Just a quick introduction to let you know I'm now officially lurking on your boards.
My name's Michael and I have a wife, Kay and 3 year old son Aden. I'm the only one in our family with any sailing experience to mention, and that quite limitied.
I currently am a member of Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) based in Mosman as part of Sydney Yacht Squadran (SYS). I race on a DK43 (Pla Loma IV) for Saturday pointscore and also do all the off shore stuff on her. I just finished racing the Sydney-Hobart Cat 2 race this Christmas which we completed in 3.5 days. I'm a fore deckie, sailing as primary bowman on Pla Loma IV, so spend most of my time plugging in headies and getting pounded around a bit. Doing the inner harbour stuff I throw kites up and down and jhybe the symetrical on the pole.
I've done a few intro courses and chartered bareboats a few times up in the Whitsunday Island group in QLD, both mono and multi-hulls. My wife loves the multi's for their space (we chartered a Seawind 1000), but I prefer the mono's as that's my gig.
I'm currently contemplating buying a cruiser as a potential liveaboard and heading North for 6 to 12 months. The work situation is tennuous and it has been a long held dream of mine that might be brought forward. I'm looking at something like a Compass 29 or even a fero-cement Hartley South Seas 38 for a bit more liveaboard room. Would welcome some guidance in this regards from the more experienced cruisers on the forum.
Thankfully my wife doesn't work and my son's pre school age, so we're pretty mobile.
Looking forward to getting to know you all.