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Old 03-18-2010, 02:56 PM   #15
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We're glad that your plans are coming along! We hope we'll be able to meet up with you at some time during your travels. Sadly, Beamer is no longer with us. I've posted about that, here in this topic, today since maybe folks didn't see other discussion about it.

We're still flipping coins about going via HI or up the coast. We've found a good boatyard in the SF Bay area so might go there in late April/early May and then head up from SFB to the PNW. If the weather is totally awful up the coast, we'll definitely do the HI passage and hit a boatyard in Washington State before exploring the PNW.

Good luck with your passage--and PLEASE keep us all posted on how things are coming along!
So sad to hear of Beamers passing. Condolences (belated) to you both. I found your other post and yes we think that is a wonderful place for him, with all those fish for him to chase with his little angel paws. We also buried at sea our last beloved dog complete with all her things then had a lovely picnic lunch with dolphins, it was as if they had come to say goodbye to her. Our plans are coming along nicely except in the last few days as we now have a cyclone dilly dancing off the Queensland coast causing all sorts of problems. We just got over the river (where we are at the moment) flooding about a week ago. Now more rain (from the cyclone) is holding up all our painting and deck work. But we will soon have something to take our minds off the weather. One of our siamese (Mia) is due to deliver her first litter on 27th March. It will be wonderful to have little kittens under feet again. We are still on track to leave around say the 15th June. Not many weeks to go now. But we are having some difficulties in getting our paperwork done by Australia's Aqis, our quarantine mob. We can't see a problem but apparently they can. They are concerned with us stopping at either Kiribati or Fiji. Neither is acceptable to them. So it may be a non-stop trip for us all the way to Canada. Two and half to three months without land, wow this is sure going to be a long hard trip. But if that is what we have to do to take our babies with us. Then so be it. Boy I hate bureaucracy.

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They are concerned with us stopping at either Kiribati or Fiji. Neither is acceptable to them. So it may be a non-stop trip for us all the way to Canada. Two and half to three months without land, wow this is sure going to be a long hard trip. But if that is what we have to do to take our babies with us. Then so be it. Boy I hate bureaucracy.

Oh, my, the things we'll do for our pets

There is no place you can stop on the way? Amazing. What is your expected path? I'm very interested in this.
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Oh, my, the things we'll do for our pets

There is no place you can stop on the way? Amazing. What is your expected path? I'm very interested in this.
At this stage we are planning as straight a line as possible depending on wind/weather of course. We will aim for west of Hawaii then best line possible into Victoria, BC. We hope it will only take us 1 month + to get to Hawaii then another month + to reach Canada. Depending on where the NP High is as we go threw will depend on how much we have to curve our route. Looking forward to seeing lots of wildlife on the way and hopefully catching some Mahi Mahi (dolphin Fish) to supplement the stores. Just as well we sail good to windward, this is going to be a long trip, but boy are we going to be glad to get to Canada. Really looking looking forward to some cool weather also. We have just had floods here in the river at Bundaberg (where we are), moorings dragged and broke sending boats carreering down the river by themselves. Not a good sight, all boats were retrieved most had some damage. And now we just had cyclone Ului hit the coast north of us at The Whitsundays Islands. Many boats wrecked. So lots more rain and humidity, no painting again for another week. How are your plans coming along?

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Oh, we're up to our ears in strange tasks (and not so strange ones) to get done before our passage. David would like to simply head offshore about 700 miles and then up to the PNW. This is actually the best route from here to there if we don't want to stop at one of the boatyards we've found in the SF Bay area. We expect to be hauled out for at least 2 weeks and likely 3 weeks while we get our "first haulout" stuff done. In the back end of the SFB, we should have dry weather to do our painting (topsides) and seam touchup (bottom paint on keel) whereas in the PNW...who knows how much rain we might have to slow us down...

From here to HI takes two weeks in our boat and about 1 month from HI to the PNW. From here to PNW via bluewater offshore route should take 3 weeks to 1 month. Up the coast timeframe totally depends upon weather since it is a beat directly into the wind the whole way. Our boat loves to reach, she doesn't love to be close hauled.

