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Old 03-14-2010, 07:19 AM   #1
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Hi All

After far too many surveys, we finally have a boat!! Our penultimate survey on a yorktown 39 was looking good and we thought it in the bag, but after further discovery by our marine surveyor we discovered huge problems and sadly backed away from the purchase... feeling a bit despondent we looked online to discover the same night a Pan Oceanic 46 that was for sale in our own backyard.

We wandered down to see it and wow what a beauty... we knew she would go for way more than we could afford but what the heck lets look anyway. She needs a bit of internal work but wow wow wow we can do it. Saw her online Tuesday, in person on Wednesday, offered on Thursday, surveyed on Friday and she's OURS!!!

She is a lovely pilothouse cutter, 3/4 keel, flush decks, canoe stern- a proper ocean cruiser! Camelot is just a honey and we are ticked to be finally getting our dream underway. Neil and Jacqui the current owners have just been fantastic to get top know and full credit to them- a great cruising couple. Not trying to skite about her... but here be Camelot for all to see (see pic from N&J)!!

Cheers........ Dan & Kat
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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As is always the case - somethings are just meant to be - great news! enjoy guys!
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Beautiful - congratulations.

Many, many happy, safe sailing miles!
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:22 AM   #4
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:00 PM   #5
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A real pretty girl...and a seriously well built boat. Take care of her, and she will definitely take care of you.....

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Old 03-14-2010, 07:45 PM   #6
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That is a beautiful boat! Enjoy her my friend.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:19 PM   #7
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How great to share your joy with us! Good for you! Especially sweet after the recent disappointments!

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Congratulations and best wishes.
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You've found a nice boat folks, and those big bow rollers look the business. Happy cruising.

regards Saxon.
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sweet! and now the adventures begin
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Well congratulations, she's a beauty. So where to for the first adventure????

Cheers Lesley and Alan
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The first adventure is discovering where everything is stowed!! We keep finding little (sometimes not so little) nooks and crannies with various bits stashed away as we spend more time aboard her! We have come across a spreadsheet which details 60 different storage compartments... I think we are going to need some sort of indexing systems to keep track of where everything is hiding!!!! Thinking of just getting some index cards for recording stuff, but if anyone has some hints to help us organise then please being them on!

To cut a long story short, every day is an adventure already and we haven't even cast off the lines yet!!
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Hello Dan,

I remember helping a Kiwi friend strip the deck off his 52ft Ferro Hartley - the good part was discovering new compartments and goodies - some of which had been there 18 years.

There is another NZ programme (FREE open source) designed for cataloging items - here's the link CLICK

This programme can be used alongside a scheduling programme to setup planned maintenance

schedules for the boat and its systems. (I use Lotus Organiser - now owned by IBM - excellent, easy to use)

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Our Jeanneau had so many places to stow things it was easy to tuck things away to never see them again!

It took me several years to feel comfortable with my stowage system; since each boat's layout is different, what worked for me might not even be possible for another make's boat. However, Peter and I had some general "rules" that helped us look for things tossed away just to get underway.

First, food. I think these are the item(s) most moved about, stowed, and removed from storage. Something we absolutely have to have during a passage. So food was stowed beneath the saloon cushions, I could sit on the cabin sole and retrieve food no matter how rough the seas were. I had learned from several friends to keep several days worth of food in small compartments in the galley, and to go "shopping" in the deep compartments periodically. Most of the time it wasn't necessary, but when it was, keeping from being tossed about was welcome.

I used a copy of our boat drawing to label and identify the major compartments of the boat.

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Port compartments, A-Z - PA, PB, PC, etc.

Starboard compartments, i.e, SA, SB, SC, etc.

I created an alphabetical list of all we carried (some things were generic, "filters", "linens"), with the code of the compartment where they were stored.

Some things were stowed depending on weight. Heavy low, light higher.

Spare parts were least accessible since they weren't needed very often. Emergency gear was most accessible. When on passages, for example, our ditch bag was at the bottom of the companionway.
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