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    08-18-2017, 06:50 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I was talking to a guy yesterday about these drogues vs the Pardey parachute off the bow idea. They tried the parachute in 40 knots. It braked the...
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    08-18-2017, 05:31 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    They're all tight at this time of year - if it was me, I'd leave the boat where it is and wait til mid-September! But this little window is good for...
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    08-18-2017, 05:26 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    By the way, at Neil's prompting, I've done a bit of reading on the Jordan Series Drogue http://www.jordanseriesdrogue.com/D_12.htm and I'm pretty...
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    08-18-2017, 05:20 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Well, still looking good for Sunday - Monday. The wind goes light tonight but it'll still be pretty sloppy until tomorrow morning. Then you get...
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    08-17-2017, 05:35 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Sounding like Portland's going to be bad for the liver! :) Rick
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    08-16-2017, 10:20 PM
    Really interesting you say that Jay. It was strongly recommended to me years ago that I paint brightwork with epoxy resin prior to varnishing. What a...
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    08-16-2017, 08:53 PM
    I think that's really good advice. I wouldn't tell anyone how to build a boat and I'm far from an expert! But I have worked on many old wooden yachts...
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    08-16-2017, 08:12 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Maybe but why remove everything else wind vane related and leave those things? Odd. Rick
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    08-16-2017, 08:07 PM
    No, I agree with Bern. I tend to over-engineer things a bit though and I'm lazy so I would glue and screw the bulkhead to fattened frames rather than...
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    08-16-2017, 06:18 PM
    The point is that there's nothing there other than the bulkhead to brace the frames. In my opinion, the separation for the chain locker ought to be a...
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    08-16-2017, 06:05 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I'd just take them off. I remember when I first saw them I thought maybe wind vane but I think we decided they were too big and too far forward. Bit...
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    08-16-2017, 05:53 PM
    As above, I'd bulk up the frame beside the bulkhead and fasten the bulkhead to that. I'd glue it and screw it. Rick
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    08-16-2017, 05:28 PM
    Strip planked or not, it's still an old boat and they don't grow stronger. All that I would do is fill in that sharp internal corner a bit on your...
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    08-16-2017, 05:19 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    The brackets don't look right for a vane - they're probably for something like the drogue Neil suggests. Weather Windwise, Sunday looks like a...
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    08-16-2017, 03:34 AM
    Yes. Official no. 5035 Signal Letters 304950 Sail no. 632 Owner: Leonard J. Multon Port of registry: Cowes Home port: Hamble 7.10 tons 7.57...
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    08-16-2017, 12:00 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Must have been someone else, because the boat next to mine was owned my Mekere. And the head was positioned quite discretely downstairs, just...
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    08-15-2017, 11:39 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Very good idea! Rick
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    08-15-2017, 07:02 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I was talking to Michael on the plane and he told me that every morning this expat in a neighbouring boat would emerge and proceed to publicly...
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    08-15-2017, 04:46 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Sunday's still looking good. Will still have swell though. Monday and Tuesday look light but wind direction isn't good. Rick
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    08-14-2017, 05:34 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    How was it Bruce? Swell? And our kindest regards to Ann and Jeff! Rick
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    08-14-2017, 04:59 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Doesn't look like you'll get too much wind today. Tomorrow though, will be windy. Sunday might be shaping up as Bruce's next opportunity. Rick
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    08-14-2017, 06:24 AM
    Looks good Greg! Rick
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    08-14-2017, 04:23 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Should have the phone fixed by lunchtime tomorrow so regular service will resume then. Glad to hear you'rd going into San Reno I reckon you must be...
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    08-14-2017, 01:05 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    No texts from me for a few days Bruce - I dropped the phone and killed it so has to be replaced. Rick
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    08-13-2017, 04:47 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Still a bit of breeze out there. Cape Otway has 14 knots, gusting to 20. It's going to go light and stay that way, though, until tomorrow morning....
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    08-13-2017, 03:27 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    You know, I don't really interpret much - I just summarise what's there. I interpret a bit more on our coast as I'm more familiar with it and can...
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    08-13-2017, 03:12 AM
    Being NZ. Rick
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    08-13-2017, 03:04 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I use the BOM weather charts (Interactive Weather Maps). Surface winds, total wave height and pressure/rainfall. I also use Meteye to see if my...
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    08-13-2017, 02:33 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Weather chart's improving. 12 knot NW later tonight. Stronger winds tomorrow morning and afternoon have now been downgraded to about 15 NW. Rick
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    08-13-2017, 12:29 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    It's all N from late this afternoon through to tomorrow morning. This afternoon will probably be light W and when the wind picks up tomorrow morning...
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