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Old 01-15-2016, 06:42 AM   #21
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Great pics, and takes me back to the sheer flexibility we also used to enjoy when we had our trailer yachts and towed then all over the North Island of NZ to many of the lovely crystal clear lakes over there. There are definitely are advantages to being able to get to great waterways either inland, or up and down the coast without traversing long distances of potentially nasty exposed coastline and in a fraction of the time it would take on the boat's own bottom, even if capable of it. I long ago decided I'd rather hire a boat up in the Whitsundays, for example, than take 2 weeks getting up there and back in our own boat, even though with previous owners she has been up there a couple of times.
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Old 01-16-2016, 08:08 AM   #22
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Peter you may not realize it that the best part of going to the Whits is all the fantastic stops on the way. The Whits themselves are just a bit of icing on the cake and they in comparison are probably a bit over rated and over crowded.
This can all be achieved with just day cruising so lots of drink stops.
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Old 01-17-2016, 09:03 PM   #23
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Peter you may not realize it that the best part of going to the Whits is all the fantastic stops on the way. The Whits themselves are just a bit of icing on the cake and they in comparison are probably a bit over rated and over crowded.
This can all be achieved with just day cruising so lots of drink stops.
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I don't doubt that Benn, but two problems for us.

1. Just the trip up would use up my entire holiday, as I am not retired yet.

2. The 2iC won't have it on in any case. I'm afraid her love of the sea is several scales below mine, and I suspect that is so for many on here. Very occasionally it is the other way round, but that is rare...rare as hen's teeth...possibly rarer...
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:29 PM   #24
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Hi all,
Just returned to Perth with 'Nimiane' under tow after 12 months cruising the east coast of Oz.
What a brilliant experience.
From being nothing more than a tinnie owner to having a live-on cruising boat.
So many brilliant places, people, experiences and so much to learn and learnt about boating along with the way.
Just a few pics of the trip across Oz for now.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:35 PM   #25
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I love that first picture! A boat on a trailer in a desert.

I think it deserves a "caption this photo" thread.
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Hi all,
Just returned to Perth with 'Nimiane' under tow after 12 months cruising the east coast of Oz.
What a brilliant experience.
From being nothing more than a tinnie owner to having a live-on cruising boat.
So many brilliant places, people, experiences and so much to learn and learnt about boating along with the way.
Just a few pics of the trip across Oz for now.

Not only do you guys down there drive on the wrong side of the road... you also load your boats on the trailer the wrong way!.

What a great trip.. nice looking rig!
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:57 PM   #27
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HOLLYWOOD,
We had quite a discussion about which end was which some time ago. In pic #1 you're looking at the stern on the customary end of the trailer. It's an aft wheelhouse/cabin like the "Piper Trawler" that advertises here.
I like this boat a lot. Not anything like it in this country.
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:18 PM   #28
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Not only do you guys down there drive on the wrong side of the road... you also load your boats on the trailer the wrong way!.

What a great trip.. nice looking rig!
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But if the trailer is on the wrong side of the road...isn't the boat facing the right way?


Besides...down there aren't trailers biorientational?
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I love that first picture! A boat on a trailer in a desert.

I think it deserves a "caption this photo" thread.
I knew I shoulda took that right turn at Albuquerque.
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townsville-magnetic isl-palm isl-hinchinbrook isl

After reviewing some of my pics of a year cruising the east coast of Oz, here is a taste of a particularly enjoyable cruise.
1.fueling-up at Townsville
2.horseshoe bay -magnetic island
3.whale rock -baring bay-magnetic
4.palm island with orpheous island in far distance
5.hinchinbrook island
6.hinchinbrook passage
7.woke to this on first morning in passage
8.& 9.& 10. along the passage to cardwell
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continuation of Townsville-Hinchinbrook trip
1.aboriginal fish traps in the Hinchinbrook passage -said to be thousands of years old
2.cardwell in the far distance
3.the weatherside or east coast of Hinchinbrook island- was extremely lucky to have 3 days with little to none of the dreaded Southeasterly trades to explore this side- that's zoe bay in the distance -a great beach and small waterfall behind.
4. rounding the Southeast corner of hinchinbrook island.
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:29 PM   #32
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Thanks bogranjac1, enjoying the pics, please keep em coming.
PS. I`ve met Rebel twice, good guy, he will be a fine source of info.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:44 AM   #33
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Another cruise, this time over a period of 2 months (mid winter) from Bowen - Gloucester passage -Airlie- Hamilton- Whitsunday- Hook- and back.
1. the rig
2. a travelling mate.......doing better than Buckley's lot
3. edgecome bay - across from Bowen where I launched and my first view of a 'Whitsunday island, ever !!!!
4. Gloucester island and passage
5. Ideal cruising conditions ??? Olden and Gumrell isl's in distance
6. first view of the popular Airlie beach,,,,there were literally hundreds of yachts and cruisers anchored there.
7. off Hamiliton island, reminded me of some of the coast around Vancouver B.C. - but of course a pale imitataion
8. entering Gulnare inlet- a wonderful experience and beauty to behold
9. morning - awake to this everyday ????
10.on the way arounf the south-east coast of Whitsunday island going to Solway passage and the (OVER) popular Whitehaven beach
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11. & 12. the truly excellent Narra inlet on Hook island
13. leaving Airlie
14. Monte's resort in the Gloucester passage - home to (TOO ?) many a piss-ups ???
15. halfway across Edgecombe bay on return to Bowen. Gloucester island and my final view of the Whitsundays.
16. A nice rig for a spot of travelling Oz.
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Great pics...I'd love to do that. And hey, I've worked it out. Those pics with the boat on the trailer in the desert do look like a conventional boat on the trailer backwards, but the later one, side on, shows it is the same vessel. It's just such an unusual shape it could well be called a marine 'push-me-pull-you' could it not..?
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:18 AM   #36
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Damn Cool... the boat too!!
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