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Managing surge with docklines and snubbers

Totem’s parking spot in the Brisbane river comes with lots of current and regular rolling from the wake of passing ferries. Both of these are quite unfriendly to docklines. Poor Totem springs back and forth in her slip, and snaps so hard against the docklines that it honestly hurts me a little inside. We clocked […]

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Bert’s reign over the marina

When I mentioned recently that our neighbor cat, Bert, considers the marina his domain- I wasn’t kidding. We had a hysterical event recently that illustrates it perfectly. Witness Bert, hanging out in one of his favorite places: the middle of the dock. See that little orange fluff waaayyyyy down towards the other end of the […]

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Belonging to a cat

Meet Bert. Bert (short for Bert Sugar Ray Reynolds) patrolls the docks here at the Cammeray Marina. His home is the boat next door to us, but Bert has claimed us as his own. He’s especially fond of the children. I’m pretty sure he considers the dock to be his domain. He defies you to go […]

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The saga of the marina geese

When we arrived last spring, there were two resident geese in the marina- the children named them Peter and Paul. I couldn’t tell them apart, but they knew exactly which was which. The office manager told us they’d been living around the marina for at least two decades- the shipyard crew feed them, and they […]

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Marina living: finding our tribe

The garden has been a great source of local community for us, but the tightest community we find is always with fellow boaters. Last summer, the children had great company from the three girls living on the boat next door. We originally met the family on Tangaroa in French Polynesia. They got to Australia well […]

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It’s a wild, wild life in the marina

It’s amazing how much wildlife is around the marina, despite our relatively urban location. In addition to the previously introduced geese, Peter and Paul, there are a few regulars. Most mornings, we don’t need an  alarm clock- we have the kookaburras. You know, the one from the old children’s song, that sits laughing in the […]

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