I'm not quite sure how we came to be - 'bewitched' today - but as usual it's
Unlike the rest of the email - which is the usual run of boats, water, and
But then if you didn't get a picture of the yacht and Penny - each week -
you'd probably think that the we'd sunk or drowned - I'll bet.
While we were out and about - in the dinghy the other day - I
did the rounds of the boats in the Bay - and we have the most amazing
assortment - from big yachts - thru to ex-navy ships - and a converted old
ferry. Not to mention of course the ramshackled & rusted old
hulks that a few hermits seem to be hiding out on.
This ex-Navy ship was bought by the fellow - who made my big
anchor for me. He paid only about $175,000 for it by Tender -
and got 3 containers full of spares too - listed to be worth millions.
Which he was unpacking the day we went to pick up the 200lb anchor a couple
of years ago. There is a caretaker living aboard - and it hasn't
left the Bay. I'll go and pay them a visit one day and get the
This is an old Ferry converted to a liveaboard cruiser
it has come down from Queensland and a couple live aboard.
You'll notice it has no sidedecks - just the doorway for
people to get on and off.
This is the large yacht 'Woronora' - that the fellow was
building for 38 years in his yard alongside the Woronora
River. It has been anchored here for more than a month -
and there is a busy group of people setting up the handmade masts and
rigging. The spars are all timber with timber blocks as well.
It's an unusual 'gaff rigged top-mast schooner' - with miles of rope and an
old fashioned style of rig - in keeping with the yachts extraordinary
It really will need a proper crew to maintain and sail it.
There's no doubt it is an amazing piece of work.
And then just yesterday - I called out and had a visit on
board Laurie's yacht and then the two of us took a run over to Bill's yacht
for a cup of tea - and the 'deluxe tour'.
Both yachts are quite roomy and comfortable - and despite
everyone always apologising 'for the mess' - the boats were really quite
well set up and organized - considering as well that they have all been
living aboard permanently for a few years.
I was quite impressed too - with the quality of the
timberwork and fitouts of both yachts and their well laid out designs.
I would have no qualms about cruising around comfortably on
either of the yachts.
I didn't take Penny - she was left 'Home Alone' - and you
know how she feels about that.
Just so you don't think I leave rope laying about in a big
mess like that at the back of the yacht - the fact is that I found that big
30m long section of mooring rope - floating out in the middle of the bay, in
a big mass of seaweed. I've got no idea where it'd come from -
and it's really too big and heavy for most of the yachts out there.
It's in pretty good condition - but I already have quite a bit of similar
mooring rope on board - so I may just give it to them on the dock to use -
because there's probably a good chance it could have come off their barge
There's an older fellow Graham - who has a mechanics business
adjoining the yard - and he often comes down to the dock - and says hello to
Penny. That is - if she's up and about and sees him.
Of course if she's inside - or asleep - she has no way to know anyone's
But if she sticks her head out - he knows how to call her
with the beckoning handsignals - and she goes running to the edge of the
deck for a good pat and a neck rub.
Another week - still no more plates on the outside of the
hull - and scant few jobs getting done inside either. There
seems to be altogether - too much relaxing, and general time wasting going
on here - by certain members of the crew - 'you whistle, and I'll point'.
But I wouldn't get too worked up about it - because sooner or later - it
will all be done - as necessity demands it.
In the meantime - it's about 830pm - and not long gone - high
tide. The yacht is rocking slightly - more like an easy sway
really - but still on it's keel. The high tides for the next few
days are really down a few feet from the 'king tides' we need to be fully
free of the bottom amd moving about, here at the dock. And
'touch wood' (which I did) - the yacht is fine - ship shape - and come
'whenever' we should have no trouble motoring off - to wherever - (but
probably not too far).
It could be a good time for an early night - Penny is looking
at me in agreement - waiting.
Although lately I've thought she's had something on her mind
. . . . bothering her. . . . . . . .
Bye for now.
(sometimes I worry about Zombies)