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I guess you could say Tassie is Australia's answer to the PNW, Scandinavia or New Zealand. :) A treasure that is even now relatively undiscovered. Tassie suffers from her reputation as being cold (true in winter), wet (mainly true on the West Coast) and a bit of a trial to gettting to (yes, but maybe but :))

Weather; Summers in Tassie are fine and mild. OK so its not tropical but its certainly not brass monkey stuff. Winters are chilly no doubt and with the prevailing winds and storms out of the south west, the west coast is probably not the place to be but its still ice free water and no need to haul boats out for the chill.

Wet; Tassies west coast and centre do get a lot of rain but probably not as much as the dreaded PNW where apparently it never stops. :p East coast Tas gets no more rain than anywhere else on the east coast of Oz indeed overall Hobart is Australia's second driest capital city.

Wild; Of course if you have seen the film of the '98 Sydney - Hobart then you are going to have a few worries about Bass Strait but do remember the Hobart begins in Sydney and runs straight through. A cruising boat is going to rock hop down the coast and hold up in Eden until the perfect weather window appears. Then its get across the straight as fast as possible and rest up in the Furneax Group, a passage of around 220nms. Should be doable without too much bother cos you ain't leaving Eden when its blowing 50 knots out of the south now, are you ?

So all in all the place intrigues me deeply. An anti clockwise circuit makes most sense and again except for the actual west coast runs (approx 100nms to Macquarie Harbour and a further 80nms to Port Davey) there are spots where you can duck in for shelter if needs be.

Anywho ... the purpose of this post was to give a blatant plug to a series of articles by Jack and Jude Binder, running on MySailing.com.au, that cover pretty much all of Tassie only missing out on the east coast which I'm sure or at least hopeful will follow at some stage. If their articles on Macquarie Harbour and Port Davey/Bathurst Harbour don't make you want to go there then you need to check your pulse. :p

Start with NorthCoast, then King Island and Hunter, Macquarie Harbour, Port Davey and finally the South. Enjoy.

http://www.mysailing.com.au/news/tasmania-north-coast

and yep .... obviously named in honour of yours truly ... :rolleyes::rolleyes:




Then go check out the Jack and Jude website -

http://jackandjude.com/

ps (edit) - further reading of the website shows that Banyanda sailed north from MacHarbour so I'm not at all sure if the JJs did the East Coast at all.

I'm hoping by the way to be able to write a review of their latest book "Where Wild Winds Blow" but as it isn't released until mid December I doubt that will be before New Year.
 

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Beautiful beaches and some very interesting looking harbours (on a number of fronts - the entrances included!)

On the Bucket List??
 

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Fast,

In particular the entrance to MacQuarie Harbour eh ? Known as Hells Gate and when she turns nasty it is apparently very aptly named indeed.

The difficulty that exists for the west coast of Tassie (wct) is that very entrance combined with some particuarly nasty weather and an almost complete lack in the way of refuge. Did you know that wct has about the cleanest air on the planet and some of the largest waves ? Apparently up your way there are bigger but this is still pretty impressive.

They surf at Dangerous Banks, 35km off Tassie - TV & Radio - Entertainment

Going round Tassie has long been my fantasy cruise. Its why we bought the Womboat after all. My guess is that the complete cruise including back up to Sydney will take a year and a half. That is of course if we did come back to Sydney

Cheers

A
 

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Looks like an incredible area to explore TD! A bit similar to our PNW and further north, in a tropical kind of way:)) A year and a half of cruising that area sounds worthy of being on the bucket list to me. Thanks, Tasmania isn't mentioned often in cruising discussions, looks pretty interesting to me.
 

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Looks like an incredible area to explore TD! A bit similar to our PNW and further north, in a tropical kind of way:)) A year and a half of cruising that area sounds worthy of being on the bucket list to me. Thanks, Tasmania isn't mentioned often in cruising discussions, looks pretty interesting to me.
It will actually snow in Tasmania but only up the top of her tallest peaks none of which are really all that high. It would never snow at sea level but for Australia it can get quite cool. Strahan (main town of MacHarbour is showing 4/20c for today. Sydney is 18/21 coastal Qld 28/32. I'd quite like the idea of starting that cruise late Spring 2012 so we can do the west coast during summer, then hire a car or a van and go see inland Tassie during their winter. We could then finish off eastern Tas and sail back north spring/summer 2013. Sound like a plan ? Does to me. :)
 

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Ha .... i'd quite forgotten that I'd posted this thread last year.

Sadly we'll not be kicking off late Spring this year but still hopeful of getting down to Tassie in the very near future.
 

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I have spent the last two summers aboard in Tassie and plan on more. Warmer waters there may be, but I reckon Tassie has got all that an older cruising yachty needs. Short passage times between anchorages, reliable forecasting, mostly good holding ground, good fishing and friendly locals who are really 'into' their sailing. With the exception of the west coast, the seas are not particularly daunting even when it blows hard, mainly because shelter is never far away. I have had far worse off the NSW and WA coasts, made worse because there was nowhere to run and hide. And of course there is that outstanding scenery almost everywhere.
Except for food and grog it is cheaper to keep a boat there than the mainland. Boat registration is very cheap. My last haulout was about half what I paid in the past in Queensland. Marina fees are also a lot less than most places. If you can accept the lack of security, swing moorings are very inexpensive to buy or rent.
The locals tell me that some nice days are to be had in the winter too, so maybe after next summer I won't put the boat to bed after all....
 

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Howdy Rattty old man, thanks for dropping by.

Tassie has enormous appeal. As you say maybe not quite tropical water temps but warm water only attracts other people and i can do without the crowds.

Cheers

Andrew B

ps - boat in Hobart or further south ?

I have spent the last two summers aboard in Tassie and plan on more. Warmer waters there may be, but I reckon Tassie has got all that an older cruising yachty needs. Short passage times between anchorages, reliable forecasting, mostly good holding ground, good fishing and friendly locals who are really 'into' their sailing. With the exception of the west coast, the seas are not particularly daunting even when it blows hard, mainly because shelter is never far away. I have had far worse off the NSW and WA coasts, made worse because there was nowhere to run and hide. And of course there is that outstanding scenery almost everywhere.
Except for food and grog it is cheaper to keep a boat there than the mainland. Boat registration is very cheap. My last haulout was about half what I paid in the past in Queensland. Marina fees are also a lot less than most places. If you can accept the lack of security, swing moorings are very inexpensive to buy or rent.
The locals tell me that some nice days are to be had in the winter too, so maybe after next summer I won't put the boat to bed after all....
 

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Tasmania? Isn't that where Bugs Bunny found this guy?

 

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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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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. :p 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? :D

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

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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. :)

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: :p :D

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?!? :eek: :eek:


(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 ? :p
 
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