Mark Morwood

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    Brisbane - after 4 years cruising Bahamas, Atlantic, Med, Caribbean, Pacific
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    was: Catana 48
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  1. Mark Morwood

    Access panels for floatation tanks

    What Zonker said. 2ft of head is approx 1 PSI so your 2 sq ft hatch has a load of approx 288 lbs on it. So no inexpensive hatch is going to remain sealed in both directions. Though maybe in the compression direction.
  2. Mark Morwood

    My Big Mushy Boat Listing - Selling a Boat in Motion

    The new upholstery looks great. Don't forget to take whatever protective covers I'm sure you're putting on them off every now and then and just enjoy it yourselves!
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    My Big Mushy Boat Listing - Selling a Boat in Motion

    I've got to say that makes much more sense! Sorry, I should have realised.
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    My Big Mushy Boat Listing - Selling a Boat in Motion

    I don't think the market for your boat is the same people who want a new 54. I suspect it is current cruisers looking to upgrade to a bigger boat, or new cruisers who are looking to cruise now and your boat is at the top of their price range. I would not recommend trying to compete with the fit and finish on new boats. You'll spend lots of money and lose. Think about selling to someone like you - you do want it to look nice enough to be proud to show others around your "new" boat, but you equally care about the systems, the maintenance, and fundamentally the ability to support your dream of going cruising.
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    My Big Mushy Boat Listing - Selling a Boat in Motion

    First, I don't have any good suggestions on your pricing strategy other than do not start with publishing a low price that is increasing. As you already know, the general rule is the first price you name sets a ceiling not a floor, regardless of the reality of costs etc. The buyer doesn't care about your costs, just what they are getting for what price. So maybe pick a price, then offer to refund them the costs of coming to visit the boat if they buy it or put a deposit on it when it is further away? Second, spend some time working out who you think is a realistic buyer of your boat and then target them with everything you do, including deciding what cosmetics to do or not do, and where to sell it. I'm pretty confident doing that was key to our successful sale while cruising across the S Pacific. I'd be happy to share our story and the materials we put together if you're interested. All the best with finding that right person who is looking for just what you are selling.
  6. Mark Morwood

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    The Graham I was referring to is Graham Byrnes of B&B Yacht Design in NC.
  7. Mark Morwood

    Hobie 33 Keel questions

    Are you worried about some particular flaw in your boat, or that Hobie got it wrong with respect to the design and that is about to show up for the first time now with yours? Hobie 33's have been around and sailed hard for a long time, and they always struck me as particularly well constructed boats. I trusted ours as I single-handed it from Newport to Bermuda a number of times, and never worried about the boat letting me down. Having said that, I never actually lifted ours by the steel rod as I didn't need to and didn't have all the pieces, but would have done so without worrying about the boat. I would have worried about me doing something wrong, not getting the balance right, the crane operator making a mistake, general conditions and fatigue/damage in the lifting rod, but not the boat's construction. Just my 2 cents.
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    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    I'm a big fan of Graham's boats and of Graham. He not only helped me with advice in building the dinghy, but also in delivering our first boat to MA from NC. I built a nesting Spindrift 10 in 1995 for our first 2 year cruise and we rowed it everywhere as we didn't take an outboard. It was still going strong in 2006 when I finally got around to completing the sailing rig. It has been our favourite dinghy ever, but sadly got left behind with another family in favour of a big RIB and outboard when we headed off cruising a second time in 2012. We just used bolts with washers and wingnuts to connect the two parts. It was always a bit awkward putting it together, either on the deck or in the water, but we got pretty good at it. On the Spindrift there were doublers on the bulkheads where the bolts went through. A tiny bit of water would leak through the holes around the bolts, but not enough to ever be an issue.
  9. Mark Morwood

    North-up or Course-up, which is better?

    Roughly the same for us, though on long ocean passages I also tended to keep it N up. On our Garmin, "Course Up" used the heading from the current route leg so was stable, whereas "Head Up" used the compass heading so was not very useable because of the constant movement.
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    Winding Down - an end in sight

    That's not a Big Camper, this is a Big Camper! And it comes with a dinghy car garage.
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    Winding Down - an end in sight

    BJ, All the best for the next phase. We found there were lots of different decisions, many of which we have not conclusively answered, which seems to be fine. Where to live? Work? Boat or no boat? Non-work activities? Travel? I think after cruising we have got a lot better with just trying things to see how they go, rather than having to plan everything out. We transitioned back from full time cruising to living in a house 4 years ago, but it is just another phase. We can't work out quite where we want to live enough to buy something, so we have been enjoying renting in a couple of different areas in Brisbane, while the kids finished high school and started Uni. We're both working again, and plan to for a while. We sold the boat as we arrived, and I'm enjoying not maintaining one, though one of my sons now has half a proa under the house! I started soaring (flying gliders) which has kept me busy and Marta changed careers to become a high school science teacher. We're doing more hiking and riding than we had been able to when we had a boat. Travel is now back to short (3 week) trips during work/school holidays and we definitely miss the long slow travel of cruising. We have parents getting older in two different countries on different sides of the world, so that is difficult no matter where we live. If you're ever back in Australia, stop by for a chat. One of the most striking initial transitions for us was that you have to schedule social get togethers ahead of time rather than them just happening spontaneously! Mark.
  12. Mark Morwood

    How to buy a 40' cat?

    You've been getting lots of sensible cautionary advice here. A couple more points: - if you want an out of water survey (you'll probably need it for insurance) then you'll need to organise and pay for a haul-out. I suspect Technimarine in Papeete may be your only option. Be worth getting in contact to see how busy they are at the moment. Also, if you can't find anyone locally to recommend a surveyor, their recommendation might be better than the brokers. At least they have a financial incentive for problems to be found so that they get business fixing them. - you definitely want some professional advice on the process for purchasing in France (French Polynesia) and re-documenting in the US. There could be local tax implications (you don't want to inadvertently end up owing 20% VAT) as well as documentation challenges.
  13. Mark Morwood

    What defines a true circumnavigation?

    Magellan completed a personal "circumnavigation" as he approached the Phillipines when he crossed his own track from a previous trip coming the other way.
  14. Mark Morwood

    Cat tails from over the horizon

    Sorry a bit late to this thread, but wanted to give you a perspective on this issue so you don't unnecessarily rule out some boats based on their helm position. In our 4 years of cruising, we crossed the Atlantic a couple of times and the Pacific with our Catana 48 that had very similar helms. We thought they were great, but not everyone likes the thought of them. As has been pointed out, most cruising boats spend most of their time on the autopilot (but not all), so not an issue. As has also been pointed out the leeward helm in this design is usually quite sheltered even if it is not directly under the bimini. Here's a video snippet of a crew member sitting at the leeward helm as we go upwind in 25 knots at around 8 knots. He's there because it is a comfortable place to be, not because he needs to be, as the AP is doing all the work. And here's another short one of why its nice to have a boat that sails well in light conditions. 7 knots in around 8 knots of wind. You can also see the helm not in use again: Mark.
  15. Mark Morwood

    Plumbing advice- Lavac install

    I agree with the above. You can probably relax a little as the connection between the pump and the head operates at negative pressure which means the hose is being sucked on rather than blown off. This is not true for the outlet from the pump!