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  1. How to keep in touch with home

    Inreach is good but it has quirks. The tracking web page can be unreliable. If you are coastal cruising the weather forecaat does not always work. We also have an Iridium sat phone for offshore GRIBs (via data connection) but use it less and less these days. The Inreach is bit of a toy, useful for sending text messages to landbased people and to let them track your progress. It the shit hits the fan reach for the EPIRB.
  2. Pittwater Info

    Regarding Shoal Bay we beached the dinghy for quick runs to IGA but were also able to tie off the pier for longer periods by setting an anchor of the stern of the dinghy to hold it off. If you want to take a day trip somewhere you are probably best off taking the dinghy to the free floating dock at Nelson Bay.
  3. Pittwater Info

    There is a good free floating dock just inside the east end of Nelson Bay marina complex. Going north there are excellent purpose built floating dinghy docks at Camden Haven and Iluka. One of the best free dinghy docks in Australia has to be the dinghy dock at Runaway Bay Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast. Your teens will love being able to step off the dock into a shopping mall. We've just spent a week behind Wave Break Island off Southport. Excellent services within 5k. Whitworths. Bunnings. Jaycar. RTM. Plethora of marine services. We took the dinghy to Runaway Bay Shopping Centre then Ubered from there.
  4. Origami Boat Thread

    Too true. We had new sails once on a 22' daysailer. Beautiful.
  5. Origami Boat Thread

    New sails are nice if you have plenty $$$ to burn. However we have not had a new sail on either of our cruising boats. My wife does know how to fix sails courtesy of training at a Port Townsend sailmaking loft. I remember a boat we met in Jamaica a few years ago, a Morgan 48 if memory serves me correct. It had a a thin blown out main that had been almost torn in half between the Bahamas and Jamaica. They were broke so my wife stitched it up for them and off they went... to Alaska. Thebusted-ass sail got them from Jamaica to Alaska via Hawaii, much further than most online dreamers will ever go. If they had insisted on a new main to continue their boat would just be another neglected hulk in Jamaica. We would love to have new sails but cruising is a long term play that involves careful management of income and investments. So we are cruising with old sails in our forties rather than new sails in our seventies. We obsessively study pilot charts and plan our trips carefully so we are going off the wind whenever possible. When we have any suspicion the wind is going to pipe up we reef quickly or just pull everything down and throw up a storm sail rather than sacrifice our busted-ass, cheap, old, blown out, second hand main. If the wind is on the nose, and the destination in range, we turn on "trusty". Brent has got some good points, too bad they get lost in the delivery.
  6. Active Captain acquired by Garmin

    Thanks Smackdaddy for having the balls to scrutinize Jeremy Siegel on this and other forums. I've got no skin in this fight, but I think it's one worth having. Steelies on the other hand...
  7. Active Captain acquired by Garmin

    Could he have deserved to have Smackdaddy "jumping all over him the second he pops up"? Perhaps he avoided this forum because Active Captain's hype was vulnerable to scrutiny? Is is possible we are not going to hear from Jeremy Siegel again because he did not give one iota about anything except for the might dollar? "Booyah!".
  8. Pittwater Info

    It is not just the coastal stuff. NOAA is not as good predicting lows in the Tasman Sea. I don't use Meteye much, but I do use these: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/viewer/index.shtml
  9. Active Captain acquired by Garmin

    In the tech industry we have been lucky enough to have the choice to rationally maximize profits or make fair profits while contributing to the public domain. JS has taken the former path and left himself open to criticism by members of the community his product "served".
  10. Active Captain acquired by Garmin

    There is a brand new one started by a nice young couple cruising the east coast of Australia. Zuluwaterways.com. The couple are real, modest, long term cruising sailors. Their intentions seem genuinely community orientated.
  11. Pittwater Info

    Yeah it's the same in the States. The sites aggregating weather are worthless because you don't always know where they are getting their information from. I think some of the "Australian" weather sites appear to use NOAA GRIBs. hat is probably because any full stack web developer worth their salt can develop a web site and/or app aggregating the NOAA grib information. But in places where the weather moves fast, like the Great Lakes or Tasman Sea a bit of human intervention is probably needed for the best forecast. Better to get the forecast straight from the horse's mouth, think about it a bit, ask questions of people who have a lot of experience sailing the area in question, think some more, then form your own conclusions. BOM's MetEye is great but they also have a lot of other good stuff on their web site (like overview/forecast of pressure systems).
  12. Pittwater Info

    Foreign sailors may want to be aware BOM is best weather source around here. Preparing for this current cruise I studied the NOAA GRIBs that worked well in the Americas. However once on the water noticed discrepancies and turned to BOM. Been much happier with BOM forecasts. BOM three day forecasts are pretty good and NOAA GRIBs are pretty average (for coastal conditions at least). (BJ - did you just add GRIBs to the spellchecker??? No more "gribs" for me...)
  13. Pittwater Info

    Download is no worries but their reliability is questionable. The NOAA gribs sometimes forecast light and variable when BOM is forecasting a gale. BOM tends to be right more often than not. Probably doesn't matter because you could make Brisbane in a a few days in a pinch. A lot of "yachties" in Pittwater have done the Sydney to Southport race so I am sure you have heard plenty of opinions.
  14. Pittwater Info

    BJ, I don't know whether you have been to Coffs already. But the anchorage is crap. Poor holding in hard sand and anything southerly keeps you side on to the swell/surge. And it is totally open to anything from the east. The marina is the cheapest on the east coast so you might consider it. First time we have been in a marina in a year. Not much protection from northerly weather from Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour for deep draft boats. Lots of protection from southerly weather (Point Perpendicular, Hat Head, Trial Bay). On the way up watch for the lows that develop quickly off the northern NSW coast, they might bring you hard times. The NOAA gribs that were pretty reliable from Canada to Panama but are not so good here. BOM marine weather is pretty good for a three days. Inreach marine forecasts do not seem to cover a lot of this coast. Tells us we are not on a big body of water.
  15. Couple sleeping in same berth underway?

    Totally doable on almost any size boat. On smaller boats your cuddling just needs to be braced with a lee cloth and pillows etc. But to sleep well you will need a third person to maintain watch while you are cuddling.