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I’ve just acquired
an unusual vessel from
the Brisbane waterways
recently and wonder if
any readers know of her
She’s of a early 1980s vintage, about 30ft but very narrow in
the beam (5ft) and twin masted with centre boards.
Very strongly built in glass with four bulkheads ... presumably
to do expedition work?
Any leads on this vessel greatly appreciated!
Shane at Clipper Marine,
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the tank before opening the lid in case of oxygen build-up, and
what that pressure might do the deckhead with the contents of
the potti), it appears to be a perfectly acceptable, if not actually
preferable, method of maintaining a porta potti.
And as the smell is bearable, one isn’t under quite so much
‘domestic pressure’ to empty it more often.
One poster on the TSP forum even keeps a 30-litre, O -ring-
sealed back-up drum in which to store waste once the potti needs
emptying, and can go a month without discharging anywhere.
All you need are options.
In clear distress, D. George (Afloat Jan’16) describes a “thick
mass of seagrass” floating in “at least eight strips ... several
hundred metres long” from Barrenjoey to the western shore –
and then with some considerable zeal, calls for boating bans.
Attributing the cause to irresponsible use of a powerboat.
Chiquita and the submarine Oxley
I would just like to thank Afloat and your readers for all their
great information on our recently acquired 37ft timber cruiser
She is under going massive repairs, (what do you expect from
an old wooden boat I hear you all say) all the info has given us
heart to continue, especially the story about the Oberon class
submarine the Oxley surfacing underneath her at Sydney Heads
causing a fair bit of damage, we don’t know of any other boats
with that claim to fame!
Thanks Afloat for a great magazine.
John & Tracey Reeves,
Lumbered with sailing
I started sailing years ago, just me and my little cruising boat
venturing further as my skill and confidence grew.
I got involved in a little sailing club. It was convenient. I could
get my boat slipped easily, meet other people and spend a lot
of time talking sailing.
But it did come with a price. As with every other volunteer
club, there were hours of cooking sausages, cleaning, manning
start boats, attending meetings and filling in as crew on race boats
that were shorthanded. I did not complain because I enjoyed
being involved even if my own sailing time suffered.
Recently our little club was invoiced quite a large amount by
Yachting NSW in order to remain a member club.
We approached YNSW by phone, email and personal meetings
to explain that the financial burden on our club of this membership
fee was a huge encumbrance. All we received was an aggressive,
arrogant pay up or else attitude.
We appealed to the YNSW board in writing and the written
reply was basically pay up, shut up and get back into your box.
I like to sail. I don’t need to be a member of a club to do that.
And I most certainly don’t need Yachting NSW to do that! I just
need my boat, some breeze and a bit of water.
So this year I will leave my club and go sailing. And on my
backstay in lieu of my club burgee I will fly a black anarchist’s flag
so you can see that at least one sailor isn’t going to cop it sweet.
Sans Souci, NSW.
Given the timing of the observation, it is likely the “thick mass
of seagrass” was a raft lifted from Station Beach by December’s
new moon (1.8m) morning tide. Just a day or two prior, with beach
exposed to the near maximum intertidal within the cycle, peak
winds for the month of 57kph were recorded from the north-west.
These conditions, and the fetchy location, suggest a weed
berm had formed naturally and took to the water in a most
unremarkable way. Mr George just happened to be in the right
place at the right time to see it.
Satellite records show the strapweed meadows are clearly
thriving in this location – even if the forces of nature sometimes
test their resolve. He writes that he couldn’t imagine “what type
of vessel could have cut such a swathe”.
This is probably because the idea that one had done so, is
Palm Beach, NSW.
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