12:26.91S 130:51.01E Tipperary Waters Marina, Darwin, NT, Australia Thursday
25th Sept PM
Fannie Bay had the advantage of being free and with sailing club facilities
onshore but the disadvantage of being a very shallow bay making it about a
half-hour motor by dinghy to get ashore. The big tidal range and a beach
landing usually means dragging the dinghy across a wide muddy beach while
soaking wet. As it's risky carrying a laptop backwards and forwards, I've
been leaving it in my hire car most of the time. A poor excuse for the lack
of blogs, I know.
The trip ashore is considerably longer when rowing. My outboard died last
week, fairly permanently as it turned out. It would have cost almost as much
to fix as buy a new one so I bought a new one. As the dealer's lad forgot to
put any oil in the new purchase, this motor died as well about 100 metres
from shore. Engine number three seems to be OK.
A new crew member turned up on Monday. Christine is an Australian of
Chinese/Malay ancestry. Chris has traveled and worked across SE Asia and is,
I think, going to be a useful guide. Her running costs are quite low as well
being a tiny, non-drinking vegetarian.
This morning we came back into Tipperary Waters Marina to provision and dry
out clothes before carrying on to Bali. Quasar has also arrived in the
marina and we may well go in convoy with them to Bali next week.