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I refer to John Easton’s letter ‘Boat trailer parking liability
trap’ (Afloat May’15) and was stunned that this “CTP Gap” exists.
What I’d like clarified is: Does your boating comprehensive
insurance public liability cover the boat/trailer out of the water
as well as in? And, is this the same for caravans and box trailers?
Well done to John Easton for raising this issue.
May I also add how much I love Afloat ... I can’t believe it’s free!
I’m a relative newcomer to yacht racing living on Lake Macquarie.
Why has it taken me this long to go sailing? Just love it.
Coal Point, NSW
Half-ton 5hp Frisco Marine Engine
I read with great interest ‘No boats no life. Know boats know
life’ by Bruce Stannard (Afloat Mar’15) about the half-ton 5hp Frisco
Marine Engine made by the Standard Gas Engine Company of
San Francisco in 1910.
My interest comes because I think that it may be an engine
that my Grandfather (Wally Moss) owned!
When my grandfather owned it was in his timber launch Joyce
II, moored in Booker Bay (near Woy Woy). The family lost track
An Australian who owned a Lagoon catamaran described
the boat’s two sets of tandem 4.5hp electric motors: one set of
tandem motors for each hull. He also spoke of regeneration of
battery banks as well as simultaneous propulsion.
Is simultaneous propulsion by an electric motor and then,
regeneration of electricity by another coupled electric motor
possible to recharge a bank of batteries? I’m a psychologist
and I play with people’s heads but this whole notion is playing
with my head.
Is this a form of perpetual motion somehow overcoming
the Law of Diminishing Returns? Can we start a discussion
group within Afloat to address this interesting topic? Can a
knowledgeable electrical engineer or electrical tradesman/person
comment on this proposition?
Dr John Sjostedt,
of the boat when it was disposed
of in the ’90s. The fact that the
engine came from a timber launch
which was wrecked on a beach in
the Woy Woy area makes me think
that it was the Joyce II.
My grandfather was a marine
engineer who worked on the Frisco
engines which powered the prawn
fishing fleet operating in Sydney
Harbour last century. Such was his knowledge of the Frisco and
its weaknesses that he designed his own engine to make it better
in the late 1950s early ’60’s.
Alas, his grand plan to go into production was thwarted by
the rise in popularity of the outboard motor. The family donated
the ‘Walmos’ to the National Maritime Museum some years back
– it came out of storage and was started up for a specific display
which all of the family proudly attended.
I remember as a young boy watching my grandfather going
through a pre-start routine on the engine involving many
adjustments and liberal application of oil, to critical parts. He
would then apply a very specific motion to spin the flywheel, to
kick it into life. I don’t ever remember it not starting or letting
us down as we set off on fishing trips in and around the Rip on
in Sydney Harbour
After recent rains I have observed stormwater pollution
draining into Sydney Harbour, particularly at Rozelle Bay and
Large volumes of mud, rubbish and vegetation continue to
flow unabated. As a result this sediment has smothered marine
life, for example, the sea grass which once grew in these bays
has now completely gone.
I seek the support of all readers to encourage their local
Councils and Sydney Water to allocate some funding to solve
this problem, for example to install much-needed sediment traps
in storm water outlets to stop serious environmental pollution,
and to keep beautiful Sydney Harbour pristine.
Could this be funded by a grant from the Council Coast and
MV Champagne Lady.
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