29 June, 2006

I have finally heard from the Australian Agents of Dockwise. He does not want my custom at any price. I have to deal with the American Principals who have not got back to me for a few days. The internet is littered with stories of Dockwise letting yacht cruisers down with changed and cancelled schedules. I will wait until I hear from Dockwise USA before I pass an opinion of the company. Have now waited a few days and no word from Dockwise. This is the company that pleaded guilty to anti-trust (Non-competitive) trade practices regarding setting prices for their type of vessels. Well I will see what they do and start to make alternative plans.Posted by Picasa

25 June, 2006

Here is Malua off Malua Bay near Batemans Bay in NSW Australia. Iain, my son and I had sailed to meet the Sydney to Hobart yachts as they passed south alomng the coast and we sailed past the headland. Denny took the photo with Jimmy Island in the background.
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Great disappointment today. I have received an updated quote from Dockwise with a price to ship Malua, my 42ft yacht from Brisbane to the Med and accepted their offer. I told them to draw up the contract. They came back with an increased price almost double the original price. This is now the sixth price I have received for the same vessel and the same voyage. All previous prices have been almost the same. I can not explain what has gone wrong so I have told the local agent to go away and come up with a final price similar to the previous quotes. We will wait and see.

18 June, 2006

This is the first postings on my blog in preparation to sailing Malua my 42ft Adams yacht to Europe. I have the alternative to ship the vessel via the Panama Canal.
over the following months I will write this journal then continue it while on the cruise.
Spent the day creating a new site for Nicola. I published it at www.ozemail.com.au/~currentinfo
I hope she will like it.
I will have to update my site www.malua.com.au in the near future to keep it fresh.

17 June, 2006

First effort

This is the first post to this blog. I will be adding photos over the next few days. I hope you like them and will add your selection to the blog.