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Boatyard Operations Manager
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has an exciting opportunity for
an experienced and highly motivated candidate to fulfil the role of
Boatyard Operations Manager due to the impending retirement of our
current Boatyard Manager Jeff Thomas.
The RPAYC Boatyard has been operating in its current format for
over 8 years and has with great leadership successfully built an
enviable reputation for both quality work and customer service, lifting
over 850 vessels and antifouling over 450 vessels annually.
The Operations Manager’s primary responsibility is to ensure the
efficient and effective running of the boatyard’s production whilst
ensuring that the Club’s vision of Excellence in Vessel Maintenance
is adhered to. The Operations Manager functions in a hands-on
role, which requires application of extensive knowledge of marine/
boatyard operations to facilitate all work requirements.
Working closely with the Boatyard Services Manager, the overall
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Remuneration will be competitive and will be packaged to
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now going somewhere else at speed to disrupt everyone else on
the water. Just plain selfish and inconsiderate.
Later over the radio on Ch16 there was a complaint from
a caller in Pittwater about a different vessel, but identified by
the caller as the same make, passing far too close to his vessel.
Most times that I am on the water, if someone is doing
something stupid or inconsiderate it will be a particular type
of vessel. Specific examples I can give: coming around blind
corners on the wrong side; excessive wake; passing too close to
other vessels; in head on situations coming down the starboard
side instead of port side.
Recently I was unable to use a fuel wharf because two jumbos
parked themselves there and went off to lunch and did not respond
to numerous broadcasts by the club to move their vessels. On
Sydney Harbour last year I could not berth a commercial vessel
at a wharf because a private cruiser had blocked the wharf and
refused to move! We had to call security to move them.
Part of the problem may be how certain manufacturers market
their product. You don’t buy a boat – you buy a privileged lifestyle.
You can have an arrangement where you timeshare your boat
and where you pay someone to clean it and maintain it for you.
Some of these ‘owners’ might only spend a couple of weeks a
year actually on the water. They can even arrange for the marina
to park their boat for them. It is no wonder that these vessel
users have scant regard for anyone else on the water and have
poor boating skills.
These people probably don’t read Afloat, but I’m sure most
readers will have come across similar scenarios. My message
is if you are going to be on the water and share our wonderful
environment, respect it and your fellow boaters.
Maybe look around occasionally once you have locked yourself
in your insulated cabin. Perhaps even check your own wake and
see if it is disrupting the pleasure of others. And finally, learn
the boating rules and the Colregs so that you are not a danger
Extra Safety Regulation required on
Using the harbour on the weekend should be a pleasant
experience especially on sailing vessels. Last season my forward
hand ended up in the briny on a very calm day when a large motor
boat charged through the fleet.
The poor behaviour of some motor vessel drivers and
commercial operators is creating dangerous situations during the
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