|Southern Belle in her berth - she's the lovely cream and red boat just below the curve of the palm tree.|
- The boat is sitting flat - no rolling or bobbing;
- We don't have to worry about the batteries because we're plugged into shore power;
- The showers have great hot water, and you don't feel like the contents in a milk shake container standing in the boat's cubicle;
- There is solid land, with palm trees and birdsong, just a short ramp away!
The Captain and I rented a little car yesterday and we've done a bit of looking around the town of Mackay as well as touring the local coastal communities. We found a great place for fresh seafood yesterday which meant we had a big bowl of fresh prawn pasta for dinner last night. Yum.
The other element we have enjoyed a great deal over the last few days is being with the other members of the RPAYC Coral Coast Cruise currently at the marina. We've had lots of opportunities to share stories, visit and enjoy afternoon drinks with the crews of Bogart, Whimaway and StressFree. The social part of cruising is certainly the most enjoyable for me. Last night we had drinks on Bogart - thank you Ian and Sharon - and tonight we're meeting at 1700 (5pm) for drinks at the pub. Tomorrow night is the official rendezvous dinner at the local Thai...I'm sure it will be a great night like all the rest.
So, with all this relaxing and not doing very much, I thought I'd post a few more pictures from the trip so far....
|The Lovely Miss Southern Belle at anchor around dusk just off Great Keppel Island|
|The captain off to set his new crab traps! He didn't get anything that day except bug bites! But the time is a coming'!|
|The first mate in "watch" position.|
That's it for now. The Bureau of Meteorology has posted a strong wind warning for this part of the reef for the next two days so we'll be here until Wednesday it looks like. There's a big national park not far from here and if we get the chance we thought we'd go and have a look at that - about an hour or so drive - in the next day or two.