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“ Stay away from transmitting antenna. The radar antenna emits
microwave radiation which can be harmful to the human body,
particularly the eyes. Never look directly into the antenna radiator
from a distance of less than 1m when the radar is in operation.”
More general information about safe distances can be
found here: http://ww w.panbo.com /archives /2009/07/navico_
I will say this, when I asked the deckhand of the ferry I was
on to point out to the skipper the lack of necessity to operate
the radar on a clear day, the skipper turned it off immediately.
My questions then are, why have it on in the first place and
why do some turn the radar on and others not?
How boating should be
Amid the concerns of present day boating with issues like
boat wash, squabbles over moorings, irresponsible boat users,
illegal disposal of toilet waste, etc, I wanted to share some
feelgood aspects of boating.
After an absence of some years from our waterways, we
decided that we had been long enough away from boating. My
wife’s only stipulation was that our next boat had to have a galley,
Appalling and hazardous
Having spent nearly 35 years boating everywhere upstream
from Patonga I have never witnessed such atrocious and
dangerous boating behaviour as I did on 12th February. Three
miles downstream from Bobbin Head at 7.45am I saw a large fast
boat pushing a mountain of white water, coming from behind.
I waved the skipper to slow down but he either didn’t care or
wasn’t watching (they amount to the same thing). At 4kts I slowly
turned into his wake as he passed 50m from me at approx 20kts.
The largest wake I have ever encountered smashed into my
10m, 13 tonne cat hull. The wave was larger than 1m in amplitude
(as a boat builder I can estimate 1m and chew gum at the same
time). My foredeck is 1.28m above the water, but as my boat
pitched violently, waves crashed over the foredeck and flooded
into the cabin (I later sponged 25l of salt water out of my high-
riding boat). A not-so -young passenger was thrown from their
seat to the floor. Anything that wasn’t bolted down was hurled
about. Many items were damaged.
My wife took the helm as I jumped into the tender and pursued
the multi-million dollar 60ft motor yacht.
Upon overtaking the still speeding sphincter, I waved him
down to stop. He shook his head to stay “No!” and powered on to
Cottage Point proving himself to be as unaccountable and gutless
as he had previously been arrogant, dangerous, inconsiderate
and taking no responsibility for his wake.
For the next 3nm the foreshores on both sides of this previously
serene and pristine passage were as muddy as the Hawkesbury due
to the literal surf he inflicted on both shorelines. The environment
and I set aside the rest of that day to repair the damage caused
by this sole, arrogant, anti-social, inconsiderate ‘skipper’.
If “you are responsible for your wake” is really something more
than a platitudinous slogan, today’s ‘smaller’ boats could enjoy
the civility and democracy of boating as it was in the 1960s (before
these 1,000hp bullies bought their way into aquatic Lordship).
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