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    Romana had a tarp earlier. She doesn't now. ...

    Romana had a tarp earlier. She doesn't now.


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    Yes, it looks pretty nasty. I'm working tomorrow...

    Yes, it looks pretty nasty. I'm working tomorrow until mid arvo. I'll head down to North Haven after work. Does Balia need anything checked specifically while I'm there?


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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Just had gusts measured at 48 knots at the airport and 39 knots at the Black Pole. The good news is the new BBQ didn't flinch while I was cooking dinner on it all the way through the peak of that.
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    Arawana is listed on Gumtree Sent from my...

    Arawana is listed on Gumtree


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    Great work Gary! Sent from my iPhone using...

    Great work Gary!


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    Needs must out. I see in my minds eye an attempt...

    Needs must out. I see in my minds eye an attempt to lower it backwards with an inadequately long rope, an accelerating water approach steered by the drag of body on ramp, a dramatic splash, a...
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    Do you have to sharpen new ones?? Sent from...

    Do you have to sharpen new ones??


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    Antipodean Boats Connection

    Not sure if I'm making up memories but did we discuss Forstner bits a while ago, and if so can anyone recall the verdict?


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    If I go sailing in Arawana I doubt I'd return....

    If I go sailing in Arawana I doubt I'd return. Not that that would be a bad thing from some perspectives, but two or three people might come looking for me. Right now I think I could slip the painter...
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    But you know me. Rational. Not obsessive at all....

    But you know me. Rational. Not obsessive at all. Quite sane. Besides, it's just an idea, an idle thought.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    ;)


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    I had a chat today with a well known Tasmanian...

    I had a chat today with a well known Tasmanian wooden boat sailor and made the mistake of jokingly suggesting I might have to sail Romana over to Tassie so we can catch up. After we'd talked about a...
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    Rick, my guess based on time of day, the distance...

    Rick, my guess based on time of day, the distance out and towing the dink: headsail furled to allow the main and loosely lashed tiller to let the boat sort of sit with some stability while abluting,...
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    Re: Romana de Scamp - Voyages and Adventures

    You're a mind reader ;) I think the stainless parts came from a bus, and that's near enough to a tramway in my book.

    In case it doesn't work well enough I've got a swinging kayak rudder that can...
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    The uprights of the device are stainless steel...

    The uprights of the device are stainless steel channel bolted to the transom. They terminate a little bit above the waterline. I'm trying to think of a simple, light and possibly elegant way of...
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    The mast is in and ready for a re-test but I'm...

    The mast is in and ready for a re-test but I'm confined to barracks for a few days with domestic stuff. So I have started mocking up bits to construct the next piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
    ...
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    All strength to your gronicles Sent from my...

    All strength to your gronicles


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    Don't ask me how I know but you need a motor to...

    Don't ask me how I know but you need a motor to get safely into Sydney harbour if the wind is not blowing directly in. Between the heads can be a dead hole in the wind that can take a long time to...
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    Yeah, I've got to repair that door. One day....

    Yeah, I've got to repair that door. One day. Soon.


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    Ok, just to keep the thread alive. I got the...

    Ok, just to keep the thread alive. I got the reinforcing on where and how I wanted it. No idea yet whether it will do the job but the materials were inexpensive. The upper most 1500 mm has a...
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    Good luck Peter. Sent from my iPhone using...

    Good luck Peter.


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    Don't take anything I write seriously. Just 18...

    Don't take anything I write seriously. Just 18 months ago I was talking about sailing an old sloop from Southport to Adelaide all through the winter. Sometimes I just float ideas to see if they...
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    Re: Romana de Scamp - Voyages and Adventures

    So, a quick progress report.

    I missed out on the inaugural Port Adelaide Classic and Wooden Boat Show. I pulled Romana out when it became obvious I wasn't going to be ready to sail in. I could...
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    Re: Romana de Scamp - Voyages and Adventures

    JEEBUZ! What a blast, you're still alive!! Great to see a post from you. :)
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    Yep there's a veritable truck load of mainsheet...

    Yep there's a veritable truck load of mainsheet there just waiting for such an occasion :)

    Re the rolling to windward thing, the existence of that possibility is what convinced me to install sump...
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    That's it, that's me. Sent from my iPhone...

