New Brisbane Cityhoppers

The “office” on the new Brisbane River Kittycat Cityhopper ferries.

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Changes on the Brisbane River

Today I resigned from Transdev Brisbane Ferries as I have accepted a casual Ferry Master role with RiverCity Ferries who have now won the Brisbane City Council ferry contract. Same job, different company. Additionally, this weekend I will be with yet another company, Kookaburra Showboat Cruises, aboard their gorgeous paddle steamer doing lunch and dinner cruises.

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Serious shipbuilding

A couple of old photos of Liberty ships building en masse in Maine, during the war. Launching up to five ships in a day. Nearby Bath is still an important shipbuilding centre. They were building stealth warships when we visited there in 2016.

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New shore power charger

We installed a new Victron blue smart charger on Baly and I was impressed with the monitoring capabilities it has when connected to your phone, tablet or laptop via Bluetooth.

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Baly gets new engines

We replaced the existing Yamaha 9.9 with Tohatsu 20 hp EFI outboards which fitted straight into the wells/nacelles without any alterations. Only 1kg heavier they give better performance and should still be quite economical.

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Becoming a captain

Hilarious essay from a 10 year old on why he wants to become a ship’s captain.

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After the chaos subsides and things are normal again

Was despondent when my gig as guest presenter onboard the Golden Princess was cancelled. However looking around, so many people are facing much more severe hardship than me.

As a pick me up and a nugget of good news amongst all the gloom, I just jagged another Guest Presenter role, this time onboard Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, departing Honolulu in mid September. Hopefully the Covid-19 crisis is behind us by then.

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Sold this beautiful boat 30 years ago

Thirty years ago I was a Boat Broker with Markwell Brothers, where I sold this georgeous bay cruiser “Royce” to a new owner in Townsville. I saw her this week at Rivergate and she has been impeccably maintained.

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Joys of running a Boat Licensing business

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Hurrica V, elegant Edwardian gentlemen’s yacht

Spotted this beauty at Rivergate yesterday. She is a 1924 Camper and Nicholson 60′ ketch which featured in the movie The Great Gatsby.

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