult periods - I'm pretty positive on the whole, things are tough right now but I truly believe will improve. It's just kinda a case up hitting the "reset" button. I think it's an opportunity for many people to have a real look at what's important to their lives - much like I'm doing.


Once the lockdown is ended, I personally will be looking in to learning marine mechanics, sail making and the like; essentially broaden my skills in preparation for the "big sail". I'm even investigating boat building (I was once a cabinet maker - who knows if that skill will translate).


Apologies for the long ramble.


I hope everyone in their respective countries are staying safe and sane!







Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
South Africa is currently shut to foreign boats now do to the cv19 virus. How's thing look in Durban? Do you see any light at the end of the tunnel?
Shelldon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2020, 02:16   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 2
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shelldon View Post
My name is Shelldon and as the title indicates, I call Durban (South Africa) home.

I've signed up (for the 2nd time) on this forum for the simple reason that this pandemic has awoken me to the fact that if I don't get off my butt and work constructively towards my dream of sailing the world, well then the the next 47 years will roll by and I'll have even more regrets!

I've given myself 3 years (so my 50th b'day) to embark on this journey - that's 3 years to learn blue water seamanship (is that the right term?), find a boat, etc...etc.

I hope I don't become to much of an irritant but I'll be asking loads of questions.

Thanks all, stay safe (and sane).


Cheers
Hi Sheldon. Gert Amanzimtoti, Durban.
gnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2020, 03:16   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 5
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

Hi Gert!


Hope you doing ok during the lockdown.


Quote:
Originally Posted by gnell View Post
Hi Sheldon. Gert Amanzimtoti, Durban.
Shelldon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2020, 10:59   #9
Registered User
 
MikeFergie's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Mozambique
Boat: Leopard 40 (2009) & Crownline 250CR
Posts: 358
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

I知 sitting on my boat on the hard in Richards Bay. At least there are piles of projects I知 able to carry on with here.Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0223.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	384.1 KB
ID:	212372
MikeFergie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-04-2020, 01:33   #10
Senior Cruiser
 
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 39,128
Images: 241
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Gert.
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2020, 00:05   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 5
Re: Hello from Durban, South Africa

I guess the bright side is that you have a project (or projects) to work on - spare a thought for those who are sitting bored staring out the window!



Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeFergie View Post
I知 sitting on my boat on the hard in Richards Bay. At least there are piles of projects I知 able to carry on with here.Attachment 212372
Shelldon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
Africa, Durban, South Africa

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Surveyor recommendations -Durban, South Africa Bizzmark Dollars & Cents 0 07-08-2018 09:31
Hi All, new to the forum. I am from Durban, South Africa. Have just purchased a Fort Thulani Meets & Greets 5 05-08-2017 01:33
Crew Available: SEEKING UNPAID WORKING PASSAGE - MADAGASCAR TO AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA The Nomad Crew Archives 1 29-01-2014 10:48
Crew Wanted: NZ to South Africa 2014 or Pacific now New Zealand to South Africa captainandreas Crew Archives 10 11-07-2013 05:19
Florida to Durban (South Africa) bvimatelot Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 2 10-07-2007 03:14

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:58.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.