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I am all for having the things flagged and lit. I said to the
fisho, ‘ You call ’em fish traps. I call ’em yacht traps. How about I
seed a few bear traps along the footpath between you and your
local. Odds on you’ll make it unscathed.’
Yacht Mental Block.
In August last year, I was travelling from Broken Bay to Lake
Macquarie in my 45ft motor cruiser, speed 11kts. The time was
about 0900 with the sun dead ahead. Abeam The Entrance a
violent vibration developed so I reduced power and gradually it
reduced to a less frightening level. I continued on to the Lake
and found a diver who was able to cut free long lengths of orange
rope from BOTH propellers. No other damage but I hope the
owner regrets the loss of his fish trap!
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Fish Trap Floats – the invisible snare
The facts stated in the report from vessel NeXt Light (Afloat,
Nov’13) are alarming. I agree with the writer that it should be
mandatory for fish trap floats to be effectively marked so as to
remain visible at all times.
I view that report as verified evidence of dangers to life and
limb that arise from the presence of fish trap floats that may be
encountered in any open waters at any time, day or night.
Folks on smaller vessels than the 35ft NeXt Light may have
been put at a greater risk after becoming entangled in similar
fish trap floats.
Fish trap floats that I have sighted and dodged during full
light in the Broken Bay area are often whitish in colour and as
such they blend in nicely with any surface chop prevailing and are
not easily spotted. Some floats have moss covering about half
of their floating surface which makes them even harder to spot.
Roads and Maritime Services should examine the current
requirements on the size, colour and visibility alerts of floats
attached to fish traps to ensure that the requirements (when fully
complied with) provide a reasonable means to alert skippers on
the presence of fish trap floats in open waters.
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Insurance for boats on moorings
Many maritime insurance companies have withdrawn from
insuring boats in some parts of Sydney Harbour. Several have
withdrawn altogether from insuring any moored boat anywhere
in Australia! This is resulting in a nasty predicament for sailing
clubs that do not have marinas and for boat owners that cannot
afford a marina berth even if one was available.
The reason cited is simply the statistics of the number of
boats that sink at their mooring or that wash up onto the beach
in a blow. I think this is poor form on behalf of these companies
as surely insurance could be offered either at an increased price,
depending on the type of mooring or with some exclusions of
mooring related problems.
However, I also believe that boat owners are also responsible
for this predicament.
We are after all the ones that let our boats sink; moor with
a nylon rope over an anchor roller; skip a mooring service; or
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