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Sunken Scottish treasure
If a core sample had been taken in one particular spot of
Sydney Harbour (David Salter, Afloat, Sept’17), it would have
come up with a puzzle. How did a Gordon Clan Tam-o’-Shanter
come to be lying at the bottom?
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‘NO DISCHARGE ’ TOILET
NO holding tank
NO smelly pipes to block
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Simple to install
Solar power option
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Dimensions with crank handle:
470(w) x 470(d) x 485(h)mm
Dimensions with rachet fitting:
370(w) x 470(d) x 485(h)mm
Solar panels are no good as they get covered with salt and
seabird droppings even though I discourage them with bird-spikes
and throw overboard any eggs I find on deck.
Garbage that sinks – like beer, wine and spirits bottles and
cat food tins – goes overboard. Plastics, like PET bottles, food
containers and single-use bags, are securely wrapped, weighted
and thrown from the stern. The plastic owl went the same way.
I feed food scraps to the local ducks, pelicans, shags and
seagulls. Paper and cardboard goes in the bin ashore or in
someone’s hired skip. The supermarket trolleys I bring my
shopping home in are sunk off the pier at night.
The Teredo holes and dry-rot soft patches were once above
the waterline. Now they leak. Evidence that the water around my
boat is getting higher. I am five foot two inches, but big in other
ways. I weigh over 202lbs so am officially obese.
Could my weight, plus my cats, exercise bike, trampoline, and
mobility scooter I found at the nearby bowls club, be making the
boat lower in the water rather than the sea levels rising around
it? What if the water suddenly rises due to global warming and
shorts out my mobility scooter battery when I’m trying to escape
to higher ground?
Maid of Wood,
Brisbane Waters, NSW.
Not long after a visit to Scotland in 1952, I was working at
Seacraft Magazine when a chap came in and said he had a Moth
Class dinghy for sale. At the time we had just published an article
on the class so, when he named the price, I just said, “Sold!”
Later that year, I took part in a Moth Club race on the harbour,
perhaps the NSW Championship. Halfway through the race a
black nor’easter came through and over went the Moth. After
three times righting it and capsizing again I just sat on the side
and waited for the wind to ease off.
Suddenly my head gear took off and landed well down to
leeward. No way was I going to leave the Moth and swim after my
treasured Tam-o’-Shanter and sorrowfully watched as it slowly
sank out of sight.
Kelmscott, WA .
Rose Noelle’s capsize
Lance Ross mentions Steve Callahan’s 76-day ordeal in a
liferaft (Afloat, Dec’17), which was published in his book ‘Adrift:
76 Days Lost At Sea’, but readers may not be aware Callahan also
wrote the book ‘Capsized’ ... Jim Nalepka, Rick Hellriegel and Phil
Hoffman’s response to skipper John Glennie’s own story of the
disaster – and their survival – after the 1989 capsize of Glennie’s
42-ft trimaran Rose Noelle off New Zealand, and its subsequent
119-day drift, inverted.
It is a powerful story of survival in the face of adversity, and
shows why an upturned trimaran can be a much safer and far
more preferable place to be than a lead-ballasted monohull after
a pitchpole episode.
While perhaps the biggest negative of multihulls is their
propensity to be just as buoyant upside down as right way up,
at least, unlike lead-sled monohulls, they do remain afloat and,
as ‘Capsized’ relates, are a much less awful place to be than (in
Callahan’s experience) on an inflatable liferaft.
The crew of Rose Noelle arrived back in New Zealand fit, tanned
and relatively healthy, thanks to their ability to salvage a stove
and fishing gear from the wreckage aboard Rose Noelle, and to
their ingenuity in establishing a rain-water catchment system
to provide them with drinking water.
Both books are a great read, but perhaps ‘Capsized’ should be
a required text for anyone putting to sea on a multihull! Maybe I
am somewhat biased in their favour as I own two multihull boats.
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