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The new marina is now complete. 64 brand new marina berths,
extra wide walkways and fingers, using the Bellingham marina system.
10m, 12m, 15m & 18m Berths available now. New pump out facilities
for customer use. FREE parking to all Northern Beaches Council
residents, nearby FREE parking for others.
Clontarf Marina is a rare find, where you can have all your boating
services managed by the one experienced team. Apart from the
storage of your vessel, we provide all marine services under the one
company. Our client base covers the entire Sydney region and our
loyal customer list continues to grow.
Our location allows all masted vessels direct ocean access at any
time. We are the closest full service marina to Sydney Heads, yet one
of the most protected. Due to our location in the north east corner of
the bay, we are naturally protected from all weather conditions.
The marina has been owned and managed by the same
experienced team for over 50 years. We know our customers’ needs.
We are always here to help and give advice with a warm and friendly
face, a testament our long standing customers will always back up.
So come join us !!
Clontarf Marina is located at
Sydney’s most protected and
scenic location of Sandy Bay
on the north eastern shore
of Middle Harbour, before
the Spit Bridge.
To secure your berth contact Steve for bookings:
) (02) 9949 5399 * firstname.lastname@example.org
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Uber – be careful what you wish for
It is with some interest I read in July Afloat where David
Lockwood was bemoaning illegal charter boats following his
full page promotion of Uber style boating in the April edition.
Those columns would seem to be at odds. Uber just does
what it chooses, regardless of regulations, insurance requirements
and safety requirements and uses gullible locals as its troops.
Actually, it would seem that is simply what the illegal charter
boat operators are doing.
You can’t have it both ways, David. (I am a Sydney taxi owner/
driver and am very aware of Uber and the so-called ‘disruptive’
Allambie Heights, NSW.
Small craft visibility on waterways
While I hate with a vengeance authorities telling us how to run
our lives, I feel I must express my concern about an increasing
issue on our waterways.
Over the last weekend, on a magnificent winter day on
Pittwater, I really struggled to see several kayaks ahead of me.
The low winter light and the lack of contrast of the colours of
the boats and clothing, completely camouflaged the vessels .
We were only doing 5-6 knots, but even then I felt these
vessels were in danger. Had we been doing 30 knots, like some
do, the avoidance of these vessels would have been very difficult.
The increase in numbers of these small watercraft is obvious,
and to be applauded for their exercise values and environmentally
These boats can range from rowing sculls and stand-up paddle
boards, to kayaks, etc. I would like to respectfully advise anyone
using this from of recreational vessel to wear some significant
bright colours, to at least give approaching vessels a chance to
see them early .
Equally if they see boats coming in their direction, make some
significant visual movement to alert the oncoming vessel. Their
perspective of a boat heading toward them, in their quiet world,
is very different to a power boat with music and motor noise to
divert their attention from the surroundings.
I hope this advice prevents some really nasty accidents.
Suggested precautions are to:
Dress brightly (preferably high visibility)
Display high visibility flag on the canoe/kayak
Paddle in tight formation
Keep a proper lookout
Paddle during daylight hours or adhere to the night lighting
requirements for canoes and kayaks
Stay close to the shore line
Keep to the starboard (right-hand) side of the channel. — Ed.
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