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Living the dream on a boat hits rough patch

Jutta Heeron aboard Fire of Spring, her home for the past seven years.
Jutta Heeron aboard Fire of Spring, her home for the past seven years. Ebony Battersby

JUTTA Heeron's dream is blowing in the wind.

The Curtis Island resident thought she'd sailed into the perfect digs, but it seems a home on the water is proving a little choppy.

Fifty knot winds and an incoming low pressure system while anchored at Yellow Patch has Mrs Heeron losing her sea legs.

The seven-year sailing veteran plans to abandon ship (or in this case, catamaran).

The 40-foot Fire of Spring has a washing machine, fridges, six berths and great views.

She said the boat was both transport and home for her and her husband as they sailed along the Australian coastline.

"We are originally from Melbourne," she said. "We sold everything we had and decided to buy a boat.

"It was our dream. We didn't even know how to sail before we bought her.

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"But now, after a few scary experiences, we are ready for a change."

Mrs Heeron said she almost lost the boat during the 2013 flooding of the Boyne River.

"She was badly damaged in the floods. We only just managed to get off the boat before it was swept off its mooring," she said.

"The next day we found it on Tannum Sands beach. It took 10 months to repair the damage."

The sea farer is seeking to relocate to drier territories in the near future.

A low pressure system while anchored at Yellow Patch was the turning point for Mrs Heeron.

"It was a very scary experience," she said. "For six hours there were really big waves, and 50-knot winds.

"It is not something I will ever forget."

Topics:  catamaran, curtis island, me and my house, sailing



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