In which I paddle a long way and ramble about ferries - Tactical Ninja
Apr. 7th, 2014
09:19 am - In which I paddle a long way and ramble about ferries
Saturday was probably the nicest day we've had on a weekend since I bought Turtle. So I was up at 5am and on the water by 7. Because of daylight savings (which ended this weekend), it was just coming daybreak when I got my line in, and I'd been paddling maybe 5 minutes when WHAM! Fish. It was a good one, too, and I proceeded to play it like a pro, then drop it at the boat because I messed up with the landing net. Turns out using a landing net from a sitting position takes a bit of practice. Ah well, at least I know they're out there.
It was a lovely day for a paddle. I covered about 12km and only saw one other fish, a teeny blue cod that I put back. But I found, just off Lyall Bay, a large kelp forest with plants about 10m apart, just brushing the surface. The water there was about 14m deep and clear, and paddling through this was eerily beautiful, sort of dreamlike. Fishing may be my main aim, but just being out there and seeing what there is to see makes it worth it on the fishless days..
Because TAFKARF was over for a flying visit, and still days are so rare in Wellington that we had to go look at the Brooklyn wind turbine (that wasn't moving for the first time since I moved to Brooklyn). It's a nice view from up there.
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If you look at the car in the foreground, you might notice that there's a bride and groom hanging out by the boot. They were taking romantic wedding pictures, and we found ourselves wishing we'd brought the monster suits so we could give them some pics to remember. *cough* Cos we're helpful like that.
Also in the pic, right in the centre and just in the water bit, is the place where I paddled to that morning. And to the right is one of the inter-island ferries coming in - the one whose propellor didn't fall off. Speaking of which, they found it in 130m of water. I wonder if they'll fish it up and put it back on?
For those not familiar with the story, the prop fell off the Aratere in the middle of a sailing back in November, putting one of the three Interislander ferries out of action over the busiest period of the year. There's another ferry service that operates two ferries on the same line, but they are much slower and can only carry roughly the same number of passengers as the Aratere between them.
So KiwiRail borrowed a boat - from Poland. It's the Stena Alegra, which was run aground in a storm in the Baltic Sea last year, but was apparently undamaged. It arrived in New Zealand and started service in mid-January, and promptly broke down. But it's working ok now, apparently.
I am getting close to the point where I can tell them all apart from a distance. The Stena Alegra has red bits on it and a huge ugly flying bridge, and the Straitsman and Santa Regina (Bluebridge boats) are painted blue. And while I can't spot the Arahura when it's sitting still, it's got such huge displacement that when it's moving I'm all "Oh shit here comes the wake!"
I mean, look at the bloody thing!
Ok in a kayak as long as you're not in shallow water, but this boat's wake breaks on the beach. I'm really glad they aren't running the Lynx* anymore, eh?
I think my Finnish Sentence of the Day creator may be a burner. Today's phrase: "Anteeksi, mutta missähän täällä on pallomari?" which means "Excuse me, but where would I find the ball pit?"
And either they are putting me crook, or there's a big difference between informal and Google translate (which I'll assume is formal) Finnish. GT tells me that you say that phrase "Anteeksi, mutta missä löytäisin pallomeri?"
Almost everything I've read says the Finnish will forgive quite a lot of mistakes because of being grateful that anyone bothered to try learning their language. I really hope so! ;-)
* Fast, twin-hulled ferry that could do the trip between Wellington and Picton in half the time of the old single-hulled boats, but kicked up a wake you could surf, and did damage to shorelines as it went past. Also, cost heaps and used loads of fuel and eventually died a death because of losing so much money.