After days of torrential rain there was finally a break in the weather. I recently bought a little runabout as a temporary boat until I get a new yacht. I miss sailing and the noise of a motor and the pounding of waves on the hull is something I just can’t get used to. But for now this allows me to be on the water.
I dropped the boat in at the ramp this morning and was heading to the wrecks at Moreton Island for a dive.
Cutty is getting excited about being on the water again.
We headed out across the bay, the weather was spectacular and I even managed to get a photo of myself.
Moreton Bay is such a gem of a place. It is wild and beautiful and I’ve been on the bay on days like today and others when it can be a howling mess and treacherous. It’s hard to believe such a pristine paradise can change so quickly.
I’ve never been to the big banks near South passage since the old Westsail needed at least 2.5 metres of water under her. I thought I’d check out the big banks and fortunately this little boat doesn’t need much depth. Traversing the banks I had to trim the motor to avoid hitting the bottom. It was touch and go a few times here.
The banks are a great place to see shovel nose sharks, sting rays and reef fish. They were all there in abundance today.
After a couple of hours, lots of petrol, and a ringing sensation in my ears from the engine noise I made it to the wrecks.
It was the usual holiday crowd and I popped over to the western side of the wrecks, dropped anchor and hooked up the dive tank.
The tide was still coming in and this allowed me to anchor right beside one of the wrecks.
After a dive I headed back toward the island. The weather looked like it was developing into a storm and it was a rough ride back. I popped in behind Peel Island at Horseshoe Bay to get a break from the rough ride. The southern side of the island was completely protected so I pulled into the beach for a break and a swim.
Cutty couldn’t help herself. She is definitely a water dog.
The western end of Horseshoe Bay has a real Australian bush feel to it. There are sandstone cliffs, Pandanus and gum trees and unlike the blue water of Moreton Island the water here is a green hue.
After about an hour of laying about in the crystal green water and exploring the mangroves it was time to head back to the shack.
Today was a good day and I’m feeling pretty relaxed. Cutty was exhausted and after a wash down and dinner she was fast asleep.