Westsail 32: Kabuki

Getting Ready for our first voyage together.

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So called experts

06 November 2008 | Ray Roberts Marine
Over the last 6 months or so Paul and I have been working on the boat, as you will know if you follow my blog.

Anyway, we have talked to many "experts", purchased things off "experienced" people and listened to "good sound" advice. Over this period we have come to the conclusion that the "experts" may not be quite so "expert" as they seem. The "experienced" are only experienced in their eyes, and the "good sound advice" needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Paul was the first one to realise this, as he dealt with the "experts" more than I did. But through his experiences, it has come to my notice that one should rely on gut feeling, common sense and an all round practical attitude.

I am not saying that we have had only bad experiences, we have received some amazing help. But we seem to be falling back on to Paul's commonsense approach more and more. It actually gives you a sense of achievement when you can do it without the "experts"

So all praise to commonsense and the working man.

Vessel Name: Kabuki
Vessel Make/Model: Westsail 32 #425
Hailing Port: Whangarei, New Zealand
Crew: Paul Bowling and Wendy Smith
Paul and I have been sailing around Whangarei and the Bay of Islands for the last 14 years. We have owned a few boats in that time, ranging from a 20ft Trailer Sailer to a 36ft New Zealand built Eric Cox design yacht. [...]
Extra: Thought this would be a good way of keeping family and friends up to speed with our progress on getting Kabuki and ourselves ready for the big adventure.
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Who: Paul Bowling and Wendy Smith
Port: Whangarei, New Zealand