Firstly, there isn't  r e a l l y  a plug to pull - to drain the bay - I just put the man there.
(just in case anyone thought there was - HA!)
 
 
But you'd honestly think so, when you see 2 metres of water disappear
in the space of a few hours and boats that were floating high
and just about level with the walk of the dock
are now 6 feet lower and
in the mud.
 
 
This is the old Shell Point Boatyard - and it is notorious for just this problem.
We are experiencing 'king' summer tides for around here right now
with highs each 12 hours about 2m (6') above base sea level
then 6 hours later it drains away to a low of .2m (8")
and the water can recede a couple of hundred
metres from where it was on the shore.
 
 
We are dropping Brian and his shopping off here and he has to get himself,
(dressed in decent clothes) and bags of stuff into the orange boat.
Johann on the left, is stuck in the mud trying to push out.
 
 
 
 
(Please view the large panoramas)
(they take me a while to do)
(and they're pretty good)
(If I say so myself)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And in case you were wondering - we don't use this dock to land
other than to visit people in the yard from time to time
and have always used the Lewis Shipyard
next door, which now has a floating
dock and we are always
in the  w a t e r.
 
 
But as you can see, for us boaties
dealing with tides like this
is just part of the
way of life.
 
 
So make sure you stay plugged for our next amazing episode
 
 
 
this tide is  h i g h
 
 
 
 
So until then - it's bye
 
from a pair of 'stuck in the muds'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And just finally. . .
 
All the old 'railway track' slipways in the Shell Point Yard are being removed
and the whole area made clear for a new development
of a dry storage area and work buildings.
 
So we took a panorama of the
changing scene.