Pendana Goes Onto Hard Stand!

Pendana Nordhavn 62

Pendana goes onto hard stand for its annual check-up!

If you are new to boating then one thing you will soon become accustom to is running a jobs-to-do list. The list contains all manner of things that you want to get done to the boat or things that need repairing and below is a good example of a typical list. Also as part of most insurance policy small print one needs to be in a position to be able to prove the vessel was kept in seaworthy condition in the case of a total or partial loss claim. This means that unless you place your vessel on hard stand annually it would be pretty hard to prove that you were able to meet the insurer’s requirements if a claim, god forbid, should arise. Things like thru-hulls, seacocks, rudder assembly, cutlass bearing and hull condition are hard, if not impossible to check properly unless your vessel is out of the water and on hard stand.

I asked my insurer (Club Marine underwritten by Alliance Insurance) to elaborate on this aspect and below you can see their response.

Club Marine have some exclusions in the policy wording to ensure the vessels seaworthiness/condition is maintained by the policy holder. Club Marine will not cover You: For loss or damage caused by wear and tear, deterioration, vermin, corrosion, electrolysis, mould, inherent vice and/or, lack of maintenance. General exclusions Boat condition Any claim caused by or arising as a result of the unseaworthiness, lack of repair or maintenance of your boat or any boat covered by the policy.

As such, it is imperative that owners realise that thorough annual maintenance is the key in ensuring compliance with ones insurers’ policy wording and conditions, which seems fair enough. There would be nothing worse than having a total loss claim declined.

Thankfully Pendana is always maintained and annually takes a visit to dry-dock so that as owners and policy holders we can if required prove that our vessel was maintained to the standards required under our policy conditions. In fact, Pendana is maintained to a much higher standard than required thanks to a very special group of people who work on Pendana. 

There are a number of people who I have high regard for in the marine industry and these are the people who work on Pendana. I have listed below the folks who are part of this year’s haul out and jobs list so that if you are in Australia or are coming by you can contact them if the need arises and be in trusted hands. I have often been told I run Pendana like many larger American boats which means, I have a set list of folks I call on if work is required. I am incredibly particular who I allow to work on Pendana and who I let enter her engine room or any other part of the vessel for that matter. Our preference is to have a set list of folks who know and love Pendana so that if something does goes wrong then they can often solve the problem over the phone or if not, know what parts to bring in advance.

Nordhavn pendana on youtube

Gold Coast City Marina, what a great facility – Thank god we have a facility like this in Australia.

Travel Lift at GCCM

GCCM and thier 150T lift in action.


Work to be completed by ADG Marine, Mr Andrew Giese and his fiberglass guru to the stars Bennie! Andrew can be contacted on 0439-706-956 or email Andrew is the sort of guy who won’t rest until the job is perfect and after leading the project on Pendana’s stern thruster installation last year as per Nordhavn and ABT plans it is clear he has many fans all over the world after what was the most exacting after-market installation ever done. Young, fit and morally sound this is a guy that Pendana and her crew are now pleased to call a friend.

Jobs ADG Marine will be attending to this year are:

./ Fix missing teak corner on rear deck (laz)

./ Light sand to all decks.

./ Fix missing corking where necessary. 

./ Fix fibreglass area around anchor winch.

./ Fix small crack on main foredeck.

./ Find two light fittings for upper cockpit seating area. Wiring done no lights.

./ Fix/retention roof lining in Pilothouse. (Jason from Pacific Trim 07-5500-0337)

./ Fix/retention roof lining in FWD/Port cabin. (Jason from Pacific Trim 07-5500-0337)

./ Fix/replace torn fly-screen netting in main hallway/master cabin.

./ Reseal Master shower screen to remove scum build up. (this dirt is in the silicon, hence replace silicon seal)

./ Replace mirror in main on-suite as it has silvered.

./ Steam clean carpets inside

./ Replace vent hatch seals (rubber only) over helm chair and office desk in pilothouse and main hatch in master cabin.

./ Clean fwd bilge

./ Outside cushions quote to replace foam only. (Jason from Pacific Trim 07-5500-0337).

./ Re paint bottom (Seahawk Biocop TF check specs)

./ Pest man to spray boat for nasties!

Missing teak on Pendana Nordhavn 62

Cracked and missing piece of teak on rear deck to be fixed.

