Sunshine finally

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.

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We headed out across the bay, the weather was spectacular and I even managed to get a photo of myself.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The tide was still coming in and this allowed me to anchor right beside one of the wrecks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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