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Old 10-04-2016, 01:06 AM   #81
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Hi Benn, All delivered with a bad attitude! The great thing about social media is we can all share the experiences. I.e. Townsville team were awesome, nothing too much trouble.
The sculpture is awesome, we were expecting some lame fish in fibreglass but he has done a great job.
Thanks for the tip re muddy marina, I will look it up.
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:12 AM   #82
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What an astounding gouge. Do they charge for water? Could you park there all day to spite them?
Sharp conduct like that may draw in a competitor. When Western Australia based Baileys Fuels set up in Sydney it put a cat among the pigeons. Even D`Albora reduced their prices, Akuna Bay became competitive. Probably unrelated, but Ardent Leisure, which owns the D`Albora Marinas chain, is selling them off as "non core business".

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Old 10-04-2016, 01:44 AM   #83
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I think the reef boats would crush any boat left there all day and given it's a govt marina can't imagine they will be allowing any competition. Rack price is $1.28 a litre so a bit of bargaining is needed to get the reef boat price!
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:04 PM   #84
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Well the price you got in the end at Cairns was reasonable at least. I fuelled up at Hamilton Island a week ago and it was $1.32. To tie up at the fuel dock was free, but you had to leave ASAP. Its a very busy place. I only stayed 2 nights in the marina, the place was chockers and I was lucky to share a 40m T-head with some other boats. But not cheap - $165/night. Still, the place is well run and convenient, and I'd happily use it again for a night or two in future.

Benn is right, Mackay is a pretty good marina to use, and bus to Canelands mall makes shopping very straightforward. When I was online I noticed there were quite a few berths for sale there too, but prices were all over the place for some reason. Maybe some sellers with unrealistic expectations?

There were a few days of light northerlies, so I ran south for a bit. I was at White Bay on Middle Percy when the southerly change came through a bit earlier than forecast. Left at 6am into 25-30kn with tide running opposite direction. It was an 'interesting' trip across to South Percy where I holed up for a few hours to allow things to settle a bit. Currently at Port Clinton.
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Old 10-05-2016, 12:30 AM   #85
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Brian , good to see you are still on the go, safe travels.
Hammo "it is what it is" Has its good points, you don't have to go into Airlie, on line shopping from Coles, use the resort facilities,good coffee these days, some nice resturants, local airport, good for guests in and out,and Marina staff very willing to assist both in and out of your berth.
Fuel used to be cheaper than Airlie but it is the high season.
I even used to haul Tidahapah out there when I was berthed at Laguna Quays.
Mackay Marina berths have different lease lengths so this may explain the disparity in prices.
I am happy with my $700.00/month for B8 that I have now. It may even be the berth you were in.
Anyhow safe travels.

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