Is anyone familiar with Auckland? - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 03-28-2008 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Is anyone familiar with Auckland?

Hi,
My boyfriend and I thought we might like to spend a couple months living aboard in New Zealand. Does anyone know what its like to buy a boat in the Auckland area, and live aboard it? Also, what is the difficulty level for sailing the Auckland in June-August? We have been learning to sail in Hawaii for a while, but this is the only place we have sailed. Are any areas of Auckland easier/more difficult than others? Any info or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
buttonsmachine is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 03-28-2008
Senior Member
 
billyruffn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,295
Thanks: 5
Thanked 28 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 11
 
I've spent a lot of time in Auckland, but none of it on a boat. It's a great city and used to be an inexpensive place to live until the USD went south. When I was there a number of years ago there were a many fine boats for sale and considerable marina space in the city, but are you going to buy a boat to live aboard for a few months? June-August is the dead of winter -- Auckland's winter is relatively mild, but can be cool and wet. Why not just rent an apartment ashore for a few months to see how you like it. My guess is you will.
billyruffn is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 5 Old 03-29-2008
Senior Member
 
Omatako's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Auckland New Zealand
Posts: 2,560
Thanks: 1
Thanked 33 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
We live aboard in Auckland.

Marinas - There are 12 marinas in Auckland but only (I think) 3 that allow live-aboard. We have a 15 meter berth and we pay NZ$930 a month which includes a live-aboard levy and all services including ablutions, power, water, security, wi-fi, etc. There are other maiinas that are less expensive but their facilites are not as nice and the marinas are not as convenient to the city.

Sailing - The Hauraki Gulf is a very safe place to sail so if you're learning to sail you can't get a lot better. In addition, there is a very active, very good and very accommodating Coast Guard who do a fantastic job of looking after boaters.

Buying a boat - we found boats to be expensive for what you get, so much so that we bought our boat in the US and sailed it back to Auckland. I suppose it depends on what level of live-aboard you're looking at but most of the boats that I would be prepared to live on from a size perspective are not cheap. The affordable boats are too small for me to consider a suitable live aboard but then it depends on the individual.

Hope this helps

Andre
Omatako is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 5 Old 03-31-2008 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
That does help, thanks a million.
buttonsmachine is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 5 Old 04-01-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 825
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 10
 
June - August are mid winter. Expect day temps of 10-17 c. Overnight 3-10. Plenty of clear light wind days but also the opposite.

I think the area is one of the few that moorings require a coastal skipper's certificate, or equivalent before chartering.
At a guess I would say this would be because you can expect 20-30 knots about a third of the time and there are a fair amount of rocks etc although this may be less of a problem with a good chartplotter and reasonable navigation skills.

PS. Try trademe.co.nz for private boat sales and crew.org.nz for alternatives.
There are plenty of cruising spots, although it is quiet time for fishing.

Boats are relatively expensive but cash in the present climate might help. As a young couple presumably, you would not need a big boat for short-term local cruising and should be able to get something for around 30k US say a H28 or something more modern in the 26-28 range. It would not have all the electronics etc.

Buying and selling a boat within a few months could be expensive, as you won't be around to do it privately and it may take a while to recover your money.

Possibly you could lease privately but that would strictly probablly be illegal unless the boat was in survey for charter, and there could be insurance issues, although it does happen. You may be able to negotiate a purchase and buyback though that would be very unusual. Insurance would probably require a basic boating certificate.

Alternatively you might consider buying an old car and travelling around and doing casual crewing plus a brief charter.

Feb -April are perhaps the best sailing times. Most locals would not cruise in the winter but it is possible with plenty of warm gear it depends on what you want.

PS. Try trademe.co.nz for private sales and crew.org.nz for other possible deals.

Last edited by chris_gee; 04-01-2008 at 06:14 PM. Reason: add
chris_gee is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta (Scoop.co.nz) NewsReader News Feeds 0 01-23-2007 09:15 PM
Sail Auckland now ISAF Grade 1 (Scoop.co.nz) NewsReader News Feeds 0 06-22-2006 10:15 PM
sydney to auckland bullseye Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 0 06-12-2002 01:47 AM
Four Seamanship Lessons from Auckland John Rousmaniere Seamanship Articles 0 04-09-2000 08:00 PM
Four Seamanship Lessons from Auckland John Rousmaniere Racing Articles 0 04-09-2000 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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 On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome