Oops we bought a yacht.

For our friends who no longer are able to have a trailer under their Yacht ;-) and we all use a mast and sails at the end of the day (or start of the day!!)
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We were looking for a trailer sailer but the wife wanted a bit more space, so we bought a Beneteau 50. oops.
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Good one.
You'll need a bigger trailer.
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That's an odd oooppss..
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That's a bit more space alright!
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Well that’s one hell of buying a bigger yacht and a complete change of direction. Have you done much ocean sailing with the better half previously?🙂
Personally I found long days of short handed watches to get anywhere interesting in sometimes unpredictable weather is what lead me back to trailer sailers after trialling some big catamarans.
They were supremely comfortable at anchor and so spacious but once the local sailing patch is exhausted then can be a bit epic getting to the next one unless opting out of the work a day world long term or retiring.
I however hope it turns out perfectly for you.
The chap I purchased my current trailer sailer from purchased a share in a big cat and then went straight back and purchased a new version of the same trailer sailer he sold me. 🙂
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Looks great! You'll have a lot of fun in that!
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We have sailed from Sydney and today crossed Wide Bay Bar. We have done four night passages so far and are still talking to each other. :) Looking forward to some shorter trips that don't drag. Been head winds on most of our time off the coast so far so lots of motoring and motor sailing.
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Can't have too big a yacht. :wink:
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My maternal grandmother some many decades ago once told me - “a gentleman does not beat to windward”. Where that places the bulk of us I am not sure but in her terms you are doing well :P
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Head down to Gary's and have a few.

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Now that is a pretty good sized Trailer Sailer!!!! Beautiful.
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What SOG did you average Syd. to Wide Bay. Great looking boat.
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Furstin wrote: Jun 16th, '22, 19:14 Head down to Gary's and have a few.
We are in Garry's tonight.
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Tezza wrote: Jun 17th, '22, 11:05 What SOG did you average Syd. to Wide Bay. Great looking boat.
The slog from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour was slow. We were too far out and had around 3 knots of current against us plus we had 15 to 20 knots on the nose. On the passage from Coffs to Yamba was similar but we learnt and were closer to the coast. When we got to Yamba we aborted entering the channel a few hundred meters off as the waves just mounted up. A 6 metre high pyramid of water the the middle of our path put the err of caution into us and we turned and headed for the Gold Coast. So an immediate unplanned overnight passage. We had 20 to 30 knots on the nose most of the night but it did reduce as a we approached the Queensland. A very docile entry into the spit and upon looking up at our main it was torn. We furled it away in the mast only to remove it later with a knife. It was old and needed replacing so not really a loss.

We seem to get overnight passages with wind not good for sailing. On the leg from Morton Bay to Wide Bay Bar we had very little wind, just a rolley sea. Motored all night long. Got to Double Island around 3 am and got some sleep. Got up around 6 and made the last of the high tide to cross the bar.

The pitch on the propeller needs adjusting and can only be done out of the water so that will have to wait until next summer. We manage around 7 knots without over revving the engine. It should be able to achieve closer to 9 knots but we will see.
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Thanks for the run down . Looking on the Windy app the East Aus current is quite prominent right now. You were not by chance motoring up the Broadwater to Moreton Bay last Wednesday. A large Benny gave me a wave just north of Jacobs Well when I was sailing south.
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There were warnings posted about this type of behaviour I hope its not a covid mutation.
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Haha too late for me! :-)
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madmission wrote: Jun 19th, '22, 14:30 There were warnings posted about this type of behaviour I hope its not a covid mutation.
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Oh hell don’t say that. I have literally only today convinced myself that I don’t really need either of those two keelers I have been looking at and decided to refurbish the interior of my 6 and shout myself a new main.
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madmission wrote: Jun 19th, '22, 14:30 There were warnings posted about this type of behaviour I hope its not a covid mutation.
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According to the BIA it was an experimental prototype virus that escaped from a policy committee meeting at TSP headquarters.
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A smart person once noted only buy the boat big enough to do what you want to. For some folks that's 50ft!

After having small, biggish, stinky, quiet, etc we have something that I think fits, well it fits for the next 8 years.

50ft is big, personally I think 13m the sweet spot for 2 with 2 visitors occasionally. Pullman berth a requirement.

You would have had a very southerly set for the trip, hope that was good at least.
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Yes, that's a big upsize, well done! I wouldn't have been game to upsize that much in one jump. When we bought our Hunter 306 after years of 22-23 ft TS's, it took some getting used to docking it and prop walk, hope you're well endowed with thrusters.

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Arbee wrote: Jun 19th, '22, 20:57 Yes, that's a big upsize, well done! I wouldn't have been game to upsize that much in one jump. When we bought our Hunter 306 after years of 22-23 ft TS's, it took some getting used to re docking, wheel and prop walk, hope you're well endowed with thrusters.

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Tezza wrote: Jun 18th, '22, 09:42 Thanks for the run down . Looking on the Windy app the East Aus current is quite prominent right now. You were not by chance motoring up the Broadwater to Moreton Bay last Wednesday. A large Benny gave me a wave just north of Jacobs Well when I was sailing south.
My log tells me on Wednesday we went from Manly Boat Harbour to Double Island Point. If I had passed you by I would have waved.
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I find the Beneteau 50 easier to dock than our Cole 23 was. It has a 5 kw bow thruster but I only use to it adjust the position of the bow once the midship cleat is on if berthing bow in. Reversing in I use the bow thruster for fine adjustments. The berth we were in on the Pittwater was designed for 40 foot yachts. It was tight and the first couple of times backing in there I abandoned and exited. I then had an experienced sailor do it and I watched very carefully, each time after that I got it but I would pick my times.
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Our hunter 310 is a pig to reverse in, has massive prop walk to port. But that can be used and abused.
You miss being able to manipulate steerage with a outboard sometimes!
My comment about length was around some berths facing inside where 50ft just won't fit well.
Should give you high milage days though. Pacific?

I'm sure you will make it all you need, are you qld based?

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