On The Water Sydney, are the Cummins & Zeus Pod Gurus! Matt Robinson, Dean Lund and the team are truly masters at their craft. I will be flying them up from Sydney to perform the work below and while none of it is overly taxing I know for sure that it will be done to exacting standards and, as such, the cost of flights is well worth the investment. Their website is or call Matt on 0447-893-005.

./ Replace coolant main engine and two generators. – Coolant needs to be sucked out of main engine under pressure. (On The Water Sydney)

./ Change oil in TwinDisc gearbox. (On The Water Sydney)

./ Fill new oil to new oil tank and remove used oil from used oil tank – I need 120ltrs of new oil. (On The Water Sydney)

./ Replace water temp gauge and sender on E/R panel and replace oil pressure gauge and sender unit Pilothouse.

Watsons Engineering is a Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM) contractor and one that have done work on Pendana last year and who come highly regarded. While my requirements for them are pretty basic they have always arrived on time, been clean and tidy and delivered on budget and that says a lot. Call Greg or Kelly on 07 5502 8133 or mobile 0411 223 104.

./ Replace HYD Oil FILTER ONLY (0755028133 – Watsons Eng.)

./ Check cutlass bearing Prop-speed/Anodes (5502 8133–Watsons Eng.)

./ Investigate and re-stuff shaft packing gland if required (07 5502 8133 – Watsons Eng.)

./ replace/fix seals on Oberdorfer Oil transfer Pump N991-32A96

Tender to Nordhavn Pendana

Pendana’s main propeller last year after Prop Speed applied.

Stella Marine and Nu Sins. As this is the first time I have done work on my ABT TRAC Stabilizers and or bow thruster this is the first time I have used Nu Sins. Nu comes highly recommended and is apparently the ABT TRAC guru down under so time will tell. Nu can be contacted on mobile 0419 796 855.

./ Replace seals on Trac-Stabilizers 1-800-458-895 or +61 4 1979 6855 (Nu Sins). NOTE: strip Stabs before Anitfoul.

./ Replace seal on bow thruster.(nu Sins)

./ Water Maker Pump Seal fix.. (Nu Sins, 37 South)

Whitehaven Beach

The single most important part on Pendana, its Stabilizer fins.

A standout company has always been SeaBreeze Industries and in particular Colin Albrigton and their technical manager Jason. What these two don’t know about Cruisair or Vacuflush systems is not worth knowing. This year we are replacing all Pendana’s heads (toilets) to the electronic push button Vacuflush system to improve the overall user friendliness of our heads. Jason, a technical guru will lead the installation refit of the four heads aboard Pendana and I have no doubt the job will be done perfectly. Seabreeze Industries can be contacted on 07 5546 2804 or Colin their National Sales Manager on 0437 081 862.

./ Replace all toilets electric flush (SeaBreeze) Jason/Colin 0450-387-006

./ Replace vent filter for toilet system

./ change out all two way valves near vacuum cyclinders.

./ change duckbills on all heads and both grey and black water discharge pumps.

Hydraulic failure on Pendana

Old heads to go in favour of new electronic heads.

For regular readers of my blog Captain Mark James needs no introduction although some may not know that he is also a qualified master marine engineer and has worked in the US on refit projects in the tens of millions. Mark is exacting and I am always more than happy to have him around in whatever capacity. Captain to the stars can be contacted on

./ Replace lift mechanism wire on tender (Mark James)

./ Replace to chain the flopper stopper set up. (Mark James)

./ Investigate salting of exhaust stack (Mark James)

./ Check all through hulls (Mark James)

./ Design anchor hold mechanism (Mark James)

./ Chafe protect HYD line to Windlass fwd of bow thruster if possible (Mark James)

./ New battery for tender. 

Whitehaven Beach

Doesn’t take long for cables to deteriorate.

Interestingly enough Mark was telling me about a story of a young US deckhand who was riding up in a tender whilst it was being lifted onto the boat when the cables snapped and within seconds the young lad was in the water with a one tonne tender coming crashing down on-top of him. Needless to say this poor young man lost his life that day and needless to say we have decided to check our tender lift cables and replace them as advised by Mark every two years.

Most of my readers would know of Ken Williams from San Souci a Nordhavn 68 and if not then you can read his blogs at and while his cruising season in the Med is over there is plenty of great blogs to read. Ken certainly sets the standard when it comes to boat blogs and his knowledge is second to none (he will hate me saying that!). Nonetheless, I asked Ken f he would be prepared to share his work list with my readers to which he generously agreed. Below are two lists one called Work List (similar to my Jobs List) and one called Maintenance. I have included both below as I think it is interesting to see these lists as it does in some sense being the reality that running and maintaining a vessel properly, requires a fair bit of work and I might add cost.

