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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Not so bad on our short booms Ron , and we also have lanyards on the zips which make life a bit easier.
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

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    The Fulaga supply boat is in !



    Everything except meat.
    Fish and vegetables , taro, breadfruit ,kasava, various cabbage variants( nicer than we get here) bok choi, coconuts, bananas,...
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    Re: A vague memory of an article around 1984?

    I remember that one, the guy really had the loading down pat.
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    We overstocked and even brought nz meat back. Not much but there you go. Markets are great and get greater as you get central. Nothing in the Southern Lau, basically roadside in Lomaloma, Vanua...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    But I yam. I don't want to go further than the pacific
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    You could go anywhere in Balia.
  7. Thread: Rescued Again

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    Re: Rescued Again

    I just fell down the hole that is the Rimas thread on SA. I'm definitely going to have to figure out where we were on the 1st of Aug. ....maybe back at Vanua Bulavu, or Duff reef ,I can't remember ....
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    HI Skip, there's a bit on my old first boating weekend thread in misc boat, but i'm struggling with the photos.

    Navigation in that area and Fiji in general is like nothing I had ever seen. You...
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    I just can't figure out where he would have gone. Sailing fortuitous has a Google map of his last position off Fiji and that was heading past and into some really hard water. Basically he was going...
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    Re: Rescued Again

    Man, lucky escape. We were in the last reported area in Fiji about the time he was there early august.
    Rabi, Texas reef .
    its a minefield around that whole end of Vanua levu, almost barrier type...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    If I could do that I would , just have a whole unit to swap out. The hard part is re engineering all the bits , mounts , fridge compressor bracket , extra alternator bracket yadayada.......so a same...
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    Re: Vintage sports and racing cars pictures.

    MGC values are on the move big time in the UK and by extension , here and AU. .....and I think B's will follow. My petrolhead friend down the road who has always had rods has just bought a B...
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    Re: Hatch that Doesn't Need to be Opened Often

    I want or wanted to do the same and costed up one of those. It was a couple of grand so that stopped that dead.
    One friend does have one and it has teak glued to it to match the cockpit sole, so you...
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    Re: H28 "Larrikin" rebuild

    Man.. one thing about going away for a few months is coming back and catching up on some of my favorite threads.
    That just looks fantastic,Greg.
    Just great. I wish I had your patience and skills.
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    Re: Vintage sports and racing cars pictures.

    Will this one work....last one I tried was a fail.
    Seems to have uploaded. .
    Naturally the day I drive my little car to work it starts to rain....
    Fun though.
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

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    Minerva reef as eerie and unusual as ever, and that water colour......
    This is anchored inside the atoll in south minerva. ..

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    Once in Tonga we saw our first real reef passes ....
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Boy, Not sure if I have a handle on this new image thing, can you upload more than one at a time?

    sailing up to Minerva reef it was windy and wet and cold. Mostly double reefed and reefed jib and...
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    Re: Really stubby stubby drill bits

    I've made quite a few short drill bits over the years but never on purpose.
    I suggest you sacrifice one to the vice god.
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Thats true, but the mizzen doesn't and the rolled cover just sits inside the jacks and along the boom.
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    There's another thing they don't tell you about stack packs when you're used to standard horse cover types that clip or fasten under the boom. That is they have a zip along the top so rainwater gets...
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    Re: I have a dream... a wet one

    A lot of those are set up with a remote greaser as I mentioned above.
    I don't think lip seals are a good idea on an existing installation as the shaft will have history in the form of scratches and...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    We got some chafe on one,Gareth, but the way we use them it's pretty minimal.
    To explain further, they started as stack packs but I couldnt stand them fluttering around while we were sailing. We...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    What seems to work best is long strops, Phil, say 10 ft or so X 3. Actually one is the spare painter. 2 lift points on the inside of the transom. Then the things lifts evenly on a spare jib halyard....
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Perhaps we will catch up on the sea one day then.
    That's crazy about not reefing the jib. Makes me think they're racing sail makers and don't know about cruising. Furling the jib is like a...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    I've been to Noumea on a delivery trip but not isle of pines, I hear only good things about there and the loyalties.
    Yes Kirsty was apprehensive about it but was unfased by the conditions, I knew...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Thanks Dave, feels good, feels like an accomplishment.
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Fridges were great but we evolved into turning the chilly bin/esky unit off at night. The retrofit unit into the freezer has run since 2015... I don't turn it off.

