Originally Posted by Stranded Mariner
Abel point, that's in Airlie right?
Yes. It should be re-named "Unable point". They wouldn't be able to run a raffle.
We spent an entertaining afternoon listening to them trying to find a berth for a succession of boats via the VHF
. "Try B22" "No, there's already a boat there." "OK, stand by............try J17" then a few minutes later "No there's a boat in J17 already".......and so it went, for boat after boat.
Quite amusing until it happened to be US trying to get a berth!
What's more, you book a berth for a week, but you don't get the same berth for the whole week - you get moved every day. But the berths they try to move you to are usually already taken!
points - water
& power, are not at the ends of the fingers, they are in the MIDDLE of the berths - so you need huge extension cables
There is no water available at the fuel dock
- you are supposed to book a berth for the night just to fill up with water! (And then you need around 30 metres of hose. Even the fire hoses don't reach! )
Even getting fuel
is a major exercise - you virtually have to book the fuel dock!
And when you do finally succeed in getting to the fuel dock
they forget to activate the bowser. Even after being reminded several times by VHF
. And then in person. And then in person again, but this time with threats of violence........