NC, hopefully you won't have to wait the 4 months that I did for my TI. Why doncha edit your profile and add your location? Always interesting to see where other enthusiasts are located.
Riddo, thanks for the local knowledge! Camden looked better than Hastings to my inexperienced eye, but I'd feel more comfortable going out together with someone who was familiar with the area. Spooney's has been suggested to me, but Google Earth seemed to show a lot of rocks at the South end? Also been eying off Diamond Head.
My main aim was always to get offshore, but admittedly I didn't give a lot of thought as to how and where! Du-oh!
I'm really happy with my trailer design... takes me just minutes to launch and set sail. As it can 'contract' into a normal trailer size it's very versatile too. After a lot of hunting around, I got a great deal from Mark at the 'Trailer Factory
' at Port Mac. There's a saying: "You can have it cheap
, you can have it good
, you can have it quick
: pick any two
!" Mark is always busy, he has a rep for good trailers at a good price, but I had to wait 8 weeks to get the trailer. Worth the wait though!
My mate in Taree also bought a TI after he saw mine, and he's waiting for Mark to build his trailer, as hoisting it on top of his 4wd and securing it all is getting wearing. As an indicator, around $1200. If it's not worth your time building one yourself, consider ringing Mark... just ask for "Max Hugen's Hobie Tandem Island trailer", he has kept the plans.