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.