After weeks of floating around at Williamstown, we are now at the Yarra’s Edge Marina, right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. It is a lovely change: vibrant, lively and social.
There are two bridges to get under to reach The Docklands: the Westgate and the Bolte. The Westgate is so high that you don’t even worry about it as you motor underneath. Passing under the Bolte Bridge however was a bit more unnerving since we have a very tall mast. You can see the bridge ahead of us in the image below; it looks awfully low! Where are the brakes again? The highest spot in the span is 24 meters; we made a B line for that, with half a meter to spare at mid tide: heads anxiously looking up, hearts beating, hands off the wheel as we slowly crept underneath! No scraping, no tilting, no worries! Phew!!
We had booked a spot at the “basin” right next to the Web Bridge, but some very large motor boat snicked in there unannounced, making it too difficult for us to get in. Gee, what a shame… For those who don’t know, Chris manoeuvres the boat in and out of jetties and marinas, while Wade is on the ropes! So guess who was doing a happy dance?
We are moored at the outside public pontoon in the Yarra all by ourselves. That cruiser did us a favour really, less stressful manoeuvring, more private berthing and the best of views! For what we hope will be our last week in Melbourne, it is a convenient spot for walks, errants in town and for visiting friends and followers who enjoy the easy dockside access!
The other advantage of being at Yarra’s Edge is that you can just step ashore for night photography. The evening views are rather spectacular so it’s great with the camera, tripod and long exposures on a stable quay!
The new NKE gear has arrived and we are testing it as we post this today. Everything is crossed in the hope it passes the sea trial: fingers, toes, eyes! As for the medical side, we have our final appointments and results on Tuesday 11th. So if bodies and boat gear have the all clear, we are out of here the next day, headed towards Wilson’s Promontory and the Gippsland Lakes for starters. This should keep us amused for a couple of weeks!