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    Re: How about being Lew on a budget?

    YES! I've driven several of those, the oldest being an early 50s Coventry Climax engined one, the latest being the V8 version. The best had a Triumph TR4 motor, it was the best balance of power and...
  2. Re: I have never read a more savage NYTimes editorial

    It wouldn't surprise me a bit if the Russians are laughing their socks off while feeding hints of "evidence" into the US as a way of poking the anthill with a stick.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Chris Christie can't catch a break

    I bet he hasn't seen "it" for years.

    John Welsford
  4. Re: China’s Seen Globally As Gaining Ground on United States

    My impression is that China, the leaders not being so beholden to the money influence of business shareholders for votes, and due to a very different culture, tends to think very long term about...
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    Re: Marriage Enders!

    If your house is infested with ice cream thieves like ours is, you should get your own freezer and put a BIG padlock on it!

    John Welsford
  6. Re: Why don't we do this kind of stuff anymore

    I deal with PT Foundry regularly, send customers there for cast fittings, buy a heap of stuff from them for those SCAMP campers who want cast, Duckworks is the other choice for stainless steel...
  7. Thread: RIP Jet

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    Re: RIP Jet

    Sorry to hear that Pete, they're not with us for long but give us so much.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Let's Help Make America Great Again

    Change can be effected by a few people doing great things, or a lot of people doing small things. If a really large number of people do the above, and nothing there is hard to do, then it adds up to...
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    Re: Let's Help Make America Great Again

    Leave the politics out of the discussion. There is nothing any one on this forum can do about them, whichever side you're on.
    But, here are some thoughts.

    Support your local small businesses,...
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    Re: industrial photographs

    Now thats a saw blade type we dont see very often.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Capsize on Ingram Bay

    Calculating the distribution of built in bouyancy is an interesting puzzle. Too much side bouyancy means that the crew weight may not be enough to sink one side to rotate the boat to right her from...
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    Re: Capsize on Ingram Bay

    You ok? Boat? Lose any gear?

    John Welsford, been there done that!
  13. Re: The 'End Of Loyalty' And The Decline Of Good Jobs In America

    Well said. Lift the poor up and the economy gains customers, grow the middle class and they spend more. A healthy economy not only needs competitive production, it needs customers as well.

    John...
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    Re: Do you feel alarmed or uneasy?

    I did mislead you, but only very little. There is in fact medical insurance available here, but very few people use it, its cheap, for the most part only covers "elective" surgery such as cosmetic,...
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    Re: Do you feel alarmed or uneasy?

    Misleading in what way?

    I live in NZ, am currently being treated for a severe muscle strain incurred in a fall while hiking, carrying my 27kg pack. ( Hint, dont help your wife by carrying her...
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    Re: Do you feel alarmed or uneasy?

    Why not?

    John Welsford
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    Re: Do you feel alarmed or uneasy?

    I forgot, please forgive me, back to the OP. Yes I'm uneasy, not just the big things and there seem to be lots of those, but for example the TSA seems to have become even more militant and are...
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    Re: Do you feel alarmed or uneasy?

    A close friend did much the same a couple of months ago, plus concussion abrasions and cuts when he fell off his bike. Ambulance chopper, about 60 miles to the hospital, admitted, treated, stabilised...
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    Re: London Electric Cabs

    Left hand drive? Are those English number plates? Does not compute.

    Good idea though, electric taxis in cities.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Hunting each other; would you support?

    I'm bilingual, at least trying to learn American in addition to my native English.

    John Welsford
  21. Re: A Republican strategist takes on the Donald

    Yes, thats a real concern. I think that Trumps election was as much as anything an expression of dissatisfaction with government, and that hasn't gone away.
    We're getting a little of that here, but...
  22. Re: A Republican strategist takes on the Donald

    I follow a range of American media on line, and see that the President is under huge pressure from the very large number of people who don't hold him in high regard. My take on his personality is...
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    Re: Hunting each other; would you support?

    Limit the weapons to 25lb pull bows and a single 150mm blade knife. Naked.

    I'm sure you'd get some crazies.

    John Welsford
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    Re: America's cup / Louis Vuitton

    She sang with gusto this morning! Burling and co just sailed around Oracle and it was all over.

