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    Re: 17ft Power Boat

    Thanks Mark, yes the pressure gets intense at times. There are times when I think that this would be a great profession if we didnt have to have customers.
    Mind you, I've met a lot of very nice...
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    Re: 17ft Power Boat

    I think it would matter if our moderator took exception, but he didnt. I'd guess that I got away with it in that case because there were, and still are, no plans available for that boat. I posted...
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    Re: 17ft Power Boat

    I agree, where I am asked a question I'll generally answer or direct the enquirer to a "place" where we can discuss the question off forum and I'm sure thats ok, but I work on the basis that a...
  4. Re: Reflight of Recovered Falcon 9 Booster Scheduled For 30 March

    Thats a big step. Fingers crossed that it goes well.
    I used to read the pulp Sci Fi magazines, the stories were filled with spaceships taking off and landing whenever they wanted, going off...
  5. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    I'd have to say that I'm not usually so crass as to deliberately pick a fight, but he was so in my face at a time when I had already been travelling for 24 hours, and had another 20 to go before I'd...
  6. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    I was hanging around in the airport departure lounge at the airport in Fort Lauderdale ( not the best airport I've had to visit) when an obese man in a very loud shirt came up and asked me where i...
  7. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    Its coming up to Eastertime, time for "Hot cross puns".

    John Welsford
  8. Re: Looming on the horizon: a government shutdown

    I'd be pleased to have that!

    John Welsford
  9. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    They seem to get along ok without too many misunderstandings, thats helped by the fact that quite a few New Zealanders are able to speak some American so can translate.
    I'm not kidding here!

    John...
  10. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    I was with an English friend, travelling in Texas, when a local made fun of his speech. We looked at each other my friend and I, then pointed out to the Texan that we both of us spoke "English", and...
  11. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    We just let them get on with their lives, and encourage them to spend lots of money, pay their taxes, and stay out of politics. They all seem ok with that.

    John Welsford
  12. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    New Zealand as well, we've even got to the point where we have Chinese language newspapers and radio stations.
    Indian, Cambodian, various South American, Philipinos, Sudanese, and, believe it or not...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    Rob, thats a very kind offer but I've got a near new city bike, straight handlebars, soft seat, sprung forks, disc brakes, 24 speeds, biggish tyres. Slow by comparison to the serious riders machines...
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    Re: I Got A New Secretary...

    I bred Great Danes for a while, had a 6 month old "Fawn" bitch puppy that not only looked just like that, she was about the same weight too. 6 months later she still looked cute but weighed in at...
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    Re: Ripping strips, a saw recommendation?

    Ok, got that and understand their point of view.
    If you want to use a skilsaw, use the biggest one you have available, put a small blade ( say a 7in one on a 9 in saw) go for about 20 teeth or less,...
  16. Re: Is Single Payer Healthcare too much to ask for?

    One feature of our healthcare system that would raise some eyebrows in the back rooms of the drug companies, is that we have a govt department called "Pharmac". Its purpose is to research drugs and...
  17. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    New Zealand has had more than a tenfold increase in applications for residency from USA people in the past 12 months.
    Many of whom are prominent Republicans, interesting!

    John Welsford
  18. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    So you really think so? I'd suggest that some time living in one of the top ten might give you a better perspective.

    John Welsford
  19. Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    Comments?

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/20/travel/worlds-happiest-countries-united-nations-2017/index.html

    John Welsford
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    Bolger experimented a lot, oft times well outside the boundaries that confine so many. My liking for his work is that I can look at his writing and drawings, which are generally pretty honest about...
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    Re: Ryan Pulls the Bill

    Agreed.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Ryan Pulls the Bill

    So why would a universal government funded healthcare system by whatever name it be called be unsustainable, when in the rest of the developed world thats the way its done, and works far more...
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    Re: Ripping strips, a saw recommendation?

    I suspect that the Makita will have the same problem with low voltage as the single phase motor on the Wadkin, can I suggest that you sniff around the local joinery or cabinetmakers and hire their...
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    Do remember that Blueberry was effectlively a collaboration between the customer, David Hume, and Bolger. Read the book.
    I'm hoping to sail her one day, my friend and colleague Howard Rice was...
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    Re: Badly stuck spark plug

    Yes as pointed out, its best to pull the cylinder head off first and work on it on the bench.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Microcruiser Options

    Yes, I live on the "other side" of the Whangaparoa Peninsula in the Weiti river in my old 40 ft Bridgedecker launch. I lease a private dock with a useable workshop. I keep five of my boats here and...
  27. Re: I'm having chest pain, hard to breathe.....

    Dont laugh!

