Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
Thanked 124 Times in 112 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Re: Brisbane to Darwin - impressions
More news from the northland. One of the other Canadian boats arrived here with a great tail and some evidence too. They anchored in the Escape River and had a croc attack their boat in the middle of the night. I guess it could see the flag fluttering at the stern and jumped a couple of times. One jump tore off the outer red band on the flag (a political statement of some sort?) and on another he chipped off the gelcoat at the corner of the swim platform. Boat was an Amel and the couple were asleep in stern cabin right next to where the croc hit. They said it felt like another boat hit them.
Question about boat speed - our fastest 24 hours was 193 nm going from the Chesapeake to the Virgins (it was honking). On this trip across the Gulf we had a couple of days around 130 and a couple around 150. We got to the Wessel Islands just at dark so kept going since I was not going to mess around trying to find an anchorage in the dark where the charts might have one sounding in a bay (or none at all). The older I get the more conservative I am about sail choices - I really don't want to break (or wear out) anything in a remote spot.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.