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Letter of the month
The Editor ’s choice for letter of the month will
receive a 28" Yachtsman’s Waterproof Bag.
Made from tough double
coated PVC fabric with
seams sewn and tape
welded the Burke bag is
This month’s prize goes to
from Balmain, NSW.
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Bavaria 38 – $127,000
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South Coast 36 – $75,000
Are you switched on?
So there I was at the end of one of those perfect summer
days of sailing and now securely anchored and looking up at the
stars through the forward hatch, rocking gently in my bunk and
listening to the gentle slosh of the wavelets against the hull. At
peace with the world.
But not quite. Something kept nagging at me. I went through
my mental list: enough depth, enough chain out, anchor light
on, etc. Nope, nothing I’ve missed or overlooked ... and yet my
mind kept turning over like an engine without a spark. Over and
over it ground until suddenly – ignition!
Sloshing! Water doesn’t slosh on the outside. It makes other
noises but it doesn’t slosh. But inside? Inside it sloshes!
In a panic I launch out of the bunk and lift one of the floorboards
and sure enough a bilge full of sea water and rising. The bilge
pump float switch had failed.
So, I manually switch the bilge pump on and while it
empties the boat I find the cause. One is my carelessness and,
as a consequence, the other being the manual toilet pump still
switched over to Flush. Now you can debate whether this could
have sunk the boat or not but the issue here is something else.
A leak can develop from a variety of sources and if you’re not
on your boat or you are and you’re asleep at the time, you and
the boat could be spending the night on the bottom ... and all
because of a switch. The best plumbing and pumps in the world
aren’t worth a cracker if the float switch doesn’t work and that
brings me to my point.
How many of us ever check that the float switch actually
works. Do yourself, the boat and your bilge a favour and before
you start up lean down into that bilge and make sure that the
switch switches. I used to work in a chandlery and the failure
rate of bilge float switches is frightening.
Boaters lose safe refuge
Cabbage Tree Bay, at the southern tip of Manly ocean beach,
is in danger of becoming inaccessible to boaters. It is the only
protected anchorage available to boaters travelling between
Broken Bay and Sydney Harbour, but action by Manly Council
means that any boater using it risks a substantial penalty.
The Department of Primary Industries has already declared
Cabbage Tree Bay an aquatic reserve, with absolute restrictions
on “interfering with any fish or marine vegetation (whether dead
or alive)”, so anchoring in the bay puts a boater at risk of being
fined for damaging seagrass or the creatures living in it.
The Department of Environment has not proceeded with a
usage plan for the Bay, agreed by all users, that would have seen
courtesy moorings installed by RMS for the use of visiting boats.
Manly Council is now declaring a designated swim zone
covering the whole of the beach. Boats are not permitted to
enter within a designated swim zone.
So a vessel travelling from Pittwater to Sydney that gets
caught in a Southerly blow and needs a sheltered spot to wait it
out before getting around North Head, has nowhere to go. They
can’t anchor out in the bay because of the seagrass, they can’t
anchor off the beach because it is a designated swim zone, and
they can’t pick up a courtesy mooring because it isn’t there.
Manly Council is declaring the swim zone in the interests of
the safety of swimmers, despite having no recorded incidents
of swimmer safety being affected by boats. They have ignored
the safety of boaters.
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