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Old 28-04-2022, 01:00   #46
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Solo Sailor Missing in Bass Strait

I have to say, the boat looks like too much for me.

I知 not saying I知 the incredible hulk or anything, but most people who know me know I知 no wilting violet.

It seems the kind of boat that would be great until things got squirrelly then would be a hell of a handful. I sure wouldn稚 feel inclined to take it across The Bass. I知 inclined to think his age was not the only factor.
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Old 28-04-2022, 14:40   #47
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Re: Solo Sailor Missing in Bass Strait

Yes, but, it is a choice about tethering or not tethering. Or using preventers or not. If the boat is a handful, one would expect tethering and use of preventers off the wind, at even lesser wind strengths.

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Old 28-04-2022, 16:54   #48
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Re: Solo Sailor Missing in Bass Strait

Well, it now matters not how he met his end, or why. But removal of the boat from her present obstructive presence is of importance to the good folks of Lady Barron.

One would think that any competent delivery skipper could effect a voyage to say Melbourne where she could be eventually sold, expenses extracted and the residual monies sent to the family. The longer the wait, the less viable this plan becomes and the less she will be worth. I'd think that the folks who signed the petition for removal could start that ball rolling by communicating with the family instead of depending upon a disinterested bureaucracy for action.

One possible flaw in this plan is that the boat is surely not worth anything like the reported 261K$ purchase price (perhaps a quarter of that on a good day!), and that may be hard for the family to accept, as Fore and Aft has suggested. Pointing out that she could become a serious liability if she damages another vessel might help convince them of the need for action! And there is the possibility of an unmaintained steel vessel taking on water and sinking in situ to consider as well... so many downsides to just waiting around for a miracle to happen.

I hope that the affected folks can come up with a plan. They have my sympathy!

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Old 28-04-2022, 17:53   #49
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Re: Solo Sailor Missing in Bass Strait

fwiw, there is (or was last time I visited) a harbour-master at Lady Barron. It is a working (albeit small) port, with regular visits from the Matthew Flinders supply vessel and others. While there are a couple of MAST public moorings out in the bay, I doubt they would be rated for this monster.


Tough call for the harbour master. If he anchors it out in Franklin Sound, who knows if the ground tackle and rode are adequate and will hold - it can be very exposed to the SW. And if legal action is taken against the estate to deal with it, does it have the funds?



Very difficult situation.


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Re: Solo Sailor Missing in Bass Strait

Assuming there is a will executor (media reports suggest there is), the boat is more like to be a liability rather than an assert ATM. They may not realise this!

Difficult situation for all involved.
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Too bad it's no longer a busy fishing port - if it was the fisho's would give the authorities so much grief they'd have to move it.
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Re: Solo Sailor Missing in Bass Strait

This vessel has now been transported to Hobart where it will be put up for auction by the State Government.
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Hi, Rustic Charm,

Thanks for the update.

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