A cute little thing I noticed out on the oyster farm
I just wanted to share this cute little thing I noticed out at the oyster farm the other day. I do not know if this happens in any other place with boats. It is about tenders.
A boat tender is usually a smaller rowboat, sometimes with an outboard motor, or dinghy, that services the main craft. If your boat is too big to tow around on a trailer, to park somewhere on land, you would ‘park’ it at a mooring. To get to and from the main boat, with supplies and guests, from the jetty, you would use your tender. A marina would be a larger facility built so that you can just ‘rock up’ and park directly in your berth, and in this case we are talking ‘jetty’ and ‘mooring’.
My research project is on sustainable seafood, and is based out on an oyster farm in the Mahurangi Harbour, in the North Island of New Zealand. To get out onto the oyster farm to harvest and bring oysters back to land, or to bring oysters that are ready to be brought back out into the farm, the oyster farmers need a sturdy craft.
Ideally the water craft has a flat surface to carry many oyster baskets, the people working with them, as well as any maintenance equipment. It should also be able to move around in shallow waters without running aground, as oysters are mostly grown in shallower waters of less than about 10 metres (~33 Feet). It is also very important that the craft will not get stuck in the shallows, as we follow the tides: you go out to the farm as the tides are receding, which makes it easier to reach the oysters and do what you need to do. So a barge, with a flat top, and relatively flat bottom would be great for the job.
Usually the farmers are pretty happy to wade out to their barges if they are close enough to shore. And at other times, they have their handy barge tender lined up beside the jetty under some pretty trees. What I noticed that was really cute, is the tenders for the barges are made like little barges. A mini-me barge! In the main picture above we can see a cute ‘regular’ tender, for a ‘regular’ boat, and a barge tender for a barge! I found that really cute. 🙂
xo Candace Loy
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