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I find myself acutely aware of the tide in Hervey Bay as I am now moored near to the entrance of the marina.
I find marinas an interesting place to visit, you get good, bad and just plain dangerous. In my opinion all marinas should be navigable on low tide. Sadly this is rarely the case, most are impacted by silt or mud.
Hervey Bay had been good but recently the entrance to the marina is getting silted up and this impacts all keel boats on low tide.
I would advise any keel yacht visiting Hervey Bay to check your tide they can be 3-4 meters an also very swift across the entrance to the marina. You need to plan for the high part of the tide I came in 2 days ago and I had 2.3m under my 2m keel at high tide. At low tide I can see the mud, cats drawing only 1m still manage to sneak thru.
On the up side I find the Great Sandy Straights Marina run by Deb and Bob a really well run, clean, friendly and well priced place to stop for a few days or longer. Decent people running a good sound business focused on the boats and clients staying with them. They could teach a lot of marina managers about managing a marina.
Well I have searched high and low for an engineering firm that can make anchor winch parts and it now appears only a short drive up the there is a firm that has been in business for a very long time still doing exactly that creating, fixing and repairing boats and industry.
Well Mary borough has been building boat since WW2 infact used to build small coastal fighting craft.
Well I have been advised by Rob to bring as many parts with me as I can and photos and come have a chat before I rip the winch out. Love that have a chat, old school means they know their shit and makes me comfortable hearing.
If this works I will do a story on these guys, they also have a prop shop. love supporting skilled people.
OK so another bloody horrible job I need to do is retrieve my main Genoa halyard.
The shackle snapped on the top of the furler in the middle of a 35 knot gale as I was beating back to Townsville from PNG. Easy roll the sail even though is was baggy, continue on with the staysail until the wind eases and I can drop the Genoa and raise with my spare halyard. Initially I though the Halyard snapped but no just a shackle which is now stuck at the top of the mast.
So before climbing the mast in this insane heat I decided my drone might do the job. yes it did just fine, simple to recover. Check out just one image, I took video and every angle in 2 mins job done. Now the climb, but its 38 degrees c hot and humid.
Owning an older boat always means improvising, owning an older from another country adds to the challenge.
What do you do when you cannot buy spare parts for your anchor winch, I own a Forward Aust anchor winch and can not even find it on google search, the winch is strong and dependable but started slipping in PNG as the brass clutch is getting worn and the chain gypsy will not lock correctly.
The common answer when ringing repair shops is you need a new winch mate. What happened to built for life, lazy pricks, so now I'm shopping around for an engineering shop whos still does engineering not just bullshit buy and swap repairs. I need a new brass clutch made old school measured turned on a lathe and fitted. I will let you know when a find a craftsman still taking pride in his craft.
The ocean and predicting the weather are the two things that keep every sailor honest. Saturday at moored off Kingfisher Resort turned a little wild as the wind swung to the North leaving the anchorage exposed to wind and waves, add that to an outgoing tide and it did get very lumpy during the afternoon, these condition had TINTIN riding the anchor quite hard, this all settle down with the turn of the tide and the wind swinging more to the North East again. I guess that was the warning shot for things about to change and with a forecast Southerly change we decided to head back to the marina for Sunday beers in Hervey Bay.
We were only in the marina an hour when it blew through quite hard from the South and hasn't let up for two days. plenty of wind and lots of rain good for Queensland.
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King Fisher Resort is unique resort located on the heritage listed Fraser Island
One of the great things about sailing is visiting places you have no good reason to visit.
I had planned to visit the historic Z force training camp on Fraser Island but the winds a little too onshore to anchor near the old jetty so I'm anchored North of King Fisher Resort seeing if its going to blow like a dog and require that I find shelter behind an island up the bay or swing to the East and an easy night sleep. So no wind this morning and great morning for coffee and icecreams at the resort.
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You can ignore it or you can do something to improve it. This is a metaphor for life. I choose to clean up all the plastic I find on the beaches I visit. It does make a difference, I left a 2km strip of Fraser Island just a bit cleaner yesterday. If we all pickup that plastic on the beach what an impact we make.
How do you clean the worlds Oceans, one beach at a time.
Clunes a historic gold mining town in country Victoria, now the home of Booktown
It was another hot long day in Hervey Bay but I got another coat of paint on early, then focused on gluing the remaining teak tread down. Even oiled the teak toe rails. So enough of the jobs tomorrow we are off sailing to the beautiful Fraser Island for a few days to get away from the heat. It's always cooler offshore on the anchor.
Water and fuel topped up, food purchased just need to raised the headsail in the morning as I always store them inside the yacht for extended periods, only a few month but less chance of damage in big winds.
So now I only need to check nav lights and go to bed.
Today, well it rained and super humid. Will try for an early coat of paint providing its not raining.
I did manage to give it a last sand with some 600 grit wet and dry, and another day for the primer to harden up a little more. It is starting to look good and I almost have a system worked out to paint the rest of the boat that needs some love. High humidity has made it a challenge. I am super happy with the single pack Norglass high build primer. Its a good patch up paint and a lot less waste the 2 pack, will be interesting to see how it holds up in the topics. I'm planning a fulls soda blast and paint job within 2 years but the battle scars need some love now.
Kilkivan in Queensland is an historic Gold Mining town at the origins of the Queensland Gold Rush
Only today I learned about another Great White Shark Killed without any thought about if this species is become endangered. Traditional Great White hunting and breading areas are seeing fewer big Sharks.
Why net and kill a 10-foot long female Great White shark? These are our breeding stock.
The juvenile shark was caught in a fishing net off Orewa Beach in northern Auckland yesterday and died despite bystanders attempts to help.
Men who were fishing in the surf caught the 2.75m great white in a net and hauled it to shore.
Bystanders and local lifeguards tried to get this majestic animal back in the ocean and afloat so it could swim off, but local wankers prevented attempts. There appears that an NZ government department is investigating this piss weak display.
New Zealand has declining stocks of the Great White Shark.
I recently went on a Rodney Fox Great White Shark cage diving expedition in South Australia, we did not sight one shark.
During the course of the week a shark expert gave talks on the declining numbers of the Great White Sharks globally, especially South Africa, New Zealand and parts of Australia and the US, we should all be concerned if we are hunting an Apex predator to the edge of existence. Just so some wanker can get a photo with a shark.
I left that week of diving very concerned for the future of the Great White Shark.
In Australia we have very robust laws to protect Crocs, less so the Great White Shark.
Maybe its time we revise and protect this shark before there’s no sharks and no need.
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Hot and humid, the rest of Australia is hot and dry and here in the bay its hot and humid. I got up early before the humidity kicked it to get my first coat of primer on. Tryed a new foam gloss roller. It is out standing, a beautiful smooth finish. it is not drying before I do another 600 grit wet and dry sand and then start my top coat. I think tomorrow morning.
Well at least there is not time to add some updates of recent adventure and fix some old pages that need some love.
Jan 15, 20 01:42 AM
I find myself acutely aware of the tide in Hervey Bay as I am now moored near to the entrance of the marina. I find marinas an interesting place to visit, you get good, bad and just plain dangerous. I…
Jan 15, 20 01:42 AM
Well I have searched high and low for an engineering firm that can make anchor winch parts and it now appears only a short drive up the there is a firm that has been in business for a very long time s…
Jan 15, 20 12:18 AM
OK so another bloody horrible job I need to do is retrieve my main Genoa halyard. The shackle snapped on the top of the furler in the middle of a 35 knot gale as I was beating back to Townsville from…