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THE BRISBANE TO DARWIN (AUSTRALIA) STORY, 2007 … 2 of 19 … `Bundaberg to Hamilton Island, Queensland’!

All Photos … “Quick Tour # One” … BUNDABERG (16TH APRIL 2007) … TO MACKAY (23TH APRIL 2007) … QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

From Bundaberg through to Mackay (23th April 2007)  with short, sharp stops as illustrated with photographs, below. This was meant to be a swift journey as I had a long, long way to go to get to Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

BUNDABERG, QUEENSLAND … 16TH APRIL 2007

* I COINCIDED WITH A FUND RAISING `CAR RALLY BASH’ AT BUNDERBERG, QUEENSLAND! *

 

`GLADSTONE’ , QUEENSLAND… 17th APRIL 2007

 

 

* `GLADSTONE’, QUEENSLAND PORT *

 

`GREAT KEPPELL’ ISLAND, QUEENSLAND … 19TH APRIL 2007

* `Great Keppell’ Island, Queensland, Resort … LARGEST SHARKS JAW ON THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA! *

`PEARL BAY’, QUEENSLAND … 20TH APRIL 2007

* `PEARL BAY’, QUEENSLAND … A BEAUTIFUL BAY IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ARMED FORCES GUNNERY RANGE! *

* `Middle Percy Island’, Queensland … A YACHTYS MUSEUM … ARTIFACTS LEFT BY PASSING SAILORS … UNIQUE! *

`MIDDLE `PERCY’ ISLAND, QUEENSLAND … 22ND APRIL 2007

`BRAMPTON’ ISLAND … 24TH APRIL 2007

 

 

* `Brampton Island’ … EVERYTHING GOES SANDY AT LOW TIDE! *

 

* `Brampton Island’ … LOW TIDE! *

* `HAMILTON’ ISLAND … IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO COME HERE WITH PLENTY OF MONEY! *

`HAMILTON’ ISLAND …25TH APRIL 2007

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BUNDABERG MARINA, TOWN CENTRE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA … 24TH MAY 2005

Stocked up with non-perishable supplies and took off for the mouth of the Burnett River (Port Bundaberg) … Tsunami travelled 400 meters and one engine stopped (better 400 meters from a chandler than 20 miles out to sea.)  However, I was not impressed, as again I had to go into `service mode’ to get the boat in order again.  Maintenance and servicing is a constant companion when travelling by sea … whether one likes it or not … I honestly wonder how people get on who are not mechanically trained or inclined.

* THIS A `NEW' FUEL FILTER I FITTED AT THE TIME OF THE NEW YAMAHA OUTBOARD MOTORS ... IN SINGAPORE! *

* THE `OLD' CAV FUEL FILTERS WHICH WERE ALWAYS HARD TO SERVICE! *

This time it was truly my fault, as one of the fuel filters had filled with water (most likely condensation forming in a partly filled main fuel tank … or dirty fuel from a dirty browser holding tank, ashore.)  Buying fuel is a lot like taking water on board … you cannot be certain of it’s quality … Tsunami must have a mix of water from 20 different taps at various Yacht Clubs, or marinas. 

The same goes for the supply of fuel from the same supplier outlets!

Anyhow internal combustion engines will not run on water … try it one day with your car.  My first priority was to clean the filter, which has a seeing-glass section to it … hence my admission that this breakdown was my fault, as I had not been regularly checking the glass bowl for water.  Water is heavier than petrol and will settle in the bottom of the glass bowl, therefore, if you are doing a regular inspection you will see the water in the bottom of the bowl building up and drain it away.  In this case the bowl was allowed to fill and eventually water was sucked into the carburettor of the motor … and the motor stopped … bugger!

Despite my vast experience with all things mechanical, I had never dismantled such a filter… hard to believe, aye?  So using as much common sense as possible, under the situation I found myself … in the middle of the Burnett River,  I unscrewed the bolt which held the tiers of the filter together … removed the base and a split second later realised the glass bowl may need support.  As I reached for it, it went plink-plonk splash … and joined my reading glasses in Davey Jones locker.  $44.00 thankyou said the chandler and my mood darkened another 3 shades of black. 

