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 Post subject: Re: Cruising with dogs
PostPosted: Mar 23rd, '18, 20:55 
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Nice photo Wanton. The weather is not like that here. Still E,SE 20 K or better. Calm this evening for the first time. The mozzies seem to prefer it like this, too. This is our third night in the start of a blind channel about 500m west of the ferry terminal. About half of the passenger ferries use an adjacent channel, but it is too shallow for the vehicle ferries. DD is getting used to the wash (at last), but still gets nervious. Likes going ashore though, 4 times today, the little electric motor on the dinghy is great. Will do a final shop at the IGA tomorrow and plan to head south again Sunday. Nice sunset tonight, so hope the old saying is true.
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Hey Peter,
You have no doubt thought of this but with Comm Games being on GC in April I imagine the waterways will be chockers and security everywhere.

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Hi Tezza, we need to find somewhere for Easter first, plan to try Tipplers Passage. Will go back to Bums Bay after that and plan to pull out there. Will see how it goes. Nice weather at the moment, sailed over to Weinam Creek yesterday, then to NW corner of Macleay Is for the night. Nice there, clean water, sheltered anchorage but shallow inshore. Back at Russel Is tonight for a last shop. Maybe Calypso Bay Marina Tues night.
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Monday was different. Light wind but hot sun so cruised south along the Main Channel west of Russell Is. Saw about a dozen tinnies ahead, milling around like bees around a hive. They were peering at there sounders, moving a bit, then casting 12ft nets. One came up alongside and gave us a half bucket of banana prawns. Wonderful Wife knew exactly what to do with those.
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Cruised on up the channel against the current, looked for a place to anchor for lunch. Passed the boat ramp at Cabbage Tree Point, and met private pontoons, right along the shore as far as Horizon Shores Marina. Forecast for a change from the light northerly we had been enjoying to fresh southerly so found a sheltered visitor berth, $47 a night. Luxury.
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Still in that sheltered visitors' berth, third night coming up. Still fresh SE and that would be on the nose. Not much rain, but very hot and humid with lots of mozzies and sandflies. Should be able to go tomorrow, DD will be glad of a swim to cool down. Not much to do here, except walk the dog. Just a cafe and botique chandlery at the marina office. Very few live-aboards here compared to Kawana Waters, so very few to talk to. Lots of commercial, at least 20 TS's in mast up storage, but the marina holds mostly power-boats and cats, more suited to the type of water around here. Nearest general store is at Cabbage tree Point, 3Km north. Hope we can catch some fish over Easter.
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I’m not down there over Easter/Comm Games but looking at Willy the weather has not been kind to you.
Hopefully Friday onward will be better.
If you have not already left in front of the Jacobs Well VMR is a small jetty and to the left in photo past the protected swim area a few TS lift keels and Park up near the sand. The town is only a couple of hundred metres away.
Pub , IGA , great bread shop , general store , pharmacy.


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Hi Tezza. Thanks for that. The owners of the big cat by us in my last photo gave us a ride in to Jacobs Well this morning in their car. Looked at the area you mention, not a good option in the current weather. Did the shopping, so good for Easter. Wonderful Wife wanted to move on so we pushed the wind and the tide this afternoon, went into Calypso Bay marina, no overnight berths there. Visitor berths at the pub, a bit exposed today. Had a look in the canal, saw your boat, no wonder you are nervous about berthing, it is a bit tight, and exposed in these conditions.

We have anchored about 1 K north of the VMR, inshore from the houseboats and settling in for a quiet night. Breeze has dropped, a sandy beach for DD (at last), will move on in the morning with the tide in the right direction. Might see you next time.
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Edit: I spoke too soon. 8pm and another rain squall.
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https://youtu.be/B4xngQd6cts

Here is a little video of me with my cattle dog Millie and one of my kids. Millie doesn't mind sailing but likes the destinations more. She likes to be right next to someone when on the boat and I sometimes sense that she is not sure where the safest place is. I have a life jacket for her but sometimes it is just too damn hot up here. The worst thing is the hair. I can only say that because she has not yet pooped on the carpet. They are good to have on the boat for company though.

