STORM WATCH: Ian Macintosh and Mark Dempster took their boats from the Boyne River to the Gladstone Marina on Wednesday.
STORM WATCH: Ian Macintosh and Mark Dempster took their boats from the Boyne River to the Gladstone Marina on Wednesday. Paul Braven

Boaties move vessels out of harm's way

YACHTIE Ian Macintosh is not risking his boat in this weather after he was left with a $40,000 repair bill from the January 2013 floods.

On Wednesday morning Mr Macintosh and Mark Dempster moved their boats - a yacht and a catamaran - from the Boyne Island river to the Gladstone Marina, where the vessels would be better protected from the storm expected to hit overnight.

>> Severe weather warning in place as wind, rain continue

Mr Macintosh said many other boat owners had done the same thing.

"You just don't know what will happen in the (Boyne River)," he said.

"At Pikes Crossing there's a lot of trees lying down, with the big tides at the moment too that could cause a lot of havoc."

It is only the second time they had moved their boats to the Gladstone Marina since the 2013 floods.

Mr Macintosh said the damage to the hull last time resulted in 10 months of repair work for him.

"I thought she was gone when I saw it lying on its side in the water near Wyndham Park," he said.

He and his partner Edwina Harding have owned and lived in the yacht since 2011.

"I got caught in it last time and I'm not going to get caught again," Mr Macintosh said.

"The (Awoonga) dam is nearly full, so it won't take a lot of rain to have it come over the wall again," Mr Dempster said.

After a 4.69m high tide at 9.45am on Wednesday, water in the Gladstone Marina reached the wall near the outside tables and chairs at the yacht club.

The high tide at 10.29am on Thursday is expected to reach 4.68m and, with heavy rain overnight, residents are urged to prepare for severe flooding.

Tony Constance and Tiernan Williams were down at the yacht club preparing their yacht for the City to Surf race in Brisbane this weekend.

"With these high tides combined with the severe weather conditions forecast, it'll be interesting what happens," Mr Constance said.

"This place (the yacht club) has the potential to go under."

RAINFALL

From 9am yesterday:

  • Gladstone airport 50mm
  • Benaraby 45mm
  • Awoonga Dam 47mm


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