S/V Bluebottle

22 March 2018 | Barrenjoey head, Pittwater NSW
12 March 2018
15 January 2018
15 January 2018
17 May 2017 | Hobart, Tasmania
07 April 2016
17 March 2015 | Hobart
16 September 2013 | Kings Pier Marina, Hobart
25 May 2013
24 May 2013
24 May 2013
24 May 2013
06 December 2012
11 September 2012

Up the River to Bundaberg

09 November 2010
It is fixed - the engine. All it needed was a new impeller, which Adrienne sourced in town. We had ruled this out, (in long discussions with several yachties) as to the cause of no seawater appearing at the exhaust, because a new one was fitted underway, only a few engine hours before it broke down. The one that broke must have been well aged, sitting in the spares locker for years, I'd guess.

Today we move off the Bundy Port Marina's comfortable berth to an anchorage up the river. It has been great here, while the engine didn't work, to have a shower, go to the markets or to town, fill up with water, just so easy to step on board from a floating pier.

When we leave here, after having the sniffer dog inspection for termites ($880!) on Monday, we'll cruise the inside waterways behind Fraser island - we've had a lot of help here from Tony of 2 Imagine. But first clean up the ship, paint the rusty bits, have a bit of rest! And wait for the full moon. We need highest tides for this passage through some very shallow parts; look it up on Google Earth, Fraser island - it's an amazing complex of waterways!

PS - As Colin pointed out, Bluebottle's position on the map here on Sailblogs is incorrect. As we sailed I posted position reports, so I don't know what went wrong. Anyway, we're here, back in Australia! I'll be writing more as we coast down to Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart. This is harder than ocean passagemaking, because of the proximity of the land and shipping.
Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart