Warning “Rogue Sailing Vessel about to enter the Pacific”Boo Boo
Posted 04 May 2018 - 01:17 PM
If you’re buying a purpose-built offshore production boat (Amel, Oyster, Ovni, Island Packet, Hylas, Discovery, Moody etc) then the sail to NZ most likely hadn’t over dressed the boat. But most of the lighter Mediterranean cruisers (Ben, Bav, Jen, Catalina etc) are not designed for extended offshore cruising - with some exceptions in their model lineups - with the result that many examples that’s have sailed to NZ will be carrying fatigue. They might have made it here fine and look ok on the surface but I would buy with great caution. And never expect to pay same price as NZ-new versions.
Posted 04 May 2018 - 02:53 PM
As has been mentioned in this thread a few times, its a super easy passage from the Med to NZ. Downwind the whole way in 15-25kt trade winds except the last bit to NZ. We haven't even tacked once yet or seen any real bad conditions. I think a bad coastal trip in NZ could do way more structural damage than the whole trip from Europe!
We all know that the NZ coast is one of the worst there is.
I think there is merit in buying a boat that already has had the money chucked at it and all the gear in good working order and ready to go.
Its not all about how shiny the boat is....
Posted 04 May 2018 - 05:44 PM
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing, as simply messing about in boats
Posted 04 May 2018 - 05:59 PM
Also agree that NZ has some of the meanest waters in the world (arriving into NZ is particularly difficult compared to departing) but having been bought up sailing in Northern European waters I’d say they can be equally nasty too on occasions - often due to the stronger tides (5 kts+ are common) creating horrible conditions.
But bottom line I wouldn’t buy a production boat and sail away from NZ eg up to islands. Call me a coward - might be right - but I’d want a purpose built offshore cruiser to take my family offshore. Especially as I’m nowhere near as experienced and competent offshore as some of you guys esp Booboo.
So my current boat (Jeanneau 42DS) won’t be going offshore with me in it just Northland cruising. One day I might upgrade to an offshore boat and do a bigger trip but I don’t feel inclined in this, lovely as it is for Gulf Cruising,
Posted 10 May 2018 - 07:38 AM
Didn’t even know it was there, but looks amazing
Posted 10 May 2018 - 08:26 AM
Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:01 PM
They have left Tonga for NZ with a possible stop at Minerva
Heading for Opua
If they don’t stop they maybe in Russell next weekend ?
Posted 12 October 2018 - 09:07 PM
Cool, be pretty exciting seeing the coast pop up for the first time.
Posted 13 October 2018 - 09:09 AM
Best it for me (speshly in a sou'wester) is when the sea flattens out after you get in the lee of the Cape - then you smell the manuka
The combination of careful conservatism and out-of-control wishful thinking common to the male of the species
Posted 14 October 2018 - 02:33 PM
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