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Tassie’s BoatWise Buddy
MAST’s guide to practical boating
Produced and published MAST
(Marine and Safety Tasmania)
RRP: free from MAST.
110mm x 220mm
Tasmanian yachtsmen and other boaties
are fortunate that in MAST (Marine and
Safety Tasmania), they have a very proactive
organisation run by experienced practical sailors.
MAST is not just a bureaucratic body tasked
with the administration of all matters concerning
recreational boating in the island state, but is playing a major role
in educating boat owners (and their crew) in safe boating practices.
This is, of course, very significant for those who venture out
on the cold waters that surround Tasmania and the even chillier
Fishing and sailing are two major activities among Tasmanians,
and from my observations, most are very safety conscious when they
go afloat. Not always, where a recent survey showed a serious number
among boaties who had had their inflatable buoyancy vests serviced.
For Tasmanians and visiting yachts and powerboats (and at the
time of writing there are some 44 cruising boats sailing in the Van
Diemen’s Land Circumnavigation Cruise as well as up to a hundred
wooden boat that have stayed on to cruise Tasmania’s waterways
after the huge Australian Wooden Boat Festival) MAST’s publication
Tassie’s BoatWise Buddy is an essential booklet to have aboard.
Printed in waterproof paper, this excellent guide to practical
boating is a credit to the MAST staff who put it together.
Sections cover trip planning, safety equipment, safe navigation,
tides, times and charts, emergencies and incidents, buoyancy and
anchoring, marine radio and weather.
Other useful information includes whale and dolphin guidelines
and fish sizes and bag limits.
Every Tasmanian or visiting boat-owner should have a copy of
Tassie’s BoatWise Buddy, with its wise advice, including ‘If in doubt, don’t
go out’, advice that was apparently not heeded in a recent tragedy in
the very rough and cold waters in southern Tasmania. h
Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
Rob’s Passage Planner STARKEY 7022
Now in its 4th edition, updated in December 2016, Rob’s
Passage Planner complements existing Australian East
Coast cruising guides such as Lucas by bringing together
information such as: marina maps, VHF repeater stations,
lighthouse details, passage distances, state regulatory
and safety requirements, weather sources and trends,
seamanship information, incident management and
health care. It will enable you to manage your passages
with greater ease, speed and efficiency. It is an absolute
must for anyone looking to cruise the East Coast.
Spiral Bound 123 pages $59.95
Under Full Sail MUNDLE 9116
The story of the Clipper ships, and the tens of thousands
of migrants they brought to the Australian colony of the
nineteenth century, is one of the world’s great migration
stories. For anyone who travelled to Australia before 1850,
it was a long and arduous journey that could take as much
as four months. With the arrival of the clipper ships, and
favourable winds, the journey from England could be done
in a little over half this time. It was a revolution in travel that
made the clipper ships the jet airliners of their day, bringing
keen and willing migrants ‘down under’ in record time, all
hell-bent on making their fortune in Australia. HB 384 pages $45.00
Something terrible happened at sea ...
off the Northern Ireland Coast.
by Thomas Jobling
published by Thomas Jobling, Larne,
Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland.
RRP: n/a (298pp; 150mm x 170mm)
When I first opened this novel, there,
between the pages, was a pressed shamrock, a
delightful gift from the author, a well-known Irish
nautical scribe and yachtsman turned novelist,
based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Having been born by the sea, boats and boating gave Tom Jobling
a passion for all things afloat. He has covered sailing events for the
UK and Ireland’s leading magazines while also competing at the
highest level in racing dinghies and small yachts.
His first publication was a ‘how to’ planning and management
e-manual aimed at the organisation of sailing regattas and
championships, earning him recognition by the Royal Yachting
Tom has used his extensive nautical knowledge in his debut, and
ver y successful novel Chasing Shadows (2014) and has continued this
theme with Arthur’s Dead.
Arthur ’s Dead is a thriller, a tale of tragic romance set against a
nautical backdrop with three central characters: Arthur McKitterick-
Kirk, his wife Bronagh (Mrs KK) ... and a boat.
Ten miles off the coast of Northern Ireland something terrible
happens during a voyage back to Ireland after a weekend in a Scottish
port. Arthur, a rather hapless boating person, is knocked overboard
and subsequently dies.
Bronagh, much more experienced at sea, makes a valiant effort
to save his life and almost loses hers, too. She is rescued by the
Irish Coast Guard.
But a question hangs over the incident: how and why did Arthur die?
Tom Jobling describes the drama in great details, as only a writer
of his nautical experience could, at the same time creating three
characters (including the boat) and the pitfalls of volatile relationships.
The tale opens in Northern Ireland and ends in dramatic fashion
at a County Dublin quayside. But the reader must wait to the very
last page for dramatic closure to this gripping novel.
Arthur’s Dead is great reading and we hope to see more novels by
Tom Jobling. One review book I couldn’t put down!
Arthur’s Dead is available to download from Amazon onto either
Kindle devices, iPad or smart phones. However, if a paperback is required,
please contact the author directly by email <email@example.com>;
mobile: +44 0780 969 1585 or on his website, www.tnjobling.com.
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