Rural View resident Christina Harrison heading out to on the water on her new boat.
Rural View resident Christina Harrison heading out to on the water on her new boat. Campbell Gellie

Boat ramps packed as boaties head off before Sunday storm

ALMOST every Mackay resident with a boat has left the coast today in what are almost perfect conditions on the water.

But there is the chance for a thunderstorm tomorrow evening.

The Mackay Harbour boat ramp was packed earlier this morning with a queue of utes and trailers heading back to the Captain's Corner roundabout.

Parking is currently at a premium with people who left launching their boat too late being forced to find a spot a long way from the ramp.

Adding to the frustration is the cars without trailers being parked in the spots made for boaties.

But that didn't matter to Rural View resident Christina Harrison who was taking out her new Quintrex for the second time.

"We call this living the dream,” she said.

She was also taking out her new hot pink Femme Fatale fishing rod.

"I always use these types of rods and I always catch fish on them,” she said.

"I hope today is not different.”

But she said it wouldn't matter anyway because it was a beautiful day on the water.

Bureau of Meteorology's Chris Jospeh said light 10 knot winds from the east northeast made it nice conditions for boaties.

The meteorologist said winds would increase to about 15 knots later in the day with swell of about 1m.

"Tomorrow there winds up 10-15 knots north to northwest and likely to increase to around 20 knots in the evening,” he said.

"That will be mainly inshore waters which could be a concern for boaties depending on the size of the boat.”

And it will be hot, 33 degrees forecast today and 35 degrees tomorrow.

He said tomorrow there could be some showers or even a late thunderstorm.

"It will probably be pretty late though and by then most of the boaties may have gone home,” he said.

"But it is something else to factor in especially late tomorrow evening.”

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