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Crab pot corridor along the coast
In response to Adam Baker's letter 'Two-lane bluetop' (Afloat
Jul'13) about crab pots.
The whole idea of the corridor / highway up the coast was not
to be a rule that everyone has to abide by, but a decision made
by the skipper to safeguard against hitting a trap especially at
night where visibility to see a trap is virtually impossible by us
mere mortals. If Mr Baker can spot trap floats in the middle of
a dark night while sailing or motoring along at 7 to 10 knots or
more in chop, maybe he can enlighten us or maybe we should
all go to Specsavers.
Secondly in response to David Bornstein 'To log on or not
to log on?"
I was told by a VMR operator some time ago, that the reason
they changed the reporting-in system from every two hours or
so, and leaving it up to the skipper was to minimise radio traffic.
I report into the relevant VMRs when passing as I transit
up and down the coast as a matter of safety. This is why I can't
believe Marine Rescue Sydney wants to increase its radio range.
Continuously coming in over the top and blocking all of the
stations from Sydney to Port Stephens is very annoying. Maybe
Sydney wants to take over all radio transmissions including Lake
Macquarie, Newcastle and Port Stephens etc.
Here on Lake Macquarie I get sick of listening to Sydney on 16
trying to work out which working channel to go to with their local
Sydney vessels. All the VMRs do a great job, so let them all share
the radio waves and not let the one with the biggest aerial win.
One VMR blocking VHF 16 all the way up the coast could one
day cause loss of life.
Marine radio 'deadspots'
I have just finished reading the very helpful letter from David
Bornstein 'To log on or not to log on? (Afloat Jul'13).
I suspect that there are many of us relatively novice boaters
who have benefited (or could benefit) from David's advice. I have
on a couple of occasions fallen victim to the "dead spot" to which
David refers, just inside the Barrenjoey headland. On the last
occasion Marine Rescue Sydney accommodated my inability
to log-out by contacting me by mobile phone just after my ETA
had expired. A similar dead spot exists just inside Cape Banks,
at the entrance to Botany Bay.
Limited experience has taught me that it is best to log in
and out from positions offshore by half a mile or so, although
that can be a little difficult if one is alone and busily occupied
by unpleasant sea conditions.
Surely the Council could find suitable streets or an area
where there is no risk of congestion, for example alongside golf
courses and parks for designated trailer parking?
The current "not in my back yard" mentality in the eastern
suburbs is only undermining the peaceful enjoyment of Sydney
waterways by the public.
As a consequence I challenge the Council to provide adequate
designated trailer parking for its ratepayers, suitably advertised
in the community.
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