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10-30-2007 06:38 AM
sailorsez Hi Brett - If you're in Coffs you're halfway there !! he he

I'll ask my guy if he knows anyone in Coffs and get back to you with details.

10-29-2007 08:17 PM
brettandj Hi Sarah,

that is a great idea about hiring a delivery skipper for the first few times on the boat, we would love to get his details. Unfortunately we are based in Coffs, but if you highly recommend the instructor, that is a great start for us.

I looked up a picture of your boat, and it looks great!
10-27-2007 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by Giulietta View Post
Please ignore the previous posters, they are happy they have a sailboat and can sail. I'm here in this basement in Casper Wyoming without ever seen the ocean ever....I just imagine waht it is like.
You're in Casper? Dude! That's the next city north of me, by only ... two and a half hours. Roughly the length of Portugal.

So, you probably sail a J/22 on Alcova Reservoir, huh?

Or one of them cool new MacGregors? I understand they are popular with the partyboat crowd.... See you this summer on Sandy Beach!
10-26-2007 09:52 PM
sailorsez Hi Brett - We went up to the Whitsundays last year for 3 months with my four year old son, Harry. He just loved it.

As our time has always been limited ie. 3 months we always try and get there as quickly as possible. Our best run has been 10 days, our longest run has been 3 weeks.

As it's normally pretty hectic on the trip, we thought it might be a bit much for Harry, we decided for my hubby to do the trip up and my son and I flew in to Airlie Beach. I did the return trip and my hubby minded my son at home.

But as you may be cruising for longer you can take your time to get there. There are plenty of places to pull in up the coast and basically if you choose you can day hop it except for a couple of longer streches. If I was doing this I would feel comfortable taking my son with me.

For our first trip up North my hubby and I didn't have much of an idea so we hired a delivery skipper to help us get the boat there. I'm glad we did as everything that could go wrong did go wrong and it was great that he was in charge and he just took it all in his stride.

I'm not sure about our next big trip yet....we were thinking of buying a boat in the U.S. as the dollar is so strong and sail around the Bahamas for a while and then shipping the boat home. However, thats conditional of our boat selling.

Are you based in Sydney ?? If you are I know a good sailing instructor who operates out of Pittwater with his own boat if you'd like to have some lessons to get started. He was our delivery skipper for our first trip and I can't speak highly enough of him.

Best of luck.
10-25-2007 04:05 PM
FELTON where are you from
10-25-2007 04:05 PM
FELTON sailing a catamaran is fun
10-25-2007 04:04 PM
FELTON welcome to sailnet again
10-25-2007 04:03 PM
FELTON welcome to sailnet
10-24-2007 04:51 PM
Originally Posted by sailorsez View Post
Hi Brett - you will just love the Whitsundays. Our boat, a Catalina 380 has travelled from Sydney to the Whitsundays three times and every cruise was absolutely fantastic !!!

Our Catalina is not known for its blue water capabilities but up and down the east coast of Australia it has been great.

When are you planning to leave ?? If it's within a year or so why not just go and buy the cat you like and learn to sail on that.
Hi sailorsez, we are not planning on leaving for a few years yet, our youngest is a 5 month old... I thought I would just start looking into a few things first.

Your trips sound great! Sydney to the Whitsundays is a long trip and it must have taken a while to get up and back. We were just up at the Whitsundays and whilst on a charter I saw all these families on their boats, with lots of people walking on small white sand islands, and we thought, that is exactly what we should be doing...

So before we delved into buying a boat, I thought I would ask if it was possible for 1 or 2 people (a family) to basically run a large catamaran, and how big should a boat be for live aboard & ocean travel. If you needed lots of highly experienced people to run a sail boat and head out in the open water, then it may not be something that we can do

Where are you planning on your next trip and it is just you are your husband?
10-24-2007 11:02 AM

It's 11am here in 'richie' New England, and I had my first laugh of the day. I, another poor soul with no life, have been noting my first laugh of the day.
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