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    Re: Rogue waves & yacht design

    I believe that anyone going offshore into some areas of the worlds oceans in a small boat, that being anything under 100 ft, needs to choose a vessel that can withstand very unusual seas.
    A full...
  2. Re: Off center mast and dagger board - same side or opposite?

    I use offcenterboards ( SCAMP, Walkabout, Tread Lightly, now Long Steps) and sometimes offset masts. There are a few catches, ideally the hull shape around the 'board area needs to be such that the...
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    Re: Radiata plywood

    I built a boat from it close to 30 years ago, it was from a New Zealand mill rather than the Chilean product from Bunnings, and its only just been condemned to the scrap heap, and that due to the...
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    Re: Some motorbikes just look right

    Same on the Velocette Clubman Viper that I had, that thing could outrun a Triumph Bonneville given a long enough straight but until I got to know its oddities was a bit of a trial in some respects....
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    Re: what did peasants in europe eat

    A friend of mine, a Masters Deg in Food Technology, did all the food for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. There was a real attempt to make that food as authentic Western European / Caucasian...
  6. Re: An interesting (prophesy) talk by the MD of Daimler Benz

    Here in NZ we have that from age 65 on, non contributory, not asset tested. There is some discussion going on about a universal living wage system, but I expect that its a ways off yet.

    John...
  7. Re: An interesting (prophesy) talk by the MD of Daimler Benz

    I did the same, got about 35 mpg, but mine is a tool carrier and mobile workshop, plus shopping cart, touring car, commuter, tows my boat and my work trailer.
    I can see though that my own needs are...
  8. Re: I want to know if Trump is mentally ill

    My good wife is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a Forensic Psyche hospital. Thats where the criminally insane are held and treated. I asked her about "disordered personalities" as compared to...
  9. Re: Oh SCROTUS is going off the rails tweet storm this morning

    Watching from outside, I note that many of Trumps supporters appear very militant in their position, and hope, that if Trump is impeached or resigns that they dont take to the streets armed and...
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    Re: How to totally **** up good design

    Dont forget that was on top of similar spending every year for a long time! No matter how much money Ford or anyone else throws at this it wont happen overnight.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Chainsaw time?

    I have three Stihl machines, one chainsaw, one big weedwhacker, one hedge trimmer. I love owning them, even though only the weedwhacker gets a lot of use, just owning the others for occasional use...
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    Re: I want Single Payer Health Care

    Yes, and Social Security contributions, and sales tax.
    Oh yes, and the registration cost for you boat. No such here.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Engine sizing question for the NAs

    There are a number of books around that will give you graphs for power required for displacement and speed, Dave Gerrs "The Nature of Design" is one such.

    John Welsford
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    Re: I want Single Payer Health Care

    I'd add to the healthcare issue that we get "universal superannuation". Thats a non contributory retirement income system that pays everyone, regardless of employment or savings history, regardless...
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    Re: I want Single Payer Health Care

    If you added your health insurance premiums to your tax bill, and even if your employer pays them as part of your "package" thats part of your pay packet and a cost to you, you'll find that we've got...
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    Re: I want Single Payer Health Care

    http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/headlines/39826777/is-trump-right-about-australian-healthcare

    John Welsford
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    Re: I want Single Payer Health Care

    I'm serious Jack, watching from outside, it seems that vested interests in the drugs, hospitals, and insurance "industries" have a huge investment in keeping things as they are. With the amount of...
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    Re: I want Single Payer Health Care

    Move here to New Zealand. While what we have is not perfect, it works pretty well. The politics are nowhere near as divisive, the sailing is great all year round and there are lots of wooden boats....
  19. Re: Solar charging light electronics on board

    A friend of mine carries one of those little auto emergency start batteries, its maybe the size of three packs of cards, has a USB charger point in it and he uses it to keep a laptop and a phone all...
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    Re: This is what I used to do

    Oh, you mean I could build myself more than one boat at a time?

    I bet I could, I was taken on a tour of a big shed at Boeing field a while back, that was a place a man could really build boats in....
  21. Re: advice for writers - one simple rule improves any novel exponentially

    It was a dark and stormy night. And then the murders began!

    John Welsford
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    Re: What makes these Crazy A** Expensive

    Interesting. Katherine, for a while some years back I managed a furniture store , we had a number of lounge and dining suites that we owned patterns for and had made as we needed by a contractor. ...
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    Re: Why is this not the perfect pickup truck??

    Look outside the USA, Toyota Hi Lux is one of the most common vehicles on the planet, they lead the market in pickup sales in many countries for decades.

    Its a real pity that the Japanese diesel...
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    Re: Why is this not the perfect pickup truck??

    Yes, I have a suspicion that the C20 is the same engine. I had one for a couple of years and it was unkillable, towed boats that no 1300cc engine should have been able to, quite happily.

    John...
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    Re: Why is this not the perfect pickup truck??

