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Re: S&A influence on boating

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Posted by Mike Field on June 29, 2020 at 06:09:03 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Re: S&A influence on boating posted by Alex on June 29, 2020 at 02:53:58:

Actually Alex, I did all my sailing right from my back gate. (Included in those pictures of Sanderling are a couple of rather scrappy ones of the mud berth, one from inside the house.) Pretty good sleuthing, all the same. As Tom said of Dick, you're "a jolly good detective."

Hastings Marina and Yaringa Boat Harbour, just north of it, are the closest boating centres on Western Port. Both Davey's Bay YC and Mornington YC are on Port Phillip (the closest ones to where I lived at Mt Eliza, back in the 70s). But they're a good half-hour or more away from the Creek by car, whereas I could get to my back gate in half a minute....

You mentioned Secret Water, and the country there is actually quite similar to the northern part of Western Port -- a lot of flat marshy land drained by little creeks, mostly mud at low water. I sailed (well, motor-boated) on Secret Water a few years ago. There are more trees around Western Port though, so the winds can be a bit more trying: more like sailing on the Broads. I find sailing in those shoal waters fascinating, just poking around in little narrow winding channels in the mud, finding the bottom with the c/b occasionally, and always having to watch the tide. (Our US friends call it 'gunkholing', which I've always thought a wonderfully descriptive word.) Tooradin's like that, and Blind Bight, and Warneet, just across the Inlet from where I was at Cannons Creek. I think Bucephalus, with her draft, would be happier down around Hastings rather than right up north where I mostly sailed.

I've posted a few pictures of Western Port, mostly the northern part, at the link. If you can see the background wallpaper chart clearly enough, the round dot right at the top of the page, left of centre, is Cannons Creek. The land behind the first two or three photos on the left is French Island, west of which are Hastings and Yaringa. There's a photo of Aileen Louisa in the top row of pictures, one of Sanderling in my mud berth in the second, and one of the bow of my putt-putt Serenity at the start of the fourth.

I have to confess that though I persevered with the splatchers for quite a while I could never get them to work properly and I gave it up. But I later found a design for rectangular ones that I might possibly have tried if I'd stayed there longer.

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