Rodney & Penny - we're a 'Bedtime Story' - bound to
Well try as I might - I just can't keep up with all
the letters - and have to keep saying sorry - to lot's of friends.
The trouble is that I spend so much time answering letters that I don't get
anything else done - like creating new pages and doing the photos - for
see. And always there are lots of questions - lots and lots - and
although it is natural - it's very easy to ask - but it takes me a long time to
Also, I should point out - that there's a lot of
'one-way traffic' with the emails and questions - in that I seem to often get
just a couple of words or lines - and end up writing back an elaborate page to
answer - which hardly seems fair - when a lot of the time you don't tell me
anything about yourself.
And let's also be frank - there is a massive amount of photos and
information - really answering a lot of the questions -
(about the yacht and our life) - already on the website.
There are now 88 of just these email
newsletters alone - all new and original - and every one completely
different - with elaborate graphics - and many hundreds of excellent
photos. Not to mention the other thousands of photos and pages -
contained in the Galleries and rest of the website. (Maybe I need to do an 'About
Us' page as well, or a 'Frequently Asked Questions About Our Odd
Life' page - HA!)
And although many who explore the site - write
to me - to say how much pleasure they've had looking at what's there - and come
away smiling, and feeling happy and uplifted - I can understand that a lot of
people do not want to spend the time - and rather ask me direct - which is just
fine because either way I love to get friendly emails.
BUT - and it's a big BUT - it's getting harder
and harder for me to keep up with it all - without letting other things go
- and as I keep saying - nothing is getting done
around the yacht either.
So here is a new rule .
I might make this Rule
which means that it
immediately after Rule #1 - 'Women
Visitors should be Topless'
and before Rule #3 - 'You can't bury
LambChop Bones in the bed'
(and I'm getting very tired of all
these important rules being constantly ignored)
Well, that now brings us to the actual subject of
todays newsletter . .
or to put it another
This yacht lifted out at the shipyard was one of
the worst we've seen
it had not been out of the water for 8
and the growth was amazing.
The yacht was towed here from nearby Kogarah Bay
- and as owner John (below)
said to me: 'I'm
glad we didn't try and motor over'
Despite all this growth - he points out with some
pride that underneath
the solid steel hull is still in good
This apparently comes close to being the worst
the shipyard has seen
(but then they haven't seen 'Machine Gun's' boat that's
been in the water for 26 years - HA!)
All boats have
sacrificial Zinc blocks bolted to them underwater - which corrode
away in about a year - thus saving the hull and fittings from
damage. They need to be changed regularly so that the
boat is protected - and unless the boat is out of the water - it
is necessary to DIVE to change them over.
At the same time, it's an
opportunity to scrape some growth off the propeller and rudder -
so that they work
These shots were taken under Yankee Bill's yacht
the first ones show the state of the propeller - before - and
so until next time
bye for now