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Old 01-13-2017, 03:21 PM   #1
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Exploring new water

I'm in the final stages of planning for the most challenging cruise I've done so far. Adelaide to Port Lincoln and various islands in between. We plan on departing at the end of the month.

Two old high school buddies from Canada are joining me for the trip. I'm so much looking forward to it. Here is a very rough plan of routing but it's all very much dependant on weather.
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We plan on taking 12 -14 days for the trip. The challenging part will be finding a protected anchorage each night, as there are no marinas in the majority of these cruising grounds other than Port Lincoln.

If the weather is good and the boat is behaving, we may add on a trip down to Neptune island. (where the movie Jaws was filmed) The swimming isn't so good there, but the fishing is great!

Only 16 more sleeps.
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Greetings,
Mr. AC. AWSOME! Hmmm....High school buddies eh? Hmmm...

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Old 01-13-2017, 04:02 PM   #3
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Yes RT, there may be a few ales consumed. I'll have to be the fun police and ensure it is art appropriate times. (like after 11am)
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Sounds like a great trip. Keep us posted please.
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Yeah, please do keep a log on here of your trip including things that went well and any that you didn't plan for that kinda messed things up.


That way we can all learn from your experience.
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Yeah, please do keep a log on here of your trip including things that went well and any that you didn't plan for that kinda messed things up.


That way we can all learn from your experience.
Yeah like how many booze per day and at what time in the day
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Is the "big" island, Kangaroo Island? Hope so, a beautiful place, lots of native animals, birds, and responsible agriculture. Last night I saw a TV program about feral cat eradication there.
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Our feral cats are domestic moggies gone wild, they get bigger, but not that big. They can do terrible damage to wildlife populations, eg Kangaroo Isl. has little blue penguins which live in burrows and are vulnerable to predators.
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Is the "big" island, Kangaroo Island? Hope so, a beautiful place, lots of native animals, birds, and responsible agriculture. Last night I saw a TV program about feral cat eradication there.
KI is the "big" island, a similar size to Vancouver Island, but with a total population of less than 5000. Unlike most of Australia, there are no feral foxes, but they do have cats. Still, they have an incredible array of wildlife.

Below is one of the more crowded anchorages I plan on stopping at:

I know parts of KI fairly well, having visited it about 20 times, but I've never been to the smaller islands in the Spencer Gulf.

Cruising over there is a bit more challenging, with strong tidal streams, and variable depths of water exposed to a big SW swell. The big, long swell can get tripped up on the uneven bottom, causing breaking waves with little notice.


Larry/GFC/Lou -I will keep you posted, guys - whenever the access to comms allows.

I still have the final 1% of the last 5 boat projects to finish off before I go. The most important is re-mounting my VHF antenna on the new hardtop. Then I plan to reducing weight on the boat by getting rid of specialized project tools and supplies. (I tend to hoard if I'm not careful). After that I'll probably add even more weight with cruising gear (beer and meat)

I'll be reloading the boat to ensure the load is packed as densely as possible in the lower centre of the boat. Reminder to self: Do an inventory as I repack.
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We had 4 days on KI, took the car on the catamaran ferry, great place. Breakfast on the ferry seemed a good idea, but later...it does get rough.
Have a great cruise, look forward to following it.
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hey Auscan,
Nice cruise coming up, Good weather to you.
Noticed this 'cuddles' in the Jan. 'Afloat' mag.
You could have her for spares at that price.
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You've been away from home too long. Kangaroo Island is one-seventh the size of Vancouver Island. Similar sized, but bigger, than Texada Island.

Looks like a great trip. Have fun!
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We'll we made it to port Lincoln safely without any issues. We spent about a week cruising down to Kangaroo Island and along the full length of the north coast. No marinas after the first night but some great anchorages. The best was the aptly named Snug Cove.
From there we did the open water crossing, to Wedge Island then Thistle Island taking about 12 hours. Almost perfect conditions, with a 2 to 3 metre long duration swell and little chop. We just ran with the mainsail reefed, which steadied out any roll completely.

Some real trawlers here in port Lincoln making our boat seem fairly small. There were 2 local boats of the same builder as mine but a 35 ft fly ridge version.
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