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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 09 Jan 2008 03:00 #1

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Just had a read of snoopdolks thread. Thought I would start a thread of boats being used in the Sun from the land downunder. This will hopefully encourage our 'northern' BOC friends to make it through winter....or on the other hand, seriously frustrate you...your choice;)

Anyway, to kick it off.

My family; (myself, wife and 3 y.o girl) just spent 3 nights at our offshore Island paradise known as Rottnest Island for our first Christmas on the water.
http://www.rottnestisland.com/en/default.htm

We had a great time and the solar powered LED Xmas lights worked a treat. It was 42 celius on land for Xmas day and a pleasant 35 on the water.

Swimming in one of the Bays

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 09 Jan 2008 03:02 #2

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Moonrise on the pick
Yes, we were one of the smallest boats in the bay; but we did have Xmas lights:D

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My daughter's first fish. She wound it in all my herself using her own rod and reel. Was very excited and we even let it go.

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Enjoy. More to hopefully come from others.

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 09 Jan 2008 03:45 #3

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Those are awesome pics and they don't tick me off, not one bit because it makes me that much more excited about the upcoming season. Now is the time I sit next to the fire place while the rain and snow are coming down just thinking about all the stuff to plan and the next project for the boat that I need to finish before opening day. Thanks for keeping us all looking forward to our turn on the shimmering water.
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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 09 Jan 2008 05:17 #4

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WOW....nice bay....and it sucks that your able to boat right now!!..I'm going crazy with boat envy....!!:arr arrrr

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 09 Jan 2008 10:58 #5

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Geez, the first picture of the bay looks like paradise,35° water temp -the hot water in our house is not even that warm. Enjoy your boating.

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 09 Jan 2008 17:10 #6

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Envy, envy, envy! Great pics. Send more, it helps us in colder climes as we look forward to spring.

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 10 Jan 2008 00:13 #7

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Thanks Pete, keep rubbing it in 'till it hurts!! Just remember our summer is coming and we will return the pictures in kind. :kidding

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 10 Jan 2008 01:41 #8

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Robbie - air temp on the water was 35, not in the water. 35 in the water would not be refreshing. Water temp was a pleasant/refreshing 23 celicus.

My first crayfish of the season - 15th Nov 07, oh and a refreshing homebrew.

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Kevin - during our mild winter, we drive 1400km north to Exmouth and its summer again! Well, this was spring anyway( Sept 07)

Humpback whales in Exmouth. Spent about 40 minutes in the water with two juveniles (about 9metres long). Even had our young one snorkelling with them. The whales were just as curious as we were. Awesome experience.

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 10 Jan 2008 02:16 #9

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very cool pics,wow

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may you all have bent rods and screaming reels

Fun in the Sun - Downunder 10 Jan 2008 05:41 #10

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I could handle the first set but now.........come on! Your killing me man.

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 10 Jan 2008 06:29 #11

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Lovely pics Pete and a great idea to run an Aussie Summer thread.

I've sailed a 38 footer out to Rotto a while ago and had a very enjoyable couple of days on the pick. It's a great spot and I was really amazed by the Quokkas! (that'll get them guessing :p he he)

I'll try to contribute over the summer too although most of our boating will be done on the Murray River at Echuca this summer as I've "parked" the boat at our on-site van for a few weeks. (Pic attached)

On a "mission accomplished" note: Last weekend I actually got my first chance to Wakeboard behind my own boat (in-fact any boat) for the first time in about 14 years! The decision to buy my little 175XT came about as mission to get fit again and shed a few kilos to be capable of boarding and get the family out on the water. Unfortunately I think everyone was too surprised i got my 36 YO frame out of the water to take a pic as proof...but hopefully next time they'll be ready!

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 15 Jan 2008 01:03 #12

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Well done on the wakeboard snoopdolks (I haven't tried that yet).

Rottnest Quokka - very friendly little marsupial which is now only found on the island (as free of predators). This is an Adult quokka.

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Our Trophy in another Bay

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 15 Jan 2008 01:20 #13

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We travel 300km south of Perth every March (last 16 years) to the very southwest of Australia to place called Hamelin Bay. Basically a caravan park at the end of the road with a boat ramp into the ocean. Very nice spot.

