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Old 07-17-2019, 05:01 AM   #1
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Some photos from Brisbane, Australia in winter on our GB46

I have enjoyed seeing photos posted by others from various parts of the globe, and so I have gotten off my arse to (try) and post some photos of mine to share!

These photos are from about 3 weeks ago in Brisbane, Australia, at about the height of the so called ‘winter’ here. Temps during the day are early 20’s Celsius.

We travelled from our marina (RQYS) to Blakesleys, which is on the western side of Stradbroke island on Moreton Bay. Bit over an hour and a half at 14 knots. Moreton Bay is protected from open swell. Most of the western side of that island is mud and mangrove, but in this spot the sand mining operation in the middle of the island in about the 1980’s had a sand dam fail and all the sand ran down into the Bay. So there is a lovely sandy beach here...

There are lots of sand bars around so you need to stick to the channels. The ‘entrance’ to Blakesleys is marked but it is shallow. My GB46 daws 1.35m, and at mid tide I have 1.8m under the keel. It’s a little shallower than I like. Once you are past the entrance however you are over a long trench which is about 6m deep, and a lovely sandy beach. There is no swell, but some tide/current. There is a sandbar to the east, so no fetch to really speak of even if it gets windy. The photos are at high tide, at low tide there is a large sandy beach. the water is clean.

On this day my teenage sons had friends and so they (all 6 of them) all camped on the beach at night and had a fire. One of the photos is our dogs looking at the boys on the beach - they wanted to be with them, not my wife and I!!

The last two pics are of the ER on my boat. I found that I had to post those...

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Old 07-17-2019, 06:41 AM   #2
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Beautiful pics of what looks to be a great cruising ground. And an OMG clean engine room. :-)
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:08 PM   #3
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Blakesley's is popular spot for campers, and I have been there a few times. Last time I was there there were signs on the beach advising against swimming, I presume due to risk of sharks, although I've not heard of any incidents.

I think the sand slip event was in 1985. It took a few tress with it, and the mining company (Consolidated Rutile) removed the ones in the beach area as part of the remediation. My wife did some of the diving in 1986 to hook ropes/chains onto them for the (real) trawler to tow them away! We were living on the Island at the time.

And yes, your ER is looking very nice!
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:33 PM   #4
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Hi Brian!
Yes, I would not swim out in the deep trench/channel, as there must be bull sharks, but I think along the beach edges (where it is clear and shallow) prior to the drop off it would be good swimming.
I will have my boat in the Whitsundays in sept and oct, but we must try to catch up when I get back.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:48 PM   #5
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“Portrait” photos are posted 90 degrees off. “Landscape” photos are posted correctly. Sorry about loosing some photo when I cropped them to landscape.
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Took this last night a few miles from Blakeley's at "secret spot G"

Been here for over a week now all by ourselves and should get a few more nights before the weather changes.
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Took this last night a few miles from Blakeley's at "secret spot G"

Been here for over a week now all by ourselves and should get a few more nights before the weather changes.
Looking fairly glassy there, Simi. I might have to move north.
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Beautiful boat Mate....
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Hey BrisHamish. Wouldn't mind having a chat about your GB46 as I'm in the market for one and would love to pick your brain. I'm actually looking for one in the Brissy area. I'm new to this forum and not sure if I can private message you. Cheers mate. Looking at one on Sunday at Sanctury Cove. ��
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Have sent you a PM with my number. Very happy to chat.

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Thanks Hamish. I'll give you a call today (Friday).
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By the way. The GB I'm looking at has hull #275��
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