Left pittwater around 7am and headed south. Wind dropped off to nothing after expecting a 10 knot northerly. Had to motor all the way until about 4 miles from port hacking, then trimmed the sails and managed 8.5 knots with a slight northly breeze. Went past sydney harbour about 11 am accompanied by 4 whales. Now at anchor at port hacking to sit out a strong wind warning overnight. Looks like it will be scotch filet with honey carrots and muchroom sauce as we didn’t catch a mackeral on the lure on the way down. Will use the stopover to add some cleats to the stern to better secure the tender in readiness for white knuckle GAB crossing.
We left the swing mooring at gibson marina around 11.30 am. Went and refueled with 198 litres of diesel and filled water tanks. Head north up pittwater and raised the mainsail. Woo hoo..with just the main managed 7 knots without even tweeking the mainsail. Now at anchor at flint and steel bay west of barrenjoey light house. Strong wind warning for tomorrow but will head down to botany bay before it kicks in. Have chicken curry on the go.
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Well the next adventure will soon begin. Much work has been completed on Boomaroo in readiness to Sail down the East Coast from Gibson Marina on Pittwater, NSW, across the Great Australian Bight and around to Perth. Hoping to depart on 8th October 2017 and looking at trying to complete the trip in 6 weeks. A lot of work has been done since purchase in July. All rigging has been replaced, Radar has been mounted on the targa bar (not installed in the current photo taken in July), auto-pilot replaced, chart plotter installed, NMEA data bus installed so all instruments can talk to each other. Extra chain has been added to the main anchor. The engine charging system has been changed so as either engine can charge the house batteries. Burnt wiring has been replaced, trampoline repaired. Raw water engine cooling pump on Starboard side replaced. Several battery switches replaced as they were intermittent in operation and causing too much voltage drop. Incorrectly installed bilge filters rectified. Destroyed diode in solar panel removed (solar panel was not charging) and new solar regulator installed. EPIRB registered. Will update site as we travel down the coast and across the bight.