PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE MANY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WE HAVE USED AND WILL
CONTINUE TO USE THROUGHOUT OUR CRUISING.
If the product or service works well and is good value for
money we will recommend it. If it doesn’t come up to our expectations or fails
to be good value we will
not recommend it and we give you our candid reasons why we
wouldn’t use the product or service again.
The cruising environment is hard on many products and they must perform
in spite of the harsh conditions.
MAKER (Desalinator) Recommended
We used to use and still recommend the “Spectra” brand
Email: Bob.Wisniewski@bla.com.au Web:
www.mastervolt.com.au Phone +61 7 3283 7800
they only make a D.C. version and this time we wanted A.C. power for large
volume water making, so we researched all the other brands and have
discovered the “Echo-Tech” We have fitted one and can now make around 135 lph of crystal clear water every time we start the
generator. The great feature of these desalinators
is their simplicity and robust design. There are no circuit boards to blow
up, just all mechanical stuff that’s built to last. for
more info call Peter Coleman firstname.lastname@example.org
+61(0)413 266 204
TELEVISION AERIAL Recommended Product
There are a few on the market and I have tried almost
all of them over the years. The Saturn
3000 is our choice and it seems to be the choice of a lot of boaties. Originally designed to give good reception for
motor homes and caravans it didn’t take long for the boating industry to
quickly take advantage of this product. Don’t be persuaded to buy a cheaper
brand as they seldom work effectively under salt water conditions. Contact
Peter or Margaret on 1800 443 471 or email to email@example.com for
We have used these great
additions to all our boats for over 7 years now and fully recommend them to
everybody who cruises, fishes or just sits at the marina and has a drink.
It’s well known among top anglers that
underwater lights have a huge drawing power for attracting all species of
fish at night. Perfect for the avid fisherman, these lights are not only
attractive to the boater but naturally attract fish and all sorts of marine
animals, filling the waters beneath your boat with all sizes and types. Turn
the back of your boat into a private aquarium These lights are a must for
serious boaters, with easy and affordable installation. For more info
contact them at 07 5519 4555 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org .
GARMIN Recommended Product
We are proud to say we have fitted exclusively Garmin navigation
and pilot equipment to our boat. The multi function
screens are space savers and have all the navigation aids a skipper needs
right at his fingertips. The auto pilot is one of the hardest working
components on our boat as we use it on all legs. It functions superbly and I
have total confidence in it to guide us safely to all our destinations. The
only critisism I have with Garmin is their almost
total lack of customer service and backup advice when it is most needed. I
have tried on several occasions to seek advice from head office and it is
nigh on impossible to get the info one needs. They have a young girl ask what
the problem is and then she says she will pass it on to the “right’
technician and when he is not to busy he will get
back to me. Garmin….NOT GOOD ENOUGH!! Pick up your game or people will buy
another product that will offer service.
We have used these great
inverters for years on board boats. They will run a swag
of 240 volt equipment in the background without any fuss…some of it runs 24
After trying a few brands of battery charger and wanting to
effectively look after a big bank of house batteries (i.e. 1200 amp hours of
storage),we chose the Mastervolt
brand because it was the most innovative and feature packed unit on the
market. When you cruise you have to have reliable ‘house’ power and to insure
that we get safe, fast, and reliable charging when running the generator. The
longer you run the genny the more money it costs
you, and these units do it fast and safely. We have now fitted a “Mass Combi” unit which is an inverter (2500 watts) and a
charger (100 amps) to replace our aging units. These units are state of the
art on the market. www.powersolutions.com.au & www.mastervolt.com.au
Phone +61 7 3283 7800
BEST & WORST MARINAS TO STAY AT..
you leave the Gold Coast there are many Marinas to choose from as you cruise north.
