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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

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    We met some Australians on another boat who wanted to do some bouldering on the cliffs. We gave it a try with them, falling...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    This is one of my favorite photos of the entire trip so far.
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    One day we set the rig on the dinghy to do some exploration a...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We rowed the dinghy around taking in the scenery.

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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    At the village, slash and burn agriculture was evident, as it is all over Fiji. The permaculture chocolate farm we visited is teaching courses to groups of young fijian farmers on the benefits of...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    After hitting the ATM for some cash we grabbed a couple bundles of kava root to use as gifts and we were ready for the overnight passage to the Lau group. The Lau group did not used to be open to...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Finally checking that off the bucket list it was time to start getting serious about seeing Fiji. Our quarantine in Viani bay along with the days spent at the dive resort pretty much worked through...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We headed across to Taveuni, the garden isle, grabbing a free mooring ball off a little dive resort.

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    It was pretty posh...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We walked through the village, heading to the beach. The tower structure along side the house is the wood cookstove. This is typical, although often the chimney cap is just a full sheet of corregated...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Feeling like we had done Savusavu thoroughly, we decided to head up the coast 40 miles or so to Viani Bay. Unfortunately we waited a day too long, and the reinforced trades kicked in. We left before...
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    The waterfall was lovely and we enjoyed the hike through the jungle to get there as well.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Fiji/i-Zxs3NHn/0/f00f1ed2/M/GOPR0997-M.jpg

    Back in town for the evening we...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We rented a car for a day to see the surrounding area. First stop was a copra mill. We had heard they would give tours, but I think it had been a long time since anybody stopped by as they seemed a...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    There is nobody out her but us unfortunately.... In mexico there were a handful of wooden boats, but out in the pacific there has been none. I saw a little Hess cutter at Nuku Hiva, but it seemed to...
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    Re: Seawater in the bilge while on land

    Just let it dry out. You will be growing all kinds of stagnant nastiness for no benefit. Cover to keep the sun off if possible and keep on a dirt pad rather than concrete if possible. Before...
  14. Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    I have had 3 different HIN numbers for my boat, and two documentation numbers. A result of 60 years bouncing between the US and Canada. I really question the need for carving a hin into a small...
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    Re: Old drawing abbreviation mystery

    Atkin boat by chance? I believe he commonly used sided to mean the slab planed thickness and molded to mean the curved or other dimension, rather than the convention regarding tangent vs normal to...
  16. Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    We put our compass on the cabin top, port side of the companionway. I wouldn't be without it, but if you are comfortable with the handheld for long stretches at night I don't see why you should cut...
  17. Re: The Golden Globe 2020: Sailing Like it's 1968

    Good idea, taken a bit too far maybe. Relatable boats and budgets are great! But digital cameras and satellite weather data are also very much of the masses, and would not alienate any dreamers....
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    Re: Royal fan club

    The queen of Tuvalu inspires another dispatch from the south pacific. A few miles from where I sit in Fiji is the island of Kioa, settled by tuvaluans after ww2 when their home land was overcrowded...
  19. Re: 1938 Fraser River Gillnetter Molle B is for sale on Seattle CL

    Thanks for the pics Chris. Interesting the changes to the scuppers amidships.
  20. Re: 1938 Fraser River Gillnetter Molle B is for sale on Seattle CL

    Yes what is the news on Full Moon? I tried to buy her before I bought Julia, but someone else got there first. I would still snap it up if at any risk of the saw, assuming I can get it into storage...
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    Re: Royal fan club

    The royal fans reach far and wide. 180 degrees of longitude from England, as far away as possible without leaving the planet, the local coins have a cannibal war club on one side and her majesty the...
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    Re: rakish

    A stunning hull form. Power and grace in masterful balance.

    The rig is handled by better sailors than I...

    Imagine all three reefs in both lowers, trying to work off the Norman coast in an...
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    Re: One third of Pakistan under water

    Nothing to see here folks, just a freak event. Keep burning that carbon, no big deal....
  24. Re: Asparagopsis- Answer to Ruminant Methane Emissions

    I would love to farm the seaweed, have thought about it a lot. Take carbon out of the sea and use it to reduce a potent greenhouse gas. Its a win-win. Low margin high volume farms will not catch on...
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    Re: keel bolt stock and thread cutting

    You are not likely to cut 5/8" threads with a generic hand die. A local shop with a threading machine can do your bolts in a few minutes for not much money. To cut them by hand a rigid pipe threader...
  26. Re: Trying to identify 40' ketch - any thoughts very welcome!

