Thanks for the welcome messages, hope I can contribute in some way.
Now for a response to the questions.
Capcook - what makes sailing from Darwin to Perth so challenging.
This area is really remote, for the first 650 NM I saw vertually no one. There is no phone
of call. No where to pick up fuel
etc and the tides are up to 8 meters (26ft). There are miles of islands and headlands and the although the area has charts
there are large areas of uncharted waters. Basically your on your own in very challenging navigation
areas. The other issue was I was single
handed so, no shipping
lanes but lots of navigation
etc. Check out my site if you want to have a look at some of the areas.
Wotname - what yacht is it and did I purchase
it in Darwin
my Santana 30 in Perth prior to starting a work contract
up there. Whilst there I spotted a SS27 that needed some loving. These are great WA yachts, built well and ideal for our coast. I spent some time up there fixing her up and when I saw the cost of trucking her down (around 20K) I thought I needed 4 months off and some time off along the WA coast.
My boys are 10 and 11 and have been sailing since around 6yrs old. We head
up and down the coast but they didn't do the trip down from Darwin. They both cope with sailing well and I love the extra responsibilties they take on. As for safety
, they have learnt well, if you want more details on our approach to safety
with 2 kids
and one dad just ask. As for my wife, she believes its a man thing and is happy to let us go and have fun together.