    I can see myself anchoring my floating home off the racecourse a few days before the next event in...
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    Re: Antigua - Montserrat - Antigua

    I did a local flight on one of those last year, out from Auckland to Great Barrier Island, thats about 50 miles or so across the Hauraki Gulf. I walked into the airline office at the little local...
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    Re: America's cup / Louis Vuitton

    I agree about our commentary, the commentators are well informed, not overly excitable and generally quite objective. One more to win, the Kiwi crew still have to do that though and as someone said...
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    Thanks. Is it possible that the larger ship, as in the second paragraph of the shipofficer.com doc, was gradually overtaking the destroyer and its bow wave caused the destroyer to turn across the...
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    Re: Boys in skirts

    There is an official move here in NZ to offer shorts, long trou, and skirts among the school uniform options, with no restrictions as to gender wearing them.
    The schools that have trialled this have...
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    Nick, I seem to recall that two large ships running close and parallel will turn toward each other, would it be the case that if say, the destroyer were overtaking the containership close alongside,...
  30. Re: Some wood and fabric airliners just look right.

    My first ever flight was in one of those, and to my mind they're one of the prettiest airplanes ever built.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Back to the America's Cup

    Team NZ has in the past had Olympic rowers on the grinders, they're good at selecting specialist physical strengths for specific jobs on the boat.

    John Welsford
  32. Re: US Navy destroyer severey damage din collision

    Yes, COLREGS apply regardless of the ship, its status, or nationality.

    John Welsford
  33. Re: The woes of putting Petrol in a diesel tank.....or not

    The new common rail diesels dont do well with petrol ( gas) in the system, typically need a new pump, lines, injectors and sometimes pistons! Larks, you did well to get it stopped in time. If that...
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    Re: Back to the America's Cup

    And they seem to be doing ok! GO KIWIS.

    John Welsford
  35. Re: Art Attack: The art of technical drawings

    That looks like "Chapman", I've got a copy and love leafing through it.

    John Welsford
  36. Re: What do you do, when you don't have much time left to do it????

    I like that. A year or so ago a good friend was going down with a brain tumour, was still with it, so a bunch of us got on a plane, went over and spent a day with him having a party of sorts.
    We...
  37. Re: Florida, move to higher ground or depopulate?

    If you started building it now you could use ordinary dry post drivers and scaffolding to erect it!
    A bit more seriously, our govt has deemed that as of next year no permits will be issued for...
  38. Re: I taught my Girlfriend how to use a chop saw yesterday.

    I bought a nail gun in the USA, wanted to bring it home on the plane, so I tossed the packaging which said nail GUN, stripped it down and put various parts in different bags so it would not be easily...
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    Re: Some motorbikes just look right

    That looks as though it would be "me" if I were 19 again!

    John Welsford
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    Re: yikes - but do note the beak

    Well, it would have employed a whole lot of people for quite a while during her build, not to mention the production of all the goodies and mechanicals that went into her.
    I dont mind really rich...
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    Re: a question for our english cousins

    Yes, but we have two votes. One for the party that we support, one for the local member who we support. Those can, and often are different parties. Mixed Member proportional is the system here,...
  42. Re: What do you think will happen when Trump does not get impeachment?

    Just watching from afar, it seems that President Trump is really feeling isolated and under enormous pressure. He doesn't cope with disapproval well, and I'm wondering how long he'll want to...
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    Re: America's cup / Louis Vuitton

    No spare boat, they did have the repairs completed and were ready to go though. Spent their day off repairing the spare wing and giving the shore crew some well deserved rest after their all nighter....
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    Re: Boat question

    Increasing speed is indeed one possibility, but there are more and more "adventure cruises" into places where there are requirements for ships to minimise their wakes for environmental reasons, and...
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    Re: The 'Rolling Coal' Party

    I had a neighbour who used to march around in full camo clothing, played really loud country and western music with all his windows at 2 am, harrassed the rest of the street by racing up and down in...
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    Re: Contemplating Visegrips

    I've a dozen or so of them, prefer the "Mole grip" brand, and use them as "extra hands". Three each in both my shops, one each on the ship and the sloop, and two in my travel tool set in the back of...
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    Re: The problem with whittling

    Ah, but then they'd be forgeries!

    John Welsford
  48. Re: Speaking of things you have but never use...

    I've five boats, all have been on the water or away from the dock in the past month so I'm lucky in that respect, but my bicycle doesnt get used much since Denny gave me her little terrier, he likes...
  49. Re: Went shopping for a new-to-her car for SWMBO today...

    I walked into the dealership where I bought my new pickup, told them I'd pay cash in notes. They gave me a $250 discount if I went and got a bank cheque, we have pretty strict regulations around big...
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    Re: SCAMP envy/lust

    That ship is a derelict just sitting on the bottom, she formed a very effective breakwater. Useful as although the prevailing wind is offshore there, it does blow the other way sometimes and its open...
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