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    06-24-2017, 06:52 PM
    Me either but I found the 12m races on tv much more interesting than the current stuff. The coverage now looks more like a video game than a sailing...
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    06-24-2017, 06:49 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I've often heard the battery-powered grinder idea. If I'm ever in the conditions that bring my mast down, no, I don't want to be hoping the grinder...
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    06-24-2017, 06:44 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    You can't get the pins out if they're under load. You knock out those that aren't but you have to cut those that are. SS cuts easily with a hacksaw....
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    06-24-2017, 05:52 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Aaaaaanyway ...... one chainplate at least has to be replaced and the others should be regarded as suspect. If Coffs turns out to be a good place to...
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    06-24-2017, 05:38 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I didn't know they had yabbies over there! Rick
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    06-24-2017, 04:58 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Good week coming up for a trip south Bruce. Light SW to NW. Might come in harder from SW on Thursday night or Friday morning. All the bars will be...
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    06-24-2017, 04:47 AM
    You should be fine on those bars this week Gary. No real wind coming through til Thursday night and no swell til Friday. Rick
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    06-24-2017, 03:09 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    The danger, as bad as it looks, is not that obvious rust. Crevice corrosion can be a grey, chalky substance and not always obvious from the outside....
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    06-24-2017, 12:21 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Yes, all of the above. Rick
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    06-23-2017, 07:08 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I don't trust roller reefing but I do like fully battened sails. It wouldn't cost much to have reefing points put into your newer main. Several...
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    06-23-2017, 04:41 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    They all look like straight plate without brackets so that's easier to replace. They're most vulnerable to crevice corrosion where they're...
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    06-23-2017, 07:06 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Yes, I'm thinking some lengths of dyneema so that the stays can be tied off to other strong points if necessary. I know it's pretty unlikely that...
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    06-23-2017, 06:38 AM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    How is that chainplate set up Bruce? Is it a straight plate bolted to the hull and protruding through the deck? Or does it have a lug or bracket that...
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    06-22-2017, 08:00 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Yes, for the time being, let that dying swell rock you to a looooong sleep! There are plenty of windows coming up! Rick
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    06-22-2017, 06:56 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I think berths in there are still limited due to storm damage. But you'd imagine that there'd be temporary space for boats needing repairs. Rick
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    06-22-2017, 06:47 PM
    So it should but it's looking very good for your trip at this stage Gary. Rick
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    06-22-2017, 06:38 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I reckon you would if you were sailing alone at sea. Mind you, I've never heard any solo sailors wishing they'd worn one .... If a tree falls in...
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    06-22-2017, 06:34 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Very glad to hear you're in Coffs Bruce! That swell in the harbour will settle a lot after today. Have a good rest and let us know if you need...
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    06-22-2017, 06:27 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Yep, corrosion in SS chainplates is really common but hardly anyone seems to know about it. Our friend, Mike, marine surveyor, is always on about it....
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    06-22-2017, 06:17 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Stormy Seas make a wet weather jacket that has a built in harness and PFD. They've been criticised for not being surface-foam-proof in extreme...
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    06-22-2017, 06:07 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I think the usual jacket and harness setup is really cumbersome and uncomfortable. I hate wearing them too. I think a simple webbing harness and a...
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    06-22-2017, 06:03 PM
    Wow, that's a lot of timber! As far as I know, blue gum's blue gum but it might be worth checking the species before you order your Lucas mill. ...
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    06-22-2017, 05:33 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    The up side is that all this is very good for the book! Rick
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    06-22-2017, 05:24 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Hmm, time to make up some spare dyneema shrouds while you're in Coffs Bruce! Hopeful guessing here ..... Tea here. As explained. Rick
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    06-22-2017, 05:18 PM
    Why can't the trees stay where they are, Phil? Rick
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    06-22-2017, 05:17 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    I could hear it from here. Doesn't sound great ..... Rick
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    06-22-2017, 04:21 PM
    Oh! Wahoo! Rick
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    06-22-2017, 04:18 PM
    RFNK replied to a thread Voyages of Arawana in People & Places
    Spent the day banging into the remains of that southerly? Sorry to hear that you had a lousy day Bruce! Looks better today - where are you now? ...
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    06-22-2017, 08:10 AM
    And a lot more fun to watch! Rick
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