We have been incredibly busy getting the boat looking and feeling like a home(it is much like setting up a new home) in mids of fitting in the all necessary new equipment with tradesman and with all possible equipment out creating something that looked like a "bomb hit the boat" look.
Things don't happen very quickly or on time here. Maybe due to the harshness of the climate or the relaxed nature "EY" or both so making plans takes on a different dimention and requires one to be extremly patient and have a great dose of sense of humour...
Cognac the boat-the "GIRL"as all boats are girls
has not been visited in the last year so we needed to make her happy or happier and trust that she in turn will take care of us.That is very serious matter and all sailors believe in that.
We have also been preparing for the arrival of Ului who decided to drop in to the area.
It's rather incredible what happens with everyone reading and listening to all possible sources of information about the cyclone.It's position,speed, grading and most likely place for it to hit, much like listening to stock market reports from all possible sources hoping to hear what you want to hear...after you have bought stock.
Couple of days ago it looked like Mackay was a likely place and that it changed to Prosepine(about 100km away) and downgrade to cathegory 2.
At this moment the movement of Ului is becoming more unpredictable and will most likely hit closer to Mackay at approximately 4am Sunday with upgrade to cathegory 3 with destructive winds of up to 85-90 knots(170km per hour) and 20-30 cm of rain.
Neither Robert or I have been in a cyclone.
Cognac is well prepared and we have taken all the precautions neccessary.
We will be staying on the boat and keeping extremly close watch on weather and if necessary will evacuate nearby by car.Yes we have a car!
I have prepared our emergency bag with torch,rope,warm clothing,wet matches,mobile phones,first aid,passports.
We will keep you updated as soon as we can and yes you can always call us...happy to talk
Ciao for now