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Hi Tezza. Thanks for that. The owners of the big cat by us in my last photo gave us a ride in to Jacobs Well this morning in their car. Looked at the area you mention, not a good option in the current weather. Did the shopping, so good for Easter. Wonderful Wife wanted to move on so we pushed the wind and the tide this afternoon, went into Calypso Bay marina, no overnight berths there. Visitor berths at the pub, a bit exposed today. Had a look in the canal, saw your boat, no wonder you are nervous about berthing, it is a bit tight, and exposed in these conditions.

We have anchored about 1 K north of the VMR, inshore from the houseboats and settling in for a quiet night. Breeze has dropped, a sandy beach for DD (at last), will move on in the morning with the tide in the right direction. Might see you next time.
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Edit: I spoke too soon. 8pm and another rain squall.
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I’m glad someone took you in to shop and am disappointed I’m not down there.
I have attached changes to the waterways on the GC over Comm Games Fyr.
At least today was half decent for you. Next time I’ll arrange for perfect weather.
Ha so you saw my little Mango behind the Riv.
Daughter can’t understand why I have problem docking in SE above
17kn with outgoing tide when hubby can dock theirs no issue. Yea right twin Cummins ,bow and stern thrusters etc.etc.
Guaranteed good sailing weather from today.
https://www.getsetforthegames.com/changes-waterways
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Hi Scott, thanks for that. I think video might be my next challenge. What do you use for filming ?

Hi Tezza, thanks for all the details. It appears from the fine print that our plans will not be affected.
Weather not just the best for cruising, but we are at Dux Anchorage, about as far as we can get from the main channel so not too much rolling. Surprised how quiet it is here, most boats are by the restaurant, etc. Had a look at the anchorage known as The Bedroom this morning, surprised to see so many tents ashore. Not a big area and not much depth. Did not want to park outside someones tent.

Still getting the odd rain squall, mostly at night, but could be more tomorrow.
Damn Dog likes having a beach again, and a cool-down in nice clean water.
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Hi Scott, thanks for that. I think video might be my next challenge. What do you use for filming ?

Hi Tezza, thanks for all the details. It appears from the fine print that our plans will not be affected.
Weather not just the best for cruising, but we are at Dux Anchorage, about as far as we can get from the main channel so not too much rolling. Surprised how quiet it is here, most boats are by the restaurant, etc. Had a look at the anchorage known as The Bedroom this morning, surprised to see so many tents ashore. Not a big area and not much depth. Did not want to park outside someones tent.

Still getting the odd rain squall, mostly at night, but could be more tomorrow.
Damn Dog likes having a beach again, and a cool-down in nice clean water.
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Missus bought me a gopro hero 4 for Christmas a few years ago. Its not bad, my only complaint is the battery life. I don't have any experience with other types but some have GPS and speed display, with GPS the battery life might be terrible though.
I got my son a 50 dollar el cheapo from geek.com and it actually seems ok but I did need to get a larger capacity battery for it. I would recommend one if you are not yet committed to making videos as gopro's are expensive and after the first year or so I hardly use mine.

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Hi Scott. Have just bought another jib, so the go-pro may have to wait a while. Maybe I could get our son to bring one of his old ones when he comes over from NZ late May. He is right into kayak fishing so probably has a few upgrades by now. By the way, I enjoyed your posts on cruising the Whitsundays, quite ambititious, but successful anyway.
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I have been trying to post a wrapup of our 2 weeks on the Broadwater, but something always goes wrong, including losing my login. It may be me, my tired tablet, or the website, but in the short term I regret to say I will become another of Wanton's declining patronage. I will go back to being a lurker.
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Thanks Peter, the Whitsunday trip is the highlight of my sailing so far. I plan on doing it again this year but it all depends on work, kids, school holidays, my holidays and the weather to boot so will see how it goes. I was all set to go to Prudhoe Island for three days over Easter in the Tramp but that cyclone hanging around stuffed that up. Two weeks of holidays wasted on horrible weather. Ah well , next time.

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I don't know how or why, but suddenly tapatalk works for me again. I still can't get it to load this site as a "group". I have no trouble with 2 other groups. On my small tablet I find the font size is better, and "view unread posts" does just that, but I find the website starts with the 1st post on the thread. Am I alone here ? Has something changed ?
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I have just learned something, thanks for the prompt Peridot. The steps below might effect the change you are looking for.

In the User Control Panel menu on RHS choose 'Board Preferences'
From this sub menuoptions choose 'Edit display options'
and then from that sub menu choose 'Display topic order direction' and change the option to 'Decending' and then click on 'Submit' at the bottom.

