The Bitter End

Most skippers will know where the bitter end is on their vessels, it is the link or coupling from the end of your chain to the vessel. Maintenance on your chain is of vital importance, be sure to stack your chain and keep it fish oiled to limit corrosion. There will be times when you […]

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The Pearlers

Of all the great men of the sea, maybe the legendary hard hat Peal Diver was the greatest of all. No greater risk could be taken for a reward so remote of the elusive pearl and the wages of mistakes was death. The area was renowned for cyclones and in 1887 on the Eighty Mile […]

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Times they are a changin’

The classical old Bob Dylan song holds true today as the times, vessels and their masters and crews change completely from the older days gone by, no longer the hardened usually unkept fishing skipper barking orders from an antiquated wheelhouse barely big enough to swing a dead cat ¬†as the vessel skims across a reef […]

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How to Master a landing ro/pax barge?

NO water, NO keel,mega weight,huge windage,strong tide,under powered thrusters, 32 cars, 14 trucks, 312 pax…and man Iv’e got a headache! How do you handle a large vessel of 770 GRT 70mtr length and packed to the gunwhales with unpredictable cargo? Having spent considerable time as Master of these vessels, the number 1 rule I can […]

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What is a Plimsoll Line?

The Plimsoll line or International Load Line is designed to make sure the vessel has enough free board to operate in it’s designated waters. It was invented by Samuel Plimsoll in 1870. The vessel must have the correct buoyancy and center point of gravity to operate efficiently and safely. Water density and ocean conditions change […]

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Captains Cringe

A main source of annoyance for many Captains of vessels is the dreaded ‘Weekend Warrior’. You know the ones, esky full of beer and bait, no food, no manners and no rules. This is a highly volatile situation if not handled correctly. Many Captains have come to realize that the argument will never be won […]

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