Boat Trailer Challenge

Whether on the slip ramp or on the road – anyone who is dependent on regularly hauling their boat knows about the many small pitfalls and subtleties involved in dealing with a bulky trailer. As is so often the case practice…

Plague Ships

It was not just the Ruby Princess that allowed unchecked and infected passengers ashore, this has been happening for centuries. But 600 years ago, some local officials were more cognisant and proactive towards the dangers of infection than we have seen recently in NSW.

The Spirit of Sailing and The Sea

A collection of interesting and evocative quotes compiled by David Salter Things are not so simple at sea Norman Dahl – The Yacht Navigator’s Handbook, 1983 “For the newcomer, navigation can be a trial and a disappointment. Fresh from the winter navigation classes,…

Paper. Ruler. Dividers.

Unlike, Paper, Rock, Scissors, this is no game and literally, utterly deadly serious. The following article provided by Pantaenius Insurance is actually about more traditional forms of navigation and your obligations as a skipper. It is the definitive statement in…

The fourteen year old People-Smuggler

In 1965 I was spending most weekends out on the harbour in my 3.4 metre aluminium boat powered by a series of higher and higher horsepower outboards. Because they could go faster than ten knots I was supposed to have a licence but as…

Don’t let James Bond borrow your boat

From The James Bond 007 Youtube Channel The latest James Bond movie ‘NO TIME TO DIE’ will be released in November 2020. There’s sure to be a boat in there somewhere so while we eagerly await the release here are…

AFLOAT Nautical Quiz 286

Jim Broadside is locked in the fo’csle but it didn’t stop him from sending his latest Nautical Quiz via carrier pigeon. AFLOAT Nautical Quiz 286 1.     The first ‘commercially successful’ container ship sailed in: 1956 1976 1986 2.     Coastal freighter SS…

18ft Skiffs: The Day the Winds Blew 25-knots

On Sunday February 24, 2013 the Australian 18 Footers League hosted one of the most spectacular 18ft Skiff races ever staged on Sydney Harbour.  The race was Race 7, which was the final race of the 2013 JJ Giltinan world Championship. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers…

Macquarie Harbour Dunking

“After reading of Lawrie Gubb falling off his boat in the Whitsundays, and his fortunate rescue (Afloat Oct 2019), I recall my own somewhat similar drama,” writes Johno Gaal. Having launched my Farr 6000 trailer sailer near…

England’s Greatest Hero

Main photo: In a painting by Denis Dighton, Nelson is portrayed at the moment he falls on his left side. Captain Hardy, with his back to the viewer, advances to assist Royal Marine Sergeant Secker, who is already at Nelson’s side.  Alan…

The long-distance Pup

David Salter recalls two epic voyages made at a time when locally made one-pot engines powered our leisure boating The 1920s and ’30s were the great decades of record-breaking in Australia. Kingsford-Smith in the air, Hubert Opperman on bicycles, Don Bradman…