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    Re: Oughtred - Grey Seal

    Well, that makes sense! So the knees actually land on the frames rather than beside them? The photo deceives! You can cut a lot out of the knees to accommodate washers, nuts, spanners etc. It's...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Phil's gone bananas.

    The Deep North does that.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    What do we know about Mirka?

    Rick
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    Re: Oughtred - Grey Seal

    So the problem is not that the bolts go through the frames (they look like big bolts to penetrate those skinny frames) but that the bolts come through too close to the knees? I'm surprised the frames...
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    Re: Oughtred - Grey Seal

    Nice work Andrew! Couldn't you just move the chainplates a little fore or aft?

    Rick
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    Re: Welsford Sundowner build

    I think it's worth exploring for sure - how else does innovation happen? I hope our concerns help that process rather than hinder it. I look forward to seeing and hearing about what you come up with,...
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    Re: Welsford Sundowner build

    It's tricky. If they're built very strongly of wood, they might be strong enough to take an impact, especially with your bracing design but to be strong enough, they're going to need to be fairly...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Guaranteed that they won't. The kids and their families will likely be quite well off financially from this though. The families probably have income of around $100 a month so it's unlikely that...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Yes.
    My favourite bit though was to find out, after all the theorising about the order in which the boys would be extracted, that the boys chose those who had the farthest to ride their bikes home...
  10. Thread: useful idiots

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    Re: useful idiots

    Under the ground would be better.

    Rick
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    Re: useful idiots

    When I was a kid, the Reds were the commies. Now the Reds are the fascists. When did that happen?

    Rick
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    Re: Welsford Sundowner build

    Great to see the progress Mal!

    I can't help but advise against timber handrails. Handrails really need to be unbreakable. They should bend but not break. You never know when someone might hit them...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I think so too!

    Rick
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    Re: Electrolysis In Wooden Boats

    Chris refers to `wet wood' so your sheathed wooden hull shouldn't be subject to the problems he's describing. We need to keep our sheathing in good order!

    Of course there are some here who think...
  15. Thread: Cordless Sander?

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    Re: Cordless Sander?

    Yep! All my cordless stuff is Bosch now and I've built up a stock of about 6 batteries. As batteries are getting bigger, the smaller ones are getting cheaper too so, although it means charging some...
  16. Thread: SMALL pad sander

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    Re: SMALL pad sander

    Sanding with the Fein or any of the multitools is dependant on dust extraction. The Fein is hopeless without it but I find really good with it. Happily, the Fein I have came with the dust attachment....
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Foils ain't foils .....
    Foiled again!
    But don't be foiled!

    Sorry, not foiling so well ....

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Wunderbar!

    Rick
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    What? I thought he was on the mend!!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Ah, I see! I didn't realise there was no centreboard case there ..... duhhhh! Getting her out on the water to row and see how she goes sounds like a good plan to me.

    Rick
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    That's great!

    Rick
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    The ABC documentary last night included an interview with the anaesthetist's partner who was also involved in preparing the kids for their dives. He said the kids were heavily sedated but I got the...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    It's done with torches.

    Anyway, don't you watch movies? We all know that whenever anyone dives into the water, drives into the water, crashes into the water, whatever, at night time or daytime,...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I'd prefer one you sit in.

    Rick
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    According to the anaesthetist who sedated them, they were sedated. He must have been disappointed if he found out later that they weren't!

    I'm guessing it's a translation mixup - not too many...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    I'm guessing they wouldn't have been unconscious; just sedated enough to limit panic but conscious enough to provide `feedback' to the transporting divers and other crew. I'll watch the doco tonight...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Each day, we find out just a little bit more about how the rescue operation proceeded. I found this latest article very informative (don't be misled by the title!) and I'm looking forward to the TV...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    The whole thing seems weird to me anyway. Long before anyone was talking about mini-subs, it was known that the flooded passage had a squeeze (at least one) and tight bends in it. Why wouldn't Musk's...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Tom, what's wrong with having a centreboard?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    On this day last year, Arawana had just left Sydney for Jervis Bay, with Bruce in it, trying to rig up some sort of sheet-to-tiller steering system .....

    Rick
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    Re: World Cup Thread

    I thought it was a great tournament and, overall, I think the VAR was a success. I think the best two teams made the final. I would like to have seen the final decided by football rather than bad...
  32. Thread: World Cup Thread

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    Re: World Cup Thread

    France gets the win with a classic dive and the most ridiculous penalty I think I've seen. Sensible refereeing would have provided a much better game. Croatia played really well and should have won...
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    Re: A Serious Question for the Trump Supporters

    Good answer! I also liked White Rabbit.

    Rick
  34. Thread: Brits...brexit

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    Re: Brits...brexit

    Watching the May and Trump press conference was like watching someone bringing their uncle with dementia to a dinner party. I was expecting Trump to pat May on the head at one point. I was hoping he...
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    Re: I have a commission!

    You go to the other end of the pond or follow in a rowboat.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    We're a long way from Ballina and Dubbo.

    Rick
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Where did you hear that?

    Rick
  38. Thread: Brits...brexit

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    Re: Brits...brexit

    That's also how it looks from here.

    Rick
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    Re: I have a commission!

    That's fantastic Jeff! Just like a contemporary yacht - a traditional hull and rig and a whole lot of modern paraphernalia piled up on the stern!

    Only kidding - it looks really fantastic! You'll...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-13/thai-cave-rescue-tham-luang-extreme-challenges/9985286

    Rick
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    This article includes video of the rescue. Note that one of the the divers is using twin tanks, side slung and the other diver is using a rebreather. Actually, both divers have side slung tanks and...
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    Re: Urethane, dont do it ??

    I just use a brush for varnish.

    The rollers I recommend for Awlgrip are not hair rollers, they're foam. But they're not ordinary foam - I'll let you know when I remember the brand. American,...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    If you want to sail it, it'll go better with the daggerboard. If you want to row it, it'll be fine without any additional keel but you might find it'll track better with the extra keel. I just think...
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    Re: Urethane, dont do it ??

    I agree with Tom. Polyurethane varnish is fine inside but useless under the sun. You don't need to roll and tip Awlgrip as long as you have the right foam roller. Unfortunately I haven't been able to...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I completely agree!

    Rick
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    I reckon they'll sort it out! I think it's an example of squuezing the news lemon a little further .....

    Rick
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Normally, divers take twin tanks into caves, with twin or twinned air sources. Divers have their tanks on their backs, upright or upside down like firemen. Or they have them slung on the side so that...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    I've (stupidly) run out of air on a regular, open dive. You don't get any warning. When the tank is out, your last breath feels restricted then, nothing. If he wasn't seeing his air gauge, he'd have...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Just for those interested:

    Cave diving (as opposed to to cave rescue) is governed by the 'rule of threes'. Firstly, it applies to incidents: if any three things go wrong on the day leading up to...
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Thanks Mike. Yes, I think we all knew he'd run out of air while laying tanks but I hadn't seen anywhere why he'd run out. I figured a miscalculation was most likely.

    Ordinarily, any diver's...
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