off again and we had the wind
from behind. It was light and we raised the spinniker. It was nice sailing for a while and we sailed close to the 12 Apostles. We didnt stop again until Eden but the views were extrodinary. Wilsons Promentory is surely one of the nicest places you can see from the water
with nice weather
. We were having spells of calm which we hated more than gales. The sails
would bash around and make it hard to sleep and difficut to steer. So we used the motor
. Somewhere after Port Welshpool the engine mounts all broke which necesitated us to drift until wind arrived for fear of severe damage when running the engine. After drifing into a shipping
lane with a ship heading staight for me I tried to start the engine. It seemed seized which caused the starer motor to almost catch on fire. Cranking the engine by hand with a large spanner allwed us to turn it over eventualy. But a puff of wind got us out of the way of the ship. The wind lasted about an hour and we were drifing again for a day. We got some more light wind and we sailed past Gabo island where we saw Bricky. Here is a pic of him. Gabo isalnd is beautiful as are all the capes around here. It tooks us over a day to get from here to Eden. We saw seals
, wales, dolhpins and plenty of sea birds.
We even caught a Muttonbird on our lure plus 7 barracuda on our trip so far but nothing worth eating. I lost
the lot a few times so I rigged up a 120lb line plus a speargun rubber on a hand reel as a shock cord. When going around Wilsons Promentory the speargun rubber streched out to about 2m then snapped. I would love to know what we had on there!
We now sit in Eden. We got light wind until close to Boyds Tower. From there on we had enough and lashed the dink to the rear quarter (as discoused on another cruisers thread). To my surise we moved at 3.5K with the 3hp at 2/3 throttle. The water
was like a mirror. Eden is a beautiful place and we are waiting on engine parts
. I hired a car for a few days and we have been driving around the area. Everything is super expensive here but its such a nice place. We couldnt be in a better spot to rest for a few days. I might go down to the Green Cape lighthouse today.