WORK LIST (Ken Williams, San Souci N68)

Sans Souci Work List performed by Bosun Yachts 9-14-13


Wax Outside of vessel including SS fall and spring/Wash down once a Month. Bosun Yacht care

Clean interior/ every 6 weeks Bosun Yacht care

Vessel Check, bilges, flush heads, check battery levels/ Weekly or during storms. Bosun Yacht Care

Run engines and bring to temp Monthly, Bosun Yacht Care

Tighten Lines as needed Bosun Yacht Care

Run Tender once per month and bring up to temp Bosun Yacht Care

Check bottom every 6 weeks/ Change zincs (If Needed) and clean props and bow and stern thrusters Bosun Yacht Care

Tighten both wheel house helm chairs Bosun Yacht Care

Clean Lazarette Carpet Bosun Yacht Care

Research price and availability for 600 feet of galvanized G-4/1/2 anchor chain Bosun Yacht Care

Passarelle remote sending units need to be replaced. In process NCP / Goran

When generator is out of vessel. Have NCP service Passarelle NCP / Goran

Replace Velcro where needed on all outside cushions Bosun Yacht Care

Turn on V-Sat every 6 weeks and run for 2 days so it can down load firmware B&G Electronics

Repair dings in fiberglass on swim step ?

Replace propane tanks with aluminium, let’s talk about this

MAINTENANCE LIST (Ken Williams, San Souci N68)

On going activity

Check power

Run vsat every two weeks for a day

Humidity packets

Check lines

Check zincs

Clean bottom


Pickle Watermakers

Wrap outside water fixtures against freezing

De-pressurize fresh water system

Fresh oil in main engines and gensets

Aff fuel stabilizer

Over the winter

– Will we store with the electricity on?

– Is there any bottom cleaning needed?

– Zinc inspections

– Electric heaters?

– Wash? Wax?

Store tenders in inside location

Remove bimini top

Store tender somewhere

Cover tenders

Put cover over flybridge door

Fix gasket on flybridge door

Jeff – measure the chain — 1/2″ or 5/8″ … I’m not sure

Remove motor from small tender, clean off and bring inside


Trash compactor isn’t working

– If it can be fixed, great. If not, we’ll live with it broken

Oven needs a serious cleaning. It has baked on stains


Shift from using starboard to using port anchor windlass

Swap 400′ of chain to be 600′

New Ultra Swivel

Assemble backup anchor – perhaps get a smaller one — address how I’d deploy if I lose the primary

Service starboard windlass

Annual service on davit

The receiving unit for the remote on the passarelle has rotted and needs replaced

Clean out gasoline tank, and fill just prior to season with clean gasoline

Fix all the gel coat damage at the back of the swim platform

Port side door in main salon does not close correctly

On going activity

Check power

Run vsat every two weeks for a day

Humidity packets

Check lines

Check zincs

Clean bottom

New sprocket on Maxwell 4500 windlass. This one is getting tired

Replace cotter pins on bimini top

Where are the tools for pressure washing? I can’t find the wand. We should try the system to see if we can get it to work

The barbecue needs cleaned

The plastic propane tanks have gone through a recall. They should be swapped for standard propane tanks


Add an oil bypass filtration system, just on the 20kw

Consider removing the cover, so that it gets more cooling, and can breathe better. It’s starving for air

Major fix-up, or replacement

– Many oil leaks

– Has been a lemon from the beginning. I’ve never seen more than 16kw from it

– Momentum is towards just replacing the generator. I’ve gotten a lot of good use from it. It earned an early retirement

Replace fuel filters, and label with next change interval

Inspect all belts/hoses, replace if any doubt whatsoever

Inspect exhaust elbows. Should we switch to the stainless steel ones that have longer life?

Can the starting batteries be moved out of the engine room? It is cool in the lazarette, and they are baking in the engine room


Running hot?

– Seems to be running at 186 degrees

– What happens if we remove sound shield?

– Is there a way to improve ventilation to it?

Replace fuel filters, and label with next change interval

Inspect all belts/hoses, replace if any doubt whatsoever

Inspect exhaust elbows. Should we switch to the stainless steel ones that have longer life?

Check starting batteries. Time for new ones?

