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Old 09-25-2010, 04:48 AM   #21
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"5 yrs/seasons and 9,000 miles on the Great Circle Cruise, "

Wow, I'd kill to be able to do that. Talk about a life - to me now, that would be it. Everyone I've read about who has done the loop regrets not having enough time to explore all those fascinating nooks and crannies one encounters cruising. To me it means just one thing - you had the money....and the time. That would be priceless.
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:02 AM   #22
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"The Great Circle Cruise was something that I dreamed of for decades and we got to do it."

Charles,*you have been around! That is great. Can we ask what kind of a range your boat has? And when you crossed to EU, where did you do it? We have been researching and can't find useful info. We just signed a contract for 45' Downeast with turbo diesel, 600 gal fuel and average 5 gal per hour.


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Old 09-26-2010, 05:33 AM   #23
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Thanks for that run-down Charles. Pause for thought. Did you sell your house while you did this great loop? I suspect you did not twig as to where I am.* (That's what's so good about the web).* From here in Aussie doing that particular thing in our boat is clearly not on, but a slow jog round Australia would come close, tho more time in exposed waters obviously. My problem is trying to envisage maintaining my boat and the ongoing costs once retired, with but modest retirement provisions. I guess if one sold the family home...as you say, most other costs would be incurred anyway. Question is - wold the 2iC (SO), agree to that. I doubt it somehow, and that's the rub......

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Old 09-27-2010, 04:15 AM   #24
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Charles ,
Your dead right.
After living on your boat one wonders what people do with big houses.
I have recently , for the first time in over 15 years bought myself a place to live in.
It is not much but a 2 bedroom home unit and I still feel like I get lost with all the space.
Peter when you go cruising rent the house out , it brings in a couple of bucks.
This unit I got has a good walk in robe in the main bedroom that locks up with all my private gear so I can rent it out when I head out again.

Peter back in Aus. Arrived Dampier this morning from Singapore , home Thursday and hope to be heading north in Tidahapah by next thursday.

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Old 09-27-2010, 06:00 AM   #25
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Crikey Benn, you're in and out like a carpet snake in a hen house. I don't think we are going to manage to organise that corroboree at this rate. How long you up north for?
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Peter,
I am only going to Fraser at present for a month.
If I can't sit still for that long I may head further north and leave the boat up there.
I have been offered some relief work on the tugs in Gladstone so it may come in handy.
If I anchor up down the bottom of Fraser I will let allen know in case he is around his boat.
Now that I have retired I appear to be spending more time at work than when I was full time.

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Old 09-28-2010, 07:44 AM   #27
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................Now that I have retired I appear to be spending more time at work than when I was full time.

Benn
Benn my man.* There is something about that which does not sound right.....
Anyway, let us know when you are back, and we'll see who we've got still around.

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RE: Dinghy Davit System for A340

Benn
That's right you probably are busier however the difference is you are there because you want to be there not because you have to be there.
Makes it easier to take.

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Allan,
That probably has a bit to do with it, and a change in the type of Boats/Ships I am now on.
This rig tender caper is different and new to me so it has resparked my interest after 40 years at sea.
Now I know I have hijacked this thrtead so I had better contribute to the line .
next post.
Allan are you around your boat in the near future.
I am presently in Perth airport waiting for the redeye back to Brisvagas tonight.
A few drinks and a bite to eat in the club and it is not all that bad.
A couple of nights and I will be back on board Tidahapah getting ready to go.
Must fit a couple of 90 watt solar panels before I go.
I did the wire work before I went back to sea so it is only panels and regulator to go.


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Now to the thread.
davits, cranes, towing.
Personally I am not a davit man as they usually block your stern view and also impede your fishing.
It is a PITA to play a fish with a dinghy stuck in the middle of the transom.
Towing can be good as long as you don't get any really bad weather.
All our live trout (coral trout, groupa) fishermen here on the Great Barrier Reef tow their dories and they usually have 3 or 4 , but they also have a reasonably high attritation rate.
The crane for the wheelhouse top or aft awning is the way to go.
I have now had a few different models, all made and designed by me.
Manual was good but as I got older it became harder.
My latest unit has an electric boat trailer winch with its own battery and a small solar panel to keep it charged.
Never have any trouble getting the boat up and down.
Really rough weather would probably be a bit of a problem but not if you plan ahead a bit.
If I know it's going to get lousy I hoist the dinghy to the roof.
There you go back on thread.
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Benn, while I agree in principle with what you say, I did see, I kid you not, a guy using (make that trying to use), a powered dinghy hoist to launch his dinghies, (plural - he had - make that did have - two), and had not one but both, one after the other, slip out of the hooking system somehow and drop in the drink, and one being a tinny went ...glug....glug....glug, and disappeared, outboard and all. I shall stick to on the side, on the transom board, I think. I have a system.....
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