Driftwood overboard

‘arry Driftwood was a regular and much-loved columnist for Afloat. He lived aboard his yacht Driftwood. He was a committed socialist and one of his favourite things was his daily trip ashore for a coffee and an argument – all in good humour. On…

Partners in Time

Australia’s pre-eminent marine artist, the Albany-based Ross Harry Shardlow, has been honoured with Membership in the Order of Australia. The official recognition, announced by the Governor General in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, is a fitting tribute to Shardlow’s extraordinary artistic talent and to…

Lightning Strikes

The flash and crack of a lightning strike becomes a very vivid memory for anyone unfortunate enough to be hit while at sea. Although lightning strikes can be fatal, they also cause concern due to the potential damage. A lightning strike can be hard…

The Deadly Hazard of Urination

Have you ever heard of “Micturition syncope”? This is a fainting spell that can occur during or, more commonly, immediately after urination due to a severe drop in blood pressure. On board, such a collapse is not only particularly dangerous, but…

The Kulmar Family – World 18ft Skiff Champions

The 128-year history of Australia’s 18 Footers is famous for having generations of a family competing over many years.  Occasionally, even two generations are competing together or against each other at the same time. What sets the Kulmar family apart from the…

AFLOAT Nautical Quiz

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 287 1.     The founder and leader of the WW2 Coastwatchers was:   Commander Eric A Feldt RAN…

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.

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…