Sometimes it is fun to fantasize, but it is also useful to be reminded that what you have is pretty good!
We had a look at a catamaran for sale while on the Gold Coast – bigger, more luxurious. I know, I know, how can we be so disloyal to Take It Easy? The blurb was enticing, the photos looked amazing and for weeks we had let our imagination wander. But when we saw it in the flesh, although the finish was superb, we realised that only one of our ‘must have’ was ticked. It actually had less to offer than ours so it was not to be.
Take It Easy is a comfortable cat, quite a good performer and even if we say so ourselves, very distinctive. We know its systems, its idiosynchrasies, and although it is not perfect, although it is not very big, it is allowing us to live our dream. It takes us to places many people will never experience. So the lesson in all this is: love the boat you’ve got.
And now we are off to the Reef! We sailed on Tuesday 26th June to Yellow Patch at the Northern tip of Moreton Island, dodging breaching whales. It was not the most comfortable passage, in fact it was rough. The sea was confused and the 62 mile downwind sail was more akin to riding a bucking horse than a catamaran! But we still made it in 9 hours, so we can’t complain too much!
Next stops: Mooloolaba which we will reach later today. We will be there for a few days while the northerlies are blowing, and we will then head to Fraser Island once the southerlies return!