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Sailing the Tasman Sea

A step by step guide to planning, preparing and sailing across a notoriously dangerous ocean

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This is my story of going from 20-foot dinghy sailing to a 44.5 foot Beneteau yacht named ‘Ocean Gem’ in 2011. I spent the next 2 years planning and preparing to sail her across the Tasman Sea from Auckland, New Zealand, via Norfolk Island to the Gold Coast in Australia where I live today. This book is a step-by-step story of my extensive preparation; substantial refit and electronics upgrades along with a detailed summary of my plans and checklists that will help any blue water cruiser prepare and cross any large and dangerous ocean.

If you are planning to cruise offshore, this 201 page book, complete with 232 photos, 5 videos and 14 detailed step-by-step checklists, will inspire you to cast off your dock lines and head for the open sea, well equipped and prepared, for a safe voyage to your next destination. 

This personal insight of both highs and lows is an essential comprehensive guide for the offshore bound cruising sailor.

If you are interested in Trans-Tasman or Atlantic crossings, offshore sailing, round the world sailing, blue water sailing, Beneteau yachts or just plain cruising, this book will inspire you.

What's New in Version 1.4

Access to my weekly Ocean Sailing Podast


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Customer Reviews

Would read again and recommend!

I’m not much of a sailor, however this remarkable journey has inspired me to go explore the wonders of the ocean. Really well written and organised. There are no dull moments, a real page turner!

Sailing the Tasman Sea
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Published: 31 August 2014
  • Publisher: David Hows
  • Seller: Ocean Gem NZ Limited
  • Print Length: 203 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.4
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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