Ok an old thread but a few knew facts that should be pointed out.
1. It is Shute Harbour not Schute....In case you cant find it on a map or cpn, and a beautiful part of the Whitsundays, 74 islands within 30miles to the great barrier reef
2. Whitsunday Rent a yacht (wray) sits at the mouth of the harbour, its boats were far more exposed than any others in the harbour. On a 2.5 metre tide you can have up to 4 knots of current
where their situated, shute harbour witnesses several 5-6 metre tides per year, then you realy know tidal movement. (top that off with a storm surge).
3. As a charter
boat company in the Whitsunday's, catamarans are by far the most popular boat (not quite yet the most abundant but very close) and have the highest turn around's by far, and are hence more often than not closer to the operations jetty and were thus exposed to the onslaught of Cyclone Ului.
4. They are charter
boats, most owners live in major capital cities or abroad, the company does due dilligance on trying to secure all vessels, removing sails
, cyclone bridals, removing dingys/outboards etc ... but s*&t happens.
5. There were more monohulled vessels adrift , sunk or beached in shute harbour than were catamarans. But as having dived on many of the moorings in shute harbour over the years, its electric
and chains /blocks need to be serviced every few years(especially those in high tidal flow zones)
6. We had a small storm surge of up to 4-5 feet plus on its crossing the mainland, Im a photographer these days & shot a dozen or so insurance
jobs, I dont know final results but at the time half were blamed on the high windage (wear), the other half, surge(short snub),deteriorated mooorings, human error/ deliberate and anchor
7. Myself and family
have lived at Shute Harbour for over 25years.
Imho all cyclones are pains in the arse, but the cyclone parties are good, but the power outages are annoying, in Ului it was 2 weeks before power was restored at Shute Harbour, back up generators were in place within a week or so. Midge point just on the south side suffered six weeks without power, far from fun. One good point is that all houses that are built within the cyclone belt in Australia
are required to be cyclone rated(cat 5) these days for bank loans n insurance
(that is greater than 157 mph for those on the other side of the pond)... reality and ratings dont always match... its those damn storm surges that you have to watch for.
Season is almost upon us again here down under...time to batton down n party