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post #6 of Old 01-09-2011
St Anna
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Hi Aussie,
OK - There is a lot of things to have the boat ready before you cross. Firstly, pick your weather and stay out or on course up the coast if it is not good.

My advice is "if possible, or ideally"

Only cross at the top or an hour before the top of the tide, in the morning.

I would leave the sails up [reefed]and sail over, with engiine on -

Wash boards in, PFD on, Coast Guard notified.

Saying this,

From where you are, 4 days (and nights) should see you coming across the easiest bar on the coast - the Southport Seaway. I've heard of Houseboats being sucked out the Seawy and being towed back in, so de-stress a bit over that entrance.

The next bar crossing is the Wide Bay Bar, again easier in the right conditions than some in NSW.

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