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Potential Top Hat owner

Postby Curryhouse » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:00 am

Hi Lake Macquarie Hatters,

I am looking at buying a small yacht suitable for lake and coastal sailing. A colleague who owned a Top Hat yacht for a number of years recommended a TH would be a good one to consider. Finding this forum and reading numerous posts from happy and satisfied TH owners has only further strengthened his recommendation. Whilst I have seen photos of THs, I have am yet to see one close-up. I was wondering if there may be an opportunity to meet up with one of you and have a look over your TH and chat about your experiences. I'm retired and live at Merewether. Over the last few years I have been crewing on a boat out of Newcastle sailing in club offshore races and overnight races. This has given me a basic level of sailing knowledge and a desire to take the next step to owning and skippering my own boat.

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Cheers,
Neil
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Re: Potential Top Hat owner

Postby Troppo » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:14 am

Hi Neil, I am way too far for you to check out my boat, Windchaser, but I am sure you will hear from someone closer. Definitely worth considering a Top Hat for lake and coastal cruising. Before I decided on Windchaser I thought I needed a 27 footer or something but the 25 feet of a Top Hat is very well designed, seaworthy and comfortable. Awesome boats.

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Re: Potential Top Hat owner

Postby Alyosius » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:30 am

G'day Neil, Galini is located in Tanilba Bay and I'm more than willing to show you over her if you would like.

I can also confirm their sea keeping abilities having brought her up from San Souci. About 2+ meter following seas and never any concern that it was beyond Galini's ability to cope.
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Re: Potential Top Hat owner

Postby Curryhouse » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:41 pm

Hi Troppo. I'll keep you in mind when it gets too cold down here :)

Hi Alyosius, I was up your way during the week (well nearby anyway) as I was crewing on a boat in the first half of the Sail Port Stephens regatta. No silverware but the sailing was good and I got to see areas of Port Stephens I hadn't seen from the water before.

Thanks for the offer to look over your boat; that would be much appreciated. Let me know some dates/times that suit your schedule; I'm pretty flexible nowadays however I'll be away next Thursday through Monday.

Cheers, Neil
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Re: Potential Top Hat owner

Postby Alyosius » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:05 am

Hey Curryhouse,

I'm away with work for a couple of weeks, I'll send you a PM when I get back with some possible dates.

Regards Alyosius
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Re: Potential Top Hat owner

Postby Curryhouse » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:10 pm

Thanks Alyosius. That works for me. If you're sailing, enjoy!!
Neil
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Re: Potential Top Hat owner

Postby Curryhouse » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:26 pm

So, a few months have passed since my original post re potential TH owner. Now I am a proud owner :) Found a Mk3 TH for sale through word of mouth. The previous owner used it as a 'live aboard' so it's no longer a traditionally fitted out TH. Previous owners have named the boat; 'N' Tails; Flotsam; and ESEL. I've named her Periwinkle. Located on a swing mooring adjacent to the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. Only a short trip in the tender from the ramp but I'm making it look a lot harder than it needs to be. A one legged duck would be proud of my rowing style. Periwinkle has a relatively new mainsail and sail cover; three headsails (#1, #2 & #3) and a spinnaker. The iron sail is a 8hp Yanmar. I'm looking forward to spending some time sailing on the lake and hopefully meeting up with other TH owners on this forum.
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Re: Potential Top Hat owner

Postby Miker » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:16 pm

Congratulations Curry,

Greg with Felicite is just near there too, he lives locally in Belmont. Bear is an ex-Hatter, with a lovely Swanson now, but is also pretty knowledgeable if you need any help. They don't charge much.... ;)

Enjoy the boat, you're in a great sailing area and there'll be plenty of places to explore.
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