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Old 04-29-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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"Afloat" Magazine Letter

My letter publicising the Forum appears in the May issue of "Afloat magazine, available online (AFLOAT Magazine May 2012) and in print.
I see so many trawlers on Sydney Harbour and Broken Bay there must be many boat-owners who would enjoy Forum membership.
If more Aussies join the Forum we all benefit from increased local contact. We may even be able to get together on the water.
So,a warm welcome to any new Australian Forum users who may make contact after seeing the letter. Please tell us about yourself.
BruceK. Sydney Australia
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:44 AM   #2
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Good one Bruce , lets see how many this brings out of the wood work.
It would be good to get a bit more Aussie content.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:58 AM   #3
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Look forward to hearing from our friends down under.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:56 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for writing the letter Bruce, nicely done
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Well done Bruce, let's see if that brings some of them out of the woodwork.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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Im with you Bruce.
Arcturus is moored in Middle Harbour. Aggh my American spellchecker is trying to tell me something but I cant see the problem A get together would be great.
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Im with you Bruce.
Arcturus is moored in Middle Harbour. Aggh my American spellchecker is trying to tell me something but I cant see the problem A get together would be great.
Thanks guys,great response. Let`s hope as more people read "Afloat" this month there are newbie responses attracted to this thread.
John (Rebel) and I are the only TF members I know on Sydney Harbour. If there are others,hands up now, please!
John,when are you back from Perth and onboard again? BruceK
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Not til August. I have sent an email
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:19 AM   #9
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My letter publicising the Forum appears in the May issue of "Afloat magazine, available online (AFLOAT Magazine May 2012) and in print.
I see so many trawlers on Sydney Harbour and Broken Bay there must be many boat-owners who would enjoy Forum membership.
If more Aussies join the Forum we all benefit from increased local contact. We may even be able to get together on the water.......
BruceK. Sydney Australia
Bruce, good thought - hold on to it, but I think Benn of Tidahapa would agree, get-togethers can be a bit problematic. Benn and I have been trying to touch base with each other up here for about 3 yrs and we still haven't managed to 'swing' it. We got real close the weekend before Easter, then a mate of his got crook, and Benn was called to work just when we were going to do it. How did that work out for the sick mate Benn - all good there...?
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:52 PM   #10
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Count one more TF member...though Aquabelle is at Bobbin Head, she visits Sydney Harbour pretty often. Planning to take her north in July...first stop Yamba, then G/Coast then keep going in stages to Whitsundays. Happy to convoy
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:46 PM   #11
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Welcome aboard Aquabelle. I suggest all future communications between us downunder types be conducted on the Downunder segment in the Cruising Boards section, otherwise we might miss each other's posts. From where you are located you might well be able to link up with BruceK, Rebel, and Andy G in Sydney. I suggest you PM them. Then if you do make it up to the Moreton Bay/Gold Coast region in your travels, let me know as well. Then there is Tidahapa Benn up at Mooloolaba.
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Good to know there is another boat in the vicinity. Your boat looks a beauty. Good luck with the trip north. Our return to Sydney is delayed by business here in Perth so now seems to be end of January 2013. Disappointing but thats life! Some pics would be good. Bruce K was up in your neck of the woods in March I think. We hope to get there too sometime in 2013 as well. What are the engines that drive your boat?
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Rebel: Aquabelle was re-powered (by previous owner) in 1998 with twin Cummins 6BTA 370hp's. Not absolutely sure, but the originals were probably Lehman 135s.
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Aquabelle,
Are you guys heading north this year.
I get home to Mooloolaba from the West about 15 July. have to haul Tidahapah for an antifoul job and then all going well will head north for a bit not far this leave but up to Fraser then back to work and after that a bit further north.
All in the lap of the work gods at the moment.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:24 AM   #15
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Tidahapah: that is certainly the plan. A bit like you, biz stuff might get in the way but hoping to start the trek in several slow stages in July, x Sydney
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:01 AM   #16
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Hi All, not wanting to be left out of the Aussie part of the forum. I too am at Mooloolaba and live on our boat with two kids and wife.

We are trying to leave for a three week trip to Musgrave on Tuesday 27 June. Weather now is incredibly good and hoping it stays for our trip to Wide Bay Bar. We will see.

Always keen to cruise with other boats or happy to meet other forum memmbers as they may pass through here. The Mooloolah River bar has been bad this year. Our Marina at Wharf Mooloolaba is pretty empty...lots of boats just not stopping here due to bar conditions now. Today they dredged out the entrance again so should be fine for now...
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:12 AM   #17
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Getting away for the school holidays are you?
have a good time the river mouth should be better now that the dredging has been completed, but really it has been a pita for quite a while.
Once we only had to worry about the tide to cross the Wide bay bar now you got to figure in both ends.

have a good trip, I won't be getting away until at least the end of July.
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Well we got away a few days prior to original departure date. The wind was coming and i wanted to beatit, which we did by a day. Now it is gale warning round Fraser coastarea. We are at Tin Can Bay marina hiding. Shall leave for protected anchorage inStraits. Weather mayimprove by weekend, if not we willbstick to protected areas.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:00 AM   #19
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Mate,
Tin Can Marina is a happy little spot.
I had nearly 8/9 months ther when I put the Gardner in last year.
Plent of good places up the Straights while it is still blowing from the S or SE.
Once it gets around to the N or W it gets a bit tricky.
The Susan River has ened up being my hideie hole for numerous of these occasions.
Hope you are all having a good time.
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Count one more TF member...though Aquabelle is at Bobbin Head, she visits Sydney Harbour pretty often. Planning to take her north in July...first stop Yamba, then G/Coast then keep going in stages to Whitsundays. Happy to convoy
What a lovely looking boat. As the humble author of the letter to "Afloat",I add my belated welcome aboard (we we`ve been out of Australia); the Australian chapter grows.By now you may be on your way to Yamba;happy cruising north.
Our IG36, Doriana, moved from Bobbin Head about 4 yrs ago (for the info of non Aussies Bobbin Head was the original home base of Halvorsen, not an ocean headland but located at the head of Cowan Creek; the Halvorsen factory was at Putney on Sydney Harbour). She was bought by a Sydney chap who died, we`ve had her 2.5 years.We usually cruise to Broken Bay/Hawkesbury every March for a week enjoying cruising grounds you would know so well.
I hope you derive as much pleasure and assistance from the Forum as we have. BruceK
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