I have just changed mine from ascending and now when I look at a topic the latest post is the first entry on page 1 of the thread. Much better.

I would be very interested in you log of your time in Moreton Bay. I haven't ventured to that area since my teens. Recently Pam and I have been discussing taking the TS down and leaving it at Maars or somewhere between visits.

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That's brilliant! Does it have teeth painted on the central bow and a little front leg on the bow of each ama?

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Hi John, thanks for that, I am afraid I don't have much patience with computers these days, I retired my first and last laptop years ago. I actually bought it so could take it on holiday and have work prepaired for my factory when I got back. No golden handshake. As I said in an earlier post, I am now an agnostic, but I did follow your prompts, one less frustration, thanks.

I had trouble finding a suitable map to mark our track, hope this is OK. I have covered most of it in earlier posts on this thread, but here is a roundup. Weather was not ideal, someone we met along the way said they sail in the winter, the weather is better. We come from the Far North so we like the heat, but when the weather was good we often cruised with jib and motor, and our big cover over the cockpit. Too hot for the crew. Cruising by calendar is quite different to sailing for fun, the wind is usually in the wrong direction or the wrong strength. Made worse in the Broadwater, it looks wide, but a lot of the channels are narrow and the tidal flow can be 2 knots at times.

The recognised "Pilot Book" is Cruising the Coral Coast, by Alan Lucas. But his boat is more than twice the size of ours, so some of the anchorages he mentions were not so good for us. The other reference is the Beacon to Beacon Guide, can be dowloaded free, but is back in print, about $50. Well worth the expense in my opinion.

In retrospect, you could almost call it a river-trip, local knowledge would allow more variation, or taking a bit more risk than we did. One of the frustrations is the wake that a lot of power-boats create when they are travelling at what they think is 6 knots. Damn Dog is nervous on the boat, but gets worse when she hears a jet-ski. We take her ashore 3 times a day so our dinghy/dodger is in tow all the time, and finding a sandy beach all tides can be interesting. Laundromats are scarce, so is water. If we went to Tipplers Passage again we would look at pre-booking a camp site for showers and laundry. You need to book on line, 10 days ahead. Our 240 watts solar is good if the sun shines, but we were glad of the charging coil on the Mercury. We used our little generator once for 2 hours. Horison Shores Marina was $47 a night, the weather caused us to stay 3, 4 would have been better.

It was an interesting 2 weeks, but once was enough, we have since had 10 days on Lake Macquarie, much more suited to our cruising lifestyle. This is our 4th night at Port Stephens and enjoying that, too, but 2 more will be enough. Time to head north again, it is getting cold here.
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Recommend up the myall river to the top lake, or out to Broughton island....

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Hi Furstin. I searched this site last week and got some good info on where to go and maps to help. A great resource, thanks everyone. We went as far as the Tea Gardens for a night on the Public Mooring. It is all National Park up there and pets are not welcome. The weather is also about to change and we need to head north again. More later.
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Interesting conclusions, thanks. Your comment about it being akin to a river trip resonated with us.

The lower bay and the Broadwater were my families playground. I haven't been into the Bay for decades but I have seen the Broadwater and the Logan River delta area change. Develop is not a synonym that I would use but it has become much more popular. A sunday at Shangri-la was a great outing which usually we would only share with 3-6 others in similar sized runabouts.

We have recently purchased a bigger TS at 7.3m. Pam doesn't enjoy the sail as much as I do and there are a couple of places that have been on or destinations list for a long time. Key barriers were the sail and the the size / comfort of our little Adams 6.

Our compromise was a bigger TS for comfort coupled with an intention to motor more than sail. Really I think we have acquired a floating caravan. One of areas identified for shake down trips as well as investigation is the area in the southerly half for your trip.

We are working our way up to an exploration of the Murray and Darling rivers. We lived in Deniliquin for a few years and fell in love with the Murray and Edwards Rivers around that area. We have come close to entering the Murray R. marathon (canoe) a couple of times and now we might do it in reverse and in more comfort. The Darling and its history have always captured my imagination. We will see how this travel dream settles out over the next year or so.

The Myall and the Gippsland Lakes are also on the list along with several rivers close to us ( Sunshine Coast QLD). Up until recently we had a Jack Russell which precluded us from camping in Nat parks and exploring the Myall lakes. We have opportunity for both now.

