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Old 31-05-2009, 21:47   #16
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going nth

The hardest part is getting up to Nth of Bundaberg. This is where the Barrier reef will give some protection & life will be more pleasant. wait for the systems to pass. Strong winds will turn into gales this time of the year!! Ask my wife!! Now I must get back to work if I want to go Nth this year!!

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Old 03-06-2009, 06:58   #17
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I know it is a year after the post but I would be very interested to hear how you managed the trip. This is one on my agenda and I think hearing about it from a recent traveller, naive as I am, would be helpful... hopefully you had a great trip.
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OK we gotta catch up. How did you go?

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Lost all comms, one bilge pump, toilet and traveller otherwise it was a blast but had to turn back.....I ended up puting her on a freighter and shipping her to Brisbane........but damn it was fun.....will try again hopefully next year.

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Old 28-06-2009, 23:47   #19
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but had to turn back..... cheers

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Glasd it was a blast Better luck next time

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I know it is a year after the post but I would be very interested to hear how you managed the trip. This is one on my agenda and I think hearing about it from a recent traveller, naive as I am, would be helpful... hopefully you had a great trip.
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When you're in the Brisbane area, you should drop in on Brent Martz. He has (or used to have) a shed in Samson's marina in Thornlands.
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Coastal swell,

Greetings from Brisbane Waters. We're heading north from Sydney to, well, north! We've just been walloped by the swell. Is it always this bad or can conditions get smoother along this stretch of coastline. Today it's very comparable with the North Atlantic and FlyingVet Jr had his first bout of sea sickness.

Any one with local knowledge around ??

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The swells aren't always bad. Around one metre, certainly less than 2 metres would be the norm.
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Sounds like the trip to Brisbane and north was more than an interesting trip...
And quite by co-incidence I will contact Brent Martz... I am contemplating getting my boat registered as an Australian vessel. I have to do that because it will provide an impetus for traveling to the south Pacific. So I need to contact the boat builder and I hope I can find the builders mark to identify the boat if the name has changed. As to chasing down all the previous owners... another exercise and if anyone can help with additional information on this front I would be more than pleased to listen


The comments about Laurieton from Moondust were also worth reading. It seems to me to be about a nice distance between Pt Stevens and Coff's Harbour. Any info anyone can provide any insights into entering Laurieton I would appreciate the info..
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Any info anyone can provide any insights into entering Laurieton I would appreciate the info..
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Yep. Its dead easy. Its a bar for beginners to learn on.

The Lauriton VMR is on Ch 16 and they will sprinkle some advice.

When we went over it we were a fair bit early and caught a nice wave up the bum for a bit of a surf. Make sure the tide is actually coming in... it helps

The most difficult spot is up the channel a bit, after all the bar. It gets quite shallow and we may have given the bottom a little rub, but its only mud so back off and move a few meters (generally left).

The anchorage is right opposite the Lauriton RSL. Drop facing up river because thats where most of the flow comes from. Its good mud but drop lots of chain out to get it nicely dug in. At the change of tide the boats move a neat little circle but not enough to reset.

You can tie up to the RSL wharf for free to go into dinner or put on water.

The RSL is great, as is every little shop and restaurant in the whole town.

Its got to be one of the cutest, least affected little town on the coast.



The photos below are: The pontoon on the corner of the RSL wharf; Camden Haven from the Bar to Lauriton from the Big Brother mountain (yes we sweated!). You can see Sea Life second from the right, at the bottom of the photo out from the RSL.

The speed boats give a good idea of the channel. The closest 2 boats to the bar have the shallow area between them.

I hope this helps.

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