Take It Easy is no longer limping! We have a new rudder, thanks to Grenville Eastley and Peter Snell who came out on Monday and spent a few hours installing it and making adjustments so it fits! All is good. This called for celebrations! Thank you guys for getting us out of trouble. The Easy family has been sensational.
The boys are now ready to go again, and left Mooloolaba at 6.30am this morning (on Tuesday), bound for Double Island Point and the Wide Bay Bar. Depending on the time they arrive at the bar and the conditions, they may go straight in, or anchor outside and go in the next morning. No rush, since the Frenchies don’t arrive until July 15th. A week to go, which I suspect Wade & Mike will spend wandering around the Sandy Straits, looking for sand or mud crabs! Last time we were there in a hire yacht, we caught a few! The Sandy Straits are an area of protected but shallow waters between the mainland and Fraser Island. During our last visit, we managed to stray outside the narrow channels and run aground. We had to wait for the tide to come in to get back afloat and discreetly motor off to deeper waters in the middle of the night. So guys, mind the new rudder!
Here is Grenville’s handy work: