A mix of people and technical skills make a good Observer
In an informal moment, one of the presenting Observers made an interesting comment about the bikes which were ridden to the course (see the photos below). It's a bit of a generalisation but further south in NZ, IAM members seem to favour adventure-oriented bikes, even if they do spend most of their time on tar seal. The words "Bavarian Tractors" were only bandied about in a light-hearted manner, honestly! The further north you go, there seems to be a wider mix of bike types and certainly more with a sport-oriented bent. We drew no conclusions from this, principally because we northern types didn't want to be labelled a bunch of Rossi wannabes!
A good mix of bike types on the course
Not an adventure bike in sight in this photo!
A few days later, we collected our new boat from the dealer. Really impressed with the quality of both the boat and trailer but a few days were needed to fit it out with odds and ends ready for fishing and towing the grandkids on a biscuit in due course. Along with the new boat came a marine VHF radio which meant that I had to sit a marine radio operator examination. Sudden panic as I'd been pretty lax about studying and had worries about my 70 year old brain retaining anything. A bit of solid cramming for a couple of days, sat the exam and mercifully achieved the 100% needed to pass - PHEW!
With that out of the way and with the tides and weather looking favourable, it was time to get serious about putting it in the tide for the first time - not for fishing but simply to get used to everything and how it handled. Still waiting for the computer-cut radio-call sign lettering and boat name to arrive, but that can wait. Meet "So-fish-ticated", the name chosen by our daughter!
Stabicraft 1410 Fisher, ready to hook up to the 4x4
Christening it at the end of our street
Jennie skippering it round some of the many islands just off the coast, in flat conditions
Very impressed with the 3 cylinder, 4 stroke injected Yamaha engine. Extremely quiet and bags of torque. With the light alloy construction, the boat leaps onto the plane almost instantly and can apparently reach 50 km/hr, not that we were interested in trying it out first time up. Got to watch the deceleration though. It stops equally quickly if one is a bit quick off the throttle and could lead to bodies and gear flying about!
Leaving one of the island bays and not a soul in sight
Taken by a mate who was fishing in one of the mussel farms
Next outing will be fishing for real.......... at least from one side of the boat :-) .
Back to motorcycling, it was mentioned in the previous post that at the recent IAM conference, an ex-military paramedic with a passion for motorcycles gave a talk and demo about accident management with an emphasis on motorcycles. Apart from all the other great aspects of his talk, he mentioned a product called Celox which is hemostatic, i.e. stops bleeding fast. Extensively used by the military in conflict situations, granules can be poured into an open wound or there's a range of dressings and pads which have been impregnated with the special granules and can stop bleeding from an open wound.
I always carry a modest first aid kit on the bike and it has now been supplemented with Celox gauze pads which are easy to use and very effective. It's the sort of item you hope never to use but in a situation where there is significant blood loss, it might just save someone's life. Got it in the car too. Here's the item we bought and Celox products are available pretty much everywhere in the world:
Celox gauze pads
No rest for the wicked - being invaded by the kids and grandkids for Easter weekend, a 1400 km round trip to Wellington the following weekend in the car to visit old friends, then hopefully back to adventures on 2 wheels.
A HAPPY AND SAFE EASTER EVERYONE!