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Old 24-01-2013, 16:07   #31
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Re: Haul out/bottom paint in Australia?

Normal situation at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays in a blow, with heaps of vessels, at least 20 according to ABC radio washed up on rocks today. Normal in a blow there.
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Old 24-01-2013, 16:19   #32
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Re: Haul out/bottom paint in Australia?

BOM Forecast Explorer is showing 6 - 7 m off Cape Byron for Sunday night.

Yous may have to play round and click forward a bit to find it.

Cyclone action at Mooloolaba includes running chains to the top of the concrete piles. If it can be done at Coffs it could be well worth considering.

The seawall looks like a big sea would go right through it, even if the rocks stay in place...

7 m might go over the top.
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Old 24-01-2013, 22:14   #33
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Hmm, I tend to agree with savior. Check with BOM, they're reasonably more accurate than any other source:

Coffs Coast

I test sailed my yacht there out of the breakwater in 3+ M swell. Not a ripple in that lovely marina. Though there was some crazy trying to save a few dollars anchored out off the old pier. I don't think they got much sleep bouncing off their anchor!

Chat with the boys in the bar at the yacht club, local knowledge is always best.
The marina is good in a SE swell, but less so in a NE.

The BOM forecast is starting to agree with Seabreeze - NE 30-40 on Sunday, NE 35-45 on Monday. Seas to 5m.

Hopefully it will be less.
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Old 24-01-2013, 23:58   #34
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Hmm, I tend to agree with savior. Check with BOM, they're reasonably more accurate than any other source:

Coffs Coast

I test sailed my yacht there out of the breakwater in 3+ M swell. Not a ripple in that lovely marina. Though there was some crazy trying to save a few dollars anchored out off the old pier. I don't think they got much sleep bouncing off their anchor!

Chat with the boys in the bar at the yacht club, local knowledge is always best.
Well Boombrake, that crazy could well have been us. When forced to stop at Coffs we do anchor in the neighborhood of the end of the old pier, or between it and the marina south wall. It is not a good anchorage, but in my eyes a far better bet than the marina if it is blowing hard from the NE. And once the NE sea has built up, getting your boat out of the marina to get to the safety of the outer harbour would be interesting at best.

Your description of the marina as "lovely" causes me to doubt your vision, and while there might not be "ripples" therein, there sure as hell can be a destructive surge that comes right through the northern wall. As others have said, there have been storms where the marina has literally begun to break up... fingers breaking off the main walkway, cleats failing, pilings attachments failing and so on. These are not imaginary happenings but historical fact. And then we have the seas that come right over the top of the northern wall... again facts with photographic evidence available in the marina office (unless the new management has hidden them). Val had a selection of them on the inside door of a locker in that office.

You are welcome to your opinion of the facility, but reality seems at odds with your description.

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PS The boys in the yacht club bar are without doubt an accurate and unbiased source of info.
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Hi Jim, no question of accuracy from me of your colourful description!

I'm just saying it depends on the direction of weather and size of swell, not all 3+M swell is going to smash over seawalls and create havoc.

Hope the weather isn't as bad as thought up there...
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Well, I like the forecast that says 5 meters more than the 7.5 meter one. But I guess I'll be able to give some first hand views of whatever happens. We have some extra lines out and have been getting ready by eating great food and drinking good wine at the yacht club. I'll have my GoPro camera set up if we do get waves over the breakwater.
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I'll have my GoPro camera set up if we do get waves over the breakwater.
I hope you mean attached to the top of your kite, while you're Kite Surfing over those 5M puppies?! Post the link please!
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Well, I like the forecast that says 5 meters more than the 7.5 meter one....
Best not look at seabreeze today then. Maybe don't look at the BOM either.

Is the marina management making any preparations?
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Best not look at seabreeze today then. Maybe don't look at the BOM either.

Is the marina management making any preparations?
Probably raising the rates to help compensate for damage!!

Good luck...

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Re: Haul out/bottom paint in Australia?

Latest BOM forecast for Coffs coast is predicting seas up to 6m, and 4m swells for Monday. (And maximum seas may be up to twice the averages given here!)

Good luck guys, IMO the BOM are often pessimistic, this time I hope they are being VERY pessimistic!
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Re: Haul out/bottom paint in Australia?

There are multiple marinas at Brooklyn (hawkesbery river). So many they will fall over each other for work..
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The marina, at least so far, doesn't seem worried. The storm won't arrive until tomorrow and we already have spray coming over the breakwater.
Pretty scary watching " Higgins Storm Chasers" on facebook. Great weather maps and up to the minute pictures. It looks like the center of the storm will come right over Coffs.

This should be an exciting couple of days. We had another wonderful meal tonight, with good Australian wine to help us prepare.
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Re: Haul out/bottom paint in Australia?

We've had a max gust of 73 knots here in Bundyberg,heaps over 55...... and perlenty of rain, we're at 2.5 m flood at the moment. the wind against current had near 1 m standing waves this avo !..... wonder what daylight will reveal, 1 yacht has apparently sunk this afternoon and 4 dragged thier mooring blocks off into the darkness an hour or so ago.
Our marina man ,Stan and his family, got beat up in the Burnett hds tornado earlier. Hope theyre ok.
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We've had a max gust of 73 knots here in Bundyberg,heaps over 55......
Our thoughts are with you so hang in there, and watch out for the mountains of Hyacinth weed. That's what drag loose so many in the last one.
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Re: Haul out/bottom paint in Australia?

The fast rising flooding Burnett River today claimed our boat.
She is a battered mess now aimlessly floating(just)above the seas of Hervey Bay.
We've lived in her for a few years now,tonight a motel.......who knows where the nights after.
Cant express just how heartbreaking it was to watch her smashed as the wharf took off downstream.
4 bags of clothes and scant precious possesions, a cleaner slate I've/we've never had to start with.
At least we have our health,lives were lost last night..
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