Hi everyone. (Reposting as I posted in the wrong place
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I'm currently chasing Insurance and Storage as I can't have it at home for more than a few days at a time (on the front lawn).
Insurance: Start by contacting Professional Insurance Brokers in Monbulk
. One of the principals (now retired) was a trailer sailer sailor and they have specialised in trailer sailers for many years. Even if you don't go with them, you'll get a competitive benchmark to compare other policies.
Parking: You can park a vehicle or trailer up to 7.5m on public streets in accordance with signage, etc. Once you get past 7.5m, you can only park for one hour; however depending upon where you live, your neighbours' and your council's attitudes, etc, you may find that parking on the street or nature strip either medium term (days to weeks) or long term may be viable. How long is the Jarcat mast? Can you get the whole lot under 7.5m? Do you live in a Collingwood or in a Pakenham?
Commercial storage: Wilson's storage quoted me $200 per month for commercial storage with 24 hour access for a 6.5m boat with 9m long mast requiring a 9m space. I believe that St Kilda Marina charges similar prices.
I re-caught the sailing bug after chartering a bareboat on the Whitsundays in 2014.
I'm reading lots and should have some good support here from a Jarcat owner that I have already met.
Have yet to get my marine and radio license.
Other half is NOT a keen sailer but is prepared to go along with my new-found interest if it's "safe"!
Our target is to be confident with the boat for a Whitsundays re-visit in mid 2019.
Did the admiral experience sailing the Whitsundays with you?
If she's got zero experience or is particularly nervous, take things very gently, one bad experience can burn any chance you've got of successfully introducing her to sailing. A really good first outing for nervous crew is to leave the mast at home, launch at Newport and to motor up either the Yarra or the Maribyrnong
(see the ParksVic guide at the link). You're never more than about 50 metres from land, there are no flappy sails causing confusion and fear and there's plenty to see. It gives people an opportunity to get used to being on the boat before exciting stuff happens. You can get up the Yarra as far as the Collingwood Children's farm just short of Johnston Street and up the Maribyrnong as far as the Afton Street footbridge in Essendon.