The trimaran is now sold – new life for this website

October 24th, 2014

My trimaran is now sold to my mate Tony and and its time to repurpose this website.  The name Current Sunshine was intented to represent the source of fuel to run the trimaran — that is, from today’s sunshine, as opposed to ancient sunshine that we use from fossil fuels.

The name Current Sunshine encapsulates my interest in renewable technologies and my work in promoting the use of renewable energy based on its commercial credentials.  There is much interest in the adoption of renewable energy for the purpose of minimising man-made global warming.  This topic generates divided opinion and creates much separation and so the focus of this site will be directed to sharing other compelling reasons for using renewable energy.

The use of distributed renewable energy is ideally suited for adoption in the Australian electricity grid where have large areas of sparse population and the cost of supplying electricity using poles and wires is expensive and requires large subsidies to keep prices of delivery at parity with city dwellers.  Local generation and storage has commercial advantages and is being adopted by electricity distributors such as Ergon energy.

In city areas the use of solar power is particular interesting for businesses where their electricity demand is largely during the daylight hours and can be substantially provided by solar power with grid backup. Prices of solar installations are falling rapidly and can supply power at about grid parity.

The technology that particularly interests me at present is pumped hydro for energy storage and there is an ideal site for this in my local area.  I am also interested in community engagement and connection and I wish to explore the possibility of building a hydro power station that is owned and operated by the local community.  I’ll write more about this in another post soon.

I’ll also be changing the look and structure of this site to support the new purpose.  Stay tuned…

Current Sunshine is for sale

August 12th, 2012

Simon at the helm off Barrenjoey

Current Sunshine is for sale.  Alas I have not been able to use her in the way that she is meant to be…  She would enjoy travelling to other interesting places but she’s been here on her mooring for too long now with only occasional short trips in this area.

She needs some attention to small mostly cosmetic details.  She’s been bumped here and there from incidents while on the mooring.  Clearly she is not meant to be hanging around on a mooring :) So I plan to take her back up to Monty’s Marina near Brisbane later this year and haul her out where it easier to attend to the knocks and scratches and get her looking pristine again.  After that she’ll be for sale for $180,000.00 which is her proper price.Sunset at Crystal Bay

She needs antifouling and the slipways down are few that can haul her out.  There are some that will do it and it exceeds my budget just now.

But having decided to sell her I am ready to do so now.  I’d like to have a quick sale without fuss and bother.  If you are ready to become the caretaker of this boat and give her a good home I will take $140,000.00 for a quick sale for her as she is.

With Deb in America Bay

This offer is only for a limited time and when I take her up north and haul her she will be taken off the market until she’s tidy again.  And perhaps then I’ll have changed my mind and want to keep her.  This past week I have been working on some projects on board and it reminds me that I do enjoy it immensely and would also enjoy an adventure north to Queensland.

She has been my home now for the past 5 years and she is easily the loveliest boat I have lived on.  In this respect she has served me well. She has a great layout and far more space inside that you would believe from her external appearance.

There's sails and there's sails

If you’re interested in her, just take a quick look at the other trimarans for sale just now and you’ll see that there are none that match her in looks or pedigree. This is a rare and iconic boat and if you’re prepared to act quickly she can be yours.  (Well, not really yours, I see myself as her caretaker just now, and am ready to pass her on to her next caretaker.  And I would like to see her go into the care of someone who is able to look after her well. So you might want to think of yourself as her next caretaker.)

Off Broken Bay in 12 knot breeze

She is structurally strong as ever and I would take her to sea tomorrow if it suited me.

The details that need attention are just that, details.  She will fly through any survey inspection and if you decide to come and take a look, be warned that you could easily fall in love with her.

If you are in a position to buy this lovely boat please give me a call on 0409466271.

On the beach

February 16th, 2011

Careened for insurance survey

This risk is outside our underwriting guidelines, and as such, we are no longer able to offer renewal for these reasons:

Type of vessel – trimaran.

The previous insurers are no longer in the business of insuring trimarans but OAMPS, my broker, have found a new insurer for me. But they want an out of water survey report, which turns out to be not as easily done as it would have been back in Queensland.  Most slipways do not have enough clear width to be able to haul her out — cos she’s a whopping 36ft wide.  The typical new style of “slipway” are not a slipway at all but a straddle-lift and these can usually big enough to take a 20ft or 26 ft maximum width.  The really big ones are horrendously expensive.

So what I need is a old style slipway, with rails, and with good clearance on each side.  And those that I did find that had enough clear width also have four tall arms that are used to snugly hold the boat on the cradle as it is being hauled out.  These arms are usually too tall for Current Sunshine to float over the top of and so they have to be removed.  Which requires a crane and maybe a day’s work to do. Again making it unreasonably expensive to haul her out just for a survey.  But she is just about due for antifouling and maybe if I can find a yard whose arms are easy enough to remove, and do the antifouling as well, perhaps it can be ok.

Malcolm arrived early so we could catch the 6.30am high tide

The best chance was at Lovetts Bay Boatshed and Michael Rich there went to a lot of trouble to have drawings done of the cradle with Current Sunshine on it to verify that it could be done. But even so the cost would be high for arm removal or adaptation, and I was beginning to run out of time.

Putting it on the beach was looking increasing attractive. I’d never done this before, and even though it should be perfectly easy to do, I was still a bit apprehensive about, mainly because I’d never tried it before. It would mean I still have to find a way to slip her another day for antifouling, but at least it gets the survey done.

One last call to Lovetts Bay Boatshed.  Michael has another plan, which might make it a reasonable cost.  But he still has to double-check measurements, and it could be a day or two before we know if it can be done.  But the next few days have perfect tides for putting her on the beach, and the next two days weather forecast is for very light winds in the mornings. Perfect conditions for careening which I can’t let go by.

You can see from the photos she dries out nicely on the beach with hardly much heel at all.  And its still quite easy to attend to important tasks such as putting the kettle on. The survey was done comfortably and we just need to wait now for the mornings high tide to take her off again.

A popular tidal flat for careening multihulls

The night was still and I slept well even without the usual gentle rocking.  I set up a stern anchor well off in deeper water and with three lines bent together. I stretched the lines so there was some tension on — tending to pull her off the beach.  As soon as she floated in the morning, the stretched lines pulled her off and out into deep water.  The early morning was so still that she did this herself without the slightest help from me. All that remained for me was to pull in the anchor and ghost back to the mooring.

The tidal flats at Bayview are ideal for careening and popular with with catamaran owners to attend to out of water tasks.  Perhaps careening is not quite correct these days because its associated with doing serious work such scraping the bottom or caulking the seams. But these days its off limits to scrape anything off the hull or otherwise spoil the beach.

So bottom cleaning still awaits, and lets see if Lovetts Bay boatshed can come up with a clever way of slipping her without fuss…