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"I found POR -15 very easy to use.
decks engines gearboxes
hulls - inside and ou t steel hulls
ferro-cement hulls exhaust
systems rusty fuel/holding tanks
Rust on your boat?
POR-15 bonds to steel and sets so hard you can hammer it
Beware 'free' EPIRB battery
I'd like to alert readers to a recent dispute I had with Chemring
Australia which promotes the Pains Wessex range of EPIRBs.
When I bought their RB6 Marine EPIRB five years ago, I was
pleased to read that its battery would be replaced, and the unit
tested and returned by road freight free of charge.
Five years later, I posted my EPIRB to Chemring, but a few
days later I was told I had to pay $60 to cover return courier fees,
before the battery would be replaced "free".
A few emails later, their intransigence was obvious, and my
indignation at their stance was equally clear, so I contacted
the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, who
told me Chemring's conduct appeared to be misleading and
deceptive, and suggested I lodge a complaint with Consumer
Affairs Victoria. I relayed this information to Chemring, hoping
it would be a circuit-breaker.
The Sydney Fishing and
Motor Boat Show
The Sydney International Boat Show has finished for the
year and now the "unqualified success" stories start. Could we,
however, have a little objective, honest, analysis in place of the
Attendances were down nearly 8%, a frightening reduction.
A total attendance of 59,000 in five full days of brilliant weather
The number of exhibitors was also down, and probably will
reduce visitor numbers next year. The marina was padded with
historic ferries, Sean Langman's big tri, and some huge catamarans
angle-parked to fill up dock space.
If all I am interested in is fishing then this is the show for me.
If I am a dinghy sailor, forget it as there was basically not one
thing of interest in the whole show. If I have a reason to look at
yachts under 35 feet, the major market, then there was little of
interest at all. For all sail manufacturers the list of non-attendees
seems to grow each year.
If I wanted a powered vessel, or a huge sailboat, then I would
see plenty, but I dispute the suggestion made by some that the
show saw major sales. I doubt large numbers of visitors turned
up with half a million dollars plus in their back pockets and
made a purchase decision after a free coffee and a quick look
around a boat.
In the exhibition halls kayaking items helped fill a lot of space.
The equipment stands get fewer each year and there were noted
absentees. Many clothing stands had all the appeal of "op shops"
and appeared focused on getting rid of old stock. Few remaining
stands focused on sail, cruising or racing.
I would suggest the organizers take a long hard look at what
they are offering and do some serious research. This show has
Cruising through Block Island Sound
on the Downeaster Alexa
I read with great interest, Bruce Stannard's article about the
Downeaster boats (Afloat Aug'13).
American singer, songwriter and part time boat designer Billy
Joel has had a long association with this type of vessel.
Alexa. Alexa being the name of his daughter. It is on the Storm
Front album. Do a Google search of Billy Joel boats. The video
is on youtube.
the water for some time had it not been for the GPS. The skipper
had never considered using the GPS for that purpose.
I suggest that everybody who commands a vessel be aware of
the GPS operation and be able to quickly record (and practise)
setting a position asap, particularly if running after dark, and
hope it is never needed.
no appeal for the majority of yachtsmen, lacks a test sail facility
like the successful one at Southampton, and is increasingly a
fishing and power boat show.
As a long time show visitor, and sailor, I have asked myself
"why do I bother? " for the last few years. This one may have been
the straw that broke the camel's back.
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