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Hi everyone;
Just turned 60, getting ready to fully retire next year and we live in Queensland Australia. I did a lot of sailing and racing in my early years in the UK in dinghies (enterprise and fireball) and a 16ft hobie and am now eyeing up a largish cat >40ft to go cruising with next year. Budget is no problem so I intend chartering first in the Whitsundays, joining the local yacht club for guidance and doing the boat shows before selecting what could be 80% my time on the water and about 20% of my wife's with our children/grandchildren. East Australia coast cruising should keep me happy and tagalong groups will hopefully help me to get the offshore and cruising experience.
Any early advice as to what courses to do would be great as my current QLD boat licence was for a 20ft powerboat that was only used inshore.
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First off, welcome to Sailnet, Peter!! There are a few others from around here up your way, so you aren't alone.

Given that you can see the water from Mt Tamborine (even if it's a long way down), what were you considering to be a local yacht club?? RQYS is the major one at hand, but expensive and maybe a little far away.

Courses? An RYA Coastal Skippers course should cover all you need to know. They run them out of different clubs at different times. In between times, I'm sure you could find someone willing to take you on as crew on a cat if you ask around..

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Hi C;
Thank you for your welcome and advice.
I was hoping to meet the guys from Southport Yacht Club this coming weekend at the Marine Expo at the Gold Coast Precinct - Coomera and have a chat with them. Multihull Solutions are there as well so hope to start doing some basic homework on the boat decision. One thing you certainly learn by my age is to listen, listen and listen and then to use the mouth!
I also see that The RYA Coastal skipper course can be done at Manly in 'fast track' mode - expensive but will be fun and enable me to get the miles in and the basics done.
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Good for you ! Probably way ahead of many having sailed dinghies
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Thanks Ragzamoto;
Yet I haven't seen many cruiser cats with anyone out on a trapeze! Having a buddy out on a trapeze with you in a dinghy or hobie sure makes you focus on wind changes and keeping the crew aware of what you are about to do.
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Hi C;
Thank you for your welcome and advice.
I was hoping to meet the guys from Southport Yacht Club this coming weekend at the Marine Expo at the Gold Coast Precinct - Coomera and have a chat with them. Multihull Solutions are there as well so hope to start doing some basic homework on the boat decision. One thing you certainly learn by my age is to listen, listen and listen and then to use the mouth!
I also see that The RYA Coastal skipper course can be done at Manly in 'fast track' mode - expensive but will be fun and enable me to get the miles in and the basics done.
Peter, it sounds like you're organised already! Southport is a good club.

If you haven't been out on the water on a big boat in a while, maybe the 'fast track' version of the skipper's course might be a little too much too quickly? There is an awful lot of diverse information covered in that course. I'd suggest maybe holding off for a little while until you're established at a club and have a half-regular crew spot.. just to give you a chance to 'learn the ropes' again.

You've quite an adventure ahead. Have fun.

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