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    Re: The believed abstraction of a 12 foot clinker dinghy.

    I don't think you'll have a problem with your boat as, presumably, it's not sitting out in the sun all the time. No, I didn't use UV inhibiting hardener. I don't think any varnish really stops UV...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    People outraged by intolerance delight in waving raw meat in front of people who choose not to eat meat because it is cruel and wrecking the planet. None of us like intolerance but hypocrisy is no...
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    Re: The believed abstraction of a 12 foot clinker dinghy.

    I just finished some bathroom cupboard doors with resin and then varnished over that. I used foam rollers for the resin this time and I'm really happy with how that went. I got a very smooth finish...
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    Re: The believed abstraction of a 12 foot clinker dinghy.

    Uroxys?
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    A pandemic of knickers in knots. Oh dear! :)
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    They are different now. They know they've been wrong about, well, pretty much everything, and, perversely, it makes them more cynical and more dangerous. And we all need to find a way to be rid of...
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    Re: The believed abstraction of a 12 foot clinker dinghy.

    Thanks! Hector was my grandfather's name and my middle name. I didn't know there was a Hector dolphin!
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    Re: The believed abstraction of a 12 foot clinker dinghy.

    Wow! What a project, Mike!! And your workmanship is fantastic!

    I'll read through the whole thing later but is the boat called Hector? Why Hector?
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Looks great Mike! Looking forward to seeing the rest!
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Sad to see Judith Durham go, that's for sure.

    I hadn't heard of the Morbic dinghies - thanks! They look nice!

    Mike, is there a picture of your green boat?
  11. Thread: Moving to Poland

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    Re: Moving to Poland

    NOW you're sounding like an expat! :)
  12. Thread: Moving to Poland

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    Re: Moving to Poland

    Hey, good luck Tom! Working overseas is great - a real adventure! I did it for a bit more than 6 years, in 3 different countries, also in education. I've known quite a few people working in...
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    Re: The scale of the thing

    They don't use reels for anything except marches these days, I think. Rescues are all done with rubber duckies, jet skis and rescue boards, as far as I know. Surf boats and rescue boards feature in...
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    Re: The scale of the thing

    Brookvale, Winbourne Rd in particular, was a Mecca for surfboard manufacturing back then. There were at least a dozen factories on that road and on adjoining streets. I think Gordon Woods went on to...
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    Might be better for the OP to use past tense:

    https://www.crikey.com.au/2022/08/01/two-tories-battle-to-lead-broken-britain/
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Yes, that's the reason for the foam. I want something I can carry easily over sand or mud, and lift up onto the boat with one hand. My glass kayak weighs only about 16kg.
  17. Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Not really a water poet, either.
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Well done Gary! That is the boat I plan to build unless a better design emerges!
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    Tennyson would have drowned. Haiku is more suitable.
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    It has to be beautiful, of course! If it can be converted to sail, that's great. Also capacity to carry a tiny outboard but I think any dinghy can do that. The main things are that it does well and...
  21. Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    You never know what's going to bubble up from The Bilge.
  22. Thread: Cartoons.

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    Re: Cartoons.

    I'm glad someone asked.
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    There used to be a BBC (?) tv series in which some idiot would visit an enterprise (usually a factory) each week and then meet with their owner or board, whatever, to inform them of ways in which...
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    Same here. Conservatives have killed off pretty much all manufacturing in line with this most ridiculous ideology. But here, our conservatives are dependant upon rural sector votes for their...
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    Tautology?
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Well, Masina's much younger sister, Echo, just sold at auction for about 20K NZ so I think the modern version of that challenge has just been answered! Okay, Echo apparently has borer infestation in...
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    Re: The most vile food

    Okay, it stinks, and having been on a bus full of people eating durian, and a stack of the kids being car sick, I know the smell well! But have you eaten it? It's actually very nice!
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    Re: The most vile food

    Working in Vietnam, I was obliged to eat whatever local delicacy was served up. Most of it was great but some of it was simply disgusting, to me. But the worst 'food' I've ever had to endure was...
  29. Thread: House names.

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    Re: House names.

    Opportunity missed there! Imagine the price you could have charged for tickets! How many seats command a 360 degree view?!
  30. Thread: House names.

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    Re: House names.

    Unless it fits, as in The Gods Must Be Crazy in which the Landrover was called The Antichrist
  31. Thread: House names.

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    Re: House names.

    Clearly the name should be Porched
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    Re: House names.

    I think the classic is Iona but then there are thematic approaches like this:
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    Re: The scale of the thing

    Great shots JB! The Nina, what a disaster! It was not long after we sailed Masina over and they were also supposed to be headed for Newcastle. I drove down to Newcastle Harbour on most mornings after...
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    Re: Warana 11 Blairgowrie Victoria

    I'm not a fan of planked decks simply because they leak and don't brace well like a ply deck. But, if you just want to seal what you have and you're not going to glass over it, then really I think...
  35. Re: ‘Come visit us again and again. But for heaven’s sake, don’t come here to live’

    I know you meant 'pine' ...

    Yep, language is beautifully quirky.
  36. Thread: Memes and…

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    Re: Memes and…

    Real humour.
  37. Re: ‘Come visit us again and again. But for heaven’s sake, don’t come here to live’

    I guessed it might be. Wonderful novel in any case.

    Did you know that douglas fir is simply known as 'oregon' here? Not sure if that's the case in NZ (but I suspect so) or anywhere else. Used to...
  38. Re: ‘Come visit us again and again. But for heaven’s sake, don’t come here to live’

    Sometimes a Great Notion
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    Re: British Motorcar Humour

    Yep, I don't think Austin 1800s were actually slow. Like Toyota Crowns, it had more to do with the age of the usual owner!
  40. Re: What's more dangerous to democracy than the uninformed/misinformed voter?

    When people are proud of their ignorance it's just not possible to reason with them.
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    Re: France is a lovely country...

    But they'd have loved you if you'd rented a Citroen.
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    Re: France is a lovely country...

    It's a funny place though, isn't it? They have a bike race there where the men's winner gets a stuffed lion and a bunch of flowers but the women's winner gets a stuffed lion and a real baby!
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    Re: chess robot breaks boy's finger

    Voldermort, under an assumed name, recently became Leader of the Opposition in our parliament. We're happy to have him there and hope he remains in that position for a veeeeeeery long time.
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    People tend to adapt their religion to their politics rather than choose politics that suit their religion. How many Christian fundamentalists in the USA actually make any attempt at all to live by...
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    Re: chess robot breaks boy's finger

    The entire cast of Hamlet died. Macbeth too.
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

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    The guy who owns it has done a lot of work over many years. Just about finished now, I reckon. Lovely boat.
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    Re: A Gaggle Of Good Guys With Guns

    Snafu
  48. Thread: Another bathroom

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    Re: Another bathroom

    Sorry, forgot to mention tiles. I'd tile the shower floor and walls.
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    Re: Another bathroom

    Waterproof membrane and goop on the shower floor and walls. Trench drain between the shower and the rest. Caulk the floorboards with Sika deck sealant and primer. Looks like this:

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  50. Re: About the 10-year-old Ohio rape victim who went to Indiana for an abortion...

    I don't think it's equality or any kind of ranking. I think we should respect each other and animals and always avoid cruelty. We should only kill if absolutely necessary and we should all be...
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