Recently I had the opportunity to help deliver one of Integrity’s flagship vessels, the 530 Grand Sedan “Impetuous”. Alongside owner Richard and a young crew member Nick, the boat was delivered from its Sydney base of Clontarf Marina to the home of Integrity in Queensland at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.
After checking for a suitable weather window, a decision was made to leave Sydney on the back of a southerly front that had passed through. This meant leaving at 9:30 pm, so once clearing Sydney and logging into the Coastal Patrols ever watchful and excellent service, we set a straight course to Seal Rocks.
Adjusting our speed over the ground to about 10 knots, setting the stabilizer system to a mid-dampening setting and setting the Autopilot to a leisure setting gave us an extra 2 or so knots of boat speed. With the seas running at about 1.5 meters from the South East, we planned a course that kept us close to the coast during the day and further to sea during the night. Additionally, by setting a watch of one person on watch, one person on standby and one person sleeping, it wasn’t long before the sunrise brought on a beautiful new day featuring whales, dolphins and calming seas.
The hours passed with regular log recordings, engine fuel checks, weather forecasting and checking in with the Coastal Patrol. Soon another day had passed into night and a full moon, along with some distant thunderstorms present. We woke the next morning to find ourselves only a few hours from the Gold Coast Seaway.