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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Samoa has about double Tonga's population and it's a much stronger economy. Apia is a scrappy commercial centre in parts but most of it is really nice. The country and villages are beautiful. There's...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Entrance to the marina (for you JB):

    http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr69/rfnk/Samoa/Apiamarnaentrance_zps01a28d24.jpg

    Apia skyline
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Okay, as promised - Samoa:

    Apia Harbour with racing canoe in the foreground

    http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr69/rfnk/Samoa/Canoeandharbour_zps4794a4e4.jpg


    Am I the only one who thinks...
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    Re: A cement freighter...

    Yikes! Makes the regular carrying on at our local boat ramp look pretty tame!

    Rick
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    Re: Tiller extension joint

    The Ronstan telescopic tiller extensions are really fantastic to use. The ball on the end and quickly adjustable length make steering so comfortable, especially for people like me who don't know how...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Can't say it's my preferred medium, either, really. However, I downloaded Le Carre's latest book and read it on the screen last week, and enjoyed it immensely.
    Anyway, Bruce has the prize now!
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    Woodenboat have just sent me edition 44 of Boat Design Quarterly as a prize for something. I appreciate it but it doesn't contain anything I'm interested in so, rather than waste it, if any one of...
  8. Thread: Romana de Scamp

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    Re: Romana de Scamp

    Very thoughtful name Bruce! I like it a lot!
    Rick
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    Re: Romana de Scamp

    Looks great Bruce! Why Romana? Hmm, lucky it's not Morana .......

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    That's really good although I'm sure the cool nights helped. We bought a similar sized esky with a fibreglass shell for the Folkboat, for trips up the Myall Lakes. We also used bottles of ice. We...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    and computers!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Just spent the morning looking over a Stella with Matt from Brizz. I'll let him tell you about it.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    My Sony Vaio is 6 years old and still works perfectly but ...... I've really had it with Windows! Slow as buggery to start and constant upgrades. So, I just got a Mac Air...thing before the trip to...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Nice shots Bruce! Now you just scamper off to your NEW thread and leave the rest of us here to talk about the weather and cars, and illnesses .....

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I think a trailerable boat is close to ideal for most of Australia. SE Tasmania is fantastic and there are lots of other areas that would be terrific to mosey around in for a few weeks or months. And...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Great!

    Rick
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    That's bad, eh?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Now it's a crime to reveal any gov intelligence ..... Don't expect the prisons to spill over.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    That's bad acorns as well!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    You're very fortunate! I find that each year, the older I get, the more oaks and pines I collect. You're welcome to them if you'd like them but I wouldn't recommend.

    Rick
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    Re: A Tale of Two Hulls

    And both wonderful boats!

    A winner! Twice in one lifetime! Thanks Carl!

    Rick
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    Audi oak eh?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    If you'd bought a big enough Esky, you wouldn't need to build the dinghy. Alternatively, sell the under-sized Esky, and use the money to build an Esky, and warm undies.

    Rick
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    Re: Plywood 20 foot launch

    Great - as always!

    Rick
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    Re: Wood to Westsail or wetsnail

    Yes, two weeks here but working and it's fairly intensive work. But it's a great place, very beautiful and the people are always a pleasure to work with.

    Rick
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    Re: Wood to Westsail or wetsnail

    Which trip?

    Rick
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    It might be more involved to get a licence in NSW than I realise too., but I don't think so. I do know there's no 5 year limit on the age of the car - we had some really old bangers picking kids up...
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    Re: Wood to Westsail or wetsnail

    Looking beautiful Stephane! By the way, I'm in Samoa this week (by plane) - really lovely place and a good harbour in Apia. There were many cruising yachts in the harbour last week but only two or...
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    In NSW, you could get a licence as a hire car driver. These people are employed for many things but transporting children with disabilities to and from school is a big area. Phil's the lawyer but you...
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    Re: A Tale of Two Hulls

    And weight - still 75 kg for the cats and, as Carl points out, the Classic Moth, 75 lb. So, both have restrictions on maximum length, beam and sail area, and minimum weight.

    Rick
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    Re: A Tale of Two Hulls

    Well, it gets tricky as I understand the Moth class have dropped their minimum weight rule in favour of a minimum buoyancy rule. Have the A cats done that too? If so, then I'd say they both have the...
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    Re: A Tale of Two Hulls

    The only other thing they have in common that I can think of is that for both boats, the hull rules are simply length and beam limits - so .... three rules to govern hull design - minimum weight,...
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    Re: A Tale of Two Hulls

    How about the number 75? The Moth's minimum weight is 75 lbs, the A cat's minimum weight is 75 kg.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Talofa everyone! Bruce has the granny run back and Gary got paid - all's right with the world! There's an old schooner in the harbour today - looks about 36' and a double ender, gaff rigged. Not...
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    Re: Huon Seal - Portland Vic.

    I don't know how much help the Tanilba club will be with the PDR but there are plenty of people around Tanilba who can help if the club can't. There are two clubs over at Soldiers Pt. One is a yacht...
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    Re: Cover of WoodenBoat Store catalog

    I'm thinking of starting a tote on whether this thread will make it to a second page.

    Rick
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    Re: Huon Seal - Portland Vic.

    Tanilba Sailing Club isn't a yacht club, it's only for cats and dinghies, as it's on a shallow beach. The nearest yacht club is at Soldiers Point, which is about a 20 km drive from Tanilba (although...
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    Re: Cover of WoodenBoat Store catalog

    The canvas is treated, waxy. One bag on my boat has been there for 10 years - no mould. The other is new. The boat has excellent ventilation too.

    Rick
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    Re: Huon Seal - Portland Vic.

    Hi Rob
    Tanilba Bay is about 1 km from our place. Tanilba has a mooring area too, although it can get a bit rough in summer nor'easters. Tanilba has a sailing club where catamarans race every Sunday...
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    How fantastic! Sjogin looks amazing - has to be one of the prettiest boats anywhere!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Sorry to hear about the job Bruce! I hope something else comes along soon - I hope the recent work has put you in a better position to avoid accepting anything unsuitable. Stay positive, get the boat...
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    Re: Cover of WoodenBoat Store catalog

    The canvas ones are really good for the boat though - they don't tip over or slide off the deck! I use two - one for tools and one for bits and pieces.

    Rick
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    Re: Oughtred - Grey Seal

    Very impressive Andrew!! Great job!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Well, there's good and bad news on Iridium vs Inmarsat. Inmarsat is better in far north Qld, Iridium coverage is better in Tasmania (Inmarsat phone won't reach the satellite from Tas. I guess the...
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    Re: Cover of WoodenBoat Store catalog

    Glad someone noted the American context. The term tote would be regarded as old fashioned in Australia but well understood to mean a bag for carrying things. I've never heard the modern usage...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I just looked up the MW 4s. They're very nice, and not too big - should be right for Theresa!

    Rick
  47. Re: Building a Selway-Fisher 14' Thames Skiff - or the sanity boat MkII

    :D

    Rick
  48. Re: Building a Selway-Fisher 14' Thames Skiff - or the sanity boat MkII

    There you go! That's what I get for being such a smartarse! And it's gunwale too - I've always spelt it with the h - but never again! Apologies and thanks!

    Rick
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    Inwhale
    Inwhale
    Inwhale, I think!

    Like Jonah and Phil the Krill.

    Rick
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    I hope you build that thing Peter! Very lovely boat. How big are these Murrays you've got?

    Rick

    PS You know you're going to be happier without that topsail .....
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