Roam is a home-built Spirited 480 design by Craig Schionning and was built by Michael Hoult and his family on the East Coast of Tasmania. Michael contacted me from Bundaberg, having just checked back into Australia after sailing to Fiji to surf the famous Cloudbreak surf break. They sailed overnight to get to Noosa and picked us up in the dinghy and took Carina and I out to check out Roam. We spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon with the gang and found an inspiring group of people who are living the dream after putting in many years of hard work to achieve it.
Continue reading this article for information about:
- building a home-built yacht
- links to the Sail Surf Roam YouTube channel
- our interview with the crew of Roam
Sail Surf Roam visit Noosa
During the interview with the crew from Sail Surf Roam we hear about the building of Roam, which took 6 years. Michael has some great information about the build if you visit the website. The boat was build in Tasmania and we also hear about motor sailing across Bass Strait, and then sailing in Tasmania.
Once Roam was ready to begin it’s journey into the South Pacific they headed north waiting for an opportunity to depart Australia. While the preference was to head to New Zealand, the El Nino (Nina?) conditions led to a decision to skip New Zealand and head for New Caledonia. This trip included sailing to Middleton Reef and then on to New Caledonia to cruise for a month. I just noticed the latest video on the Sail Surf Roam YouTube channel is titled ‘The romantic proposal on a deserted island’ so if you would like to check out some surfing at Cloudbreak, a visit to the Island where the film Castaway was made plus a romantic proposal on a deserted island, then subscribe to the SailSurfRoam channel and catch up with the crew from Roam. You can also view the video below.
- how they get along together,
- how they balance between work and sailing,
- how do they keep the catamaran so clean and tidy
- why didn’t I provide her with a beautiful catamaran like Roam? Actually, that conversation happened when we got home….
If you want to follow the adventures of Sail Surf Roam you can find them in the following places:
YouTube – www.youtube.com/sailsurfroam
Facebook – www.facebook.com/sailsurfroam/
Website – www.sailsurfroam.com/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/sailsurfroam/
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