Can the starting batteries be moved out of the engine room? It is cool in the lazarette, and they are baking in the engine room


Replace fuel filters, and label with next change interval

Inspect all belts/hoses, replace if any doubt whatsoever

Inspect exhaust elbows. Should we switch to the stainless steel ones that have longer life?

Check starting batteries. Time for new ones?

Get new metal baskets for both strainers, plus backups

Leaking valve cover on port engine


All fire extinguishers need serviced (maybe)

– The dates on them for last service are wrong. Get proper dates, or service them again

– Are we short on any fire extinguishers?

Check dates on flares


Lack of communications between devices on NMEA (Eg. Radar doesn’t have GPS position, Nobeltec won’t display ARPA targets)

Add second radar, or replace Navnet 3d

– Current momentum is towards adding a second blackbox radar, that would be a backup to the primary

Update the remotes

Get rid of equipment no longer used

Swap to newer vsat unit?

Not all equipment under settee is on the UPC

Need new battery for the UPC that is in the chart table

Need to upgrade the routers/switches under the chart table (actually everywhere) with gigabit switches

Camera switcher is not reliable

Port monitor in pilothouse is unreliable. Should get a replacement for it (Dim, won’t power on at times)

As we swap the switches and routers, all wiring should be labeled at both ends

Install a slingbox on the tv

The flux compass fails sometimes. Install new one. Should we put separate ones for primary and backup autopilot?

Simon got totally screwed up. Whole screens are missing. We probably need Garvis for a few days.

Somehow, we lost the flow sensoring on the flow to the seachest, as well as the interface for it in simon

Replace peplink on flybridge with latest model


The LED readouts on the electric panel keep burning out. There are now three dead

– Is there a higher quality brand

– Should we just replace them all at once

Replace remote panel for Atlas



– Reading wrong

– Need cleaned up

– New membranes

– Fix leak

– Filters?

Label all the valves on the seachest

Get the proper electric tape onto the main shafts (for the stabilizers)

Get extra battery and pads for defibrillator

Refill both clean and used oil tank (with 15-40W?)

Check to see that I can pull from either of the clean oil tanks

Pick up some extra empty 5 gallon buckets with lids

The large exhaust fan, in the engine room, is very noisy. Is there a different fan that makes less noise, and uses less electricity, but is just as efficient?

The tender keeps wanting to turn sharply to the right. Why?

Passarelle sending unit (remote) only works within a couple feet. I cleaned the receiving unit, and put in a new battery, and still only works from a few feet away

Replaced rusted out air nozzle on bow

Get adapter for filling fenders with air

Change bow and deck lights to LED — not working at all now

On going activity

Check power

Run vsat every two weeks for a day

Humidity packets

Check lines

Check zincs

Clean bottom

Thank you Ken for allowing me to share your list with my readers as no doubt it will provide a great insight into what’s required to run these boats successfully.

So, back to Pendana, the list is set and it’s now time to fly back to the Gold Coast and execute the list with the help and skill of the folks involved. I will be aboard Pendana during the entire time to ensure everything runs like clockwork. Once completed, Pendana will go back into the water, take on some 8,000-10,000 litres of fuel and head off to Marina Oceanus (formally Marina Mirage) on the Gold Coast in preparation for the Christmas/New Year holiday period and the return trip to Sydney early in the New Year. 

Another benefit of leaving a little earlier than originally planned is that the Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM) is holding its EXPO on from November 1st to 3rd. The expo is held within GCCM massive facilities that boast Australia’s largest boat manufacturing plants and shipyards. The Expo is Australia’s only “Working Boat Show” and apparently offers a unique behind the scenes view and allows for enthusiasts and exhibitors to come together in an interactive and memorable manner without all the pomp and ceremony of other shows. So if you are in Oz, then this is a boat show with a difference and by all accounts, one well worth the visit! To find out more log onto

GCCM Marine Expo

Gold Coast City Marina Expo

Will send another blog post works with before and after photos as well as a comment or two on the GCCM Expo once Pendana is tied up at Marina Oceanus.

Safe travels











3 thoughts on “Pendana Goes Onto Hard Stand!”

  1. SUBJECT: Genset Service


    Speaking from recent experience, please make sure your coolers are pulled and cleaned. These are the coolers that use sea water flow to cool the engine coolant that is past through a tightly packed bunch of copper tubes. Over time these tubes get clogged and in some cases the ends of the cooler bundle gets corroded.

