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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
from Drummoyne, NSW.
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REDUCE YOUR BOATING COSTS
Every day we see “FREE” berthing, “FREE” antifouling,
“FREE” moorings. We all know that nothing is “FREE”.
We offer good old fashioned “SERVICE” with the same
good old fashioned “PRICES”.
Established for over 70 years our marina offers sheltered
berths and moorings, big slipways, mechanical and
shipwright services at competitive prices. Berths from
$450/month (up to 23ft) and $1,350/month (up to 60ft).
Do-it-yourself weekend slipping is available.
www.balmainmarina.com.au MOB: 0438 002 918
Take the boat licence challenge
I have had a boat licence for over 30 years. I have had many
boats of all types over the years and like many (men?), I consider
myself an expert and so obviously knowledgeable about all the
regulations new and old.
Recently I bought another boat and in an attempt to get
more help and interest from my wife I suggested she get her boat
licence. Quite frankly she wasn’t that keen to put herself through
the ordeal. Like many, she said: “It’s alright for you, you have a
licence and when you got yours it was easy.”
I heard her challenge and to put the proof of my manly-
maritime-prowess to the test I booked for both of us to do the test.
The first thing I did was to go online and do the practice test
(without reading up on the regulations – remembering of course,
that I was already an “expert sailor”). Naturally I failed. Not much
wrong but enough to fail. I failed the questions on the new life
jacket regulations and the procedures and distances regarding
contact with whales and dolphins.
I then read the handbook and actually enjoyed an impromptu
Q&A test with my wife on our daily commute on the Sydney ferry.
I went online and booked a licence test; proceeded to my local
wharf and participated in a Practical & Theory test on the water
... in an actual boat!
Ben Best of Sea School International was our trainer. He was
particular in making sure everyone (including the ladies) was
comfortable driving the boat; both slowly and at 20 knots, safely
and with confidence. Everyone had to learn and demonstrate
anchoring the boat and hook up to a mooring.
We were taken up Parramatta River to decipher the multitude of
signs and markers and be aware of our wash. We were questioned
on theory while doing the practical activities. In the afternoon
we did the theory test. I did the test and this time I passed; as
did my wife.
My wife was so proud of herself. Now she has the licence,
and her confidence and enthusiasm for joining me on the boat
To all you confident sailors out there I issue the challenge
to go online and do the practice knowledge test (it’s free). To
all those that lament their partner’s lack of enthusiasm for their
boating passion I issue the advice to get them to get their licence
or better yet buy them the test as a present!
But if you really want to prove you’re worth your salt and
you’re not just full of ... shanties, go and do the test at http://
www.boatingquiz.com.au/ and learn something you didn’t know.
Not all jet ski owners are
Sadly another justifiable criticism of jet skier behaviour from
Commodore Cliff Lewis (Afloat Nov ’16).
I have come to the realisation that a lot of irresponsible
drongos have jet skies. However, not ALL jet ski owners are
irresponsible, delinquent or menacing.
Many jet skiers are law abiding, sensible and responsible
members of the boating community who are genuinely concerned
by the outlaw behaviour of this irresponsible minority. The media
is waging its campaign but with significant collateral damage to
the “good guys”.
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