Looking out to Hamelin Island (500 metres) offshore with the remains of and old wooden jetty in foregound.

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Breakfast at Hamelin Bay just before we start scuba diving for the day. Some fresh abalone in the frypan. You snorkel around rocks and pry them off with a screwdriver. Very tasty.

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 18 Jan 2008 22:42 #14

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Dude, I'll sell my first born to have water that clear and color!!!!!!!!

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 19 Jan 2008 00:25 #15

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You know how to make me cry............ After looking at these fantastic pictures I want to to slice my wrists:kidding . Here is central Illinois the high this weekend is going to be 7 F with wind chills of -25 F. Ouch!!

The boss and I were going up to drive up to Chicago (a 165 mile drive) for the Boat show to get in the mood, but canceled. Too d%mm cold!

Keep sending us those great pictures! It gives me reason to live another day in the Midwest Arctic.............

Safe Boating

Roger.............:arr brrrr

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 19 Jan 2008 01:00 #16

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Pete, don't you ever work? :kidding

Thanks for sharing- the water looks great......enjoy! If I figure out how to post pictures, I'll return the favor during your winter.

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man...talk about gorgeous water!!...way cool...thanks for sharing...reminds me of pensacola Fla....
however the rat has got to go!!...
:arr arrrrr

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 19 Jan 2008 03:37 #18

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beautiful pics, guys. supposed to be below zero for the next couple days here in the great frozen north. what i wouldn't give for one of those lobster and a batch of that sunshine in a box. ever here of a CARE package!:kidding enjoy folks, i would!:arr

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 19 Jan 2008 21:40 #19

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Ah...Look at the cute marsoupy thing.... Kitchy Kitchy Koo,...Kitchy Kitchy OUTCH!!!!! ......DAM*#@#%#RAT!:kidding

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 21 Jan 2008 03:41 #20

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Fortunatley, our winters down here are not extreme. No, snow and coldest around Perth would be 1-2 degrees for a couple of days in the year. Hence, we still enjoy the water in between the cold fronts.

A day trip last winter to our other offshore Island - Garden Island (most of it is a naval base).

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See, even got jumpers on!

and just up from the beach - BBQ area.

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 21 Jan 2008 04:01 #21

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One of the local male seals

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Another Bay at Rottnest, looking back toward the mainland

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and at sunset

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Gees, I had better get back to work now.....Thursday off diving and fishing though:D

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 22 Jan 2008 01:24 #22

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Hey, Nice picks!!
That place looks great! I went sailing at Gippsland lake last weekend, watch this space for some picks. The whole time I wished I had my Bayliner with me though. I'm, bringing her down for the Easter break though. Can't wait!!

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 22 Jan 2008 09:38 #23

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HI Aqua. You seem to be very adapt with a camera, Do you mind if I ask what you are using ? and if you are in the industry. Of course our Great Southern Land supplies the scenery but your pics are some of the best I've ever seen. Regards Steve. :D :D :D

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stevelewis;105808 wrote: HI Aqua. You seem to be very adapt with a camera, Do you mind if I ask what you are using ? and if you are in the industry. Of course our Great Southern Land supplies the scenery but your pics are some of the best I've ever seen. Regards Steve. :D :D :D



Thanks for the compliment Steve. Very simple camera used - Olympus E-300 SLR. You are dead right about the scenery, but me, I just love taking pics. On the wish list is a wide angle and zoom lens as I am stuck with the standard 14-45 with this camera. Deep down I know I do have a desire to be one of those lucky few that travel the world stalking the elusive cover shot for National Geo:p

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Fun in the Sun - Downunder 30 Jan 2008 13:58 #25

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Pete,

Heres an idea. Lets swap houses and boats for one month ! You come here to see our nice Canadian winter and look at my boat in storage (Ok, climb aboard and pretend you are on the lake) and I will use yours to see your winter/summer...Sounds like a good plan to me !!

Seriously, I just got a call from a client near Perth, she was going on about the heat...argh...LOL

Keep posting those beautiful pictures, God we live in a box, witnessing some of those sites makes me want to sell it all and travel !

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