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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: May 10th, '18, 18:20 
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Great write up Peter. Thanks. That's one that's doable from Melbourne in school hols.

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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: May 10th, '18, 20:22 
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Hi Johnny, thanks for that. I have tried several times to load photos, but my login dies when I try to "place in line". If you search on this site for Port Stephens and Myall Lakes a lot of good reference material comes up. I have tried to add to it with comments on launching ramps, etc.

We looked in at Nerong on the way north. Has a launching ramp near the main highway and provides access to the Myall Lakes without having to motor the full length of the Myall River. Several people have told us the lakes are well worth a look, but no pets.
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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
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Hope we can do this on tapatalk.
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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: May 10th, '18, 20:31 
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It worked ! Here is one more for luck. Knitted while cruising, ready to pack and send to Lil Prems, Melbourne. Not much demand for knitting where we live, not much cheap wool, either. Just jackets and booties, all sizes and all colours.
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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
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Good work (knitter). I too have a knitter and every wandering caravan holiday is accompanied by the passenger side floor being full of various bags (cloth) with various projects in them.

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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: May 16th, '18, 22:43 
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2 weeks on Lake Macquarie
I have things a little out of sequence here, but back on April 17 we left the Gold Coast and headed south. I had searched this site for Lake Macquarie and found over 500 hits. I didn't read them all, but a common one was "don't tell anyone", so we will keep it between ourselves. We searched for a launching ramp at the north end and found one beside Marmong Point Marina. Not much slope but launched as usual,without getting my hubs wet. Booked in to the marina, time to top up the batteries, do the laundry, and have a real shower after nearly 3 days on the road. Nice marina, good berth, $46 a night. We liked it so much we stayed another night, after shopping at Glendale and changing a wheel on the trailer (nothing is easy).

We had heard the wind always blows from the south in the afternoon, but while we were there it often blew in the mornings as well, so quite a lot of motoring as we worked our way south. not much point in repeating what has been written before, so I will just give my inpressions.

The better anchorages in the southerly weather are on the western side, so we basically followed the shoreline anti-clockwise. It took nearly 2 weeks, and the only day with a light NE was the day after we pulled out. We drove right around the lake, looking at the places we had missed, what a difference Belmont is on a good day.

I used to build houses, so cruising among the moored boats and looking at the houses was just great. The quality of the lifestyle enjoyed by the people impressed us. Nice houses, some with a strip of reserve in front, some right to the water with a private jetty, and a boat on a mooring 50 to 100m away. Dozens of sheltered bays, nearly all with a public reserve, toilets, launching ramp, jetty, rubbish bins and water taps. Waterfront properties seem to start at $ 1 million, so Wonderful Wife started talking Lotto tickets. I drooled over the yachts. I had never expected a lake to be home to so many and such a variety.

And then the temperature changed, it was May and that meant winter. All thoughts of Sydney Hbr or the Hawkesbury were put aside for another time. Head north, please. I managed to divert to Port Stephens for a while, but it was back to the Gold Coast for Mothers' Day.

So now it is May 16 and we have been living aboard for 81 days. A big event at daughter's in 9 days time, so we are back on the Broadwater, 20 knots from the south (again), so anchored in Boat Harbour at Paradise Point. Nice.

The first photo is of a tourist brochure (sorry about the quality) looking south with Marmong Point Marina on the right.

The second is over 100 boats (mainly yachts) moored west of the RSL at Wangi Wangi.
ANZAC Day was very good.
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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: May 17th, '18, 00:28 
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Peridot wrote:
2 weeks on Lake Macquarie
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And then the temperature changed, it was May and that meant winter. All thoughts of Sydney Hbr or the Hawkesbury were put aside for another time.


http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/IDCJD ... test.shtml
Daily maximums through May look pretty good so far!

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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: May 17th, '18, 09:54 
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Hi Zeb. Thanks for that link. Never been there before. We were on the lake from April 20, pulled out on May 2. From your charts, 9am temps got down to 15.1, it was much colder when the sun came up and the dog wanted a walk. The wind pattern is interesting, mainly SW early morning, so choose the anchorage to suit. All southerly quarter while we were there, the following week we were at Port Stephens and, while we still found the mornings cool, the wind pattern was quite different. I write a daily diary, rather than a log, so don't record times, temps, wind strengths, etc. Used to do that on coastal trips, but that was a long time ago.
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A nice sunset at Wangi

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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: May 21st, '18, 21:52 
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Our last night on the water for a while, our 50th wedding anniversary on Friday so we will be parked on daughter's front lawn. Have just had a week on the Broadwater, much different climate to our cruise 2 months ago. Still very little sailing, either no wind or dead on the nose, and the restriction of narrow channels, but nice. Winter weather is better, but still a lot of boats at weekends. Damn Dog gets nervous when she hears the noise, followed by the wake.
This is a photo of our last sunset in Bums Bay (oficially Marine Stadium).
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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: Jun 21st, '18, 22:21 
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Time to wrap it up. We have been home a week, time to clean the boat out, put everything away, get the house cleaned up and liveable again. Still need to clean the car and get it serviced. Wonderful Wife is back in the garden, and Damn Dog has not forgotten any of her old habits.

Three and a half months, 8,000 Km in the Jeep, most of it towing the boat. 80 hours on the Mercury 9.9, (thanks for the idea of the hour meter). Now that is due for a 100 hour service. I think coming home is the expensive part.

Living in a 6m boat for that length of time is a challenge and we wondered before we started if we were up to it. Turned out we we were, we both enjoyed it, looking forward to doing it again, but not so much of the cold weather next time. Summer cruising has its challenges, but less than winter, according to Wonderful Wife. (I am one of the lucky people).

Cruising with a dog has its down side, no National Parks for a start, shore time at least twice a day, wet and dirty paws, sand everywhere, and trembling every time there is the sound of a motor like a jet-ski. But she still wants to go where we go, frightened but faithful.

It is surprising how many dogs live on boats, this photo is 9am at Bum's Bay, a very easy place to live aboard, land a dinghy, and socialise with the dogs.

'Till next time
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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: Jun 22nd, '18, 08:48 
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Sounds wonderful... makes me wonder how much mischief a big Border Collie and a little Blue Heeler could get up to on a boat....


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Jaime wrote:
Sounds wonderful... makes me wonder how much mischief a big Border Collie and a little Blue Heeler could get up to on a boat....

With smart dogs like those, that depends entirely on whether you've taught them your preferred mischief or left them to work something out for themselves...

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zebedee wrote:
Jaime wrote:
Sounds wonderful... makes me wonder how much mischief a big Border Collie and a little Blue Heeler could get up to on a boat....

With smart dogs like those, that depends entirely on whether you've taught them your preferred mischief or left them to work something out for themselves...
I think regardless of how well they're trained, life on a boat wouldn't be that exciting for them but you never know!


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It is a cool and damp day here in the far north today and we are inside for a change. Damn Dog is obviously restless and wants me to go out and get on with boat maintenance. She was never bored on the boat. Can't wait to go again. Went for a sail on Lake Tinaroo yesterday with friends, nearly full looking good, last time was 2012. Better get on with the work.
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For most dogs, (certainly Greyhounds) their main priority is being close to their pack (us). So I guess being in a small space with their pack makes up for a bit of boredom.

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