We left Nimrod in Mackay marina this summer, as an experiment to see whether we could pass on the long slog south and then north from the Gold Coast up to the Whitsundays and our favourite cruising grounds in North Queensland.
The risk, of course, is that we might get hit by a cyclone in the tropical cyclone season between December and April. One cyclone came a bit close, and a few waves came over the marina wall, but no great harm was done, so far.
But, for reasons that may or may not have been related, the marina circuit breaker flipped, possibly in the heavy rain that occurred when the cyclone was nearby. So the fridges were putrid, and we had a busy time rehabilitating the electrics.
All seems fine now.
We set off north from Mackay, and stopped off at Goldsmith Island, and then on to Windy Bay on Haslewood Island.
Weather was patchy, sudden rain and squalls.
Backpacker boat in a squall
Now we are beating south back to Mackay.