DODGING FISHING BOATS
02 November 2010 | Approaching Bundaberg
Australia welcomes us with driving spray, 25 knots of wind on the nose and water jumping onto the deck; with only 26 miles to go to Bundy we are leaping and diving - the bows dipping, driving along under stays'l and reefed main. Up until 4 hours ago we had calm seas and a beam wind, and with the engine running were making 6 knots, approaching Fraser Island, Sandy Cape, in the dark.
About 6 am Quent and I were on the foredeck, hoisting the stays'l , spray flying - we got wet. It felt good, the Aussie seas showing their muscle. Some water comes below, the forehatch leaking slightly.
Ten minutes ago, the engine overheated, a problem becoming more and more common. There was no raw water coming out the back. I'm letting it cool down and then I'll bleed the air out and try again. The big problem would be if it does this entering the channel. We'll probably get in about 2 pm, at low tide. The tidal streams run hard here on the ebb.
Right now we see 4 fishing boats on the radar to our port side, 3 miles off, and 2, maybe prawn trawlers, off to the starboard side. Watching them very closely. A moment ago we dipped the bow and a wave pushed a lot of seawater past the rubber seals on the 3 forward hatches; we got a lot of water below, in the forepeak.