Saturday - 26/10/2013
Sunday - 27/10/2013
Monday 28/10/13 We left Spalding Cove early as the wind had changed to SW leaving us on a lee shore. We motor sailed across and anchored off the main town beach right opposite the Shell service station making for the shortest distance to cart fuel, we also carted fresh water from there. This anchorage is more convenient than the marina as the marina is south of town about a $12 cab ride, naturally the marina has fuel close by and the docks have power and water. But for shopping and seeing the town the anchorage is better for us, again look for a bare patch between the seagrass to get a good hold on the bottom.
The Shell service station is basically on the waterfront, next door is a very good laundromat, the next corner is the Woolworths shopping centre and on the opposite side of the service station is the Pier Hotel and we can recommend the food there, main meals of very good standard around $25, included in this is a vegetable/salad/desert bar just help yourself and usually has soup all included in the price of your main meal.
Our first job was to cart fuel and do the laundry then have a look around to find out where things were, we had already researched the places on Google Earth, that what made the decision of anchoring and not going into the marina. The anchorage is good for SE to W winds. Fuel done it was time for lunch and we went to a cafe just up from the service station on the waterfront, can also recommend this place very nice.
The afternoon was cart water and visit the bottle mart at the hotel top up the beer supplies.
Glen and Nigel said they were going ashore for dinner we gave it a miss and said we would go the next night. We had a quiet and early night.
We started early getting a load of water then we grabbed the two empty gas bottles after finding out where the place was to top them up, which is Home Hardware, not far from the sailing club so we took the dinghy to there. As we landed there was a bloke in his vehicle reading the paper. He said hello and then asked if we wanted a lift to do the gas, we accepted his kind offer and he introduced himself, his name is Max, Max works for Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, this was his day off and as he said he is a peoples person and likes to show visitors his town that he is obviously proud of. When we got into the vehicle he asked if we had a little time to spare and he would show us around. This man was a gentleman, he took us all over the place giving us all the information about the place, the people and the buildings. After this he took us to get the gas bottles filled and then returned us to our dinghy, he offered to take us where we wanted to go shopping or anything, we thanked him, but we did not like to impose on him on his day off. Max is a very good ambassador for Port Lincoln, thanks Max.
We got the gas bottles on board then did the shopping, the shopping centre is that close that I carted the groceries in the Woollies trolley to the beach unloaded it and then returned the trolley.
Free after shopping we went with Glen and Nigel to the maritime museum, well worth a visit, the story of the boat yard is incredible and the boat yard is still there today and the attached living quarters of Axel Stenross his wife and offsider Frank are still there, not far to go to work, walk out the bedrooms or the kitchen and in your at work, it is a good walk along the waterfront to get there, I suppose you could dinghy across to it.