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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
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Marine Diesel Basics
Seeing is understanding! With over 300 illustrations, this book
explains everything you need to know to maintain a marine diesel
system, winterize the diesel system, protect from heat and humidity,
and summerize to ensure reliable and trouble-free service. Step-by-
step instructions in clear, simple drawings. Explains the complete
system - fuel, lubrication, cooling, breathing, electrical, running gear
(shaft, stuffing box, propeller). Lists all necessary tools and supplies
to get each task done. Covers sailboats, motorboats and narrowboats.
Indirect and direct cooled diesel engines - saildrives - maintenance, lay-up, recommission.
Maximize the joy and freedom of being out on the water, knowing your diesel system is
properly maintained and a reliable and robust friend in all conditions. PB 224 pages $21.95
RYA – Weather Handbook
If you are doing an RYA course or are simply seeking to gain
a greater understanding of the weather, this edition of the RYA
Weather Handbook (which covers the Northern and Southern
Hemispheres) is full of practical and useful information, on aspects
such as theory, weather charts, clouds, predicting the wind, and
the technology used in sourcing meteorological information. This
edition provides more information than ever before about where
to obtain forecasts, the growing use of technology in forecasting
weather and obtaining up-to-date information and in particular
monitoring the tell-tale signs around you for any indication that
the weather may not be doing what was forecast. PB 125 pages $39.95
A City’s Heart, A Country’s
by Scott Bevan
published by Simon & Schuster
RRP: $39.99 (830pp)
To quote Simon Winchester, the New York Times bestselling
author, “ The finest harbour deser ves the finest book, and to this end
the admirable Scott Bevan has performed a sterling ser vice, with a
colourful, fascinating and enduring account of the greatest water way
What more can be said about Our ’Arbour, as Sydneysiders refer to
it, a authoritative and meditative journey around the harbour.
Bevan’s massive 830 page tome covers virtually ever y bay, inlet,
reef and beach, and many of the wonderful personalities who live and/
or work beside this magnificent water way.
Ever yone knows Sydney Harbour. At least we think we do. Ever yone
can see the harbour, whether we have been to Sydney or not. We have
seen many images of those icons of Sydney Harbour, The Bridge, The
Opera House, Fireworks on New Year’s Eve, Flotillas on Australia Day,
the skyscrapers of the City.
Yet, even if you have sailed on it for near half a century, as I did,
you still don’t really get to know the harbour or its tributaries.
Scott Bevan has done his for us, taking us from cove to cove, by
kayak, yacht and barge, and on foot, to gather the harbour’s stories,
past and present, from boatbuilders, ships captain and fishermen
and artists, from signs of ancient indigenous life to the Japanese
submarine attack and natural beauty that still surrounds many parts
of Sydney Harbour.
You won’t read The Harbour in a week, but it has so many different
stories that you will enjoy reading chapters for many, many weeks.
The Tamar Yacht Club
A History of Sailing Launceston
Tasmania from 1837
by Julian Burgess
published by Christopher Green
RRP: $45.00 (208pp)
When was the Tamar Yacht Club
established at Launceston? That is
a question that remains somewhat
unanswered in Julian Burgess’ new book,
The Tamar Yacht Club, a History of Sailing in
Was it 1837 or 1880?
One thing is certain, from Burgess’s
meticulous research of pleasure boat
sailing on Launceston’s Tamar River, the
Tamar Yacht Club is one of Tasmania’s oldest sporting clubs and one
of the nation’s oldest sailing clubs.
In this detailed history of the TYC, Burgess writes that the first
mention of the Tamar Yacht Club appeared in a colonial newspaper
180 years ago.
There certainly had been yacht racing in Van Diemen’s Land before
1837, mostly between landed gentry and successful businessmen
and bureaucrats of Launceston and Hobart who could afford to have
racing yachts built.
Yacht racing out of Launceston on the Tamar River, finally became
formalised when the modern Tamar Yacht Club was established on
Tuesday 24 February 1880.
New yachts were built by shipwrights on the Tamar, among them
being Bronzewing in 1895 which is still racing on the Der went although,
as her current owner says, she has had as many modifications as
The club co-hosted Australia’s first ocean race, across Bass Strait
for the Rudder Cup in 1907. In the late 1940s club commodore Eric
Massey skippered the Tamar’s first Sydney Hobart Race entrant, Wanderer.
In 2007 club member Ken Gourlay broke the record for the fastest
solo, non-stop circumnavigation by an Australian.
A feature of the Tamar Yacht Club’s racing, although no longer
held, has been the North versus South Cup. Organising the contest
in colonial days was no mean feat, records Burgess.
The yacht America was launched in 1895 and taken to Hobart
shortly after wards to test her out against the top boats on the Der went.
According to newspaper reports, the trip down the Midland Highway
“ The yacht was loaded on to a dray pulled by four horses and left
Jack’s Boat Yard at 3pm on 21 January accompanied by Messrs Ritchie
and Barnard on bicycles. The going was ver y rough and several times
the yacht nearly ‘broached’ and had to be manhandled back into
position on the dray.
“Nearing Hobart an extra two horses, loaned by a farmer, were
coupled to the dray. The America reached Constitution Dock and was
lowered into the water on Sunday 26 January.”
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