Our first day here, anchored with 52 other boats in Bum’s Bay, was sunshiney and gorgeous.
And then the past five days have brought an EPIC weather system that has included more rain than we have previously encountered, high winds (though we are well protected from them) and crazy seas.
If I had organised a water-collection system, our tanks would be FULL of cloud juice. However… I need to do research on what fabric/tarpaulin stuff is best for making a rain-catcher.
We have made it to the library, but it was an expensive trip as conditions were too messy to take the dinghy across the bay. We caught a bus from Seaworld into Southport at the cost of $15…which was the same cost for a taxi back to the boatramp.
Southport Library is fantastically well equipped – we love it!
The Gold Coast, from the outside, is all bling and luscious foreshore infrastructure. On the inside? There are a LOT of empty shops for lease, and everything looks a little seedy. Out of the bus window I glimpsed a patch of green – a croquet club, backed by high rise buildings. A nice juxtaposition…
Being confined to the boat is great for getting things done – sewing, patching, fixing up bits and bobs
– but after a while it all gets a bit old. Yesterday we put on our coats, stepped off the boat (low tide) and went out to look at the bar.
Walking along the breakwater was confirmation of why we won’t be heading out to sea anytime soon. We were sandblasted as the wind lashed its way down the beach, drenched with rain, buffeted by the wind and then sprayed by an occasional wave. Yike.
Once we got back, we were happy to be in the comfy confines of Bella Luna… We had to peel off what we’d been wearing. I hung my jeans outside over night – they were rinsed by the rain and by 11am had dried beautifully!!