Davey G said:
do the FAD locations change every year or are they the same??
also, the botany bay FAD is 9.5km out.. that's a serious return paddle,, I think too far for a safe day trip??
the idea of the mothership trip still appeals to me though..
what dates are you guys thinking of?
Yes, the FAD locations change. Many are lost and the DPI moves them anyhow. Don't know the reason.
I find that it is no effort to paddle around 4kph. On that basis, and presuming that I can use my GPS (haven't tried navigating with it yet) I think a two hour paddle should do it in fair conditions. I would only consider this if the conditions were going to be very fair. This is why I think it is feasible for a day trip. Understand the possible issue of seasickness, but I've never suffered from it or travel sickness.
The mothership is indeed a good idea. But I would be looking to it as a backup only. Maybe as a provider of bottled water. I'm sure there has to be something willing to take a lure in 20km of paddling and see no a priori reason to pass that up.
As for when, I think we have a few things to sort out first:
* this f#$%^&g spring weather (Don't go fishing on Sunday. The weather will be miserable - its my birthday
* when can Ken provide mothership services and for how many and under what conditions;
* we need to sort ourselves out safety wise. What are the minimum requirements and what is recommended?
* we need to have a plan for how we do it. Eg a buddy system so that noone paddles alone, communications and protocols for checking between groups (I would think that we need as a minimum one waterproof marine VHF radio and one GPS for each group.
Note also that there can be many opportunities for disappointment on such a trip. No fish I can handle but there is a distinct possibility that we could paddle all the way out there to be confronted by a single boat sitting on the FAD displaying a dive flag! Or worse, to be there, have the boat rock up, the spearos jump in and the flag raised. (Not having a go at spearos here, but this stuff happens).
Lets just keep this disussion going here then settle on a date when we're ready