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Cruising Helmsman July 2018

Cruising Helmsman is devoted exclusively to all types of cruising under sail. We focus on cruising destinations and how to get the most out of them, provide expert advice for the practical sailor and have a range of real-life accounts from seasoned cruisers and their on-board experiences.

Land:
Australia
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
Erscheinungsweise:
Interrupted
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3 Min.
how ironic

PHIL ROSS – EDITOR AS THE editor of this fine magazine I decided on two philosophies that assists to decide what articles to publish and what activities to support. I may have already written about them before: get bums on yachts and get yachts out there. The first one may be seen to be self-serving, the more people we get out sailing the more likely they will purchase the magazine! Maybe so but, like all activities, sailing needs numbers to retain influence. Influence in the corridors of power is a sad necessity so that our needs are serviced and we are not overtaken by other activities that are detrimental to cruising. But, therein lies another anomaly. One of the main reasons we all love to go cruising is because we can get away…

3 Min.
waterfront

Management change at Abell Point ABELL Point Marina has welcomed new general manager, Kate Purdie, to its team. Ms Purdie replaces Luke McCaul as general manager of the largest marina on the east coast of Queensland. Having led the business through its current redevelopment, McCaul is relocating to explore new opportunities in the marine and superyacht sectors, “the last five years have been challenging and rewarding in equal measures. To have worked together with Paul (Darrouzet the marina owner) and the team at Abell Point to create a world-class destination marina has been an absolute pleasure. I am excited about the future and am extremely confident Kate will achieve the marina’s international business vision.” Ms. Purdie brings twenty years of management experience to the role, having served as vice president of several multinational…

2 Min.
letter of the month

HANKERING FOR THE OLD DAYS Hi Phil When I purchased my Fairlite Gull in 2008 it came with an 86.4 cubic centimetre (cc) 1993 Johnson 4, the world’s smallest twin cylinder outboard. The power head started life in 1952 as a 3 then was upgraded to a 4 in the late sixties before being discontinued in 2000. Back in 1993 I borrowed a 4 and clocked up 200 hours on it in one year as a test for Outboard Marine Australia. During this time it was completely reliable and the original water pump impeller did not need replacing. Although the 4 uses twice the amount of fuel for the same average speed as the Tohatsu M2.5A on the Gull, its perfectly balanced power head with two small cross flow cylinders creates absolutely no vibration…

11 Min.
croc on a rock at the top

THE top of what you may ask? The top of Australia and, for a lot of people, the very tip of Australia is the highlight of the trip. Cape York is not only the name of the peninsula, it is the name of the cape on the northernmost point of the Australian mainland. It does get a little confusing at first, the big piece of mainland is called Cape York Peninsula and on the very tip is Cape York proper. It is a ruggedly beautiful place on the northern most tip of a rocky headland, about 15 minutes’ walk from the beach over a well-worn track. There are some picturesque views out over York and Eborac Islands and in the background is the blue green waters of Torres Strait. On the very tip…

9 Min.
living it up on the hotel can-afford-you

SMALL HOTEL is a Seaway 25 trailer sailer built in 1978 and designed by the late Doug Peterson. Although the design was originally more racing orientated, we have found her to be a handy small cruising boat. The fractional rig with small headsails, combined with a mainsail that can be depowered, makes her easy to sail shorthanded. Most of the Hotel’s ballast is internal so the keel is relatively easy to lift up and down on a simple rope pulley system. Small Hotel is a Mark 1 and still has the original rudder setup where the rudder sits in a cassette through the cockpit floor. We purchased Small Hotel in 2004, she was bought to replace a 22 foot trailer sailer that had become a bit small due to the fact our two…

8 Min.
synchronised control   of cabin and navigation lights

WE have all had the experience of walking from bright daylight into a dark room. Initially we cannot see a thing, then slowly the room appears to brighten as our eyes adapt to the reduced light. This happened to me many years ago when I was late for the feature film and had to find my seat in the dark. After walking in from the mid-summer daylight I stumbled into a row of seats and became momentarily close to one of the seated patrons. She was not amused and, when I regained my dull-light vision, discovered her male friend was equally unimpressed. This was the first time I had to really think about my loss of vision when coming in from the light and just how long it took before I could…