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Old 02-09-2015, 04:34 PM   #101
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Well the Wooden Boat Festival is over.
What an incredible 4 days of boat porn /eye candy. All manner of wooden boats, sail, motor sailors, motor boats, and an endless supply of wooden dinghys, rowing boats of all shapes and sizes.
John departed for Sydney this morning and I will hang around for a bout 6 more days as gayle and her girlfriend do a Thelma and Louise trip around a few Tassie spots.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:16 PM   #102
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Looks like a great time Benn. Loved this photo.

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Someone always parks a bigger boat near me too
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:29 AM   #103
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Hey Benn, great pics. Lovely venue isn't it. Did you go to the Salamander market - bet the women did. And did you get to visit the Drunken Admiral pub..?
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:01 PM   #104
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Peter all of the above.
Have been to 2 previous Boat Festivals but this first with own boat.
Drunken Admiral for a meal or 2 plus the Ball and Chain (excellent) Shipwrights Arms for copious amounts of Amber fluid and rum. The place was full of all the Qld boat builders and owners etc, sawdust and bullshit.
Now down North Bruny island
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:04 AM   #105
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Well it looks like the Tassie cruise is coming to an end.
We are presently anchored in Cygnet Harbour, been visiting friends and going ashore in between strong Easterly winds and cold rain.
Tomorrow it is off to Kettering , fuel up for the return trip home and visit a mate with a 60 ft steel motor yacht that he is presently adding a new aft cabin to. A big project for a bloke my age and doing it all himself. Hope to have some pics after tomorrow.
After that it is into Hobart , clean up buy some stores, the Boss will fly home and my mate will fly in for the trip north.
Good guy to have o board , was the Master on the Aureoa Australis until he went piloting in Gladstone.
Was going to go as far as Pittwater and stay a while but may go all the way home about 1000 odd miles.
The Boss and I have decided that we will come back down for the next Wooden Boat Festival and also cruise some more..
Lookin good so far so hope the weather has a nice turn for our Bass Strait crossing, looks like a nice high coming across about next weekend.
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:35 AM   #106
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Sounds like all is going well for you in Tassie, Benn. - (other than the usual cool weather)
We went to the SA wooden boat festival at Goolwa on the weekend. It was the opposite. Stinking hot @ 41 degrees, but some cool boats, and lots of beverages enjoyed.

Best of luck for the journey home.
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:58 AM   #107
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Slowly heading home. Presently holed up in Wine Glass Bay, very strong westerlies.
Hangin of the Excel with about 70 mts of chain out.
Not to bad , chilled Chard and Pinot Gries with some fresh crays. May be the wind will blow for a few more days.
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Looks like there is no hardship in waiting for better weather.......
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:40 AM   #109
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Brian,
A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
This westerly is pretty consistent ,has hit a 37 knot max so far so see what tomorrow brings.
Would like to get to the Gold Coast by the 10 th all going well.
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Sorry to hear you are going to miss Pittwater Ben, still there's always next year, safe journey.
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:20 PM   #111
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Andy,
The way the weather is going Pittwater looks like it may be our stop.
So see what next week brings.
This wind is not abating at present just getting a consistent 30 knots as we speak.
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Saturday/Sunday looks very possible for the strait Benn, with Babel a reasonable staging point.
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Great pics Benn. Wooden boat festival looks like a lot of fun .
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John,
Wind peaked at 50 knots today.
Predict wind is giving a good plan for Sunday.
We hope to head further north tomorrow and see how it all goes.
Hope to get up to Eddystone and hop from there but further up would be good.
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Can you still catch crays in 50kn Benn?
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Wind peaked at 50 knots today.

Sounds a wee bit nautical Benn, hang tight cowboy and be safe out there.
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:09 AM   #117
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John,
The day before the pot was still doable from the tinny, a bit wet but worth it.
Last night and today she was howling, wind has now eased we actually saw single figures a minute or so ago.
Get away in the morning and head for Eddystone , ready to cross.
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Marine Rescue Logon/Off App

Slight hijack, which may be useful.
Marine Rescue (NSW state) is today launching a mobile/cell phone app to enable easy logon/logoff. MR provides radio cover and assistance on the NSW coast, typically when venturing offshore you log on at departure and log off when back in enclosed waters (if you don`t logoff they look for you), plus they may request or make contact while you are offshore to check progress. Once you logon, they keep your boat details on file. A useful and comforting service, MR is a Govt. assisted volunteer organization. Transiting up the coast, they can pass you from one localised service to the next as you progress.
Not sure how the App will work, being new, but it is recognition of mobile phone coverage. MR has long taken a mobile number when you VHF logon. I don`t think it will do away with the obligation to carry a VHF offshore, nor should it.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:30 AM   #119
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Anchored up under the south side of Eddystone Point.Top North east corner of tassie.
Not the greatest anchorage, 3 mtr swell running into the beach and we are anchored off in 10 mts of water with a nice westerly wind.
Not the greatest anchorage but there are 2 cray boats anchored so we are in good company.
Get away at 0400 dark o'clock to cross the strait.
Weather looks like it could be reasonable for the crossing and really good going up the NSW coast.
Just gotta see how it goes.
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Hope you have a safe crossing Benn. Are you aiming for Eden?
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