I am a mainlander, but one of my favourite old sea dogs in Tasmania is Danny Ryan from the Lindisfarne Bay Boat Yard. I bought my yacht from Danny when he worked for Sundance Marine at Bellerive, but I know that before that he was the bosun at RYCT. Danny is an incredibly helpful guy and a real gentleman, and boats are his whole life. I know he has helped many people get into yachting over the years.
Loved your book by the way! NB image of Danny is off the web!