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Re: Tasmania - She even has a Wombat Cove!

TDW my boat 'Ca Va' is currently at Prince of Wales Bay Marina which is a few miles upstream of Hobart.
It is a nearly-new marina, all-weather shelter and the manager there is quite helpful. It lacks somewhat in toilet and shower facilities and it is a fair hike to the nearest bus stop, but if you have ground transport it is an excellent place to step off. Also close by are all the paint shops, hardware stores, engineers and chandleries that you are likely to need. The sailmaker even comes to you!
The cheapest way to haul out is to join a yacht club. The membership fees of the smaller clubs are quite nominal. Just check first that the club does have its own slipway.
Mooring in a river seems to really reduce the hull fouling. Maybe the cold water? Last year I left the boat on a swing mooring at Port Huon and after an idle winter, there was just the slightest growth of weed which easily scrubbed off. I will get two full years out of the one anti-foul, though I don't think POW Bay will be as good because the water is not as clean as Port Huon.

Maybe I should not be spruiking the place so enthusiastically. It will be swamped with blow-ins and I am now so used to having anchorages all to myself....

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Re: Tasmania - She even has a Wombat Cove!

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The Wombet is not a morning person.
Um, don't you know a Tazmanian Devil when you see one?
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TDW my boat 'Ca Va' ..... snip ......

Maybe I should not be spruiking the place so enthusiastically. It will be swamped with blow-ins and I am now so used to having anchorages all to myself....
We moor our girl in the Lane Cove River (Sydney) and since doing so I've also noticed a drop off in accumulated hull grunge. Cold water ? Maybe. I've put it down to the volume of fresh water coming down the river.

Huon River is a nice place to be but if we move boat down to Tassie then I suspect we'd want closer to Hobart.

As for spruiking .... yep .... shut up for heaven's sake please. Seriously, Tassie is such a gobsmackingly beautiful place, possibly the best and freshest produce in the country, certainly the cleanest air and other than a couple of dodgey mining and forestry sites the cleanest water as well. Thankfully it is also effing cold and damp at times which keeps the riff raff in Queensland.

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Um, don't you know a Tazmanian Devil when you see one?

I also know a freshly woken Wombet. The difference is not great.

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Re: Tasmania - She even has a Wombat Cove!

So im giving this a bump as Andrew has not been on this for over a year. Have you started you planning yet? or woken from your sleep and done it? I am in the process as I got forced to take four months off to get my holidays down I intend to do it as you stated in the first post except ill come from melbourne and as im telling everyone I will have to go now

Im getting so excited and scared yet its still 100 days away.
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It's Tassie's turn to host the wooden boat festival next February, so that is enough of a reason to sail here surely.
I have totally bitten the bullet now, bought a house on the Tasman Peninsula and put down a swing mooring in the bay just below.
People sometimes ask why I would leave Queensland to be here.
It now takes me ten minutes to get from house to dinghy to 'Ca Va'.
Heaven on a stick...!
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sctpc ...... well we have had the odd cog in the works. Our boat was struck by lightning which took out pretty much every bit of electrical gear on board. For reasons that I won't go into in detail but lets just say incompetent insurer selected yard, it has taken some 18 months to get her back to peak fitness. Our aim is now to be heading south this time next year.

arvicola - I'm not asking for exact location but where on the Tas peninsular ?

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It's Tassie's turn to host the wooden boat festival next February, so that is enough of a reason to sail here surely.
Sorry, that's not enough reason for me to sail there (and I (a) live closer than the Wombat Burrow and (b) have a boat that is more than qualified to enter)..

..but I am planning to fly down in any case.

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I have totally bitten the bullet now, bought a house on the Tasman Peninsula and put down a swing mooring in the bay just below.
People sometimes ask why I would leave Queensland to be here.
Yep, I would:

WHY??? Are you out of your mind?? You'd need to be at least half freakin' mad to do such a thing!! Have you any idea how frostbitingly bloody cold it gets in winter down there?!?


(Disclaimer: My brother + wife + kid moved from Noosa to a beautiful acreage just outside Sheffield. They lasted a little over 18 months and now live on the Tweed Coast.)

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C ..... cold down there ? Don't you mean cold down here ?

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C ..... cold down there ? Don't you mean cold down here ?
Yep, it's cold down here.. but not as cold as down there... towards Antarctica.

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