We are back!
Not sure where we should call ‘home’ these days but sharing our time between our home on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria AND on our catamaran bossa nova certainly works well for us. We have had discussions about one or the other … but we like it both ways!
So after a grueling 10 days of annual maintenance (by Neville) followed by another 3 days of anti-fouling, polishing and cleaning at Boatworks (by both of us), we were gently set free last Friday. We do love the Boatworks sealift. It is gentle and the guys handle the equipment with skill and ease, which gives us boat owners confidence that our investment is being well looked after.
After six months away from our boat the next task is to reacquaint ourselves with the boating life (inc how to use my blog). Like when we return home, finding light switches for instance, is all new again. But on the boat there’s weather, wind and tides. Not to mention hoisting sails, tying dinghies and navigation. We quickly reacquainted ourselves with tide when we took our dinghy ashore and didn’t allow for the tide dropping. A very very muddy experience!
We are now tied up very snuggly in the Scarborough Marina where we will stay for a week. Our Moreton Bay crossing today was our typical Moreton Bay experience, a mixed bag – gusty variable winds 15-20k which weren’t forecast and even though it was 20 degrees, it was bloody cold! The wimpy locals up here are calling this a ‘cold snap’, but its nothing like our Melbourne winter! Our last trip north two years ago is entrenched in our memory as we hit a massive tree trunk in the middle of Moreton Bay after only two days on the water. So Moreton Bay is not one of our favourite cruising grounds.
Our plan this year is to head north in search of warm weather and more Nemos, possibility only as far as The Whitsundays as we might even return to the Gippsland Lakes for a summer.