"Arrived in Bowen yesterday after 8 hours motor-sailing into a 10 knot ESE wind that hadn't read the forecast for NE 15. Good internet access here.
The big 50 HP Perkins diesel rumbles away at an economical 1400 RPM in conditions like this and is an asset indeed. Twice the weight of its modern oriental successors and designed to be maintained by the village blacksmith rather than white-coated techies with laptops and surgical skills, it suits this ancient mariner just fine. :-)
I won't linger in the much-hyped Whitsunday Islands, (tourist and bare-boat charter country with prices ashore to match) and will make Middle Percy the next stop for R&R.
Always a spare bunk waiting for any of you who would care to join me."