Thursday 5th May 2011
I will invoke the wrath of the
gods and say that there is very little broken
Before we left Airlie Beach the engine man drove 1 ½ hours from Mackay and discovered that our dodgy starting was from air in the system where we had fitted a fuel decontaminator. He put in a new bridge and it has been fine since. He also dove under the boat and confirmed we had banged something which had taken the paint off the propeller but no lasting damage. Phew.
The journey here [280nm] was fine but not relaxing. Nights were a bit scary with reefs and islands all over the place plus confusing fishing boats and large container ships. The shipping lane is the only safe passage a lot of the time so we tried to stick to the edge.
Only 1,100 miles to Darwin.