Welcome to Issue #51 of Sails, as we launch our new regular Cruising Section. In this we follow the voyage of Itiki, about to leave La Rochelle on a circumnavigation.
Hanse’s very competent and stylish 418 shows off its looks on the cover, and inside we have a comprehensive look at this enticing performance cruiser.
Some of Tasmania’s sublime bays and anchorages are the subject of Destination, while in our Special Feature we investigate the potential of the marine BnB industry.

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Editor’s Letter

Sea gypsies. Citizens of the oceans. Sailors sans frontières.

Like many of us, I’ve entertained the possibility of casting schedules and land-based concerns aside and riding the trade winds to far-flung ports and archipelagos.

The fact I’ve attended two circumnavigation farewell soirées in the past month is a sharp reminder it’s been eight years since I started scanning yacht sites for a suitable boat. So far, I’ve managed to narrow it down to a couple of choices and sampled an entrée to the cruising lifestyle aboard my brother’s very comfortable Jeanneau Sun Fast 43. That sojourn only whetted my desire to sail further, for longer.

If a similar salty vein has infused wanderlust into your being then Sails can help. In this issue we launch our Cruising Section, dedicated to all facets of venturing beyond the horizon in search of adventure and perhaps, yourself.

Our first Cruising Section contributors, Lynda Shelley and Keith Logan, share the story of their detailed preparation for their planned two or three-year odyssey aboard Itiki, a brand new Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 Evolution.

Hanse’s new 418 is another eminently capable blue water cruiser. A stiff, reinforced but beautifully balanced hull is coupled with superior accommodations and appointments. I spent a day putting the 418 through its paces; in breeze, in lumpy offshore conditions, and in flat water, I couldn’t fault its handling or sailing mechanics.

The swirling debate around the currently unregulated sector of short-term accommodation on boats at marinas is the focus of our main Special Feature in this issue. It appears neither recreational nor commercial registration adequately describes the activity, most importantly when it comes to insurance. Brittany Cooper canvasses the opinions of various stakeholders in this potentially lucrative market; at this stage a viable solution that addresses safety and legal questions appears to be some way off.

Winter is a time to put in a few extra hours getting your boat ready for the coming spring and summer boating seasons. Kevin Green guides us through the most important maintenance tasks to ensure everything is in working order for the balmy days ahead.

Kevin also reveals his pick of Tasmania’s spectacular cruising grounds, including a voyage to the magnificent wilderness of Port Davey, a vast lattice of pristine waterways safely beyond mobile phone reach.

The last weekend of July and first week of August traditionally offer two sailing drawcards for those of us chilled by southern weather systems: the Sydney Gold Coast Race, now the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race, and the Sydney International Boat Show.

I’ll be participating in both fantastic events, and look forward to the opportunity to catch up with old friends and making new ones.


Editor Sails Magazine