Hello all, and since I'm new here I must follow Aussie tradition: it's my shout! ("Shouting" in a pub does not mean making a lot of noise, but buying a round of drinks for everyone). Hmm .. and I don't even drink -- such is life!
True, I feel a bit like celebrating. The cruising season in East Coast Australia is about to start and after a year of repairs and refitting, my new old boat is almost seaworthy. I have a home built steel Roberts 53 (G version with some mods, rigged as a sloop) which I have been working on for a year now, grinding, scratching and hammering away surface rust and flakey paint, and the boat is finally going from being an "it" to a "she". Well, after the nice red dress I just bought her, there seems little choice. (only a queen could wear clothes that expensive! Well look at the pic, she needed it!)
I plan on sticking to the Australian coast for the first year's cruising, a kind of shake-down trial .. though I'm not sure it won't be me that is being tested. Next year, the Pacific .. and then the World!