Thursday 17th May
Another Adventure motored into River Dunes
yesterday afternoon so today we will be under way again heading for Belhaven. It
rained heavily yesterday and on into the evening with impressive lightning
illuminating my walk back along the pontoons after spending a the evening with
John Travis and Johns brother Chris, from New Zealand.
Earlier in the afternoon Paul and Dinny from the
trawler Carry On came for afternoon tea. I had made some Betty Crocker brownies
earlier in the day. You really can not go wrong with those packets. I had had
dinner with them aboard Carry On the previous evening and on Monday evening we
took the courtesy car into Oriental for a meal. Carry On is waiting here for the
arrival of a new injector pump for one of her engines. Unlucky for them, but my
good fortune to have such sociable neighbours. I have certainly not been lonely
here despite the relatively small number of transients that come here. They
don't know what they are missing.
The place is wonderfully tranquil and the
facilities superb. (see pics). It is also remarkably affordable at only a dollar
a foot and a week for the price of five nights deal.
While it has been a very relaxing stop, I have
managed to get a few jobs done. Our replacement Red Ensign was too big to fly
without getting caught up in the Duogen fan so I've changed the halyard so it
can be flown higher up the backstay. Our old ensign is now so faded it is hardly
recognisable. A good tidy up and clean below decks, the decks and cockpit hosed
down and cockpit cushions washed has made us look a bit smarter,
while engine oil change and oil and fuel filters replaced plus
servicing the heads, (ugh) are important maintenance that I had been
putting off while we were heading north to get Kay to her flight
Well my sandwiches are packed ready for today's
passage and I'm waiting for Another Adventures crew to come back from the shops
so we can get going.
Oriental, the marina
Well if they say so
River Dunes Club House,
The pool and gym
It has to be the best bathroom of any marina I've
been to (which is quite a few)
One of the
have seen lots of these. This one stayed still long enough to
Paul and Dinny onboard Carry On.
They call this style of motor vessel Trawlers.
The outrigger on Paul's left supports a hydravane
that gives dynamic
stabilisation in rough conditions.