Western Australian Cruising Guide 5th Edition

Received a pre release beta version of the latest edition of this great cruising guide because we made a contribution by advising them of a coral bommie much too close to their previous recommended anchorage at North Mangrove Island. We discovered this dangerous anomaly during our 2015 circumnavigation of Australia.  It was kind of neat that they listed us in their contributors acknowledgements on page 3.

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Breath and Drug tested on the river

Several of the Ferries, including mine, were boarded by the Water Police for random breath and drug testing . First time for me and the Ferry Masters were last tested 13 years ago. I still haven’t found an early opener  when I go to work at 4.20 am and haven’t been to the Valley for years so I was clean! It put me 12 minutes behind schedule which was hard to make up as we were very busy taking Barmy Army Poms across the river to the cricket at the Gabba.

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New lifebuoys

Our old lifebuoys on Baly were looking decidedly faded and the letters were falling off. Our good friends Tony and Fiona, who have a Snap Printing franchise in Sydney, came up with these neat name stickers for the new lifebuoys.

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2 years ago Baly completes her circumnavigation of Australia

Frank and Marian’s welcome sign. Bear applauding with the streamers as we moor on the home pontoon.

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Foggy River

Somewhere in this low lying cloud is Brisbane’s Story Bridge, photo is taken from the City Hopper while moored at Eagle Street Pier.

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Bulimba ferry terminal

I will be driving the Bulimba-Teneriffe ferry for the next week which has a reasonably challenging park on the inside of the pontoon. There is only a 20m gap between the terminal pontoon and an upstream jetty which, due to a back eddy during a flood tide and during the ebb tide, requires a reverse entry. Single engine monohulls don’t reverse in a straight line due to the torque of the propellor, so it requires you to “walk” the boat backwards and correct the direction every two boat lengths. I have done this shift about two dozen times now and it adds an interesting manoeuvring dimension each time.

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Baly’s new tender

Balakerette X (#10 or kiss, whichever you prefer) is Baly’s new dinghy. It replaces the tinny we picked up in Darwin back in 2015. Bear and JD wanted a softer landing and there aren’t any crocodiles in Brisbane. Balakerette ix (the tinny) went to a new home with my neighbour, it was an easy delivery by just sending it over the fence!

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