    Most raw water cooling systems have these bundles on the main engine and are serviced annually. Few people pull them from the gensets and clean them. So this may be the reason (or part of the reason) that you may have overheating. I recently did this and found the ends of the tub to be corroding which would eventually lead to coolant leaking into the raw sea water flow. Thus, total replacement. Again, remember to put in a new temperature sensor.

    Also, the cast iron exhaust elbow that Northern Lights uses is no good. Switch to the S/S one. Also recommend the replacement of the exhaust hose leading to the exhaust pot for overboard discharge of the engine coolant water for the genset. They tend to harden and are not noticed as they are encased within the genset sound proof cover.


    Steve & Sandy Bruckner

  2. James (Pendana)


    Steve thank you for you comments.. but Pendana coolant system is a closed system from what I know, ie Raw water does not enter the keel cooler at all.

    Re my Gens they are not overheating, you many be confused with my list for PENDANA and the two lists that follow which are from Ken (San Souci).

    Anyway thank you for your comments and thoughts.

    James (PENDANA)

  3. juan Gonzalez Cuin

    SUBJECT: Re: Pendana arrives at the wonderful Hamilton Island

    Evertyhing is fine with you, mate?
    no news, maybe everything is ok?
    El Martes 24 de septiembre de 2013 15:51, juan Gonzalez Cuin escribi:
    Best whishes for all of you.
    I saw your previous e.mail and
    still shocked about th damages!!!
    Best wishes!!
    De: “james.ellingford@g…”
    Para: pendanablog. talkspot. com
    Enviado: Martes 24 de septiembre de 2013 13:43
    Asunto: Pendana arrives at the wonderful Hamilton Island

    Pendana arrives at the famous Hamilton Island Marina and all any of us can say is amazingly beautiful!
    Hamilton Island is a truly remarkable place and our arrival today, at 6:25am saw us make the one and a half hour run from our overnight anchorage in Cid Harbour so that we would arrive at the entrance markers at Hamilton Island Marina just on low tide. I am a big believer in reducing as many variables as possible when entering a new marina for the first time and how much current Pendana will face is one variable I can control. Before I continue, yesterday we saw a number of Loggerhead Sea Turtles emerge from the depths below while at anchor in Cid Harbour. The first time one of these magnificent creatures surfaced I was sure we had a baby whale breaching alongside as they make a fair bit of noise as they release carbon monoxide and inhale oxygen – one little fellow got a wee bit scared when he surfaced too close to Pendana and saw us suddenly peering at him from a short distance and really quickly diverted back to the depths with what must have been only half a breath and a massive noisy kick down. Please raise your glasses to the fastest turtle in town!

    Photo above of Loggerhead Sea Turtle.
    While on the subject of things that lurk in the shadowy depths, Claire, Bianca and I were sitting on the back deck when Bianca yelled suddenly, “SHARK!” followed quickly by Claire with, “Camera!” Grabbing the camera as instructed I returned to see Claire’s eyes fixed like a laser on the approaching fin splitting the water as it boldly approached Pendana from some twenty feet or so away. I was thinking aha… come here little sharkie with camera in hand ready to take the money shot but…….. alas, as this monster from the deep approached it was clear it was not, in fact, a shark but ….. a swordfish!!!! Strangely, as it swam closer, it’s fin seemed not to enlarge but to stay smallish and rather dainty. Well then. Swordfish are equally magnificent but a lot less scary, let me tell you. As it swam past and I admired its beauty, I thought if only these fish could scream
    when they’re caught, I am sure there would be a lot more of them.

    Photo above of Swordfish.

    Photo above of Pendana at Cid Harbour.

    Photo above of Pendana at Cid Harbour looking south.
    A few days ago Pendana and her crew decided to take a run to Shute Harbour to grab some fuel and I must say that without doubt the folks at Shute Harbour Control, Jack and Brian are about the friendliest, professional and most helpful guys around. Jack was there to help with the lines and provide whatever assistance was required while we slowly, very slowly filled Pendana’s tanks. I must say that it is my firm belief that Nordhavn should have done a much better job in designing the fill points on the Nordhavn 62 and, might I say, more importantly, the actual size of the fill points. Reason: if you try and fill too quickly i.e. even a modest 4000 litres/1056 US gallons an hour, the overflow vents fill and send diesel spurting down the side steps. Thankfully, I am aware of this error in design (in my mind) and, as such, spent two hours loading on 3000litres/792 US gallons of fuel. Thankfully Jack didn’t
    mind at all and told us to take take all the time we liked. Thank you Jack. Thank you Brian!