There are 4 marinas here to choose from, three of
them in Scarborough Harbour, and one in the Newport
Channels. They are ‘Scarborough
Marina’, a medium priced marina but very crowded and badly designed
especially if you have a boat over 50 feet.The next
one is Moreton Bay Boat Club. They have very few
vacant berths most times but worth a call as the price is
good and the facilities are excellent. The third one is The Redcliffe Marina which is badly
managed by a Guy who couldn’t run a chook raffle in a pub. He has a permanent
tenant on the main front arm that refuses to allow any boat to be moored
anywhere near him and the manager panders to this request. The marina is also
too expensive and has no facilities.
Situated about a kilometer up the river this
older marina offers good overnight stays when cruising up to Fraser Isl. Can
have a bit of current to make mooring tricky depending on the tide but price
is right and facilities ok.
Tin Can bay is another nice
friendly marina with a great attitude, although out of the way a little but
if you want solitude it has it.
Urangan Harbour has two marinas. The
Sandy straight marina and the Club Marina. Both are well catered and prices
are very fair. The Club offers great facilities.
are two marinas at the entrance of the river. The first one is very old and
does not have a lot going for it. The main one a little further up the river
has good facilities and is priced well. Current can be a problem in big tides
(as are all river marinas) and forget it if there has been heavy rain for a
few days as the river can flood very easily.
small marina a long way up the Harbour. Not a lot
of facilities. If the tide is ebbing you can expect 3 to 4 knots on the nose.
Better to continue to Rosslyn Bay.
marina has limited berths available most times. Biggest problem is it is so
far up the Fitzroy river. Navigation can be a hazard for keel boats, you
would be better to continue on to Yeppoon.
We found the marina at Rosslyn
Bay (Yeppoon) can be one of the friendliest and
best providing you don’t get served by the manager. His staff
however are very polite. Price is right, and they have a courtesy car
so you can go into town and do your shopping.
has one big drawback. Because it is situated in an extremely high tide zone,
at low tide (drops upwards of 30 feet) the ramps at the end of the pontoons
are the steepest in Australia. If you have a bad ticker wait for high tide.
The marina otherwise is very friendly but a bit out of town if you need to
Priced over the top for what you get. The pub and
restaurants are also very expensive. If you must visit then anchor opposite
the entrance in Dent Passage and dinghy in to the public jetty.
New management has transformed the service and courtesy
of this fine marina to ‘A’ class. My only complaint was the mooring fee is
still too high for average cruisers but they offer a discount to members of
The “Shaggers” yacht club. Their fuel prices are
still very high.
There are three marinas here to choose from. Ross Creek has the Yacht club’s
marina which is reasonably priced but very tight if you are over 45 feet, but
has great facilities.
Marina is the biggest marina and has now been dredged to accommodate all
size vessels. Prices are a little steep compared to other marinas but it’s
close to town and has fuel available. Facilities are excellent.
Nelly Bay marina,
the third Marina, is known affectionately as “Maggie Marina”. This great boutique marina is situated on the
beautiful Magnetic Island just 7 klm off
Townsville. The new owner, Lance Jager, has told
the existing manager, Kerry to keep the same great rates that yachties have been enjoying for years. I personally never
go past “Maggie” marina when cruising north or south without dropping in for
a few days R and R. The Island offers unparalleled scenery and some great
historic walks. Facilities are first class. They even have a pool for you to
cool off with. Set your plotter on 19.9.600s – 146.51.300e and head for the
best little marina on the coast.
Marlin Marina at Cairns is always a favourite for it’s proximity to the city and all the shops. Prices are
getting up there a bit but overall a good destination..
Yorkeys Knob just north of
Cairns is one of our favourites. Not too expensive
and right at the club. They have cheap diesel too. In Darwin we stay
at Cullen Bay Marina. It is a loch entry marina but otherwise a
nice quiet place to stay abiet very expensive. They
also charge for entry thru the lock (extremely expensive) and for power used.
MAGNETIC ISLAND. Recommended
things to do.
Take a fun ride on Blue Acid Trike & Harley Tours “BIG RED” the VW
powered Trike. See the entire Island from the comfort and safety Of the back seat whilst being driven
around by Kerry’s wife