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April 30, 2016

Swarbrick 42’ revisited:

 

 

I had an opportunity to sail a Swarbrick 42’ yacht, “Rum Jungle”, from Port Stephens to CYCA at Rushcutters Bay. To fit the trip in so close the Christmas and to be ahead o southerly weather as that was the direction we were travelling I decid...

April 29, 2016

 

“Lost, pinched or escaped, one dinghy”

Most boating magazines have a free section in their classifieds for ads of this description. Why? Because they realise just how important the dinghy is to the waterborne person. Just like in the old wild, wild west where the cowbo...

April 28, 2016

 

 

Communicating at sea by sign: I have already lauded the virtues of learning Morse code and knowing your flags. I am going to amplify my feelings on this now. At sea you are never positive that your VHF, UHF or HF radio is always working. Your cell phone is good for a...

April 16, 2016

How’s your dinghy?

Probably the most maligned and yet necessary part of our boating equipment is our dinghy. O.K. for some of us the dinghy is the only boat we have or what maybe we have to aspire to, but for the moment let me talk about the dinghy as an addendum to our...

April 8, 2016

21 YEARS ON A TEST SAIL OF A ROBERTS 55’ KETCH.

In Australia

 

I was asked to deliver “Luann” a 55’ cutter rigged steel Roberts ketch from Southport to Cairns. At approximately 1,000 nautical miles I thought it would make an ideal test sail. The owner, an iconic former op...

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