We should have expected it… the ups and downs of cruising life. We had the ups of exploring in idyllic settings for weeks, then the downs of the furler hassles. And just as we were ready to lap up some more ups, the dinghy outboard decides to give us grief!
Man, does it ever stop? We were about to head out for the reef, but Peasy’s engine has been playing up for a while, stopping at the most inopportune times, like when it is too blowy or too far to row, or when you are in the middle of a busy harbour entrance, or near nasty rocks. So despite feeling we had seen enough of Pioneer Bay in Airlie Beach, we ended up staying a few more days while the Honda outboard was being looked at by a marine mechanic.
During our week at Airlie we worked on the boat, waited, teased the pussycat and admired sunsets!
We are now leaving for the Whitsunday Islands to hopefully enjoy sailing and snorkeling for a little while in this iconic part of the tropics. We are hoping we leave our troubles behind.