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Regarding your question about the new sails for Island Pearl II from Emrah at Q Sails, I should also first thank you now for your positive recommendations in terms of your Pacific shipping experience with QSails, and the quality. Based on your advice, that of Bill, and so many other Amel Q Sail clients we went ahead and ordered a completely new set of sails to be sent to us in Fiji.
I did not want to comment too early before we had actually got to try the sails out on a passage. Firstly, similar to your experience Emrah delivered the sails all the way to Nadi in Fiji on the precise day promised, and at the exact agreed on cost too. That was impressive! Next, the sails fitted our boat #332 absolutely perfectly, right out of the box! I have purchased new sets of sails for previous boats from both Hood and North Sails, and so in comparison could immediately see the quality of these Q Sails was really good.
We eventually only got the last of the three new sails all up 10 days ago, the day before sailing 800nm from New Caledonia to Bundaberg in Australia since our previous sails were still usable, and I wanted these sails to be "as new" for the future new owner of Island Pearl II when we sell soon.
On the test sail from New Caledonia to Bundaberg in Australia, we had very light winds and I certainly was very pleased with the shape of the new sails in all winds, and the added speed which we got in low winds. Initially, I did not have the mainsail halyard tight enough, but as soon as I corrected that issue, the sails furled even better than the old ones ever did, both upwind and downwind. Over the last 36hrs of the passage we had constant winds of 23 - 27kts and I was really delighted with the performance and shape when reefed back at all different reefing points.
So in a nutshell, yes thank you for your recommendation. I too now am also another very happy Amel owner after purchasing from Q Sails.
SV Island Pearl II
Bundaberg Port Marina
(Now for sale in Australia, with all Australian Import Duty and taxes paid, so the new owner would be allowed to keep it here during the Pacific Cyclone seasons. Australia is the perfect base from which to easily explore the very best cruising grounds in the world, ie the South Pacific, with a safe easy crossing back and forth to New Caledonia and Fiji each year with the Downunder Rally as you build your sailing confidence before sailing Asia and the Indian Ocean. Contact me if interested on svislandpearl@... )
On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 4:23 AM Teun BAAS <teun@...
Hi Lauren & Colin,
Deeply appreciate your Email and I am already sending an Email to Mandy at this (early) moment.
I will be sending you an Email with several other questions in reference to my AUSTRALIA stay.
How did your new sails work out?
Best Regards Teun
SV AMELIT A54 #128
NOUMEA NEW CALEDONIA
October 25, 2019
From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
On Behalf Of islandpearl2_sm2k332 via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 23:36
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] tb/BRISBANE area marina & yard/AYOG
We have just arrived back in Australia after completing our circumnavigation this week. Right now we are in Bundaberg for a few weeks but will return home to Brisbane soon around mid-November.
Please do not ever consider leaving your Amel on an anchor anywhere in Brisbane. That was not good advice at all.
In terms of Brisbane Marinas, we choose a small fairly unknown marina called
Newport Marina to berth SV island Pearl II since it is safe, within walking distance from the train to the city and airport. It is a quiet residential type marina with old, but well-kept facilities, and has plenty of car parking right near the boat.
It is not a lively place with shops and restaurants, but we like it quiet and it is surrounded by nice upmarket waterfront homes on a canal system. This in our view makes it the safest marina in Brisbane if a tropical storm should ever hit, which is almost
Fortunately, the prices there also very reasonable since it is not well known that the entrance channel has recently been deepened, and this was also not shown on the Navionics charts. Most cruisers
would not be aware that they could get in there, but it is now at least 2m at low tide LAT, so it is easy to get your Amel in there at most times other than just an hour or two either side of absolute low tides. You can contact the Manager
"Mandy" on email: info@...,
or call her on and ask her if she has any free spots on D Berth facing the main channel as Island Pearl II is normally there, and am happy to keep a good eye on any Amels
who berth near Island Pearl II. Unfortunately, I think there was recently only one space available, so if interested then try to contact her soon and mention me in case that helps get you in. The marina is located at 158
Griffith Road, Newport, QLD 4020... Phone: 07 3203 5855
The marina/boatyard called
"Laurie's Marina" in Mooloolaba is also a reasonable option, and I am aware that they did lift an Amel 53 there a few years ago, and built a nice hardtop for it, and the owner was happy with all the work they did.
The other marina to consider is
Scarborough Marina (very near Newport Marina) which has a fully working boatyard, however, their travel lift is a bit small, so I personally would not lift even my Amel 53 there. Contact them on +61 7 3880 0300 - website
In terms of having Copper Coat work done I would firstly trust the "BOATWORKS" boatyard on the Gold Coast the most. That is where I always haul out Island Pearl
II for normal antifouling paint and prop shaft / Bowthruster servicing, but I do the servicing myself and use them for the paint job. It is without any doubt the best boatyard we have come across anywhere in the world and has all the expertise and parts you
could need right there. Prices are not bad too. You can contact them on admin@the
boatworks.com.au or phone +61 7 55 000 000 and speak to the manager about who has the best copper coat application experience in his yard. If you have an Autoprop, there is the Australian Autoprop agent right there too
who recently replaced my autoprop bearings there and did a great job.
Finally, Teuns, check with Boatworks about long term out of water storage for your Amel too. I have been away from Australia for 3 years now but recently heard
that Boatworks now have this service too. That could be a good option for you too.
Best of luck with it and safe travels over to Australia
Now that we have completed our circumnavigation, Island Pearl II is finally really for sale. Contact me direct via email for prices. She is Australian Duty and GST Paid and UK registered.
On Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 7:25 PM Teun BAAS <teun@...> wrote:
I am leaving around November 10 2019 from NOUMEA to AUSTRALIA; probably north of BRISBANE and south of BUNDABERG.
Can anybody recommend a safe & affordable marina where I can leave the boat for 8 weeks or so (Dec 12, 2019 thru
Feb 12, 2020) and then have her, in the vicinity, hauled out for copper coat anti-fouling plus additional 2 yearly A54 maintenance. One of my previous AUSSIE crew, living in the area, is suggesting leaving her on anchor as it is free but I prefer a slip or
on the hard while I am in USA.
Somebody here in NOUMEA suggested MOOLOOLABA QLD – I have no clue
I am flying out of & back in (with a lot of luggage) BRISBANE so will need to have access to transportation to &
from International Airport.
Any yards; trades people in the area familiar with AMEL?
Appreciate your help & suggestions.
Best Regards Teun
SV AMELIT A54 #128
NOUMEA NEW CALEDONIA
October 24, 2019 20:23:20
0411 016 445