Resulting from some injury from the heavy climate we confronted outdoors of Cape Bowling Inexperienced, we made the decision to make the most of the boat repairs amenities in Townsville.
This wasn’t an anticipated haul-out. Our unique plan was to spend a day or two in Townsville provisioning for the Islands. Nevertheless, it appears you could’t plan too far forward while you’re crusing.
Anchoring Exterior Townsville Marina
Whereas we might have preferred to get into the boatyard immediately to avoid wasting time, we had been pressured to attend just a few days in Townsville. This was because of an area public vacation which wasn’t technically official. Both approach, most outlets and boat amenities had been closed regardless.
There aren’t too many alternatives to anchor outdoors of Townsville. Most individuals that sail are likely to favour the extra stunning Magnetic Island, which has loads of anchorages.
Fortunately, Malaika has a comparatively shallow draft of 1.4 meters, so we had been in a position to anchor behind the break-wall outdoors Breakwater Marina in Townsville.
It was a satisfying feeling watching the anchor chew after just a few meters of chain, particularly after the Cape Bowling Inexperienced shenanigans.
Mountaineering in Townsville – Citadel Hill Lookout
Since we weren’t in a position to get straight to work as a result of public vacation, we determined to take a look at Townsville.
The one quick journey alternatives is to climb the outstanding rocky outcrop of Citadel Hill, which stands proud behind Townsville and overlooks the ocean.
The hike solely takes just a few hours for the return journey, nevertheless, provides spectacular views over Magnetic Island, Cape Cleveland and even out to the Palm Island group.
If you happen to’re ever in Townsville, I’d undoubtedly advocate trying out Citadel Hill.
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Slipping Malaika at Rosshaven Marina, Townsville
After a few days ready for the chance to get hauled out, we lastly had a locked in time to – or so we thought.
It appears that evidently Townsvillers run on island time. Which isn’t as good because it sounds while you wish to do pressing repairs. We had been pressured to attend on the boatyard dock for one more day and a half earlier than we might truly get the sling on.
In saying that, as soon as we had been lastly in a position to get out of the water, issues ran pretty easily. It took lower than an hour for Malaika’s hull to be sprayed clear and transported to our designated spot within the boatyard.
A Week of Boat Repairs
For the remainder of the week, we labored from dawn to sundown. Our priorities had been welding jobs on the ahead mast, in addition to pouring some extra ballast concrete within the anchor nicely.
We additionally had been decided to find the supply of a trickling diesel leak from the big 1000 liter tank that had been plaguing us.
Whereas we had been on land, we additionally hosed off the barnacles and slapped on a recent coat of antifouling.
On prime of these extra pressing boat repairs had been smaller trivial upkeep jobs which are important on metal boats.
If you happen to construct a ship, it’s not possible to hold up the instruments and name it executed. There’s at all times one thing that wants consideration. It’s true you could get annoyed, however as quickly as you give up to the truth that repairs and upkeep are a vital a part of life on a ship, the happier you’ll be.
Setting Sail for Magnetic Island
Whereas this week wasn’t essentially the most fascinating or thrilling in distinction to earlier weeks crusing within the Whitsundays, it was good to have Malaika wanting model new once more.
It definitely felt good being lowered again into the water the place Malaika belongs. Particularly after a full week of sweaty, soiled work.
I can guarantee you that setting sail into stunning climate in direction of Magnetic Island made that victory style even sweeter!