    John Welsford
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    Re: Badly stuck spark plug

    I do service work on site, where I have to use heat I use a paint stripper gun. Very effective.
    Also, to unstick threads I use INOX or CRC 66 Marine, not the standard stuff or WD40.

    For a stuck...
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    Re: Microcruiser Options

    If you want to chat, Personal message to get my number and then phone me, I'm just down the road in Red Beach.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Scarf joint on long sections of wood

    I built a scarfing sled for my table saw, set up the roller stand about 2/3 the way back along the length of the pieces, and away I went.
    its only 6.5 /1 but over half a dozen boats there have been...
  31. Re: Small Shallow Draught Self-Righting Sailer

    I find that to meet 'C', or "Small Expedition Boat" its much easier to start with a blank sheet of paper and the intention to design to that than it is to try and modify an existing boat. That might...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    He needs some quiet time to recover, plus there are more adventures in the planning, and the planning takes time.
    But its tempting, anyone got a spare SCAMP?

    ( Nononononono, slaps hand)

    John...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    "Southern Cross" is back in Punta Arenas at Hostel Willitu, the family there have been incredibly helpful in allowing us to leave SCs shipping crate there while Howard went sailing. She's back in her...
  34. Re: Small Shallow Draught Self-Righting Sailer

    Thanks Craic. I get to go sailing in quite a few of my boats, so its not only the safety of my customers thats a factor in the designing of my boats, but also my own hide is on the line.
    I was...
  35. Re: Time for a little out of this world sillyness

    I think that there is more truth in that video than in some of the political statements that are flying around the universe of late.

    John Welsford
  36. Re: Trysail vs. a fourth mainsail reefing point

    I've drawn, and used boats with trysails as part of their working wardrobe. Use it to balance the boat when sailing with a small jib or storm jib rather than as a "driver".
    It works well, with the...
  37. Re: Small Shallow Draught Self-Righting Sailer

    Yes, thats the case. The prototype has been tested and comes back up without assistance.
    Thanks Tom.

    John Welsford
  38. Re: Small Shallow Draught Self-Righting Sailer

    Any boat, even the self righting motor lifeboats, will have a range of stability when inverted. Some will have such a narrow range of stability inverted that they take only a little to start them...
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    Re: Get yr bid in for the wall of shame

    If the of quoted correlation between the size of hands and another peculiarly masculine body part is true, then it would be a pretty low erection.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Get yr bid in for the wall of shame

    I wonder what they're going to do with the border that runs down the middle of the river? Mexico wont allow it to be built on their side, I cant imagine Americans effectively giving up their half of...
  41. Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    I got home from Chile a month later than expected, had visitors from USA ( very welcome) then a week away with a group of open boat cruisers, and am only now back home with no outside distractions. ...
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    Re: France is becoming and armed camp.

    Santiago, Valparaiso, PortaMontt, Punta Arenas, Porvenir. The description "Socialistic" was one used by a family court judge with whom we stayed to describe the way their govt works. She's spent...
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    Re: France is becoming and armed camp.

    I'll be in France, and Spain soon, my contacts in both countries haven't mentioned anything other than more police at airports and public transport centres, they're not feeling pressured or...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    I like bikes too, but for the past three years have spent my keep fit hours walking with my sadly now deceased dog. I'd like to get started again, so please, give me a shout when there is something...
  45. Re: Requesting Advice about Sellling Coot

    Merryll, so sorry to hear that Tom has passed away, my wife Denny and I met you on board your little ship at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat festival a while back, great boat. Liked your bright blue...
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    Re: Centennial Vs. Scamp?

    I had the great privilege of teaching yacht design at a university that had on our staff the scientist / Naval Architect who developed the twisted flow wind tunnel that Team New Zealand used to such...
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    Re: Vintage sports and racing cars pictures.

    I was South Island Field rep for the Triumph importers at the time when the 2500PI and the Dolomite were the hot cars, drove a new Dolomite from Auckland to Dunedin ( a three day trip including the...
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    Re: Centennial Vs. Scamp?

    Note that SCAMP is designed to have high up bouyancy to assist in righting the boat from a capsize, the forward half of that little dummy cabin is enclosed behind watertight hatches to do just that. ...
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    Re: Some motorbikes just look right

    Woohoo! I rode one of those for a while, then a Gold Flash, then a DBD32 in road race trim. I was a BSA fan, still have the special spanner for the cylinder head bolts on the singles. My first ever...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    Absolutely correct. But Howard has since had several meetings, as friends, with the commander of the Sibbald and her crew. He tells me that they were up all night agonising about the fact that they...
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