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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Masina's back in the water, mast's in but not tuned yet, boom's on, no leaks and all the names and numbers are on. I did those so they're all a bit crooked. New Spartite goes in tomorrow. We hope to...
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    Re: impromptu photo contest

    It would better suit the name if he'd put the red on the starboard and the green on port - surely?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    VS is the only one that would interest me. I might have mentioned before that there's a group of fizzgigs on Lake Macquarie trying to revive the VJ class. I'd love to get involved with that but can't...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Ms T really loves Karmann Ghias. It's probably the only toy left that I could buy without getting shot.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    The old Alfa Spyder gets my vote! I'd never heard of an Escort Mexico til I saw that show. I had a Series 3 Landrover that I restored. I had to get rid of it when Ms T was driving it and the...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Well done Gary!!
    Rick
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    Re: Schooner Nina seriously overdue on Tasman crossing

    I can understand NZ being reluctant to impose their Cat 1 requirement on visiting boats. But I think there's a case for imposing some set of standards. GPS enabled EPIRBs and reliable communication...
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    Re: Schooner Nina seriously overdue on Tasman crossing

    On Masina we each have an 'on watch' bum bag with bits of safety gear in it, including a PLB. At sea, if you're on deck at all, or even in the cockpit when it's rough, you're carrying a PLB.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Wiggled it out, drilled a new hole and put the pin in. Hooray - can't believe it! Boat's in, mast goes on tomorrow. Rebuilding the boom this arvo.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    The bolt runs through the spreader fitting, mast and small compression post, threaded at each end. It holds the tangs for the intermediate shrouds. It was really difficult to get it into place ....
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Thanks Greg and Peter! If the welder is there in the morning, I'll just get him to weld the nut to the bolt. Otherwise, I'll have to try to split the nut off or drill the drill out. I will try to...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Sounds more like an accident to me!

    Ouch indeed! My left index finger is going on strike as it's been in the receiving end of nearly every stupid thing I've done for the last month but happily...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Looks great Gary!

    Waaaay too much information for lunchtime Greg! But glad you're better!

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    I took the photos already but haven't had time to post them.

    Thanks for the tip Slug! I'll check the auto shop.

    Rick
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    Re: Schooner Nina seriously overdue on Tasman crossing

    Did we ever find out how many EPIRBs Nina had on board? Are there EPIRB black spots?

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    All being well, we should be able to bolt the rigging back onto the mast in the morning and refloat the boat. I still haven't put the new names on yet but, along with giving the topsides a quick...
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    Re: Huon Seal - Portland Vic.

    Oh, that reminds me - I was supposed to post some wood samples! I'll get onto it when I get home.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Good news all round - Gary's outboard and Tom's inboard.

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    The Volvo cost $2200. The new shaft, new bearing and fitting it all cost a further $1500. Not money I was planning to spend! So I wouldn't want to have spent more on a prop and I hope it performs...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Looks grate!

    It's a stove for a kitchen?

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    No. Rigging, aluminium welding, prop shaft manufacturing and spray painting to blend are out of my league. I could have done the hull repair but it would have taken me much longer and, when you're...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    And it's great to see you back on Scamp!

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    I hope it isn't. If it is, I'll spend the rest of my life wondering if the pitch is set right.

    We sanded it for Propspeed this morning. So it's no longer all bright and shiny.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Have you tried Youi?

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    I was quite keen to go for three blades as I'm assured they're smoother - I hope so. I haven't even seen the manual for this prop yet so I know nothing about any tuning etc. All will be revealed when...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    No. The prop was an unplanned addition so I had no time for research.
    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Hmm, I don't remember there being any anode built into the propellor like that. I don't think ours is the same as the one in the picture after all, although the blades look the same.

    Yes, it's all...
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    Re: Carbon is fragile.

    My Skoda has a crank that drives it, but, fortunately it doesn't come as standard equipment.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Nanni parts ain't cheap. Check to see if the new parts are alloy or cast iron. If the new ones are alloy, go for the new. One day I'll post a photo of the Nanni exhaust elbow I removed from...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Yep, like I said - kinda funny lookin'

    Getting a lot done as I have the boat on the hard in Newcastle and a crew working. There's a shipwright doing the hull repair and a painter will do the...
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    Re: Carbon is fragile.

    I've lived my entire life never needing or wanting a Murciethingo.

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    I have a friend who's a boatbuilder cum marine engineer. He made the shaft and I asked him to order whatever he thought would suit. He contacted a couple of propellor companies he knows and the Volvo...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    We noticed stress lines around the hull to skeg joint. The skeg is bolted on so I tightened all bolts and that resolved any noticeable movement. But the hull is sheathed and so is the skeg, so to...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Getting there:

    Cleaning done!
    Mast patches blasted and primed, ready to paint.
    Boom rebuilt but I'll get the whole thing blasted and recoated later.
    New skin fittings and ball valves in.
    Hull...
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    Re: Carbon is fragile.

    We've been using carbon masts on sailboards for many years. They really are fantastic - very light and very strong, as long as you don't drop them while rigging!

    As much as I do love the stuff for...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Dr Jeff

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Let me guess. 27 degrees, clear and a 15 knot SE each day.

    Rick
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    Re: World Cup 2014

    Amazing goal! Well done Germany! Argentina were brilliant - could have won.

    Rick
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    Re: Your boat pics in unusual weather

    http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr69/rfnk/5d57994df264cd1f6c9aa24c4be753c6_zpsa7f4954f.jpg

    Rick
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    Re: Just fore the fun of it:)

    Joyeaux toutes!

    Woute!

    Le Riq
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I'm using 80 grit wet and dry. I will try the pole handle thing but I generally just use folded paper so that I can feel what's going on.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Antifoul is dreadful stuff! Painting it on isn't toooooo bad but everything else about it is horrible. Dry sanding is awful and banned anyway. Scraping it off is horrible and wet sanding is soul...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    JB already did! He says the weta's been rotten. And it seems to be getting weta and weta!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    And tell them about the bad food too!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    If it makes it frosty, that's quite cool.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    See A Boat for the Tasman

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Progress report.
    All wire removed from the mast and new rigging underway. Runners will be dyneema.
    Forward end of boom cut off but we can't find 5" tube so we have to roll some plate for the new...
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    Re: Time for a Dragon Thread

    Very nice!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    While here, it's been clear days with stiff westerlies, for a couple of weeks. Westerlies up to 40 knots but mostly around 15 - 20. Unrelenting bad weather really gets me down - I need to develop a...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    A case of a gunwhale with too much structural integrity!

    Rick
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