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Old 11-29-2014, 09:35 PM   #81
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I see you're off already Benn.

Nice timing all 'round. Bon Voyage!
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:32 AM   #82
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:49 PM   #83
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OK we have reached Tassie.
Anchored up in Maria Is. been a good trip down, faster than expected.
Jervis bay in for 7 hrs then out to Eden. In for 5 hrs weather window looked good out and across the paddock.
All went well for the first few hrs.landed a couple of small yellow fin tuna , 12 kg each, sushi for the next few days then got the welcome to bass Strait reminder and got hammered for a few hours. I just thought there goes or weather predictions.
Any how it got better and we rolled our way south with a nice 2.5 mtr swell with a bit of crappy sea on top. Wineglass Bay was out so continued on to Maria Is where we will stay and R & R drink and fish for a couple of days before heading up the Derwent to Hobart.
It has been a good leg with a couple of work mates .
Happy days , Tidahapah is in Tassie
We are having a bit of a celebration Moet and Flathead fishing doesn't get much better.
Hope to post some pictures later we certainly covered some miles over the past few days.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:15 PM   #84
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Congratulations Benn. Visited Maria Island during a cycle ride Launceston to Hobart. Beautiful well preserved place, though the old jail we slept in overnight was interesting. I hear the recently released Tasmanian Devils, intending to give them a tumor disease free refuge, is not working so well for the ground dwelling birdlife, incl the Cape Barren geese and penguins. Looking forward to the photos.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:48 PM   #85
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A few statistics
We traveled 583.6 NM from Sydney , 77 .33 hrs steaming and 17.5 hrs at anchor.
used 973 lt fuel
12.5 lts per hr at 7.5 knots , pretty happy with that.
1005 NM since leaving the gold Coast.
Gardner running very nicely at 1250 RPM and using about 1 lt of oil/24 hrs
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:53 PM   #86
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Good on ya Benn, that's a trip I have got on my list when my kahunas grow considerably larger and I can find crew that will trust me. 12.5 litres average from the old Gardner at 7.5 knots is fantastic in those seas.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:24 AM   #87
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Congrats Ben. Must feel really good to have crossed. Fuel consumption is excellent. Have you worked out how much the 'sail assist' contributes to that?
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:43 AM   #88
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Brian,
Did not use sails much on the trip as we are mostly tug boat people.
The first day out of Sydney we had the sails up for about 5 hours .
The rest was power boatin, pluggin along as we we do well.
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How about some pic's Ben.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:29 PM   #90
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OK Andy. I am on a new computer and still on the UP learning curve but will try soon.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:27 AM   #91
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OK now for a few photos
First lot are of our cruise around Sydney with John on Flemingo.
You ill see what a nice tidy clean cruiser looks like.
Flemingo is impeccable.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:34 AM   #92
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Now this lot are when we are heading south from Green Cape/Gabo
The first few hrs when we caught the tuna were pretty good and then it got crappy for about 36 hrs and no photos were taken.
The last few are from when we went thru Schouten passage into some very nice calm water and then down to our present anchorage at Maria Island.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:19 PM   #94
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Got word from John on Flemingo he has departed Sydney on his way down to Hobart. AIS has not had a position for about 15 hours but think he should be in Eden today.
I suppose he will wait for a weather window before crossing Bass Strait.
Looks like some nice motor boatin weather down that way in a few days time..
Any way hope he has a good safe trip and I will see him in Hobart.
I fly back from work in Port Hedland tonight and then back to Hobart on Sunday.

Time to get back boating and get Tidahapah ready for the Wooden Boat Festival.

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G'day Benn et al,

Arrived at Triabunna this morning after a pretty easy passage south.

Sydney-Eden 208nm 27hrs, averaged 7.7.

Eden Triabunna 360nm, averaged 7.5

Good surfing conditions for the first 30 hours, but we got slapped around a bit off Flinders when the wind gods didn't quite agree with our forecast and we could only manage 5kn grunting into a nasty southerly slop.

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Old 01-24-2015, 02:42 AM   #96
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Nice work John.
I saw on vessel tracker you were well off shore going past Wineglass Bay.
Winifred is not far behind you somewhere, looks like they left Sydney the day after you.
Flying down to Hobart tomorrow afternoon.
I see Triabunna are having a little festival 1/2 Feb May attempt to get there on the boat before the Hobart Festival. New marina at Tribunna apparently, is it completed yet?
May see you next week.
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The Triabunna 'classic festival' is a good idea but it seems the event hasn't stirred up much interest so far, Benn.

Acording to locals very few enquiries have come in and I guess planning ahead is not in a timber boat owner's nature If it flies it will be a pretty spontanous happening I reckon.

The new marina pontoons have arrived but the construction hasn't started yet. There's always room at the wharf - the fishermen here are very relaxed and friendly about us lying alongside and Stan the dockmaster does a great juggling act.

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Doing a little clean up work before the Wooden Boat festival and have decided to give the aft cabin top and wheelhouse aft bulkhead a quick 2 pack gloss freshen up.
Have also fitted some pelmets over the blind tops, every little bit helps.
Fills in the days instead of drinking.
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How do you like your Garmin radar? What scanner did you go with?
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Oliver,
Used the Garmin a lot on the way south from the Gold Coast and love it.
Bring it up either stand alone or as overlay on the plotter.
Definition is fantastic , Radar is Garmin GMR 18xHD 18" 4Kw 36 Nm High Definition radome radar scanner. I like the enclosed scanner as it is mounted on my main mast.
Viewing it via 2 GPSMAP 8012 12" Multi-touch glass multi-function displays.
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