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alexanderslat 04-18-2013 08:01 AM

Solo From Aus to Thailand via png
I am currently considering a journey from queensland to thailand via png, I have plenty of boat experience but 0 sailing. so i am likely to join a sail club and begin. also have been looking at the seawind 24' catamaran... a few questions,.. would a year be enough time to prepare for such a journey (sailing experience wise), how long roughly would this take,. would this vessel be suitable seen as the longest stretch of water that would be undertaken is roughly 150km, any suggestions/thoughts on the topic would be greatly appreciated ..

killarney_sailor 04-18-2013 09:05 AM

Re: Solo From Aus to Thailand via png
If your main idea is to get to Thailand you might consider going with the Sail Indonesia rally that leaves from Darwin. The longest leg is from Darwin to Timor, something like 400 miles. We found the coast of northern Queensland to either have no wind or 30 knots from the south. Once you get into Indonesia winds tend to be very light in many places so you need a reliable engine and good fuel range. The bureaucracy for entry to Indonesia is extremely complex which is why so many people go the rally since the organizers look after the paperwork.

Don't know the boat you are talking about, but it would seem to me that a 24' catamaran would not have the load carrying capacity you would want to have.

You could do it in a year for sure but you have to leave at the right time to avoid cyclones and get the right winds up the coast. As for your ability to do this trip with no sailing experience that is for you to decide. It is not the easiest trip in the world, but far from the hardest. You mention boating experience, but does this include weather knowledge and reading tropical waters?

alexanderslat 04-19-2013 01:16 AM

Re: Solo From Aus to Thailand via png
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hey, thanks for the reply, I understand that timing will be everything and will be thoroughly planing this trip down to every detail, as for the paperwork and visas and such , I do not mind doing my homework to organise, here are some pictures of the seawind 24' to give you an idea, thanks again for the response

killarney_sailor 04-19-2013 08:04 AM

Re: Solo From Aus to Thailand via png
For Indonesia, at the least, you have to work through a shipping agent which is not cheap unless you can get a group of boats to share the expense. That is why the Indonesia Rally helps, although you are much further west, but well-positioned for going to Thailand. The Indonesian authorities are very slowly easing the regulations but who knows how far and how fast. The officials are very pleasant and seem honest but they just seem completely bureaucratic. When we entered at Kupang there were 23! officials involved, all brought to one place by the rally and they were all busily filling in forms and stamping things. It was the first place that we really needed a boat stamp. Nice country,
Overly people, but very complicated.

aeventyr60 04-19-2013 09:59 AM

Re: Solo From Aus to Thailand via png
Plenty of small boat sailors making the journey from Oz to Thailand. Join the rally as as Kilarney suggests. The Indonesians officials were no worse the Australia. About the same price as well. Easy, fun cruising in Thailand, perfect for a small cat. Great gunkholing in the many, many island and estuaries. Good luck on your journey!

SimonV 04-19-2013 09:59 PM

Re: Solo From Aus to Thailand via png
We have Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia penciled in to the cruising plan for 2014. We will definitely use the rally for the convenience of dealing with the officialdom. It has been pointed out to us that going via a rally is a lot cheaper than doing it alone.

killarney_sailor 04-20-2013 08:19 AM

Re: Solo From Aus to Thailand via png
Should also point out that once you are in Indonesia with the rally you can go where and when you want.

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