    That's it, that's me.


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    Thanks John, I'll take all your advice, a double...

    Thanks John, I'll take all your advice, a double dose of the have fun bit.

    This mast mod may spell the end of the carbon fibre experiment if the simple stiffening does not deliver. I'll keep you...
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    The goo has set up nicely and I've cleaned up the...

    The goo has set up nicely and I've cleaned up the edges. I'm happy with how it looks so I'll do a weave filling, surface smoothing coat this afternoon.


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    If you come South I'd recommend not doing it in...

    If you come South I'd recommend not doing it in winter.


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    Good weather is almost here so it's time I got...

    Good weather is almost here so it's time I got onto some of the tasks that came out of the first harbour and sea trials. The biggest and ugliest of them is to stiffen the top 1.5 metres of the...
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    Thanks Peter Sent from my iPhone using...

    Thanks Peter


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    I've found myself becoming less and less ill and...

    I've found myself becoming less and less ill and more 'normal' than I have done in many years. Medication for depression really helped when I needed it, and now medication for anxiety/OCD has finally...
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    Good boy! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    Good boy!


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    Please never be embarrassed, it will inhibit your...

    Please never be embarrassed, it will inhibit your expression. Sing up, sing loud, sing proud. Sing!


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    Singing! I love singing, especially when someone else does it. Speaking of which the sprog is away in Brizzy for a few weeks singing for a living, and in his spare time he's (wait for it...) Singing!...
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    You must have sent my your share of good luck....

    You must have sent my your share of good luck. Working in the shed, in thongs of course, slipped and dropped a chisel. Missed my foot by *that* much. I had the presence of mind to freeze, rather than...
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    Gary that photo looks right as it is. Bad news -...

    Gary that photo looks right as it is. Bad news - they must have put the eye back in upside down.


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    I'm glad that Phil, at least, is taking it...

    I'm glad that Phil, at least, is taking it seriously. At the current rate of unsinking I'll be able to scrub the hull by hand in waist deep water before summer. Not sure about the effect on primary...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    My quick mental estimate is a bit more than 350 kg of weight difference. I can account for a bit more than 100 kg of that. I'm sure some of the remainder is the boat drying out because there has been...
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    Antipodean Boats Connection

    I have a dumb question. Arawana is unsinking and I don't know how. Since this time last year she has risen against her waterline by around 40mm. Ideas?


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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Nice.

    Edited: Both boats above are nice.
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    Sounds ideal. Let me know if you want the details...

    Sounds ideal. Let me know if you want the details of the Lion packs.


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    Hi Liam, It's still early days with my system...

    Hi Liam,

    It's still early days with my system and it won't be obvious if there are any hidden gotchas with my Lion packs for a while. At this stage they are behaving very well though. They will...
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    My Building Construction subject says no, but...

    My Building Construction subject says no, but there's unfounded bias to counter. Short answer: substantial timbers char and retain sufficient strength under building fire temps where steel sags and...
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    She might not have one but she IS a hard shelled...

    She might not have one but she IS a hard shelled prycke.

    Cutton, on the other hand, is a dull dunt.


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    You'll need some three dee printed doovers to put...

    You'll need some three dee printed doovers to put over the flashtack no doubt.


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    Got a message from Rick. They are in Newcastle so...

    Got a message from Rick. They are in Newcastle so not near the fire.


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    This time it's very close to Rick and Tracey's...

    This time it's very close to Rick and Tracey's place. Still not controlled/contained.

    Concerned. Watching the RFS map and reports, updates 15 mins. The fire is moving up the peninsula their place...
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    Antipodean Boats Connection

    Currently fire warnings for the area north of Newcastle including Tanilba, Mallabula and LTP. Fingers crossed for Rick Tracey Woody and the property, and all the good people there 😞 😞


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    Aaaaand the last piece is now in place for a...

    Aaaaand the last piece is now in place for a spill:

    'Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton today declared his support for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his policies.'


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    If the omens speak true Turnbull may find himself...

    If the omens speak true Turnbull may find himself challenged:

    'Mr Pyne insisted Cabinet was 100 per cent united behind the Prime Minister and said there was "a lot of hyper-ventilating going on".'...
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