    Solar is substantially less...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    See you up there somewhere in Masina eh Rick.
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    Re: I have a dream... a wet one

    Usually, in this country, a traditional stuffing box has a grease cup so you can grease as well as tighten down the hemp/flax.
    In that case you simply add a remote greaser. There are proprietary...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Not too bad,Greg, a little bit cold but it's shorts and t shirt in the middle of the day anyway.
    I suppose the crunch will be going to work.
    We're talking about a short trip to New Cal next...
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    Generally pleased how the boat and us went ,Tom. We had pretty tough passages and Kirsty is not put off.
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    Several people have commented on us going over land. We had to explain that it sends a position on the hour.
    My sister explained to one of her daughters how she has the tracker set to satellite,...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Winter it was in the islands, and the worst here for decades apparently, but spring now and not too bad to acclimatise to,Thad.
    We had some gasping nights up there but not too many.
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    Re: Vintage sports and racing cars pictures.

    Page 6 bump.
    Car day yesterday, New batteries needed in the MGC before we went away and completely dead 5 months later. Fiddly wee buggers down in behind the seats....2 12v in parallel.
    Then a...
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    Re: Star watching

    I dunno, but my mantra for the last week has been sirius,canopus, archenar. And a bit of southern cross when it deigned to rise above the horizon.
  36. Thread: Hey Varadero.

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    Re: Hey Varadero.

    Hi Bobby,Gareth alerted me to the cancer development yesterday ,we were sailing down the northlland coast and Kirsty wanted to know what I was cursing at.
    It takes a bit to absorb even just for...
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    Re: Inner forestay question

    One of the magical aspects of a pedestal is a nice flat staysail to windward and one with progressively deeper camber as you ease sheets.
    I used a ball slash pin type spinnaker pole fitting so it...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Thanks guys.
    We did miss the reefs ..not in the coral club yet. But we did get presented with something that is not on charts or visible on Google Earth between saweni bay and lautoka which caused a...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Wrote this last night but fell asleep before I could hit the post button hahaha.

    Cleared in at 7.30 this am after a lovely night 4 sail reaching in light weather. Getting out through the local...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Cleared out!
    Sad to leave Fiji but looking forward to the trip back to Enzed.
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    We're thinking Sunday is optimal but you can't clear then,so mon Tues perhaps because thats pretty soft 7 days later in Enzed. One of the guys is onto a guru and he says the same,so we're hooking...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Interesting story ,Tom. These ones arent big enough for that but I'll have fun passing that on tonight.

    Hopefully, Rick. Also hopefully not on the wind for 7 or 8 days. Touch wood.
    The trick is...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Thanks Grant.
    I felt it in my bones, plus the thought of any Auckland winter and trying to drive anywhere to try and do anything made me feel ill. This was a mental health trip as much as anything....
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Idiocy is an international common denominator. But enough of that.
    We just had an amazing experience. No .. not the the beer and pizza at the bar in musket cove. On return to the boat via our...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Turns out the charts aren't so bad once you get used to ge lack of data. No soundings in most of the Yasawsas means plenty of water so you just look for the rocks and reefs and steer around them. The...
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    Pitchas are easy on faceplant.
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    Re: How we change over time

    Comes to all of us my friend.
    Do a different type of boating. For me it's offshore. Fiji.
    But it could be a canal boat in Europe. ..it could be a nice launch to gunk hole around in like Dave.or.....
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    Re: Drake -- 40' LOD Munroe-influenced ketch

    We snorkeled the remains of an Avenger yesterday. At least that is what one guide says. It's spitfire bay in Naviti but as I say...
    Not a lot there after all those years,salvage and cyclone.
    It's...
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    Re: Bobby's most excellent adventure.

    All the best Bobby. I've subsequently found a couple of articles and read your comments on the plotter and it's zoom. Much discussing and checking of systems here in Fiji amongst our group of boats. ...
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    Re: Drake -- 40' LOD Munroe-influenced ketch

    Apart from floats this fiji unit had endplates on its tail planes and a kind of fuselage extension under the tail too... a ventral fin.
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