Bass Strait Crossing

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Adrian Dale
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Bass Strait Crossing

Post by Adrian Dale » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:04 am

I had intended to attempt to cross the Bass Striate this October, but due to several factors it has now been postponed to March 2016. Generally we can rely on more settled weather in March and as a plus it will be warmer in autumn that spring.

I shall be using two silver century Plus motors both fixed on the transom. The boat has yet to be sourced, but will be traditional between 16 to 20 ft

The attached file indicates the course.

I'll keep posted on any up dates and hope to see a couple of people turn up at the finish line!!

AJ
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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by THCL500J8 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:43 am

Nice to hear the great sea epic is still under way.
I can send you a good southern EPNRL, to help if you need, it knows the southern waters all ready.

Good luck mate.
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Re: Bass Straits Crossing

Post by Adrian Dale » Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:17 am

Hi how's it running? have you had an opportunity to give it a good test?

Motors I will use are two WSPCL's running one at a time unless power is needed against adverse conditions. Plan to arrive Port Philip Heads on the flood tide. My max speed will be 6knots. ebb current through the heads can reach 9 knots. Thus timing and planning is critical.

AJ

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by Charles uk » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:22 am

That is some trip AJ, I'd estimate your balls are two sizes bigger than mine!

I think you've picked the right Seagull models for a trip of that length, though I'd probably choose a pair of bronze bearing'ed Kingfishers, for their power, reliability & fuel economy, how far & long do you guesstimate your trip will be?
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by Horsley-Anarak » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:56 pm

Wow that is some trip, I guess it is about 180 miles.

Very big balls.

Pair of Kingfishers for me.

H-A

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by THCL500J8 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:30 am

I went across on the old POT and that was rough, your a braver man than me Gunga AJ.
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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by Adrian Dale » Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:05 am

I cant recollect seeing a Kingfisher for sale down here? or may be I haven't been looking. Nice engines, though a bit new for me!

AJ

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by Hugz » Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:16 am

Me neither. Take a couple of spare magnetos with you. Epic trip! I recall Jessica Watson decided to come home via South of Tassie rather than do the Bass Strait.

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by headdownarseup » Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:23 am

STONKING GREAT PAIR OF ....

You know what you're doing A-J, i have complete faith in you.
I watch with interest, just dont go messing things up for the "other" epic adventure set for next year

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by chris » Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:34 am

what spares would you take

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by Adrian Dale » Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:59 am

In answer to the question, I have listed tools spares and safety equipment that I shall carry. It’s quite a list. In addition the list will be subject to revision and refinement as requirements are defined. Expected trip time 36 hours. Extra contingence time 20hrs
Tools:
Full tool kit consisting of Bsf/wit sockets ring and open end spanners
Shifters 6' and 12"
Pliers engineers and long nose
Ball pain hammer
Leather/copper head mallet
Feeler gauges
Mag spanners
Screw drivers 3 sizes
Knife (Leatherman)
File
Pin punch
WD40
Distilled water (to flush mag in event of flooding)
Spare Parts:
Starter cords
Selection of standard nuts bolts studs and clamps
Standard kit of spring split pins, plug, HT lead,
Additional complete carburettor
Spare fuel tap complete with in tank filter
Spare fuel tank cap.
Complete replacement mag.
Spare Prop
(note two identical engines fitted, one only required for propulsion)
Safety gear; most are a mandatory requirement from the Australian Maritime Authority for vessels of less than 6 meters in length in costal waters.
Fire Extinguisher (Mandatory)
Bailer (bucket) Bilge pump (Mandatory)
Heaving line (Mandatory)
Flares Rocket X2 smoke X2 (Mandatory)
Anchor chain and rode (Mandatory))
First aid kit (Mandatory)
Reserve propulsion (Oars) (Mandatory)
EPIRB (Mandatory) Auto release and actuation
Radar reflector (Mandatory)
Inflatable Life jacket (Mandatory) (Manual actuation) fitted with light and PEPIRB
Marine Radio (mandatory)
First Aid Kit (Mandatory)
Radar reflector (mandatory)
Inflatable Life jacket (mandatory) (Manual actuation) fitted with light and PLB
Marine Radio (mandatory)
Drogue and line

Fuel 125 litre premix at 10:1
Gear box oil 5 litres

Engine mods:
Engine running gearbox oiler
Engine running re-fuelling system
Engine shut down. Earth ignition to stop engine in event of overboard event

Large quantity of Biltong and chocolate bars

AJ

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by Keith.P » Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:58 am

And not a spark plug in sight. :oops:

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by Hugz » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:33 am

Only one anyway 8)

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by chris » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:10 am

what plug are you going to use, I always found the champion D9 to be good for long hard running

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Re: Bass Striate Crossing

Post by Merry » Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:30 am

This sounds epic!
I can see plugs in the list?

Would love to do something similar!!

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