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John B
05-12-2007, 06:38 PM
We have this thing called " inorganic collections" here where the council sets a date and households clear their junk.
This breeds a scavenger culture where people drive around looking at the junk and scoring all sorts. I don't do that but when you're walking down the road to kids soccer on a sat morning and it happens to be 'inorganic' time you can't help but look.

And if its marine.... o dear. I mean ,whats a fella to do when he sees a professionally made 1950's/60's luffgroove dinghy spar of picked spar grade Oregon / doug fir just lying there.

never been varnished, never been on a boat I suspect, no borer, light, and fine grained
a 4 metre long boom with an intriguing sprung loaded ratchet roller gooseneck ; looks like you just turn the whole boom by hand and pull it back to release /unwind

I used a 6 to 7 metre mast of the same type/manufacture as my topsail yard, it only weighs a few kilos, IIRC when I bored it for the halyard attachment point it had a wall thickness of only about 8 to 10 mm.

05-12-2007, 06:46 PM
Wish I could find something like that!

Jim Ledger
05-12-2007, 07:21 PM
Good score, John:cool:

In the category of Pole Shaped Roadside Finds I would like to submit this giant antique boathook.

Found it this morning.



05-12-2007, 07:40 PM
And who thinks wood is "inorganic?"

05-12-2007, 07:46 PM
Great find, John. We've got the same thing here in Portland. The town calls it "Heavy Item Pickup" but everyone else just calls it "Big Trash Week". :) I once scored a mast and boom but nowhere near as nice as yours. Will it fit on one of your dinghys or do you need to build another boat? :D


John B
05-12-2007, 11:59 PM
I don't know Steven, something will come up no doubt;)
I love the boathook Jim, thats a great find.

As you see I had to get creative with the carrying of the spar. I just knew that carrying 3 bungees, a length of light rope and some old offcut fabric would come in handy one day.LOL.

John R - Kitenui
05-14-2007, 05:52 AM
Beauty John
I have a 12' wooden apple-pickers (could be used for olives too) step ladder from the same source a couple of years ago. Leaving to sail to Fiji Wednesday. Cat1 all smooth today.

John B
05-14-2007, 06:02 AM
what on? who with? spill spill.

Ps I bought 3 of those tools LOL.

John R - Kitenui
05-14-2007, 03:04 PM
Good value tools eh
Boat is a "Slice of Lemon" Townie 34 with extending scoop out of Gulf Harbour. Well kitted out. Inc radar and email. Brand new motor etc etc.
Flying back on 31st

John B
05-14-2007, 04:04 PM
I know that boat, big radar arch affair right across the boat, primrose yellow hull IIRC. Has a doghouse ?
Done a whole lot of sea miles.
I was out visiting Des Townson a couple of Fridays ago with Johnny G as it happens. I'm sure he'll know all about it.

John R - Kitenui
05-15-2007, 01:16 AM
That's the one. I'd be interested to hear Des' comments on the bulb bow. There's enough clear plastic at the back to grow a commercial crop between here and Fiji. Nah. All taken down today except the bimini and dodger parts. See ya in a cuppla weeks.

John B
05-15-2007, 02:07 AM
Knowing his deep sense of the aesthetic ,his paternalist ( for want of a better word)attitudes to his designs and his minimalist philosophy,I think he'd have a coniption fit.
but I could be wrong. I'll ask him when I see him.To be fair I'm sure he'd be curious about the bulb ,but the stern mods would do him in I reckon.
Doesn't affect its seaworthiness though does it;)

John R - Kitenui
05-15-2007, 05:48 AM
Brings to mind all sorts of freudian comments on whales though.

05-15-2007, 02:05 PM
So does the bulb have sonar type stuff in it or does it have some sort of hydrodynamical benefit? Sure is something you don't see everyday on a sailboat.

John B
05-15-2007, 03:47 PM
I think he's a good ole Kiwi can do , prepared to try an experiment kind of guy.
There's a thread on a local forum about it . I'll look for it.

To be fair, he already knows that its benefit may be limited and that potentially there may be no benefit at all. When we last spoke to him he hadn't had the opportunity to do any sailing trials but said that at certain engine revs whereas he used to get say 7 knots now he got 7.5 or something like that. I can't remember the exact speeds. But he accepts that there may be no benefit when sailing at all. I think for him it was just something to do for fun.

Thing is, there's a scoop on the stern too, maybe 1.5 to 2 ft. square root of ,etc.

The Bigfella
05-15-2007, 06:43 PM
Wow - now this is really thread drift eh?

John B
05-15-2007, 06:54 PM
Its a conversation. just the way it should be:D

anything boat related on your mind you want to discuss there Ian?
I'm into autohelms , category 3 compliance, how best to set the kite on this beast ,and replacing my compass ( something I don't want to do but think I have to).
Man I have a nice compass, best you can get I'm told.Only prollem is nowhere to put it. Where do you put the compass on a tiller steered ketch!? hmmm ?

Its one of these,

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
05-15-2007, 11:24 PM
(Dual interests, once a car head....) John, what car is that? From the front end, it looks like a 4 door version of the Holden Monaro/Pontiac GTO, but the roof line looks like it is based on the chassis of the old Cadillac Catera/Opel Omega. Is it a Commodore?

The Bigfella
05-16-2007, 12:28 AM
Its known locally as a Dunnydore.

Boat related - yep installed two more pieces of teak today - on top of the two yesterday (well, beside them if you want to get technical). Drilled and epoxied the last of the screw holes on the foredeck too. I think I got a bit ahead of myself though - I sanded to size a whole six pieces on the multitool disk sander. At this rate I might even get the Duffy Dodge and the winch installed by Christmas.

John B
05-16-2007, 12:39 AM
O that Bob,That there is indeed a Holtang commodore, replete with detuned/then paid for retuned Corvette LS1 with 6 speed manual and LSD( which is a bit useless).A 2001 model and blessed with the absence of driver aids except ABS and traction control so primitive its safer to turn it off as a matter of course.
A family mans fangmobile.
You're getting them as a Pontiac somethingaruther and as you say, already have version of in the GTO.:D

Teak ? Cetol it , I double dog dare ya.

The Bigfella
05-16-2007, 12:44 AM
The Pontiac G8.