Are you heading straight home of do you have some more adventures planned.

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Hi John. We did the Murray and the Darling by motorhome and I have to say I don't plan on doing it by boat. We have been living on ours for 10 weeks now, and look longingly at yachts with full headroom. Another 4 weeks before we get home, but we are heading north for warmer weather. We have had a couple of nights around 10 degrees and we are not used to that. We need to be at the Gold Coast last week in May but will head straight home after that, it will take us about a week to do the 1900 Km. Will do separate posts for our current trips. So much to see, so little time.
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I have empathy and admiration for you. 14 weeks is a great getaway.

Our first TS was a Young 6.7 so I have an appreciation of how much space is available in a Young's design. Our Adams is 6m and a very different boat to the Young and is nowhere near as accommodating. I imagine Peridot as being between these two. The most we have stayed on her is 2 nights and Pam has little enthusiasm for doing it again. If she wasn't built in aluminum ( the boat that is) we might have more room in our yard now. A great day sailer even single handed.

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Cruising Port Stephens for a week
Thanks to those that have gone before, I had downloaded the Boating Map, etc, but very slow to refresh on my old tablet, and I can't see it in sunlight anyway. Decided to launch at Soldiers Point, good ramps, good parking, water taps. But the suburban road is not good. Easterly at about 6 knots against the tide so motored to Fame Cove, nice spot. 5 public moorings, we chose to anchor inshore near where the stones had been cleared to leave a sandy beach for our dinghy. Nowhere to walk, but OK for Damn Dog. Sailed to Nelson Bay next morning and asked about the Map again. The Info Centre new what it was but did not have any. Go up 3 blocks to RMA office. What an experience. About 15 minutes and 3 different people to eventually get a $7 map, and on the way out they wanted me to do a survey on my experience !

The public wharf has 4 casual berths, supposed to be 24 hours but not policed. We let a 38 footer take our space so he did not have to pay $83 at the marina. We anchored off the beach in the marina for while, no worries, then headed for the Myall River. Motored upstream against the tide and a cold easterly, and eventually picked up the only public mooring, just above the bridge at Tea Gardens. There was supposed to be a blow from the NW on dark so we figured we were in the best place. The blow was short but cold, and I was up twice during the night to stop the dinghy and the mooring buoy tapping the hull. I hate tidal moorings.

Thought about going upstream to the Myall Lakes, but it is all National Park and DD is not welcome. Looked at the Saturday market, then motored back downstream, on the nose and cold again. 3 public moorings off the beach at Neson Bay. Calm enough but wake is a problem. Big tourist boats take crowds to view the dolphins, about 3 trips each a day. Last one was a dinner cruise. There are dolphins everywhere, in the marina, even up the Myall River. The water is clear in the outer half of the Port, you could count the seagrass in 2m if the sun is on it.

Nice light breeze Sunday morning, sailed to Shoal Bay and the heads. Saw the rescue helicopter and emergency vehicles, found out later a fizz-boat had run over a kayak. Breeze settled from NE, turns out this is most common in the afternoons. A nice sail back to Fame Cove for a quiet night, but cool in the shadow of the sail. Time to head north again before we have a mutiny.

West again in the morning, North Arm Cove is big, but not much more than 3m deep. Lots of boats moored on the west side, but old oyster leases are everywhere and destroy the view. Farmers are not required to remove them, turns out the poles are very hard to get out. Tanilba Bay, shallow and dirty water. Nice and wam in the sun, until the daily NE arrived. On with the polar-fleece again.

East to Lemon Trea Passage. What a gem. A few shops, laid-back village feeling. Nice. Marina is small but has showers and laundry available for visitors. A dump point, nice launching ramps and good parking. We would come here first next time. The road trip would be nearly a half hour shorter, too. Lots more boats moored up the river, some nice, but a lot unloved. The birds seem to pick them out and make an awful mess. A little shop there selling craft stuff and we have a knitter. Knits clothes for prem babies, so a couple of pictures are approriate. Most of the wool comes from Vinnies, this one is at Anna Bay. Back on the trailer that afternoon, stayed the night in the carpark. Last fizzie went out at 9pm, first next morning at 5am. Lemon Tree Passage was quieter. Finding parking near Vinnies with the boat on behind can test my patience, so just Anna Bay today. Time to head north.
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