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Old 07-10-2013, 04:44 AM   #1
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Hi All
I have been following this forum for some time now. After much looking and research (reading lots of posting on TF) I purchased an 1986 Ocean Alexander from the US and imported it to Oz. I m semi retired and looking forward to coastal cruising QLD and beyond. The whole process of purchasing in the US and shipping to Oz has been an eye opener. I have been learning what is wrong /right with Carpe Diem. As yet I have not been disappointed. I Have a wish list of additions and improvements which I want to make but overall I am happy with the addition to my Family. Below is a link to the sales blurb, a photo of it being loaded at Long Beach Ca and Unloaded in Brisbane Au. Also a photo of my wife and I cruising the Broadwater on the Gold Coast. I look forward to learning and being a part of the T F community.

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Cruising the Broadwater
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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Welcome Doug, great looking boat.
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A truly great looking boat. She seems much more modern than 1986.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:00 AM   #5
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Hi Moonstruck. Great enduring Ed Monk Jr design. The targa has been reversed, as part of a 2 year refurb by PO.
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What a beaut!! But only one area seemed lacking....

Only 3 recliners to listen to your Bose sound system on your popup HDTV?

I REALLY like the lines on your boat. Great name, too.

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Old 07-11-2013, 01:45 AM   #7
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Welcome!

My Coot's voyage from China looked a lot scarier, being carried on the top of a pile of containers.



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Old 07-11-2013, 01:52 AM   #8
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Thanks for the welcome FlyWright.
It's comfortable alright. We have managed to do 900nm around the Gold Coast Broadwater and Moreton Bay in the short time since her arrival in The Land Of OZ. We hope to take her north next season and cruise the Whitsunday's for a few months.
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Aussie Doug - touch of synchronicity. I’ve just spent 18 months looking for the “perfect” boat in the US to import back to Sydney. Took a 1979 Defever 49 to survey last year but had to eventually pass when the flybridge decks were rotten. Had just about given up (the $AUD and all) when last month a lovely1980 Ocean Alexander 50 Mk1 turns up for sale not 10 minutes from my home. Berthed in a marina I had been to a dozen times and never noticed. Jumped at it (with some helpful advice from “Insequent”) and now have it under unconditional contract (settling end of July). Not convinced about the name (to many memories of bad movies etc) but can’t wait to get on it.
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It's amazing how they stow everything on deck containers boats..... Just tie her down and off we go.
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Well done Robert. It's a great looking boat. Do you have any pictures of the internal layout? It interests me what can be done.
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Very original. Will post some photos tomorrow. At the pub now and my skill level with these new fangled smart phones is sub optimal after a few beers. You should make contact with Insequent. He has a nice OA 50 that he is bringing back to Brisbane and is very knowledgable about the model.
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Look forward to the photos. Enjoy your beers.
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Great enduring Ed Monk Jr design.
Welcome aboard, Doug! You're really pissing me off with that Ocean Alex! I had a OA 42 years ago that both my wife and I now admit was the best boat we've had so far. We've been looking for an opportunity to pick up another one but so far no cigar. Ours had twin Cats (375s) and cruised at 20 knots which put us in range of just about everything Southern Cal has to offer. Again, welcome!
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Sorry Walt. This is an Oldie but a Goldie. I don't think my DD 6v92's will give me 20kts. Thanks for the welcome.
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Aussie Doug,
Welcome on board.
Nice looking vessel and glad you have had a successful transition from buyer to owner in OZ.
Where on the GC are you.
I am presently on the hard at Gold Coast City Marina doing a major refit.
may be able to catch up at some stage.
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It's amazing how they stow everything on deck containers boats..... Just tie her down and off we go.
My Coot was hidden in the middle-top of a stack of containers, resting on two gray-colored joined flat "non-containers."

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Sorry Walt. This is an Oldie but a Goldie. I don't think my DD 6v92's will give me 20kts. Thanks for the welcome.
DD 6-92TAs are strong engines. I would think speeds in the high teens at least.
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That's smart having AirSeps on those Detroits. Will minimize the oil leaks. Those are great engines. (IMHO)
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Aussie Doug,
Welcome on board.
Nice looking vessel and glad you have had a successful transition from buyer to owner in OZ.
Where on the GC are you.
I am presently on the hard at Gold Coast City Marina doing a major refit.
may be able to catch up at some stage.
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Thanks Benn, I'm at Paradise Point just down the river from GCCM. PM and we'll set a meet up. I have been following your refit and would like to see what's been done for myself.
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