AKA, “Where old boats go to die“.
I like exercising and with the current social distancing requirements, due to the coronavirus pandemic, I recently started kayaking around Sandbrook Inlet, Brooklyn, NSW. This is the area located between Brooklyn and Long Island with its eastern end enclosed by the railway causeway. It’s also commonly known as ‘The Gut’.
As I paddled around this area, I was amazed and saddened to see so many neglected boats at the eastern end. I thought it really looked like a ‘boat boneyard’. Most of them are wooden boats and sometimes I’d get a whiff of wood rot as I paddled past. When I asked about these boats at our local marina, the guy I spoke with said, “Oh, that’s where old boats go to die!”.
I imagine these boats once represented the dreams of an owner/family going out and exploring the beautiful waterways on our doorstep, the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater, and Broken Bay to name a few. Maybe some of these boats were used like this initially, but sadly, not all dreams come true. I can’t help but wonder what the ‘back-story’ of some of these boats is. What happened to their owners? When were they abandoned? What makes someone simply walk away? I expect cost is a major factor…the cost to repair a boat, the cost to legally dispose of it.
As the old saying goes, the two happiest days of a boater’s life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it. Clearly these owners have missed out on one of the happiest days of their life!
Most of the time I think we love to see photos of beautiful boats, which some of these once were, but I thought it might be quite interesting to take some photos of these old, neglected boats.