December Newsletter 2019
Welcome to the third newsletter for 2019 and this one is a longer read as we have been quite busy over the past five months.
What’s in this newsletter
Raby Bay Marina December and January 2020 opening hours
What is happening on the water?
Bunker Trip Report and video
PHYB summer boating tips
Raby Bay Marina
We will be open for business every day through the December and January except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Australia Day. If you want to avoid the rush around the holiday season then get in early to get your boat fuelled up.
Cruise in Company – BYO Boat
Sydney New Years Eve Fire Works
Pittwater and NSW Coast trip. Dates end of December 26th through January 12, 2020
Want to know more, contact Don or call the office today.
We will be taking the boats down when we get a good weather window during the early to mid part of December and leaving them at St Georges Motor Boat Club in Botany Bay.
The plan is to leave Botany Bay early Boxing Day morning and head to Sydney Harbour to watch the start of the race and then follow the fleet out of the heads and run with them down the coast to Port Hacking.
We will spend a few days exploring Port Hacking and the beaches of Cronulla before heading back up to Sydney Harbour to anchor up on the 29th to prepare for NYE. On NYE we will party with the million people surrounding the harbour to watch the nights events.
January 1 we will depart for Pittwater where we will spend the next 5 to 7 days exploring these amazing waters including enjoying lunch or dinner at the famous Cottage Point Inn.
Over the next five days we will slowly work our way up the NSW coast planning to be back in Raby Bay on Sunday January 12.
Bunker Trip 2019
This year Don lead a goup of three boats on the annual Bunker Group trip up North. The Coral Sea, Nantucket and Home Waters II embarked on a 15 day trip up the the bunker group islands. Blessed with great weather they experienced many magical days in Lady Musgrave, Fitztroy Reef, Pancake Creek and many other coastal towns along the way. Like every boating trip there is always a few mishaps along the way as well as many laughing (falling of the boat) moments. From fishing to climbing up historic lighthouses, this trip had it all. It's safe to say after a second successful trip, Don and the team are back to planning next years!
For the full recap of the Bunker Group Trip Click Here.
To view the 2019 Bunker Group Trip Video Click Here.
PHYB Summer Boating Tips
Well with summer already here those of you who have air conditioning on your boats will be reaching for the “on” switch, but before you do please spare a thought for the hard working AC unit.
Few owners pay attention to their air conditioner until it stops cooling, but a bit of TLC now can forestall sweaty problems later on. Routine A/C maintenance is simple and inexpensive, and within the technical expertise of just about anyone. Combined with an annual professional checkup, the following simple procedures should keep your A/C chilling and you and your crew nice and cool.
Air conditioners exchange heat by means of circulating seawater, sokeep the in take strainer clean and monitor the discharge waterflow to ensure plenty of water is pumping through the system. If the discharge becomes a trickle, but the strainer is clean, shut down the A/C and call a professional to troubleshoot the system.
Things that Can Go Wrong
Why not simply pull the raw-water pump apart and check its impeller?Because the problem could also be caused by clogged condenser coils: Algae, mineral scale and other contaminants in sea water can gradually block the passages; pros remove this by circulating a weak solution of acid through the coils until they are flushed out.
Unless you want to buy the equipment to do this, then deal with disposing of the acid legally, you’re better off giving us a call and we can arrange for it to be professionally cleaned. Condenser coils should be flushed out periodically anyway -- how often depends on how and where you use your boat. If yours haven’t been cleaned in the past couple of years, now is a good time.
Other things to Consider
Along with water, A/C needs a free flow of air, too. Clean the air filters (one for each air handler, on the return-air grill) at least once a month, using either a vacuum cleaner or plain water. Let them dry before reinstalling. When you clean the filters, switch the A/C to reverse-cycle and let it run for a minute to exercise the reversing valve. No, the reversing valve has nothing to do with the air filters, but if you switch cycles when you clean filters you won’t forget to do it. And that’s about it: Air conditioning demands only minimal routine maintenance, simple stuff for any boat owner or crew. Most is do-ityourself stuff that’ll cost you nothing, but it will keep your A/C, and your crew, running cool for the whole of summer.
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