|Mainsail is up and we're heading for the river mouth in the pre-dawn light|
|The camera always flattens the sea but conditions were reasonably lumpy.|
|Port of Bundaberg to Pancake Creek - 65.9 Nautical Miles - 10 Hours 10 Minutes|
Average Speed 6.5 knots - Max Speed 10.7 Knots
|Anchored amongst the sand banks in Pancake Creek|
|Other than at low tide, all these sandbanks disappear making the entry a little interesting.|
|A suitable conclusion to a day under sail|
|You have to love a meal that cooks itself. This was so tender and juicy it melted in our mouths.|
|A motor cat arriving in Pancake Creek as the sun dips.|
|The best thing about Silverside for dinner is the leftovers turned into corn beef fritters for breakfast the next morning.|
Our electronics upgrade was done in early 2015 by Jake Rudge of Seapro Technologies. We discovered the company at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show and were very impressed at how much time Jake spent with us asking all the right questions to work out exactly what we wanted to achieve and working out the best, most economic options for us. The quote he provided was the most competitive by a long, long way and we quickly agreed to the deal and paid the deposit. A new B&G autopilot, chart plotter, AIS, depth/log sender and gauge were all fitted on time and on budget and Jake again spent considerable time with us on a sea trial calibrating everything and explaining all the systems features. Now we were even more impressed. It all worked beautifully unlike a lot of expensive work we’d previously had done by an East Coast Marina based marine electrician.
We called Jake to see if he could provide some trouble shooting guidance. Despite the fact we hadn’t spoke to him in over twelve months, Jake quickly recalled the boat and its systems. When we explained our problem and that it occurred immediately after the rudder stock stuffing box had been repacked he immediately suspected the culprit but first he talked us through some basic checks at the autopilot computer to make sure the system itself was operational. He asked if the linkage rudder angle linkage was on. ‘Yep, first thing we checked,’ was the quick reply. Then he asked, ‘Is it on 180 degrees out?
|The arm on the rudder angle indicator should be facing forward, the same as the rudder arm.|
Now we could relax and enjoy a few days kicking back in Pancake Creek before continuing North and that's exactly what we did.
|This was the line up of boats that anchored outside the mouth behind Point Clews ready to for an early Friday morning departure before the weekend's bad weather arrived. We preferred to sit in the security of the anchorage and let it blow over.|
|Karen went ashore and had the watercolours out while Rob got on with some blogging.|
|The BBQ got a workout as always. This time it was salmon fillets and salad.|
|Then it was steak and BBQ roasted vegetables.|
|As predicted, Sunday was not nice with heavy rain and winds gusting to near 40 knots at times|
|We had put extra anchor chain out in preparation for the wind but when it came from the West we were blown very close to the sandbanks for a while when it all stretched out.|
|After a stormy Sunday, Monday at Pancake Creek was beautiful but with the wind blowing from exactly the direction we needed to go we sat it out for another day.|
|This guy jumped into one of our crab pots|
|So Karen got to work and came up with this|
|Fresh mud crab sushi for lunch - yum oh! Yes we do eat well on Our Dreamtime,|
|Good night from Pancake Creek.|
If you would like to find out more about Pancake Creek check out our blog from our first visit to this great anchorage at Exploring Pancake Creek and the Bustard Head Lighthouse.