* THE `OLD' YAMAHA MOTORS (REMOVED) ... AT TIME OF REPLACEMENT IN SINGAPORE NOV. 2009. THEY HAD RUN FOR 3600 HOURS! *

Anyway the filter was only the beginning of getting her going again and I gained new experience by dismantling the inlet manifold and carburettor … it was necessary to remove water from the carbie!   And then, after a night at anchor in the middle of town it was great to motor to the Bundaberg Port Marina at the mouth of Burnett River … berthing for one night, then anchoring again at the river mouth … and 0415 the next day (still don’t like sailing in the dark, but I’m trying to break myself in slowly, as one day I’ll have no choice) to take off for Lady Musgrave Island about 50 miles north … my first coral island on one of the most southern islands of `The Great Barrier Reef’.  Yair!

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BUNDABERG FROM MARYBOUROUGH, QUEENSLAND,AUSTRALIA – 16th MAY ‘05

There’s an adventure-a-day when sailing … and they can come cheap, or cost lots … depending on how lucky you are!  Tsunami and I had a cheap adventure sailing/motoring down the Mary River from Maryborough to the Great Sandy Straits, adjacent to Fraser Island.  (Did anyone read about the South American businessman who recently became lost for 10 days on Fraser Island … and was found by a female Security Officer, to whom he proposed marriage?)  He was lucky not to have been eaten by a pack of hungry dingoes.

* Kingfisher Resort, Frazer Island, Sandy Straits ... roughly between the Mary River and Bundaberg, Queensland. *

 

Anyway, on my way down the Mary River I sighted these three yellow floats bang in the middle of the passage, which was only about 100 metres wide.  I considered they were floats attached to crab pots as every man and his dog seems to fish with nets in the river.  Making an executive decision I decided to sail between the centre and the right hand float … I picked the wrong thimble … the three floats were supporting a 50 metre wide fish net, which brought Tsunami to a fairly positive stop … a bit like running aground on a sandbar! 

Well, you don’t have to stress your imagination much to work out my reaction! Luckily, the two motors on the yacht are outboards which can be tilted to reveal the propellers.  This I did and grabbed the sharpest knife on board and swiftly dealt with this bloody nylon net.  Tsunami was free and I was away. 

Not the end of the incident though … as 500 metres ahead of me I spotted a speeding dinghy coming towards me with two tough looking gents on board … in fact they were professional fishermen and I had just cut up the device that made their profession possible.  They had seen this yacht stalled in the middle of their expensive apparatus and I could see myself ending up with a bashed in head … what could I arm myself with?  Not needed … one did all the talking as they came alongside Tsunami (no way I was going to stop Tsunami’s forward movement) and they wanted to know if I had snagged their net?   “Yes!”    “Did I have to cut the net” (should I lie?)   “Yes, I cut the net!”   The non-talker winced and looked away almost unable to control himself … the `talker’ almost thanked me for telling the truth, turned his dinghy away from Tsunami and back to recover the net.  There’s really no formal protocol for such an incident … who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong?  In my mind they were blocking a `Shipping Channel’ … and they knew it, therefore, no physical reaction.  In having said that:  My feeling is the `non-talker’ would have bashed my head in ….while the `talker’ was the sensible one!    End of incident! 

I learnt what a professional fisherman’s net looks like from this experience … and I hope they learnt not to plant their nets in the middle of a navigable channel!

• * AT NIGHT, SMALL FISH & SQUID ARE ATTRACTED TO THE GREEN `LED’ LIGHTS I HAVE ON EACH TRANSOM ... LARGER FISH ATTACK THEM & THEY JUMP ABOARD! *

Next day I headed north to Bundaberg.  Leaving the head of the Mary River at 06:00 it took 12 hours to cover the 62 miles … this with full mainsail and the huge Screecher jib … plus the two motors chugging away at 2500 RPM.  The reason for the slow passage was obvious … lack of wind with nothing stronger than 9 knots blowing.  This meant arriving in the Bundaberg harbour in the dark, which I don’t at all like, but all was OK and I had a good night’s sleep.

Next day was a 1.5 hour; 8 mile motor up the Burnett River to the township of Bundaberg (never did get to visit the Bundaberg Rum factory.)  Maybe next time.

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