A wonderful article by Stephen Corby, published in the Weekend Australian Travel section.
“Incredibly, you don’t need a boat licence to experience the joy of skippering this stripling of boating history around Pittwater, Cowan and the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. It’s like handing the keys to one of Karl Benz’s first, and also largely wooden, cars to someone who’s not qualified to drive. It’s possible thanks to a law that says you don’t need a licence to skipper a vessel not capable of exceeding 10 knots (18km/h). Built in 1958, the Halvorsen dates back to a different, more analogue age of travel, so it has a chip’s chance in a seagull storm of reaching that speed. Frankly, going that fast on Kangaroo would seem gauche; this is a holiday that moves at a slower pace.”
Read the full article here.