These last five days in the Rubicon Estuary at Port Sorell have been a complete change of pace and weather conditions. With settled easterlies, we have been unable to proceed further along the Tasmanian North coast. But it is without begrudging as we have enjoyed what the region has to offer and the sunny, warm weather.
The relaxed unhurried pace, without a need to be anywhere in particular, and with time on our hands, has been different from any previous cruise – a taste of things to come when work is no longer imposing a schedule.
From the perspective of a trial run for living aboard, all our systems are working very well: power production from the solar panels and wind turbine, use of the inverter for running the on board washing machine, wireless hub for internet, Raymarine instruments for navigation… so life afloat is comfortable and can be relatively independent of land facilities.
Our estuarine wanderings have taken us to the historical mud berths on the Panatana Rivulet and to Squeaking Point further up the Rubicon River. We have gone for scenic walks along the muddy shores and sandbanks. When the weather allows, in a day or two, we will resume our sail to the north east end of the coast. For now, here is a gallery showing you what we have enjoyed seeing: a mix of landscapes, birds, wildflowers and some stunning sunsets.