It is funny how staying in marinas has never been our thing; they are expensive, they can be noisy and we’d much rather be anchored in the wild! And yet our time at the Batemans Bay Marina has been really pleasant; we each secretly found we were actually enjoying ourselves and finally admitted this to each other with a sheepish look. I guess when you have gear problems and it is winter, access to facilities makes a big difference to your comfort levels. However our stay here is coming to an end. We are now ready to go. So let us share with you what has happened over the last week.
Take It Easy was supposed to be hauled out on hard stand to attend to the last bit of fiddling with the rudder and while we were at it some touch up paint. But with the only cradle for catamarans being used by a house boat and the work on it taking much longer than planned, we would have had to wait for another week at least, not something we wanted to do. We talked to Peter Snell, the designer of the Easy Catamarans and maker of Take It Easy, who suggested two options to adjust the rudder post: rim out the bottom bearing or shave a bit off the stainless steel post. “If the rudder turns, it is only a tiny fraction out”. We decided to go for sanding the outside of the stock. The only hassle: Wade would have to jump in the water to remove the rudder, then give it to Sam the shipwright to file a bit away. The post was somewhat recalcitrant and it took a couple of goes, but it finally worked, and the rudder is back in place and moving much more easily. We should have done that from the onset, but it is easy to be smart in hindsight! A big thank you to Sam and Daniel at the Marina for their patience and assistance.
We were starting to fret about our anchor which had not yet arrived, but it turned up at the last hour. We had forgotten how big it was! You’d think we would have found that in the sand at Broulee, woudn’t you?
Pleasures of Batemans Bay
One of the pleasures of being in Batemans Bay is that an exciting new event took place while we were here: The “Sculpture on Clyde” exhibition graced the town and the river foreshore. Large artistic pieces made of steel, bronze, copper, aluminium, stone, wood and ceramic were on display. Some of the pieces were absolutely stunning. If interested, have a look at the beautiful work on Sculpture on Clyde on Instagram or on Facebook.
We particularly liked the work of Jesse Graham:Every day we went for walks for a couple of hours, enjoying the foreshores. We really like this region, with its mix of hills, expansive water views and islands. And the seafood here is to die for. We indulged in the local oysters and prawns!
And now we are heading off further north, towards Ulladulla, Jervis Bay and the Heads of the Shoalhaven River. As usual we will see what the weather lets us do before the wind shifts from southerly to northerly over the weekend.
Here is a gallery of what we have enjoyed during our 10 days at Batemans Bay.