Gail got a few sandfly bites and was itching half the night so didn’t come fishing today either. Stayed behind and had a good sleep in. Trev, Phil & I went fishing. We caught 59 whiting today and 5 or 6 toad fish – pesky things. Yesterday we had puffer fish biting off our hooks. Phil got cut off and Trev caught the same puffer fish and got Phil’s hook back – very funny. We caught a family of Tripod Fish or Leather Jacket - somehow Trev managed to lasso it's spiky thing on top of the fish. Three spikes - hence tripod fish.
We have a few packs of fish in the freezer ready for Nick& Em’s to take home next weekend. I put a picture below of how they scale the whiting up here. You pop them in a double net bag and drag them behind your boat for a while and it scales them. How good is that. Then all you have to do is fillet them and cut out a little row of bones and you have your fish fingers. Pop them in a bag with rice flour and a bit of lemon pepper and fry them up. DELICIOUS
Having a lazy afternoon. Went and bought some bread from the truck – it comes around between 2 & 2:30pm in the afternoon. Had a game of Eucha with Aunty Pauline – Cousins Debbie, Karl & Coby. Had a chat to Uncle John.
When we came back I washed my hair and it feels sooooooooo good. The little things we take for granted when water is laid on. Watched Persons of Interest and another episode of Firefly.
We plan to move tomorrow. There is a big southerly coming through early Thursday morning and we will move to where we will be a little better protected from that. It’s suppose to get up around the 25 knots which is 45 to 50 km/h.
Having mince stew for dinner. I’m so tempted to put a picture up – like everyone does on facebook of what they are eating but I will spare you all. LOL
We are all having a relaxed time.
Up, had brekky. Gail had a lay day. We went fishing and caught 52 whiting & 1 flathead – yabbies worked a treat. Shared a few of our catch with the Trotters. As you will see we had quite a healthly lunch followed by ice cream :)
On the way back to the boat we seen a couple in an inflatable boat rowing. Not something easily done when there's no wind. Virtually impossibly when there is one. The poor bloke had been rowing for a while and not making any ground. Trev dropped us off and grabbed a tow rope and by the time he got back to them they were half way out the bay. They were very grateful for the assistance. Offering their car if we needed to go into town for anything and anytime to come over for a beer. :) The lady told Trev he was her Jesus. (that gave us a giggle)
We said goodbye to the Trotters. They moved out the the point ready to go South when the northerly comes through tomorrow.
They gave us 20 litres of water which we were grateful for. One thing about being on a boat you’re conscious of how much water you use because we can only carry 180 litres. We have ordered a new tank that will hold 160 litres + 100 litres in drums = 260 litres. That will be so much better. Might get to wash my hair more often. Starting to feel a bit ‘how ya going’.
We seen the family of dolphins that live in the bay. They look like humpback dolphins.
We went over and visited the rels for a while, bought some squid from the truck that comes around selling bread, bait, ice etc. Caught up with Karl, played a game or two before walking the inflatable out to deep water. Aunty is big into playing cards and games.
Back to the boat to work out what was simple for dinner and watch a few of Trev’s tv shows before hitting the hay.
Last night we had a few storms come through with some wild wind. Double Island Point had 115 km per hour winds. That’s only about 10 nautical mile from where we are.
We all went fishing using GULP worms today – caught 3 whiting. Lucky I went with Aunty Pauline & Uncle John (alias Aunty Jack) in their boat. They shared some of their catch with us and we had fish for dinner.
Tim & Sue Trotter came from north and moored in the anchorage with us today – in there catamaran – Bushy Tales. We went over and pumped yabbies with them ready for fishing in the morning.
Sue & Tim invited us over to their boat for Tea & Crackers. It was really nice to catch up with them.
We had a fantastic sleep last night. Had a bit of a sleep in and got up at 7. Trev doesn’t know how to really sleep in but that’s ok from tomorrow on he can get up as early as he likes and go fishing J with Phil then Gail & I will sleep in.
We went over to see my Aunt & Uncle & Cousin who are camping at Inskip for the week. Phil scored fish for tea from Aunty. The competition starts with them tomorrow to see who can catch the most fish. They have winter whiting in QLD and there is no size limit. The most delicious fish fingers (fillets) you could ever taste.
Having a lazy afternoon today. Trev & Phil are having a sleep and Gail is reading and I’m doing the catch up on the blog.
Looking forward to showing you pictures of fish but otherwise there won’t be much else to share.
We haven’t watched much TV either – we started watching a series called Firefly – a space western. I don’t know actors names but if you watched Chuck the guy that loved his guns is in this show, Castle off castle and a female lawyer off Suits is in it too. Pretty good – light entertainment.
This is a pic of our anchorage - I will post one of the boat tomorrow.
Up a 6, filled the water tank and bottles, showered & packed up the boat ready for sailing. Didn’t get away until 7:45am but that was ok we only had around 50 to 60 nautical mile to go. (so we thought) We manoeuvred the boat out or its pen with ropes then proceeded forward out of there.
