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I have just purchased
this 36 foot Allcraft built in
Sydney in 1974. The vessel
name is Khatabundah. Just
wondering if anyone knows any details of her history?
Trimaran Triana burgled,
burnt and sunk
I built Triana, a 22ft trimaran from scratch over a three year
period, the materials alone costing $25,000 (not counting my
labour). Late last year, Triana was refitted, relaunched and
relocated onto a newly laid swing mooring at Basin View in the
beautiful St Georges Basin of NSW.
Last Friday, after seven weeks of other commitments and bad
weather, I got back there, only to find the two amas (outrigger
hulls) floating in the water at the mooring. There was no sign of
the vaka (centre) hull – the one with the mast, outboard motor
and all the other expensive bits of gear.
Shock? That would be serious understatement. There is no
way it could have sunk unassisted due to extensive patching of the
outer glass sheathing, plenty of scope on the mooring chain and
headrope, plus the inclusion of two new automatic bilge pumps
Investigation of the remains was fairly easy because the
depth was under two metres. I located the pulpit and foredeck,
but was puzzled at not feeling the rise of deck to the mast base
and the cabin. My diving mask had gone, but a bit of free diving
and some digging around soon proved that entire deck, cockpit,
stern arch and outboard were missing, along with new sails, new
fridge and all other items of value. Also, the boat had been burnt to
the waterline and the remains were settling into the soft seabed.
A neighbour later told me he had seen the new mooring being
laid and the boat arriving at the mooring. One week or so later,
only the floating amas remained visible. Naturally, no one else
had “seen anything” but there was a history of theft in the area,
also one particular individual who had previously cut moorings
in the bay. Call the police? For what result? Insurance? There
wasn’t any. Try insuring a trimaran in NSW!
Simply to remove them from the water, the amas were beached
and loaded onto the trailer. When I get back with diving gear, I ’ll
try to recover the mast (burnt and bent from the heat of the fire)
and anything else that might be salvageable, though the value
of these items will minimal.
In summary, anyone in the St Georges Basin area hearing of
someone selling yacht fittings at cheap prices might call the police.
Assistance from anyone with information might not help me,
but might help prevent this piece of excrement from a similar
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such as lack of cooking facilities, space and refrigeration to
name but a few.
The club is a friendly little group which encourages boat
owners and the like to come along every second Thursday evening
at 6:30pm and cook up a storm.
We are very lucky to have many skilful and in some cases
internationally qualified chefs participating, and have had a huge
level of interest from boat owners and, through their networks,
boat owners from other marinas starting to get involved.
Each class is limited to 12 participants and I have prepared
six kitchen kit tubs containing everything that is needed for these
aspiring chefs to excel and all the ingredients are provided for
each lesson, so people just need to bring along themselves and
a nice bottle of wine.
Each participant will do the cooking as this is a hands-on
event, so there is instant gratification (and critique) and they, in
most cases, will get to take home the left overs and share them
with family and friends.
The website is still evolving with recipes and new additions
almost daily and can be viewed at http://akunabaycookingclub.
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