Right now in prep for the trip, David just did alignments (engine to stern shaft log) and a "tune up" on the worm gear steering (wood boat moves around a bit and after launch you actually have to re-align the gear/rudder set up) so that it is back to easy turning and a joy to use. After that tune up he can install the autopilot we've had sitting here for a year to be installed! He and I are also messing around with the running rigging to get things more as we like them. In particular, gaff topping lift for the foresail, lazy jacks for the main and foresail, re-doing the tricing lines for the jib. We're also installing fife rails (to use at the base of the masts in addition to the pin racks which reside in the shrouds) and finally putting on jacklines. I need to install the bronze bars over the companionway door safety glass and the safety glass in the deck lights (butterfly hatches). I also need to purchase and cut out 2x2 foot squares of clear plexi or lexan to install on the overhead under the decklights as I believe such hatches could be swept off the boat in a bad storm. Also need to fabricate a cap for my charlie-noble thru-deck fitting as it could have issues in heavy weather...I'm adding a reefing row to our mainsail and that represents many hours of hand sewing since the 12 oz dacron won't really work with my machine.

Many many things to do...just getting ready to order a radio with AIS as we don't have AIS aboard yet. David still needs to get the HF radio to work with weatherfax...oh my. I think I need to stop typing and go do some of this stuff!
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Is it my understanding that you've discussed your plans with Australian Quarantine & Immigration Service (AQIS?) and they're telling you that they have a problem with your intended stops?

I'm curious if their objection is related to pets or politics.

We rescued a tiny, mouse-sized kitten from the Samoa tsunami six months ago and he's been a bundle of exciting energy (with claws) aboard our boat ever since. We've made him prosperous, had him "fixed" and now he's climbing half way up the furled head stay and attacking every fly that comes within striking distance! If only I could attach a messenger line! We're looking for a new home for him now because we're leaving soon and I don't want the hassle (or $2000 AUD expense!) of bringing him into Australia. Lucky has been a full-time boat cat since before he opened his eyes... and we're considering to let him be adopted by our close neighbor - a friendly Vietnamese fellow on a tuna boat who is assuring us they won't eat him!

We'll simply bring another needy kitty aboard after we've arrived in Australia.

The Commonwealth of Australia has very strict rules for cruising vessels intending to arrive. The officials there still seem to regard all its citizens as convicted criminals... especially those arriving by boat! And now it seems they're getting the same attitude for those intending to depart, as well!

In my opinion - in a Perfect World there'd be no need for Flags or Borders... or Travel Restrictions.

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Is it my understanding that you've discussed your plans with Australian Quarantine & Immigration Service (AQIS?) and they're telling you that they have a problem with your intended stops?

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Um, I kinda thought that it might be Canada which had a problem with the cats entering from "other than" a set list of countries. Can't wait to hear the real scoop.

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The problem is our cats are rabies free, coming from a rabies free country, said Australia. Aqis will give us a health certificate stating this information which allows us to enter Canada. This certificate is what Canada has asked for. But Aqis won't give it to us if we stop off at any country that even has a chance of rabies. They said they would not put their name or stamp to any certificate if we planned to stop at any countries along the way. As we need this certificate to enter Canada with our two cats, we have happily agreed to sail non-stop. Aqis has now agreed to grant us the said certificate. So all is well in the world. Except my sleeplessness, worrying about our trip. It sure is a long way, but hey, we will just take it one day at a time, and one day we will arrive. And after much disscussion we (my husband and I) have decided that we won't be returning to Australia any time soon if ever. We may fly back to visit the kids but thats about all. No we will just become citizens of the world and keep travelling round until we choose another country to settle in. Now it is back to work on the boat, still got lots of jobs to if we are to be ready in time.

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If I were in your deckshoes - I'd get the certificate from Australian quarintine and then go on about your pleasure. All AQIS can do is certify that the animal is rabies-free at the time of departing Australia.

It's a mighty long haul from Australia to Canada and I (for one) would be inclined to make it more interesting and pleasurable by planning a few stops along the way... cats or no cats.

Things break and weather can turn foul.

And I immagine that the Canadians will be okay if you show them your AQIS certificate and sign an afidavit stating that the cats have remained aboard (in quarantine) since departing Australia.

So - I would wager that you can go ahead and enjoy Vanuatu & Fiji and anywhere else that interests you but just don't bring the cats ashore.

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