Viruses and blog, not bog roll!

  • 01 Apr 2020 09:46
    Reply # 8871610 on 8837248

    What to do while in quarantine... 

    The OCC has opened up its collection of Flying Fish journals as free-to-access pdfs and eZine editions.

    Need a distraction from the Covid-19 news cycle? Are you self-isolating or in quarantine and looking for something to keep you occupied? The OCC has opened up the archive of its flagship journal, The Flying Fish. Published twice yearly, editions going back to 1990 are available to download from the OCC website as complete pdfs. Or you can search by topic or cruising area and download individual articles by using the drop-down menus that appear above the current edition. You can read these at your leisure.

    Don't want to download big files to your laptop or tablet? With a decent internet connection, you can view issues from 2015 to the current edition as full-screen eZines on the Issuu platform

    Plan your next adventure, get recipes for your galley, or just dream of distant worlds free of pandemics. Ocean sailors know that all storms pass eventually. This pandemic is a different kind of storm and it too shall pass. Reading is one of the best ways to pass the time while letting the storm pass us by.



  • 01 Apr 2020 02:49
    Reply # 8871338 on 8869341
    Gary Pick wrote:

    We are now level 3, which means stay at home and no more than 2  together in public excluding family. As an asthmatic I have taken myself off the Marine Rescue boat crew roster for the duration. It also means I can't go up to the boat...$1,000 dollar fine if caught travelling without a very good reason.

    The upside is I'm getting quite a lot done at  home. Stay safe everyone.


    Gary, I am a bit confused about all this.  Maritime Safety Queenland says no recreational boating is allowed, though you can paddle your kayak or row your dinghy for exercise.  The Minister for Dept of Main Roads and Maritime says you can go fishing, as long as there are only two people in the boat and you are fishing for food, and that boat ramps will stay open.  The Prime Minister says that Grey Nomads whose vehicles (vessels) are their primary residences are classified as essential travellers and that caravan parks (marinas) should still allow them in.

    I am still in the marina in Mooloolaba  It seems I cannot go out for a sail for fun and to play with my new sail.  Perhaps though, if they close marinas and I have nowhere else to go I can sail the boat down to South Stradbroke Island and base myself there.  I have numerous friends living down there on their boats at anchor, shopping in Southport and either anchoring in Bums Bay or further up South Stradbroke Island.

    At this point I plan to pay for another month in the marina and reassess in early May.  It would be great to get out of the marina and save some money, plus it would be easier to isolate except when I had to go ashore for food and water. The communal toilets and showers in the marina are a bit of a worry.  But if I did get sick the Gold Coast is not the ideal place to leave a boat at anchor.  The Age of Uncertainty.   

  • 31 Mar 2020 15:24
    Reply # 8869726 on 8837248

    We are on "lockdown" here but it is "casual" lockdown.  Schools are closed, restaurants still offer food to go ... you cannot come inside... Microbreweries fill growlers, no social gatherings or funerals or church services.  Travelers coming from out of state are asked to undertake a 14 day quarantine.  Hiking, and other outdoor activities for health are allowed so long as social distancing is maintained.......... Things are  not being enforced, drivers are not stopped and questioned.   20 motorcycles were gathered at an out of town bar Sunday, and apparently nobody did anything about  it......... The owner should be in jail or at least lose her liquor license.   People around me listen to right wing radio...Rush, and such,, and watch Faux  News, and are convinced that it's no big deal...."about like flu". Until it starts killing friends and neighbors they will not change, then they will  say "we didn't know"... Just like the townspeople around the death camps at the end of WWII.   Choosing to be ignorant is a choice, and we must recognize it as such.    Choosing to be part of the problem,  instead of part of the solution!!

                                                         H.W.

  • 31 Mar 2020 11:56
    Reply # 8869341 on 8837248

    We are now level 3, which means stay at home and no more than 2  together in public excluding family. As an asthmatic I have taken myself off the Marine Rescue boat crew roster for the duration. It also means I can't go up to the boat...$1,000 dollar fine if caught travelling without a very good reason.

    The upside is I'm getting quite a lot done at  home. Stay safe everyone.

  • 19 Mar 2020 04:28
    Reply # 8841372 on 8837248

    It's all gone a bit silly here, first it was toilet rolls and hand sanitiser. Now it's vege seedlings and laying chooks.

  • 18 Mar 2020 10:34
    Reply # 8839194 on 8838217
    Graeme wrote:

    David, I just had a look at your blog for the first time. Its great - what a neat little design and I can't wait to see some more about the real thing.

    Speaking of bog roll...



  • 17 Mar 2020 22:23
    Reply # 8838352 on 8837248

    We need a "Like" button.

  • 17 Mar 2020 21:28
    Reply # 8838217 on 8837248

    David, I just had a look at your blog for the first time. Its great - what a neat little design and I can't wait to see some more about the real thing.

    Speaking of bog roll...


  • 17 Mar 2020 16:28
    Reply # 8837298 on 8837248

    I wanted, similarly, to record the SibLim 7metre project, as simply as possible, without wanting to become a blogging expert.

    I chose a free plan at wordpress.com, and then chose the Coherent theme, as it seemed to be simple enough to learn and manage. I use a Mac, too.

    https://siblim7m.wordpress.com/

  • 17 Mar 2020 16:12
    Message # 8837248

    Hi all,  Here we are self quarantined in NE USA.  My Badger is still in VT as I nut out the issues of getting her insured then moved.  Work takes me away for 2 months so it looks as if all that can wait til summer over here.

    So sadly I can't be using quarantine for boat projects right now and am on standby to fly to USVI to relief skipper a yacht that just arrived there, and bring her up to Florida.  Lots could go wrong there!

    So thinking of you all in your various parts of the world and how you are spending your time.

    For some reason Annie hopes I will pick up sticks and do some impressive voyaging in my Badger.  I think her alterior motive is for me to write about it.  Plus she's a self professed Badger nut!

    Does anyone have a blog recommendation for a semi literate computer user?  I lean towards Mac/ Apple platforms.

    I realize that everyone wants to be a UTUBE superstar to finance their lifestyle.  That isn't me.  I just want to record stuff like refurbing my Aries, dinghy selection etc in one useful place, so others can refer to it as I have done to theirs.

    Thanks and I hope everyone is being safe so we can put this all behind us and sail our junks.

    David.

       " ...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in junk-rigged boats" 
                                                               - the Chinese Water Rat

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