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So we're sitting here in the East coast of Australia, trying to plan out the next few years. The fundamental question is whether to go West and close the circumnavigation, or go East and head back to the PNW. Our ultimate goal, with soon to be adult children in the states and aging parents, is to be on some sort of circuit closer to the US - East Coast/Caribbean or West Coast/Mexico. Make life an $800, 8-hour flight back for emergencies and holidays instead of a $3,000 30+ hour flight. But that's not the point of this thread. I just wanted to get that out of the way so we could talk about storage and not circle endlessly over where the hell I'm going in a year and why. Short term, we need to get to the UK next July (2018) for Will's graduation from Southampton Solent. We plan to be in the UK for a month or so doing some touring and sightseeing, then head back to the U.S. for a stretch to drop our daughter off at college and catch up with family and friends. So we're going to be leaving the boat...somewhere...for a few months. Probably three months, maybe a little more. It could be as long as late May 2018 to early October 2018, which unfortunately is pretty much all of tropical cruising season. Our current thought is to sail back to NZ. We could put the boat up on the hard in Whangerei or somewhere else; we have quotes in the ballpark of ~$800 NZD/mo . But if we end up heading West, that adds more time and hassle to our lives since we're already in Australia and I could happily skip crossing and recrossing the Tasman sea just to save a couple of bucks. But looking at the East Coast of Australia, I'm struggling to see a place that we can leave the boat for 3-4 months. Requirements: Out of the cyclone risk area as per my insurance company. Preferably out of freezing risk; this will be in the middle of winter and I'd love to not have to remember how to winterize a boat. As cheap as possible Preferable out of the water, so we don't come back to a boat with it's own ecosystem we have to remove. Or worry about sinking. Or keeping plugged in so the bilge pump has electricity. A big enough travel lift (or other means) to get a 28 ton boat out of the water. Most places we've seen in Oz that offer "Hardstand" storage charge more per day to be on the hard than they do to be in a slip in the water. If you look for "boat storage" you get lots of hits for dry stack storage, very few for places to leave a 16m yacht for a few months that seem reasonable. So...any advice from the locals? Got some names of marinas/boat yards that might do this? This is in the research stage; we may still go to NZ if we can't find a place to stick the boat in Australia. We've also priced out Fiji, but compared to NZ it's not that big of a cost savings for the effort to get back up there from here.