That was from Mooloolabah we worked out later. Over all we had about 90 mile to travel. We were scooting along quite quickly that by the time we got to Mooloolabah I was first to say let’s be adventurous and keep going – to be honest I was sick of being at sea and to think of going another day was just out of the question. The seas were really good and the swell was minimal compared to the other days of sailing. As the miles rolled by Trev worked out we would get to Inskip to cross the bar just on dark. I wish I could go in out of the sun like Gail does and read. But that would be the end of feeling well for me. I read at night when we have stopped. Just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars – great read but have your tissues handy.
Phil & I have a competition, seeing we are the helmsmen. He got the top speed today at 16.4 nautical miles per hour which is what I got the other day. I managed 16.8 crossing the Yamba bar but we kind of don’t count that one because we had a good wave help. While we have a daily comp there is the comp for the top speed over all. We averaged 10.2 nautical miles today. (beats travelling at 5) The sailing was really good. You would catch a swell and with that and the breeze you could fairly hoot along, then you fall off the back of the swell and slow down and then away you would go again. At one point I go Woo Hoo Phil – he was steering – and Trev goes “I don’t like woohoo” I must say it can get a little scary too.
Whales few and far between which is a good thing after the one the other day.
We came around Double Island Point with still 10 mile to go and decided that it looked flat enough and we could always come back to the Point if it was too rough. The sunset picture I took just as we got to where you turn and go into the entrance to the bar. Most times there are breakers that break on shallows but there was just one little section that had a little bit of water breaking. A lot of prayers were being said to get us over this bar without any problems and they were answered.
By the time we got past the breaking sections it was dark. We came around inskip point, passed all the anchored boats and with torch light and the iPad app. Navionics we were able to locate our anchorage and anchored for the night. Had lamb chops for dinner.
This will be home for the next week or so. This is where we start catching fish.
I'm having trouble rotating the pictures so just lean over neck stretches are good.
Had a very good night sleep in the Marina. Had breakfast, another shower (making the most of long hot showers because they will come to an abrupt end – where we will be allotted 5 Litres max for a shower) then we did out laundry. Washing and drying.
While we were there doing the laundry we had a visit from Bron & Dave & Jasmine Mison. (forgot to take a picture) It was great to catch up with them. Funny – I was explaining to Jas that with sailing up wind can be a bit rough and that the ideal is when you get the wind on the side and when you get the wind up your date it’s not that good for sailing either. Jasmine politely says to me wouldn’t it be better to say “up your dairy air”. Pardon the pun but that cracked both Gail & myself up.
Little Hunter had high temperatures all morning and a bit not himself so Em’s didn’t come out to the Marina. (More teeth coming we suspect) Nick came and picked us up after work and we went out to check out the block of land that they want to purchase. Quite a lovely area, their block will overlook a park that goes down to a creek.
We grabbed some groceries from Woolies and had Pizza, Garlic Bread & Splice Ice Cream (you must try it, it’s delicious) for dinner before Nick brought us back to the Marina. Diet hasn’t kicked in yet J
We packed away the groceries, had another shower and then settled in to have the worst night ever in a marina with halyards from other boats banging and clanging and all sorts of noises. The northerly was still howling in. By morning the wind turned and was coming from the west ready to take us north to Inskip (Fraser Island).
Trev took Hunter out in the sprinkling rain to help cool him off a bit. He liked the rain on his arms. He would put his little arm out to get Trev to go back out in the rain.
This picture insisted on staying the wrong way too.
Had a fairly good night in the anchorage at Southport. The boat got a bit dancey, riding over the chain when the tide changed – Trev sorted that out – these things always happen in the middle of the night.
Had a bit of a rain shower but turning into a nice morning. Trev & Phil put the inflatable in and went for fuel ready to go up behind the Stradbroke Islands through to Scarborough Marina. Where we will catch up with Nick, Emma, Hunter, Abbey & Chris.
The northerly came in a day earlier so we were punching into it a bit but wasn’t a bad trip. Trev thought he would be funny and suggest we stop at Peel Island for the night but there would have been mutiny. The bay as it turned out wasn’t as rough as he thought it might have been.
What an experience – parking in a marina where you’re not allotted the end. We were given a pen I think they called it – Numbers 7 & 8. I’m used to driving in and parking but this was not possible. We were nearly rear to the curb parked in the wrong pen and all sorts of fun was had with Phil jumping off onto the marina and Trev throwing him ropes he couldn’t catch and me reversing and whatever to avoid running into the marina. It would have been hilarious to watch. Anyways we managed to get rear to the marina parked & tied up. Trev must have laid awake thinking about it and had it all worked out how we were to get back out. Not something you could just put in it gear and motor out – there wasn’t enough room between the boats this side and the ones that side.
After we had showers we caught up with our kids (by that I mean ours and Phil & Gail’s) and we all went out for dinner to Hog’s Breath Café. Can’t beat a good steak but we sure are hanging out for a feed of fish.