    Photo of Pendana at Shute Harbour.
    Now, let me be frank. The reason Pendana went to Shute Harbour was that the fuel price provided by Brian and Jack was competitive plus we also had the added bonus of seeing a new part of the Whitsunday region. For us, however, it would have been far simpler to have taken on fuel at Abell Point Marina but as they were not going to budge on their price my hand was forced. I must say I do not like feeling ripped off or taken advantage of and while I appreciate everyone needs to make a dollar I also appreciate that fuel is fuel is fuel in this part of the world and as such price and service comes into play. So what was the price difference?
    Abell Point Marina
    1 Litre 1.88/US1.97
    1 Gallon 7.11/US7.48
    Shute Harbour
    1 Litre 1.64/US1.72
    1 Gallon 6.20/US6.52
    As you can see from the numbers above we are talking almost US1.00 per gallon difference. If it were a few cents then maybe I wouldn’t mind but US1.00 difference is a stretch too far. I did have a few conversations with the folks about the price at Abell Point Marina but their view didn’t change and, in fact, the quote was, “It’s not a race to the bottom!”, which is a quote that irritates me no end. As we were free to choose, choose we did but I do find it annoying that common sense didn’t prevail and that Abell Point held their position. The reality is that Abell Point is a truly world class facility but I now understand why nearly everyone fills up at Shute Harbour! If you are in the area give Jack or Brian a call on 4946 9996 or email them on manager@s… as I guarantee they will bend over backwards to make sure everything runs to plan and I congratulate them on a job well done.
    With an early start the following day for our run to Hamilton Island it was time for bed and time to let go of the angst I felt over the fuel pricing and position Abell Point had taken. Different folks, different strokes, I guess!
    With the alarm set for 4:00am Claire and I awoke to our usual chit chat out on the back deck while we drank as much coffee as we could in the allotted time available as I wanted us to be underway at 4:45 so that I could time our run south to arrive at Hamilton Island on slack tide. Admittedly there wasn’t quite as much chat as usual, but our eyes eventually opened! Once underway Claire and I were treated to the most sensational morning we have ever experienced. The sea was as flat as glass, the wind was a perfect 4kts and the moon was out making for a remarkable trip south. We did, in fact, slow Pendana to 6kts SOG (Speed over Ground) so that we could enjoy the most of our trip south. Claire and I both love mornings like this with the girls tucked up in bed below, while we navigate Pendana around coral outcrops and enjoy the early morning light. The word we’ve come up with is … serene! So peaceful and so incredibly beautiful. As our girls say of late…. magic happens! This was a truly special moment and one I won’t ever forget.

    Photo above of Pendana heading south towards Hamilton Island.

    Photo above of Pendana heading south towards Hamilton Island.
    As time ticked on we entered Dent Passage and turned to Port to line up with the entrance markers and with what seemed like seconds we were through the entrance and tied up on the end of “D” arm and…. how many eggs would you like with that madame and sir? Orange juice and fresh coffee on the brew and Helloooo Hamilton Island!!! (
    Link above is a 360 degree of Pendana at Hamilton Island Marina.

    Photo above of Hamilton Island Marina – can you spot Pendana?
    I must say we seem to encounter a fair bit of wildlife and it was no different when we took a quick walk to the shops to top up our fresh milk supplies. As we walked along the sidewalk two Cockatoos swooped in and landed on a just vacated table to finish off the pancakes that were left behind. They showed absolutely no fear of the people walking past mere inches away and Claire easily managed to snap a picture of the action – see below.

    Photo above of Cockatoos finishing off someone’s breakfast.
    After relaxing a little it was time to collect our electric buggy we had leased for the remaining two days we were here. Basically, all of Hamilton Island is car free and other than the odd bus ferrying tourists around and/or council vehicles, the only other mode of transport is by foot or golf buggy and while I thought of these two alternatives seriously I decided the buggy would be best!!

    Photo above of the main street at rush hour!

    Photo above of the view from One Tree Hill on Hamilton Island.
    The rest of the day was spent swimming, driving, eating, relaxing as well as getting this blog done as I realise I have been a bit slack and for that I apologise but as nothing had really happened it would have been a little light on content.
    The plan from here is to depart Hamilton Island Marina on Thursday morning and head south for Shaw Island, until then,……
    Safe travels

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