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In 1969 the trimaran Unbound slipped a mooring in Woodford
Bay up the Lane Cove River in Sydney, and headed off on a
This was in the days when Woodford Bay was not clogged
with moored boats and many of the locals had got to know her
owner, John Murray, as he finalised his preparations for the cruise.
This was also in the days when it was generally believed that
going to sea in a trimaran was an open invitation to explore Davey
Jones’ locker and, frankly, many who watched her go believed that
was the last they would see or hear of Unbound or John Murray.
In my case it was, until, lo and behold, I read his letter ‘Shelley’s
flying eyeballs’ in May Afloat.
If it’s the same Murray, good to hear from you John. I hope
the trip was all you wanted it to be.
Woodford Bay, NSW.
With reference to the letter by Rob Harris ‘Afloat boobs’
The personal opinion expressed by Mr Harris regarding the
responsibility of the magazine to show more regard to its female
readers by eliminating any discussion or sketches pertaining to
certain parts of a woman’s anatomy is ver y commendable.
In the ‘good ol’ days’ people were legally obliged to wear
bathing attire that covered from neck to ankles, and those rules
were enforced strongly to preserve the dignity of the individuals
wishing to bathe publicly. In that case, Mr Harris stands on high
moral ground and should be congratulated for his protective
On the other hand, if one attends any popular beach during
summer it is almost impossible to sight even one lady dressed
in the before described attire to preserve their modesty.
Generally, female bathing attire is either a revealing cut-away
one piece costume or a very skimpy bikini. Females buy it, wear
it and flaunt it so why should anyone really take offence at John
Quirk’s brand of humour in describing what’s on public display at
every beach and swimming pool in Australia? And Quirky didn’t
even mention the nude female bathers on many public beaches!
Quirky talks about real life experiences. Objections to such
experiences smacks of holier than thou rhetoric.
Chinese built skiffs
Further to Peter Schwarzel’s letter about “China building
simple small dinghies in the name of economics” (Afloat, May ’16) .
The Australian 16ft Skiff Association (ASSA) has been, over
the past four years, working on ways to cut the cost of putting a
new 16ft skiff on the water.
Over a two-year period various local boatbuilders were
approached with the idea of placing a bulk order for the
construction of ten (10) completed hulls. To the disappointment
of the ASSA a satisfactory outcome was not achieved. Either the
cost was similar to what was already being paid or the boatbuilder
did not have the capacity.
The ASSA, after being approached by a Melbourne-based
boatbuilder, managed to secure a bulk order deal for the hulls
to be built in China. Other bulk order deals with local mast, sail
and fitting suppliers were also negotiated.
Having the ability to place bulk orders coupled with the
assistance of our Manly and Belmont 16ft skiff clubs, has
significantly reduced the price of a new ready-to-sail 16ft skiff.
The next bulk order of hulls is due to arrive in Melbourne at
the end of June where they will be completed in Australia by a
These decisions has seen our class numbers increasing for
the first time in 15 years, and has made way for the revival of the
class’s second-hand market, helping to secure the long term future
of our class numbers and has created greater opportunities for
the younger generation to enter the 16ft skiff class.
By year’s end, the ASSA will have the capacity to supply
within 3-4 weeks from order, a new rigged ready to sail 16ft skiff
or assist with the components (for those wishing to complete
the boats themselves).
I trust this gives any concerned readers more of an
understanding for the reasons the ASSA chose to have hulls
For any further information about our exciting class
President, Australian 16ft Skiff Association.
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