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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...
  2. 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...
  6. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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
  11. 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...
  12. 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
  13. 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...
  16. 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...
  20. 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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    Re: Southern Cross

    Thanks David, do note though that SC had a kevlar liner glassed into her hull and glass outside as well, she was very carefully built for strength without adding too much weight.
    Although the...
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    Re: Centennial Vs. Scamp?

    Not so long ago, a friend of mine, a very competent engineer, built a good sized multihull with a wing mast. Much attention was paid to the issue of the mast mount bearings and freedom of rotation. ...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    Cross post. Howard has posted on my Facebook page, pics and an update. Note please that the internet in Puerto Williams is very limited at times. You might like to check out his tale here.
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    Re: Southern Cross

    Update, from Howard. He's chosen to leave this post on my Facebook page, you might like to check it out here.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/JWDesigns/

    John Welsford
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    Re: Tourism, the terror effect

    Being harassed by gun toting Homeland Security and the TSA when coming over the border into the USA is a very real disincentive to visit. Some of those people really need an attitude adjustment, too...
  31. Re: "If you live life right, death is a joke as far as fear is concerned."

    My own memories of the man are much more prosaic. I was bitching on this forum about not being able to get 4H x 0.25 propelling pencil leads, and he pm'ed me about this, the result being a few weeks...
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    Re: Centennial Vs. Scamp?

    The yawl rig on Southern Cross has very low windage with the sails down. Its essentially unstayed, has two running backstays which are held against the mast while not in use, and the jib is set...
  33. Re: Insurance is socialism and socialism is communism

    Our daughter has two children, delightful little girls who are very welcome additions to our family. Cost to daughters family? Effectively zero. We dont pay for any insurance, its all covered by...
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    Re: NZ river given human rights

    I'm wondering which way it will vote next November.
    I'm also interested to hear what will happen when it floods. Should those who suffer damage sue it?

    John Welsford
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    Re: Southern Cross

    Just remember that a 2500 ton Navy Patrol boat, specifically designed and built for operation in that area, had to seek shelter and was several times that night unable to be steered because of the...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    I've just spoken to Howard, he's still in Puerto Williams, has had a dinner at the captains table on the Sibbald, the patrol boat that picked him up, he said it was an extraordinary evening with some...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    The story has not ended, we've plans for further adventures, but not quite so cold.
    It will take a little while to get them organised, but the larger vision in terms of making Southern Cross a world...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    The latest report is up on Below40South.com, its quite a not the ending to this expedition that we'd hoped for, but its an amazing story nevertheless.
    Rather than go on about it here, I'd suggest...
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    Re: What are your vacation plans this year?

    The way life has been of late, and looking at whats looming up, my best "vacation" is staying at home with my phone and computer switched off, spending time out in the shop with the radio on our...
  40. Re: Another smallest boat to cross the Atlantic Ocean attempt.

    Hans Lindemann was not the inventor of the Klepper kayak, he did use one for his crossing though. Howard Rice also used one to round Cape Horn in 1982, they're very capable boats.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Southern Cross

    I spoke to Howard a few minutes ago, he's in Puerto Williams, Southern Cross is ashore, secure and has only very minor damage, some scrapes and dings from the many adventures that she's had but...
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    Re: Thinned Epoxy to Fix Rot

    I've used acetone, but bear in mind that when cured the resulting mix is not water proof. It will require at least four coats. The thinned mix is very easy to apply though, and I sometimes use it...
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    Re: There's some dust in my eye

    As in Australia, along with almost all developed nations, our medical system works pretty well for most people. More a Ford plan than a Cadillac plan, but there again Fords work for most people.
    I...
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    Re: Happy Pi day

    Ah, here we are
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxYcAM-oU2Y

    John Welsford
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    Re: Happy Pi day

    I wonder what it comes out as in base 12 ?

    John Welsford
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    Re: There's some dust in my eye

    Or New Zealands system. My wife had a new knee joint fitted a while back. Cost to us? Zero.
    And no our taxes are not outrageous, especially when you add USA health insurance premiums to the taxes...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    I spent an hour or so talking to Howard on the phone yesterday, its quite a story. Southern Cross is fine, got a few little dings and a cleat pulled out, but is otherwise in good shape. Howard will...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    A couple of points.
    Howard chose SCAMP before she became popular, he's a very experienced sailor on all sized boats, saw what he needed in the new design and has been working on the project for...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    SCAMP was a commissioned design, paid for in full, I dont get any royalties or payments from the sale of plans or kits.
    I have never advocated the use of SCAMP for any use beyond what she was...
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    Re: Southern Cross

    The movie is being made by Lutra Productions LLC, a one man company with a vision to share the adventure. Funding was raised to purchase all the camera gear and to put that onto the boat, to get a...
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