(I tried to get Hunter's pic to go right way up but have to play with that another day. He kept us entertained with his little antics)
It was a funny day today. The seas were sloppy but we did some good sailing. Saw more whales - doing the tail slap for us. We've come to the conclusion it is a warning sign and we are doing our best to avoid them. One big one and a baby came towards us like a torpedo. We had to turn to avoid colliding with it. Another baby one came at us as well. Might have thought we were it's mother. I thought it was a dolphin to start with. We had lots of dolphins come play with us today.
Gail & I had a good laugh today. Trev was explaining the southerly current to Gail - part of the explanation was - you know on Nemo when he catches a turtle on the southerly current and it takes him all the way to Sydney. Great explanation but funny too.
It was a hat day - cap, one for keeping your ears warm and one for keeping sun off face. Trev goes - you can keep your hats on - for all the Joe Cocker fans. Definitely setting the standards for fashion on the sloppy seas.
Poor Phil got a bit sick today - started out ok but not so hot once he had gone down into the cabin to change after a wave got him. He was horizontal till we anchored.
Back to sailing - had bit of a drama furling the skreecher - things got a bit hectic and it didn't furl properly and so it had to come down. Trev got drenched, a rope flicked his favourite hat off and into the ocean. So that hat will no longer feature in anymore photos on the trip. (Bit sad)
We did around 100nm in 12 1/2hours - Our speed fluctuated between 8 & 16 knots. Top speed was 16.9 knots. woohoo - flying.
Came in over the Southport bar around 6ish, anchored up, had dinner and getting ready to settle in for a good nights sleep.
We left Coffs Harbour around 6ish and had a pretty uneventful day. Only seen a couple of whales synchronized swimming - flapping there tails at us. I felt a little oozy but everyone else was great. Gail doesn't get sick but spent some time catching a few zz'ds. We got into Yamba around 1pm. once we organised a marina berth we had showers, did a load of washing and went for a walk into Yamba to get Phil & Gail a coffee, Trev a milkshake & I had an iced chocolate - not as good as Lous Café in Kempsey. Had a fantastic sleep - one of the best marinas you could stay in. It was far superior than Coffs Harbour and cheaper too.
Took us all till after lunch to be ready to jump on board and head down the river. A nice smooth trip for a couple of hours. Anchored in the bay at South West Rocks where all the other boats are moored. Put the mast back up and all the ropes back where they go. Thanks Bev for the bottle of sparkling grape juice we had it with our lamb stew dinner. Trev & Phil checked willy weather to see what the wind, tides & swell was doing, we watched a tv show and had a very quiet night. Some slept well, some didn't - in anticipation of what tomorrow will bring.
Photos are out of order but I'm sure you can work it out :) -I tried a couple of times to get them in the correct order.
Up at the crack of dawn, had breakfast and left the anchorage at 6:05am and crossed a nice flat Macleay River Bar. Ocean was to have 2+ metre swells today. Wasn't unpleasant. We saw a pod of dolphins in a hurry to go wherever. Gail saw the first whale. One breached out in front of us which was pretty spectacular. I managed a picture of one whale. Phil cracked a couple of 14/15 knot spurts - I cracked a 16.2 - it was a bit exciting surfing on the swell. Mostly we averaged 8 - 9 knots. We were picking out all the headlands - Grassy Head, Scotts Head, Nambucca Heads, Sawtell & then Coffs Harbour.
No-one sick - Phil had his kwell/travel calm before leaving, Trev never gets sick, Gail felt a little funny after sitting inside for a while and for the first time I felt great without taking any medication.
The sea kind of picked up a bit as we approached Coffs Harbour with a storm coming in and the rate we were travelling with the wind right behind us it would have been dark before reaching the Clarence River Bar so we decided to play it safe plus fish and chips for lunch at Coffs sounded real good. (And it was)
So we are tucked up in the Marina for the night. It has rained and the wind is fair howling through all the rigging in the marina. Not sure how much sleep we will get here (Trev & Phil are trying for a nap now) but there's one thing for certain there won't be the worry of dragging an anchor. :)
There was a few maintenance things that needed to be done on the boat before we went on a long trip but we had to work out how we were going to get the boat out of the water first.
After exhausting all options of local slipways etc it was decided to lift the boat out at the back of our house and place it on posts.
The first attempt to get the crane down the bank was not successful with the crane sinking into the bank which then meant that we needed to get some road base down there to support the crane.
Take two after Todd the Bobcat driver put in the road base we managed to get the crane set up. The rear right - not sure what they are called :) - leg thing that supports the crane kept sinking into the soil. I think they eventually had about 5 layers of their timber boards before it stopped sinking into the soil. Fun and games.
The waterline was adjusted - lol now I can load more on the boat - the anti-foul redone, the rudder case had cracks from another time that needed to be fixed and strengthened, and I can't think what else Trev did to the boat that he had been putting off but everything got done that was on his to do list.
Then it was time to put the boat back in the water. Got Todd back and shifted the road base and made a better roadway down to the river and redid all the back lawn so that it can grass over again. We managed to get the old trailer under the boat and cut away the posts and Todd hooked his bobcat to it and back in she went. No dramas.