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    08-21-2017, 07:08 AM
    What has interested me , besides Bruce dealing with the poor conditions , is the help he has been getting along the way. Yes , forum people , but...
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    08-21-2017, 05:32 AM
    Thats not a pilot boat Peter , this https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/power-boats/vintage-huon-pine-pilot-launch/180940 is a pilot...
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    08-21-2017, 02:42 AM
    I've accidentally woken Bruce up , now he is sipping a spiced mead , while poring over my charts. Rob J.
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    08-21-2017, 01:52 AM
    I've just come in from feeding the critters , and there is Bruce , on the couch next to the fire , phone in hand , fast asleep. Rob J.
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    08-21-2017, 12:46 AM
    The experiences Bruce has had the last couple of days , and since this is his last stretch , I think , hope , he will be very conservative. It...
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    08-21-2017, 12:41 AM
    Bruce is wondering why it hasn't told you we sat in the sun at Port Fairy and had a couple of dogs eyes !. He can't turn the tracker off , so you...
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    08-20-2017, 08:34 PM
    Just spoke to Bruce , frozen to the core , coming in to Warrnambool . I'm going to contact Warrnambool CG or Harbour Master on the best place for...
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    08-20-2017, 08:20 PM
    I go from this https://www.seabreeze.com.au/weather/wind-forecast/vic-west-coast . It generally moderates a bit , from the forecast to the actual...
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    08-20-2017, 07:55 PM
    Bruce , if you can , ring me on my mobile , or give me an indication of when you expect to be docking , and where. I've spoken to the harbour master...
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    08-20-2017, 03:49 PM
    I guess you have had your shower Bruce , and are trying to warm up over a hot cup of char. Only cloud showing on the rain radar for now. Oops , I...
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    08-20-2017, 07:01 AM
    Yes , it is significant Bruce , and now you have her cranked up , its a whole new ball game. See you in Port fairy tomorrow. Regards Rob J.
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    08-20-2017, 06:35 AM
    I'd probably seen the squid boats in the harbour thousands of times , as had the other 2 on the boat , very experienced seamen. Coming up behind it...
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    08-20-2017, 06:01 AM
    The squid boats might be out too , he won't miss them. We came up behind one out there , doing his thing. Weird , so much light !. Rob J.
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    08-20-2017, 05:33 AM
    Thanks Hallam. My charts are from the other side of Warrnambool , to Port Mac. He should make dinner tomorrow, no worries !. Regards Rob J.
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    08-20-2017, 05:24 AM
    Good question Rick. I'd only be guessing. We motorsailed it at night , in light winds , going W to E and the very experienced skipper took us out...
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    08-20-2017, 05:11 AM
    That is good !. A bit of a change coming through early in the morning , but that shouldn't worry him. I'll contact the Harbour Master in Port Fairy...
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    08-20-2017, 03:07 AM
    Bruce I've spoken to CG in Warrnambool , there are channels that will bring you to swing moorings. Tomorrow I can speak to the harbour master. But...
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    08-20-2017, 02:51 AM
    OK Bruce. Do you want me to check out Warrnambool for you , as a plan B?. You would have to anchor , but you have your tender. Regards Rob J
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    08-20-2017, 01:52 AM
    There is the other side of the fishing spectrum. You can have your 700 hp speed machine , to scream out to the fishing grounds , catch a few fish...
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    08-20-2017, 12:21 AM
    Or maybe a nice hot pub meal , well washed down. Rob J.
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    08-20-2017, 12:18 AM
    It has been a wonderful afternoon here , gardening and mowing. That was after a beach walk , and checking out the Marina in Portland. The Jane Kerr...
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    08-19-2017, 10:16 PM
    . But all phones , on a boat , will give a better reception , if hooked to an antenna. It will increase the range off shore considerably. Rob J.
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    08-19-2017, 09:56 PM
    Good stuff Bruce , how are you progressing ?. Rob J.
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    08-19-2017, 09:54 PM
    A quick search re an antenna revealed this https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_nkw=zte+antenna&ul_noapp=true . I know from my CG comms training ,...
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    08-19-2017, 09:18 PM
    It should be good sailing tonight , and in the morning. It will be interesting to see what difference that makes , for his speed , and comfort. Rob...
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    08-19-2017, 05:07 PM
    He needs an antenna , for his phone. Rob J.
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    08-19-2017, 05:05 PM
    Mornin' Bruce !. Ccold here , but I'm sure that is no surprise to you. Quite a sunrise , wasn't it !. Looks ok , and tomorrow looks very good ,...
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    08-19-2017, 07:05 AM
    Good stuff !. Much traffic out there ?. Regards Rob J.
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    08-19-2017, 06:31 AM
    Probably very quiet in the CG radio room Bruce , they will be watching you all the way. Regards Rob J.
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    08-19-2017, 05:43 AM
    Yes , there is a hell of a lot of loose kelp , after the recent heavy weather. The beaches were choked with it this morning , and lots more coming...
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