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Old 31-03-2013, 16:09   #16
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

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Sorry, I should have mentioned the boat names. Hokule'a and Solstice both are Liberty 458's and lovely boats and hail from Renaldo Beach CA.

I love Hobart but it did end up getting way too cold for us!

I'm looking forward to this trip north...
Ohh, those guys! We did meet Jake and Jackie on Hokule'a last November up in Moreton Bay, but never got to know them too well. Don't think we have encountered Solstice though.

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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

We're already in Mackay and hope to be in Cairns by November. Trouble is we keep finding beautiful places we don't want to leave! Ahh the cruising life is hard.
Glorious weather here at the moment
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Old 22-04-2013, 17:10   #18
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We're already in Mackay and hope to be in Cairns by November. Trouble is we keep finding beautiful places we don't want to leave! Ahh the cruising life is hard.
Glorious weather here at the moment
Doesn't get much better than at present.

Might need the iron sail to get anywhere, though.
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Old 22-04-2013, 17:31   #19
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

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We're planning to head north around the end of June.

Probably hang round the Whitsundays for a while then see which way the wind blows.

I just had a look at the price lists for a few marinas round the Whitsundays! Any suggestions for those of us who are on a budget?
Hi Boracay be aware that in Shute Harbour and Pioneer Bay that Club Marine and several other insurance companies have made this a no go zone so no insurance. This is a bit of a bugger as this is where you will have to go to re stock. I have changed my insurance company because of this money grabbing rule and as I have a mooring in Pioneer Bay it was untenable for me. If you must go to a marina try going up to Bowen its a nice trip and you can restock there and will not have to take out a loan to stay HaHa Cheers Jacko
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

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Hi Boracay be aware that in Shute Harbour and Pioneer Bay that Club Marine and several other insurance companies have made this a no go zone so no insurance. This is a bit of a bugger as this is where you will have to go to re stock. I have changed my insurance company because of this money grabbing rule and as I have a mooring in Pioneer Bay it was untenable for me. If you must go to a marina try going up to Bowen its a nice trip and you can restock there and will not have to take out a loan to stay HaHa Cheers Jacko

My understanding is that boats not normally moored in pioneer bay won't be insured for NAMED STORMS there. You'd be OK for collisions etc though.

There's been so many moored boats written off in th elast few years, the word going round is that many insurers are going to refuse to insure boats kept on swing moorings anywhere.

But restocking from Cannonvale is pretty easy. Anchor round near the VMR boat ramp and it's a short walk to a shopping centre from there. We usually get in and back out in the same day.
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Old 23-04-2013, 00:40   #21
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

The VMR Whitsunday ramp loos to be the go for restocking. Bus every half
hour, taxi back?

I don't recall anything in my Club Marine policy about moorings, though I do recall something about one of the other companies refusing to insure moored boats. My policy has an exclusion clause for unsuitable moorings though.

It does seem that every time there's a serious storm come through boats end up on the rocks.

Any tips on best anchoring practice in Pioneer Bay?
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

If you read through your policy, not the brochure you will find most insurers will exclude from coverage any vessel left at anchor unaccompanied for more than 24 Hrs.
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Old 23-04-2013, 01:25   #23
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Well I quit work today! I have to work a months notice, so I guess we'll be leaving Sydney the last week of May........ Does anyone think I'll be a waste of space at work for the next month?
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

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The VMR Whitsunday ramp loos to be the go for restocking. Bus every half
hour, taxi back?

I don't recall anything in my Club Marine policy about moorings, though I do recall something about one of the other companies refusing to insure moored boats. My policy has an exclusion clause for unsuitable moorings though.

It does seem that every time there's a serious storm come through boats end up on the rocks.

Any tips on best anchoring practice in Pioneer Bay?
There's a Coles shopping centre within easy walking distance of the VMR ramp. (from memory 200-300m) You could get a taxi back, but it's really not far to push a shopping trolley. (and return it of course). No hills on the way either.

Anchoring is the same as most places, it's pretty good holding mud, but if you're from down South just be aware the tidal range will be a lot more than you might be used to.
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

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We will leave Pittwater around the middle of May, sailing north slowly to Cairns to leave for the Louisiades around the middle of July.

And we are not really from Sydney, but from California, though we could live in Sydney very easily!
Sydney mid May to Cairns mid July, that's not going slowly!

We'll be heading north from Brisbane early june.
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You're right! Not slowly, actually pretty fast. Australia is huge.
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

Anyone doing Sydney to Mackay in one hop.

Putting aside Hervey Bay what else is being missed on the way?
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Re: Who is heading to Qld or further north this winter?

Lots

All the Curtis Coast area, Musgrave, Pancake Creek, Yellow Patch, the keppels the percy's
etc. Get a copy of cruising the curtis coast by Noel Patrick and have a look.
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Don't know why you would do Sydney Mackay direct? Unless you have an appointment there. You'd be missing the best bits of Australia's East Coast. Too many too mention. Once you get to Mackay you have to share with others (charter yachts). On the way there are so many great spots to enjoy all to yourself.

We are in Hervey Bay. Heading North slooowwllyyyy.

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Anyone doing Sydney to Mackay in one hop.

Putting aside Hervey Bay what else is being missed on the way?
So I guess your hoping for a good weather window?
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