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Just who half inched
me box of brochures?
In readiness for day one of the Sydney International Boat
Show at Darling Harbour as an exhibitor for the BOA and as an
inner city dweller with a leg problem, I thought I was very smart to
deliver a heavy box of brochures by car to Glebe light rail station.
Pleased as punch, I dropped the car back home and
immediately walked back to the station. In that very short time the
box disappeared. There were some suspicious looking commuters
who cried innocent and the Sulo bins bore no reward. I was forced
to return home and then transport another very heavy box of
brochures back to the station.
By this time I was late for the opening and to meet two BOA
volunteers who were to man the stand with me. We arrived at the
stand together, only to find the missing box waiting on the table in
the BOA stall! To say I was dumbfounded was an understatement.
The culprit soon exposed himself. Jon Simpson from the
Sydney Heritage Fleet arrived and announced his new job as BOA
courier. He said he noticed the box on the station, identified the
contents, surmised that it was needed at the Boat Show, found
the BOA under the list of exhibitors and delivered the box.
What a great guy!
Jon added that when he saw the box he also saw a half glass
of beer close by and knowing the habits of some boaters he
said that it did cross his mind that the carrier may have become
In going through the whole process from Jon spotting the box
to his delivering it to the BOA stand, there were any number of
steps where it would have been much easier to walk away. Jon is
a special person for going the extra distance. The BOA extends
a very warm thank you to Jon who is a good Samaritan boater
and an example to us all.
With that all said and said genuinely, there was a time in the
process where I thought if I ever caught the sod who knocked
off the box from the station and forced me back home to carry
another, I'd knock his box off!
Boat Owners Association of NSW Inc.
DIY pumpout on Sydney Harbour
I have wonderful news for Helen Lipton 'Dumping not pumping
-- need for more sewerage pump out facilities' (Afloat Aug'13).
Just across the bay from Darling Harbour, and on the way to
Blackwattle Bay lies the answer to your prayers. Baileys Marine
Fuels facility at White Bay 6 has free DIY pump out facilities, with
70mm and an 50mm adapter for pleasure craft.
To meet Roads and Maritime's rules to utilise this wonderful
service one must successfully complete the induction
course which can be found on Baileys Marine Fuels website
w ww.baileysmarine.com.au and select 'Recreational' tab.
Completion of this induction will also qualify you to open
a self-serve fuel account whereby you will have access to very
competitively priced fuel on Sydney Harbour for your vessel.
Cleaner harbour and cheaper fuel!
Although not part of Baileys Marine Fuels (Caltex) we have
an adjacent business providing boat repair and storage at White
Bay 6 and believe that the record should be set straight.
White Bay 6 Marine Park.
The forgotten skill of rowing
It is good to see somebody interested in the art of rowing
especially since the outboard has driven oars out of business,
'Dinghy Dilemma' (Afloat Aug'13).
There was a time up to the 1950s when most recreation on
the water was in rowing boats and we were all the healthier for
it. Single rowed boats were 14 foot long and doubles were 16
feet. Now it is all canoes because one paddle is needed and we
are facing forward.
But rowboats are more seaworthy, exercise more muscles,
carry a greater load, whole families even, and can easily be used
to access yachts. Today we have much better designed and quite
swift rowing boats of about 16 feet being seen on the water.
Ian Oughtred has some nice designs and some commercially
available such as the Swift dory.
Thank goodness we still have surf clubs and schools to keep
the wonderful and healthy skills of rowing going. John Murray,
David Micklethwaite rowing an Ian Oughtred 15 foot rowboat. He
happens to be using my oars and rowlocks but that is irrelevant!
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