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The Karaka story
Thanks for all the responses, I really appreciate it. I went to simon's thread and checked a few things, but I did not find the technical info about importing the boat to australia... but good for him anyway, he did it... I'll try to get in touch with him, but I can not send him a personal message at this point cause apparently I need to post more entries before I can do that. So here goes, another entry.
I noticed how you guys seem to relish a good yarn, so I figured you might not mind me sharing mine.
I'm a young french guy and when I happened to be in Hong kong in mid 2004 after delivering a boat from australia, I found a 53ft steel ketch abandonned in the harbor. I asked around and the owner, who was away and doing other things, sold the boat to me for a dollar. I put her back in shape roughly, and went sailing, taking crew to help with the running costs and mostly having a wonderfull time, gypsy pirate style.
We covered a little over 40 000 miles so far, going down the china seas, through singapore, across the indian ocean, round good hope, up the south atlantic to brazil, made a little side trip up the amazon, then into the carribean, the panama canal, and now we're in baja california getting ready for a refit.
While having some adventures last week trying to find a nice cheap boatyard to take karaka out we stumbled on a nice older catalina for sale and so with some of the crew we're considering buying her and sailing her to australia to resell with the hope of making enough profit to finance the refit. Also it would be nice not to have to worry about the price of beer when we take the big boat through the pacific for the next few years...
Anyway, that's how I came to ask about simon's trip.
If you think I'm making this up, or if you have five minutes, check our website
We can use anything we can get so don't feel bad about spreading the word.
Last edited by Jeff_H; 02-25-2011 at 04:10 PM.
Reason: Removed financial solicitation.