Thanks again everyone!
I am a bit hesitant admitting what happen next, but here goes. During the day before I made the post I was competing in the Southern Cross Festival standup paddle comp at Port Stephens. I.E, I have a legitimate reasons for being in the port on a "journey". After I bombed out of round two I went to the nearest industrial estate and checked out the availibility and cost of everything I need to have another go at the repair. I also checked the price
of good generators both at the stores and on the net.
So I get back to the boat well after dark. I knew there was a forcast of a strong NE wind
and would have sailed to a secure mooring
, but I did not want to sail through the other boats at night and honestly felt "toasted". Anyway, the NE that had been forcast the same day turned out southerly!
So 4.00 am I wake up to feel the boat bouncing off the bottom in a NE squall. I call Marine rescue
and notify them of my situation. The fellow who turns up to coordinate the situation is excellent. They are not supposed to do "salvages", however, because it is dead low tide and their is movement in the boat, he is fine about calling their lifeboat to tow me off. He was also well aware of my situation due the fact I had called them back when the motor
failed and that since I had been visiting their headquaters to charge my phone
and computer. I had kept tension on the anchor
via the sheet winch
and first go I am off. They deposit me safetly on an adjacent Police emergency mooring
So next morning - my payday - I go buy all the parts and then watch the finals of the comp. Given the fact the forcast for that night was a genuine westerly gale the sensible thing would have been to leave the boat on the protected Police mooring till it bows out?
Wrong! I get back to the boat just before dark and Maritime NSW gave slapped a 24 hr eviction notice on my boat dated 7.00 am that moorning. I did not leave the boat till 9.00 am. Nonetheless, the notice states that if I am not off the Police mooring by 7.00 am the following morning my boat would be towed and impounded at my expense, most likely while I am away attending the racing
division of the comp.
Freaking out about the continuing harrasement by Maritime NSW. I try to phone
them and sort out the matter, but it is after hours and I get no answer or message. So just as the gale starts brewing I sail off to some courtesy moorings 500 yards away. As I moor up the wind
starts to intensify. The courtesy moorings are more exposed and there is a rock lee shore I put up my mizzen sail to stabilise the boat and take upresure off the mooring. Around midnight, snap, my mizzen boom breaks as the gale hits its peak!
Ok, there was a slight knot
in the timber where the boom shattered. I also have all the tools on board to make a decent replacement. Still this whole situation is getting beyond rediculous. I have more repairs
, my boat is even more disabled, I have missed the race
, I am stuck in a perilous situation with the westerly gusting up to 30 knots and I am even more anxious about harrasement from Maritime. Welcome to boating