Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new to you boat.
Sorry but I would never buy a cruising boat with a keel
deeper than 1.8mtrs... 2.4 mtr keel will probably keep you away from inside Frazer Island and Hinchinbrook Island... I quite like Townsville for sailing but I think that depth keel may be an issue in the river where the yacht club is (very friendly) and I believe you can forget the other marina there too (where you get diesel) very shallow, Magnetic Island marina is also shallow from memory as are most it seems.
Shallow around Harvey Bay but at least it is sand.
The owner of the Farr 40 I race
on hit a rock lying off Barrenjoey headland racing
at speed under spinnaker
a few weeks ago, reportedly $100 000 in damage apparently covered by insurance
. He was pretty quite after hitting, very nice man we all felt sorry for him, kind of exciting though too. Couple of the old farts crewing
fell over and got a bit bruised up. I think the Farr 40 has 3mtr draft
his old Bavaria
Match 38 with the 1.8mtr keel would have sailed right over the top of it no problem. we were lucky we didn't punch a hole in the hull
Whats the depth at Lady Musgrave entrance?
Get a good dinghy
Lots of retires in Harvey Bay could be good for the medical
You will have lots of fun on that boat anyway and she sure looks pretty, lots of room on a 50 footer for sure. Welcome to the east coast