    There is one of those not far from here, the owner put the engine and drive train from a Nissan C20 van in it to preserve the original and also to provide enough power to keep up with the traffic....
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    Re: Why is this not the perfect pickup truck??

    Cost? A pickup like the Chevy would have cost twice what my annual wage was at age 25, my sons wage today, at 25, could buy two of what I bought new last year, thats a Mitsubishi Triton, 2.5 turbo...
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    Re: A small NZ Gaffer !

    She's not a "Shoal By Drifter" Foster, they're a bit smaller than that and noticeably fine aft.
    The sail area you have there seems about right, no she doesnt need spreaders, double purchase on both...
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    Re: if humans are around in a thousand years

    If not "neanderthal" we might have librarians that speak "Ook!".

    John Welsford
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    Re: if humans are around in a thousand years

    While its not original, I have a couple of times said to people aggressively proselytising their faiths to me, when I've been asked "what is my vision of god?". Replied "Shes black" which effectively...
  30. Re: we've all done it right? dammit i can't be the only one . . .

    I've worked on machinery in and around sawmills for a lot of my life, and there seems to be a rule that sawmills will always be built on what was a swamp so are damp and cold. Most of the machinery...
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    Re: This is what I used to do

    Thats a good sized shed though, temperature controlled?

    I could spend a lot of time in a shed like that!

    John Welsford
  32. Re: this ****er was five foot five inches tall

    Does that include the hair?

    John Welsford
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    Re: Sail and Oar for the "other half"...

    Its well into Autumn here in NZ, time to look at getting my small boat in the water for the winter cruising.
    She's a gaff sloop, long keel, 18 ft on deck, a small version of the working boats...
  34. Re: no i haven't gotten a dui and lost my driver's license

    Salvaged? Shouldn't you be saying, "Re cycled?"

    John Welsford
  35. Re: I think it's time to rein in service animals, just a bit.

    I was a seeing eye dog "puppy home for a while, had each one for about a year, got them socialised, walking on a lead, toileting on command, sit, eat, stay on command and generally used to travel and...
  36. Re: I think it's time to rein in service animals, just a bit.

    D Type please.

    John Welsford
  37. Re: Cruising Plywood Trimaran Design max 24/26ft

    Has Jim got anything that might suit this gent?

    John Welsford
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    Re: first boat ever: The Marisol Skiff

    Carlos, one of my plans customers lives in Santiago, he has completed his boat and had it out sailing. I think he might be able to help you find epoxy and other items.
    I'll Personal Message you on...
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    Re: The world needs more of this !!!!

    You have to go over there, drink it in a pub on a cold winters night, with the fire going in the corner, someone playing a guitar and a bunch of people playing darts. THATS when it tastes like beer...
  40. Re: The tradeoff between a small quick build and a bigger longer build

    I sometimes wish that this forum came with a "like" button.
    John Welsford
  41. Re: Cruising Plywood Trimaran Design max 24/26ft

    No one here has mentioned Richard Woods, he's got quite a range of plywood multihulls, and unlike many of the designers mentioned above is still alive and kicking to support the builder.

    John...
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    Re: 410 Parts Per Million

    But the melt water that they contain is going to raise sea levels, that will drastically reduce the land available.
    Hmmm, I should have browsed through the posts above, they make the same points....
  43. Re: 20% tariff on lumber imported from Canada to US

    This is not the first time this has happened. Some years back I was looking for a cnc automatic wood turning line for an Australian customer. I found what we needed in Portland OR.
    Interestingly,...
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    To see ourselves as others do

    I'm surprised to see this, not surprised that my home country is in the top ten but its very nice to see us at the top. Living here one tends to have a very limited point of view, its just where I...
  45. Re: The tradeoff between a small quick build and a bigger longer build

    You're lucky, a friend of mine built a 65 ft schooner. Said it cost him ten years of his life, his business, two wives, his home and a hundred and fifty grand.

    John Welsford
  46. Re: The tradeoff between a small quick build and a bigger longer build

    You're right of course, but there are very few nice open sailing boats that are suited to one or two up cruising, and a lot of the ones that are around are not that safe in terms of self recovery so...
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    Re: So he say or should he go.

    I was told to leave home when the time came, that was hard. I waited until I thought that our son was about ready then told him that if he wished to have a place of his own, that I'd spot him some...
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    Re: An emergent truth

    I do wish that more Americans could get out and see whats happening in the rest of the world, not just the nasty bits that get reported in the papers and on Fox News, the real rest of the world. ...
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    Re: An emergent truth

    In about 6 weeks time he's giving an address here in New Zealand . I've bought a ticket, and am very much looking forward to hearing him speak.

    John Welsford
  50. Re: Minimum comforts in small boat accommodation.

    Thanks Peter, some useful information in there. "Long Steps" has a place designed in to take an 80 watt solar panel and two 60 amp hour deep cycle gel batteries, but she's also just under 20 ft long...
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