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post #16 of Old 12-31-2012
arvicola-amphibius
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Re: How do you use your boat

Mine is a Van de Stadt Pioner 9 (meters, being a tad under 30 ft) built from a fibreglass mold in England in 1963. In her day she was raced in Fastnets and crossed the Atlantic 5 times before sailing to Australia.
In the two years that I have owned her I have cruised the east coast of Australia from Brisbane down to Tasmania and now spend most of the summer living aboard in Tasmania, cruising extensively in that wonderful place. We are lucky here that even in a cold place like Tasmania, the sea water never freezes, so there is no need for a winter lay-up. That means that if I want to, I can continue to do short trips any month of the year. In all I would estimate that the boat gets about six months continuous use with about 400 engine hours and 1000 sailing hours each year. Now THAT is value for money!
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