We are slowly coming to realise that we are not as young as we would like to think we are. Each time we go to the ski park on the river (Dargle) it seems to be more like hard work setting everything up than we remember it being with the knees and back not being what they used to be. Then it is the same when it is time to pack up and it seems to take us longer to pack up each time, so we have decided to move away from the camping at the ski park and go in another direction. For now at least and while we still have this boat we will still have the weekends at the ski park only without all the setting up and packing up with the tents.
Our first choice was to sell the boat we have now and buy a second hand, recent model 32 – 36ft cruiser (Bayliner – Sun Runner – Maxum or similar) with hot and cold showers - loo and full galley with microwave and preferably twin diesel shaft drive which we would keep on a swing mooring at Brooklyn. We also like the idea of not having to have the expense of a diesel 4wd capable of towing a minimum of 3.5ton plus rather than having to tow the boat to wherever we want to use it, just driving to Brooklyn and getting on the boat, starting it and off we go to where ever we want when we want and from time to time taking friends with us and overnight on the boat for a night or even a week it we wanted. Much like a really big caravan on the water and instead of camping at the ski park head up to Port Stephens or somewhere for a weekend or whatever on the boat.
We had a couple of boats we were looking at and really keen on. We were on the verge of buying the one we both really liked which had an oversize queen bed in the forward area, large double in the stern plus 2 X single berths with a large sun lounge on the upper deck the size of a large queen bed. We were also looking for a cheap second hand van for just the 2 of us and while looking at one we ended up browsing through a couple of the new vans while we were there. There was a Franklin which had only just been delivered to the yard from the manufacturer over the Christmas break that caught our attention. The more we looked the more we liked it. It is set up with solar and deep cycle batteries and has everything we wanted, full size stove with oven, double door large fridge/freezer rather than the usual small caravan fridge, microwave, large shower with hot and cold water, loo, washing machine, air con, TV, roll out awning, full canvas annex, etc etc. We had arranged to go up to Lake Macquarie the next day to decide yes or no on the boat we were looking at and arrange settlement but instead we ended up shaking hands and doing a deal there and then on the van. We pick it up and bring it home on Sat 21 – Jan and we are biting at the bit to get it home. We are planning our first weekend away in it the first weekend in Feb up to Patonga on the Central Coast which we are very much looking forward to. We will also be taking the smaller boat with us so we can also enjoy some fishing. We have also talked about that now with the van it would be nice to combine a weekend away staying in the local Caravan Park with meeting someone we may be talking to at the time.
We will still be selling the boat we have now and getting a larger boat we keep on a mooring that we can overnight on with weekends away on the water but it won’t happen until later in the year due to buying the van which was a spur of the moment thing, not that we have any regrets at all.
PLAY and DRINKS MEETS.
Once things have settled down here a little as we were all over the place for a while both up and down the coast looking at boats we will sort some play meet dates and drinks nights meets and get them posted. With the play meets, as posted elsewhere on the site we are considering inviting a few selected males provided the couples and ladies would like that. With us now having the van we have also been talking about having some of the meet and greets in regional areas such as Nowra – Orange – Coffs Harbour or where ever, staying in the local caravan park and making a weekend of it.