After a few more jumps through hoops we did not expect, our new engines are bolted on, the navigation gear has finally been installed and we can leave Queenscliff harbour at last!
The software glitch is gone, allowing the Navionics charts to display properly, and the autopilot, radar and wind instruments are back in operation. We have a temporary work around for the sounder while waiting for an adapter plug. We are very thankful for Brook’s – our marine electrician – diligence in getting us underway.
Take It Easy has been totally repowered and we are ready to go first thing on Tuesday. We will ride a nice breeze all the way to Apollo Bay, 57 miles to the south west of here, then we will head south to King Island and beyond with the next weather window. Here is a rough itinerary.
While waiting for all the gear, and waiting and waiting, we had a little look around Queenscliff. We have often visited this quaint seaside town at the entrance of Port Phillip Bay, yet we still discover scenic spots to explore and photograph, particularly on stormy days. Here are a few images from our stay.
The Queenscliff lighthouse is one of three in the world that are unpainted black stone, and the only basalt lighthouse in the southern hemisphere.
We can’t wait to see this lighthouse from the ocean tomorrow! It has been such a trying time getting to this point.