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Well, we made it back from the Gippsland Lakes!!

The discussion around here seems to be a bit morbid, so p'raps I can cheer things up...

We had great weather most of the time - 5-10 knots and sunny. Whilst Melbourne sweltered, the seabreezes kept the temperature down to something bordering on bearable.

There was only one day when it blew up a bit - unfortunately enough to stop us getting back to civilisation - and us with a flat mobile phone battery, hardly any water, only cup-a-soup and rice in the pantry and a full Porta-Potti! (I had to hose the boat out when we got back - yuk. )

I've got lots of photos, but just thought I'd share a few to give a general impression of what it was like for the curious and the Americans.

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You're a heartless bastard... it's been snowing for most of December up here.. and the week before we were in single digit temperatures...

Is that a black swan with a cygnet?

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Nice pic's.
(I am kinda groused out by the overflowing porta potty though.)
Sound like a great cruise, (In spite of the potty)

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That just shows that there is justice in this world.
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Nice pic's.
(I am kinda groused out by the overflowing porta potty though.)
Sound like a great cruise, (In spite of the potty)

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That just shows that there is justice in this world.


We thought we were doing okay.. but all the trips to date had been overnighters so we'd never stayed out long enough for me to realise that the Chief Mate didn't know how to tell when the thing was full (...and that she'd been using too much paper and extra water to flush it down! )

Wish they'd put some kind of high-level alarm on these things... preferably linked up to an air-raid siren so the first sign of trouble isn't "gee, the bilge water smells kinda funny this morning!!"

SD, yes, that's a black swan and cygnet. It was around dinner-time, so the whole family was swimming around us looking for handouts:

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