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Letter of the month
The Editor ’s choice for letter of the month will
receive a 28" Yachtsman’s Waterproof Bag.
Made from tough double
coated PVC fabric with
seams sewn and tape
welded the Burke bag is
This month’s prize goes to
Bill & Thelma Whitelock,
from Forster NSW.
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Maritime’s Boating Safety Officers
ready to lend a hand
My wife and I were part owners of a small motor cruiser when
we first met our local Maritime Officer on Wallis Lake some four
We waved Nick down for what we hoped would be a tow back
to our mooring after the diesel motor refused to start. Following
a short diagnosis and a bit of tinkering, Nick showed us a “trick”
to starting a motor with low battery power and she roared to
life. Nick gave us his card and made us promise to call him if we
didn’t make it home safely.
Later in the day Nick dropped by our berth and after explaining
the starting issue that had plagued us for years, Nick, with our
blessing, removed a part from the motor and took it with him for
what he termed some “love” ... promising to return in the morning.
With some scepticism, as the problem had baffled our
mechanic for years, Nick met me early the next morning. Fitted
the part, showed me how to bleed air from the fuel lines and the
motor started first time and every time for the next two years.
We regretfully sold the boat a year or so ago but those two years
of blissful, reliable starting were memorable.
At the beginning of each month, friends on the Wallamba
River wait expectantly around for their personally delivered copy
of Afloat magazine which Nick delivers to boaties on the western
side if the river, saving them the 50 kilometre return trip into
town often to find out that the magazine hadn’t arrived or worse;
eager boaties had snapped up all copies!
Afloat magazine along with informative information on boating
issues and even colouring books for the grandkids would be found
under a rock, inside a waterproof plastic envelope which would
sometimes contain a tide chart (if it was that time of the year).
Nick would do the “mail run” in the Albatross, his lovingly
restored 1950s timber launch affectionately known as The Itchy
We no longer live in the Great Lakes area but will always
remember Nick’s helpful and friendly nature and we know we are
not alone feeling fortunate to have had the privilege of sharing
our last two years of boating on Wallis Lake with him.
If tide charts are difficult to obtain in your area, there’s always
one in Afloat or you could try asking the local Maritime Officer in
your area. We hope you are as pleased with the ser vice as we were.
Bill and Thelma Whitelock,
PWC licence fee discrimination
Further to past issues and discussions about Roads &
Maritime Services and to the licensing fees charged.
Years ago like many other keen boaties, I opted to sit the
test to upgrade to the new (at the time) PWC Licence and then
renew it each year for a slightly higher fee.
Nowadays I believe there is total discrimination against people
who choose to hold a PWC licence instead of the Standard boat
licence. I have watched the fees increase over past years. Now
the Standard Boat Licence yearly fee is $57.00 and PWC yearly
fee is $172.00.
Why is there such a difference in pricing? Even the 5-year
Motor Vehicle Drivers Licence is only $170.00
I think the government should rethink their charges and
reduce the maritime fees or is it just a money grab?
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