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Old 07-31-2014, 11:25 AM   #71
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Del just announced he's getting married. Crikey, a bit radical that.
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Did he meet a mermaid on his trip?
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No, he's marrying the Vietnamese girlfriend he had at the start of the trip. Once he arrived in Asia they were going to be spending some time together anyhow, I guess the trip gave him a chance to think it over and come to this decision.

I wish him all the best.
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Same here
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Thanks guys.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:02 AM   #76
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I've been a bit absent lately, so this is just to let you know I'm still here.

The court hearing happened yesterday. We lost 21% of my father's estate plus $50k in legals and 40% tax on all income for the past two years, but at least it's over. The assets of the estate will probably be put on the market within a fortnight to pay out the "winner", unless we can somehow find interest-only finance for $250k in a real hurry.

Things should normalize again soon around here, although my income will permanently drop to a level that may make the sailing lifestyle impossible. I'll probably have to go back to work and am considering selling both yachts at this stage. Very discouraged indeed.

Cautionary tale: if you need to make out a will, get it done properly and be sure it can't be challenged. If you get it wrong the ones who will gain from your errors are the sponges, the lawyers and the government.
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:31 AM   #77
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One week before I leave Shenoa for Sydney again. I'm off to NZ for the remainder of the year, hopefully to do some work on the house. With the current state of finances I would have cancelled if I could but the tickets were bought in April and are not refundable.

I also plan to collect my airplane from Hamilton, and before the great financial debacle occurred was also planning to do some flying lessons. That may still happen if the aero club takes credit cards but they're not responding to emails.

In fact I'm finding getting anything done in the aviation area in NZ to be a right royal PITA. Both organizations responsible for recreational aviation are full of self-important twonks who make up the rules as they go along, and don't understand the actual legal requirements. Sailing is a lot less stressful.

Went ashore for the weekly shower and shopping trip today. For a change I bought a block of chocolate because it was on special. Can't recall the last time I did that. Mmmmmm ... chocolate.
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Sorry to hear the boats might have to go. Here's hoping things work out a bit differently
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:32 PM   #79
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Well, with the amount of work required at least one of them would have had to go anyhow. I'm just a bit too old and tired to stay enthusiastic for the moment. Hoping it's a passing phase but every time I think things couldn't get worse, life surprises me.

Having two yachts, a house and an airplane to restore at 61yo should be a fun challenge, but I'd be doing much better if I were still 35 and had the energy to keep going for more than a few hours a day.

I have a bit of soul searching to do now. The yachts have served their purpose, which was to allow me to survive a couple of years while my income was really low. Unfortunately, barring a windfall, I'll never have the cash to complete the repairs and sail either of them. They're daily looking more like a millstone.
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yikes on the millstone. Gotta get one of them out and sailing to enjoy the experience, soon.
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The one I'm in now, Shenoa - the 30ft Hartley Tasman - would be the easiest to get sailing. It needs both sails replaced, an engine, a haulout to repair the hull and a full paint. That's about eight to ten grand that I just don't have.
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Sorry to hear you might not get the enjoyment of sailing you babies after all the hassles &hard work you've put in. Your 'notable quote' mentions "the cure for anything is salt water.... sweat, tears.... " this part you have definitely experienced, but it goes on to mention..."..the sea". Perhaps if Keppelena could be sold you might get enough to keep going with Shenoa? It looks to me that your marathon is now in the stadium with only the final laps to go. (seems a shame to stop now) If you could finish Shenoa "the sea" might just be your cure to enjoying life again.
Whatever you decide to do Haiqu, thank you for being part of Cruiser Log and this forum. I have followed your journey & been encouraged by your determination, I wish you all the best for the future and hope to hear that you will (at some time) feel the wind in your own sails. AussieBruce
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Thanks Bruce. I always saw Shenoa as simply a place to live while I'm in Brisbane during winter. All my best work has gone into Keppelena, she's way more suitable for cruising, being a 35'er.

I don't want this to become just another shattered dream. Deferring the decision until I return from NZ, hopefully the estate issues will be fully sorted by then and I'll know what my actual income will be.

In life, it's the waiting that gets you. Waiting for job interviews, waiting for parts, waiting for finances, waiting for opportunity, waiting for the right partner, waiting for the crane barge guy, waiting for the mooring service. You could totally waste a life away this way. I've been ready for 35 years.

With what I lost last week I could have bought a Ferrari. I always wanted one of those. It could also have paid for total restoration of both yachts and about 5 years of cruising, which is far more relevant.
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Just got back aboard Keppelena today after a run down from Brisbane to Temora and back to Sydney again. Why Temora? I was looking at a property for sale there. But here's the thing: I couldn't stand being so far away from the coast. Well, there were cows on the property too. I hate cows, fish are so much nicer to have as neighbors.

Kep's batteries were dead when I got aboard, due to some dastardly connectors used between the solar panels and the regulators. I simply bootstrapped the batteries with a direct connection to the panels, then when they were holding enough voltage to trigger the regulators, bolted them back into their normal place again. Should be good after a few days of charging, no doubt. I'll be replacing those connectors soon.

I'm off to NZ again on the 29th Sept so this is just a flying maintenance visit. Check everything, scrape the barnacles and go. Won't be doing any boating in NZ so you may not hear much from me for a while. I'll be back in Sydney for New Year's Eve.
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