01/13/2010, Bushland Beach
A little bit of info about my boat.
She is a Northwind 7m, centreboard sloop.
Draft approx 1'-1'6" board up, approx 5' board down
Sail wardrobe: main (battened, 2 reefs); spare main (unbattened, 2 reefs); storm jib; #1 jib; #2 (reefable) working jib; #1 Genoa; #2 Genoa; spinnaker.
Outboard 8hp Honda 4stroke
Power - 2 by 105AH deep discharge batteries
VHF (DSC); GPS; EPIRB (w GPS); fishfinder; tillerpilot; CD & AM/FM radio; DVD;
Water 100L (bow tank), 20-60L variable other containers
Fuel holdings (petrol) - main tank 20L; jerries gen up to 40L; range unknown
Berthing - comfortable/reasonable 2 adults and 2 kids; good single or couple or 1 adult 2 kids;
Stove; BBQ; sink; cooking gear;
Cockpit - good size; three lockers
Various rain/shade covers
Trailer is a 2008 dual axle braked trailer, with extended drawbar mod.
Essentially "Sunshine" is a mid-sized trailer yacht, relatively stiff, beamy and reasonably capable for coastal cruising.
If interested about the boat, the book My Sweet Little Epsilon was about a guy sailing from Bris to Perth in a Northwind7
10/01/2009, Magnetic Island, North Queensland, Australia
Have just spent several days at Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island. We enjoyed an easy motorsail over on the Monday. Anchored reasonably close in, and then enjoyed Maggie for the next few days. Highlights included:
- a relatively problem free launch at the Townsville boatramp (first time with basically nil problems launching this boat);
- a quiet walk and play with the kids on Tue morning along the beach at Horseshoe Bay;
- Mojitos in the afternoon (Tue), with all crew having a lovely nap whilst the skipper finishing that homemade Mojito mix - mmmmmmmm, Mojitos :) ;
- catching the bus about the island (Wed) with breakfast at Arcadia, a walk at Picnic Bay, lunch and a swim at Alma Bay, and a lazy BBQ in the early evening aboard the boat;
- a nice sail home, with the best retrieve of this boat thus far.
09/14/2009, Bushland Beach (home)
Sunshine sits quietly in the driveway, ... but I can feel her murmurs as I walk past. "When do we go again? When!?!"
Sunshine is our 23' Northwind Trailer Yacht. We got her about 2 yrs ago, and generally get out for school holidays and the odd local weekend. Her skipper is myself, Tony (Dad).
I was a self-telf taught sailor at first, then some years later did inshore skipper training. I class myself as a cruiser, not a racer - and one that enjoys his fishing. Sailboats I have owned were (in order) a plywood 18' Hartley TS, a steel 34' Temptress keelboat, a f/glass 23' Southern Cross TS, a plywood 15' balanced lugsail dory/skiff (self-built, still have it), and my current boat Sunshine.
Sunshine is sloop-rigged, centre-boarded and generally cruising with a load aboard. She is still being refined but currently I have her slab-reefed, heavily ground-tackled, and basically equipped electronically/electrically (VHF, sounder, handheld GPS - 45L eutectic fridge), AM/FM/CD, portable DVD for the kids, needs serious improvement in electrical generation). I have an autohelm, but its rarely used due to its power draw - another incentive to get more power capture/generating happening. Standing and running rigging are both okay but will need replacement, with standing rigging over the next 12 mths and running rigging being a progressive replacement routine (lotsa spectra).
Crew is mostly just me and my kids - Tamika (7yrs) and Samuel (4yrs). They are good kids, and enjoy getting out for a week or two. Tamika duffers seasickness if it gets at all rough (she is fine if weather mild and waves/swell slight), so I have to make sure she is medicated prior to sailing or else I am single-handed and dealing with sick kids.
So, there are the basics - modest boat, modest skipper, modest crew, modest budget, modest dreams. But being based in north Queensland, with the Great Barrier Reef just offshore those dreams might be a tad more ambitious than I'm letting on just yet aye!
Fair winds, safe passage.