Restoration plan is underway

Restoration plan is underway

In days after we experienced the biggest weather event to ever hit the Whitsunday region, the sun has shone and the spirits have remained high. Despite physical damage to infrastructure, boats, houses, businesses and native flora, the team at Abell Point and their extended families are all well and working hard to restore normality to their lives and to the marina.

Considering the force and the duration of the system, the marina held up well. There was damage to the pontoon structures in the north marina due to the relentless wind and the consistency of the waves crashing over the rock wall at highest point of the tide and for hours afterwards. With a full assessment now complete, we estimate the replacement pontoons will take between 3 -4 months to be fully operational and will be brand new, providing the much-needed opportunity to upgrade the north pontoons. The good news is this effects only A/ F/ G/ K arms and vessels in the north have been relocated to permit normal operations.

There is minor damage to some pontoon fingers in the south marina and ongoing maintenance and repairs will be carried out over the next two months. However, on the plus side the marina village stood up well with only cosmetic damage to buildings, tenancies and infrastructure. The walkway to L arm was destroyed, however a temporary replacement walkway arrived yesterday for L arm, permitted the resumption of fueling services in the next couple of days. The new walkway is being manufactured and will be ready for installation in 5 weeks.

With 507 vessels berthed at the time TC Debbie hit land on the Whitsunday coast, we had two vessels sink in their berths and an additional three broke their lines with one ending up on the rock wall and the other two on nearby Shingley Beach. Various vessels have cosmetic damage in the form of scratches, bent railings and torn sails, but insurance assessors for all major companies are already in town assisting boat owners with their claims.

We are working closely with tenants and operators to ensure minimal disruption to their businesses and are pleased to advise that many charter operators are taking guests back out to enjoy the Whitsundays already. The marina is currently operating at around 80% capacity, which is normal for this time of year. Our main focus at the moment is to move forward with the recovery process to ensure we are at full capacity for the upcoming cruising season and that our valued customers will once again receive the Blue Carpet Treatment at our first-class marina facility.

We would once again like to thank all our customers for their messages of support and well wishes. We will ensure we keep you all up to date with the progress we are making over the coming weeks and rest assured we are very much open for business.

Joscelyn O'Keefe


  1. Hi Joscelyn , Paul ,

    Thanks for your update re Abell Point . We have been very concerned for your welfare . Good wishes for your rebuilds and we hope to be visiting you guys later in the year .

    Kind Regards
    John Madill and Family Ref. ANNE II GRAND BANKS 52

    • Joscelyn O'Keefe Says: April 6, 2017 at 5:16 am

      Many thanks for the kind words John, they are much appreciated. The team are doing well and we look forward to welcoming you back to Abell Point later this year.

  2. Michael Stewart Says: April 4, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I will be back great for sailing love the place how did Sorrento bar go

    • Joscelyn O'Keefe Says: April 6, 2017 at 5:17 am

      Thanks you for the message Michael. Sorrento sustained some minor damage, but the power is back on so they reopen tomorrow with cold beer and delicious food once again!

  3. Pat Grinter Says: April 4, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Wishing you well. Always enjoy my stay at Airlie and hope to be back this winter
    SV Pelican

    • Joscelyn O'Keefe Says: April 6, 2017 at 5:20 am

      Thank you Pat, your well wishes are appreciated. We hope to welcome you back this winter.

  4. John and I are very impressed with all your communications about the latest in the recovery process. Many thanks for keeping us “in the loop.” Of course we were greatly concerned about the route Debbie was taking, and hoped and prayed that the Whitsunday’s would not be in the direct path…but it was not to be. Please know we are thinking of you all at this distressing time and wish you a speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing all the staff at Able Point and the repairs when we return in June. Please give everyone our very best. Warmest wishes. Lynne and John Boyce …Yacht Sydney Sundancer

    • Joscelyn O'Keefe Says: April 6, 2017 at 5:19 am

      Thank you for your kind message Lynne & John, they are greatly appreciated. We have been so overwhelmed by the messages of support from our customers and look forward to seeing you up here in paradise again in June.

  5. Ben Vicary Says: April 5, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Great work APM!

  6. John Fowell Says: April 5, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I am very pleased to hear you have not sustained too much damage and congratulate you on your information updates. We may not be in Airlie but we still have strong ties to the area and are pleased to hear of your progress. Sounds like you should be all ok for Airlie Race week in August. Good luck

    • Joscelyn O'Keefe Says: April 6, 2017 at 5:20 am

      Thank you John and yes we will most certainly be ready for the race week fleet when it arrives. Appreciate your thoughts and kind words.

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