Ripping yarns, beautiful lies and a few home truths.
The Steve Irwin looks ready for battle - a bit Darth Vader, quite intimidating. Good!Nice pics.
The camo job is quite good but she looks a bit tired close up. The Platinum is a leisure craft. Seeing it this morning (we went out at dawn and when we returned she was there) has reinforced for me that I am not mixing in the right circles. I don't think there'd be much change out of 20m.And of course the last pictures are of the coal hulk wreck, Kingfisher.
She's a luxury charter yacht. $15,000 a day.
I saw one of these massive luxury yachts moored up here once. It's name? 'Small Change'. Cocky bastards.
I saw a lot of those boats in the 80s with the America's Cup decadence. I lifted Kerry Stokes' slightly smaller 80s version of a boat like that because I operated the boat-lifting crane at Pier 21 for a year. Quite stressful, and yes, the arrogance of some people with money isn't exaggerated. But we scored some great free bits for our yacht because they chucked out things like complete stainless steel bow-sprit railings which we adapted for our boat. They didn't call it recycling in those days! Sad to say that the decadence and waste doesn't seem to have subsided in 30 years.
Actually, having another look at the pics, Kerry's boat was that size, complete with jetskis and runabouts on davits off the stern. We used to eat very well from the charter boat 'leftovers' too, which often included untouched platters of hams and strawberries, and complete balls of Ducth cheese in red wax. Fuck, no wonder the world is in economic meltdown with that sort of attitude still prevailing. I have to admit, I'm kinda tired of still being angry about all of this 30 years on. And UNICEF ringing me yesterday about the crisis in East Africa. Where's that fucking desert island?
77 - ugly looking bastard. I've just spent a week watching a DVD of Bindi and the late Steve Irwin, who wasn't near as ugly as his namesake. I never was a fan but Bindi and he were quite a team. No I haven't gone potty - just the price of a visit from 7 year old nephew Harry all the way from London. Brisbane born and London raised he has an unusual take on his birth country - we had wallabies in the backyard of the house we were renting on stradbroke island (plus families of kookas and kingfishers). It's true, as far as he's concerned, we have kangaroos bounding around in our streets.
That's great Mr Hat. Your nephew will always his visit with you and the critters when he is a parent too, I'm sure. That's what bedtime and walkingtime stories are made from, yes?
Sorry, 'always remember'
The other most exciting thing that happened to me this week is seeing the Kingfisher wreck on a low, low tide during the full moon. She washed up more than a century and a half ago but on this tide, all of her winches and rigging are exposed.