Baly sold

Sadly after 16 wonderful years our beautiful Seawind catamaran Balakera has been sold to new owners in Sydney. It was a tough decision to make. Here she is returning to her home pontoon after completing her circumnavigation of Australia.

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The boats next door

Several million dollars worth of shipping parked next door. Two Fleming motor yachts.

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My work colleague Doug

I have the privilege of sharing the wheelhouse on Kookaburra Queen with this remarkable man!

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Sad sight

It always makes me sick in the guts to see a boat sinking. This one is across the canal from our home.

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Kookaburra Queen being launched

May be an image of standing

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Baly from the waterline

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Twin granddaughters first ride on Opa’s boat

Marina takes Baly’s helm under JenJen’s watchful eye

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Costa Concordia deja vu

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Why is Kookaburra Queen’s helm so large?

She is modelled to be an authentic replica of the Mississippi paddle steamers of old, well before the advent of hydraulics. Old paddle steamers had chains from the helm to the steering quadrant above the rudder. This arrangement had so much friction, the helm needed to be large diameter to give the helmsman a mechanical advantage or lever purchase to make the whole mechanism turn.

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New Brisbane Cityhoppers

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

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