Long Day to Woogoompah Island! Monday, December 3, 2018
03 December 2018 | Woogoompah Island, Queensland, Australia
Watched an episode of The Americans, Season 1, after dinner last night. I was tired and falling asleep by the time it was over. Headed to bed after 10 pm. Mark woke up several times at night. The wind had shifted and he was concerned that we were too close to the moored boats. Ended up just fine. Had breakfast. You would not believe the number of large ferry boats that come to each of these islands, taking passengers to the mainland. The problem is they are moving fast and don't seem to mind that we are being rocked every time they go past us. Mark figured out that the water tank had a defective hose. So, he used my good ceramic knife to cut a couple inches off the end. Reinstalled it and that seems to have solved the leak. Then, Mark found us a place to anchor outside of the ferry boat channels. It took us about an hour to motor around Russell Island. We found a safe and secure place to anchor and wait out the high tide. Cooked a nice veggie omelet for lunch. Then took a short nap. Hauled anchor at 3 pm and motor/sailed south. We passed thru some strange places. The first one was a number of powerlines, which we had to get under. We should have had at least 10 foot clearance. It always looks too close! Then passed by several mangrove islands. And finally to a place where there were boats all over. Lots of house boats, too. Some of the boats were on mooring balls. Mark noticed that one big powerboat advertised Alcohol, bait, groceries and ice. There were towns along the way with lots of houses along the shore. We spotted a fuel dock with many bent pilings. Not somewhere we would have stopped. Passed thru Jacob Wells, which had a nice looking marina set back in. All along there were boats close by the channel on both sides. Then we can see a ship wreck of a ketch sailboat that must be 60 - 70 feet on the opposite side of the channel from where we anchored. It was after 6 pm, with the sun about to set, that we dropped our anchor off Woogoompah Island. We didn't make it to Jumpinpin anchorage as we were running out of light. Took lots of pictures, which I will post on Facebook. Thanks for the emails, messages and comments. We appreciate your news! Plans are to continue heading south based on weather.