    There is a lot to like there. The dual companionways are unique. Sorry I don't know more.
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    Re: How far gone is this?

    Those rust streaks aren't so bad, fasteners may be okay, or not. No way to tell from here. I paint over rust streaks worse than that twice a year, and the fasteners are still solid.The thing that...
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    Re: Strange; glass lid shattered

    They used to have glass 2 liter bottles of coke?
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    Re: Bottom paint...

    Af33 is good, but for a boat that might spend winters on a trailer I would want something harder, preferably also with copper. The ablative is more appropriate for a solid wood boat. A harder paint...
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    Re: AirBNB Europe phone problem

    I've used air bnb a lot and I don't even own a smartphone. Email works. Often there is just a code to the keybox that you need. Also the app on your phone will work in every Cafe on wifi.

    It...
  31. Re: How do you all manage to use the restroom when your boat doesn't have a head

    It probably comes down to space. If you have a spot to tuck a porta potty when not in use I think most crew would prefer to use that over a plastic bag. There are lots of dump stations available in...
  32. Re: How do you all manage to use the restroom when your boat doesn't have a head

    The little porta potties from marine stores are reasonably cheap and work fine. We used one for years on a 24 footer, weekends and occasionally longer.

    When remodelling our bathroom it got use as...
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    Re: The Lesser's LA VIE EN ROSE

    To have given life to such a boat is a noble cause in itself, and it sounds like you have already used it more than the vast majority of boat owners. It's good to know your priorities. I hope...
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    Re: Repairing keel separation

    Those are not cracks, they are movement gaps between separate bits of timber. Totally normal as things dry. Gluing them originally probably worked for a while, but was a bad place for epoxy. There...
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    Re: Just Wondering

    Having the ground on top means a dropped tape measure or whatever on a loose plug will hit the ground rather than connecting the hots. I complained to the electrician on a new factory build where...
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    Re: I'm the new owner of Winwood

    Bedding compound is warranted in the rabbet, dolphinite is a good choice. Seal the wood first with shellac or paint. Tar is closer to roofing tar which works well but doesn't take paint so only in...
  37. Re: Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    I think it will kill many boats. You can apparently only sell a project boat to a licensed pro, and they will never buy them. There goes the rest of the old trollers. There goes many old boats. What...
  38. Re: Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    It seems absurd to me. Boat owners are forced to pay for a survey before selling the boat? Imagine if this was the case for houses.

    The new owner should be liable if they abandon the boat, unless...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We arrived with both the jib and mainsail out of commission, and I felt like a bird with broken wings. To fix the jib I just needed to hang a new halyard block, so I rigged the climbing gear and...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Thunderstorms had been threatening us for days, no lightning really close but we could see it at night in the surrounding clouds. We headed into the last night with the full mainsail up, but had some...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Thirty minutes later, we had the staysail set in place of the jib. We were now within two days of Fiji and needed to maintain speed to arrive at the beginning of the work day to avoid overtime fees...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

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    The days went by, all merging into each other. We used a rotation of 3 hr watches all around the clock. This gave a...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We reefed and then unreefed the mainsail many times. I had lubed the main halyard with vaseline where it bends around the masthead sheave, mostly as an experiment. I think it helped, but it was not...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Things eventually improved, and the solar panels were very happy to see some more sun. We had a lot of trouble keeping the batteries up on the crossing. The sun was often obscured, and passed behind...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

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    The old man liked to put on his full nerd scout costume. Whitney and I just stood watch from the companionway to...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    These were conditions that theoretically I would always prefer to change course and keep all the sails full and make better speed. But in practice, we were trying to make it north, so bearing off at...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    The days started to tick by, as we climbed up from 16d 40' S, aiming to run along 14S for a few days until the squash zone blew itself out.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We set a course to pass south of Bora Bora, and we were off!

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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We checked out with the Gendarme on Raiatea, and duly put the last day of our visa as our exit date. There was a big swell rolling in from a passing storm in the southern ocean, winds only 20-25 kt,...
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    Re: Mine vs Quarry?

    Look at all that carbon that will be in the air soon. We will never plant enough trees to get it all back....
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