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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Nice looking boat, aren't they? Good project!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    For you or the club Jeff?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Yes, Samoa is like that. Plenty of range in supermarkets and cafes. But the local markets have nothing like the range you describe in Fiji.

    Someone told me that Nukualofa hasn't changed much since...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Coconuts are wonderful things. But what food did they have in those markets? I imagine the range of food would be much more diverse in Fiji than in Tonga?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Fair point. You are what you eat!

    Speaking of yams ..... how was the food in those islands?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Don't take any notice of anything that JB says! It seems like only yesterday one of us asked him if he was planning to sail Riada somewhere (like Tasmania frinstance) and HE said he was a local...
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    It would be nice to see some JIM shots ....

    Rick
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    Re: Voyages of Arawana

    How long is a thread?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Excellent! Keep a block of wood handy to block the air intake when you first run it, to kill an overrun, should that happen.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Thanks Chris, makes good sense to me!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Sorry, I understand draft and sail shape. I just don't see how whether the luff is tensioned from the halyard or a downhaul, there's any difference. To obtain luff tension my halyard runsvto a winch...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Well, you never know ..... Tasmania and the GBR are definite, and NZ possibly. New Caledonia maybe.

    Interesting answers to Phil's questions, especially your headsail furling. Sailmakers I've...
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    I think it's great that that system works so well for you and it'll encourage me to have another look at an arrangement like that. I have a cunningham (as I call it) on our Folkboat and when I've...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    That's what I reckon. I'll tell David he's an idiot - again.
    Maybe I won't.

    Neil, I can't picture that alternative to the horns. Do you have a picture?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Yes, so simple. Just let the luff down to the horn and haul it up with the halyard.

    I asked David about the stack packs. He really likes them. He thinks a lot of them are too big but thinks it's a...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Thanks for sharing it all JB. It was really interesting watching your progress via the tracker.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    It's very common and I don't think there's really too much wrong with it. Mine had wear and I had to replace a section of boom there anyway, otherwise I wouldn't have worried. Your situation is that...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    You know, it probably will! When I had covers made for Masina's sails, I specified NO ZIPPERS. Both sailmakers insisted on zippers though, where one goes around the mast and one goes around the...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    One of the reasons I'm not such a fan of the stack pack is just that - all the ones I'm familiar with have a zipper that runs along the top where it's very hard to reach. They seem a bit prone to...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Masina's boom had two Murray winches for reefing, and cheek blocks; no stack pack and no lazy jacks. I replaced the Murrays with much lighter winches that use a standard handle. The pair cost me less...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Thanks Phil - yes, all of that. I'm imposing exile for a little while nevertheless. I can't see the thread dying without me - far from it! I do ask that we bear in mind that the thread should attract...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Thanks Patrick, Phil. I'm not really back though, but I said I'd post the few photos I took with my phone last weekend, so here goes.

    The first one is actually after the regatta, for the Kiwis:
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Okay, I'm told my post caused a stink so here goes - I was annoyed by various things and, foolishly posted in haste. Always a bad idea. I use the term 'idiot' frequently and too easily - I think...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Okay, one more post for the benefit of friends here who deserve an explanation. This thread was started as a forum to discuss and source ideas about Antipodean boats. Instead, it's rarely about boats...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Well, I did try with this thread but it's pointless. I won't close it but there'll be no more contributions or viewing by me.

    Enjoy.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I don't think so - everyone needs to get a head and they say it's hard these days. Probably a young person from Sydney.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    That's exactly what I keep telling it but it's stubborn!

    Rick
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Yeah, the tracker can't lie - we know it was easy!

    For us.

    Rick
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    Welcome home and congratulations Riada!

    What did you miss most?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    The photos I did take were with the phone. My little camera refuses to work properly since I spilled milk all over it.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Of course it was human error - the boats don't sail alone! Anyway, someone on one or perhaps both of the boats wasn't looking or couldn't see. I guess the inquest will decide who or what was at fault...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Well, it was a lot of fun. There were 95 boats, including 23 Couta boats from NSW and Vic, a few old 18 footers, lots of Rangers and several very famous boats. Dorade is really beautiful - a classic...
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    A magnificent morning here in the mad city. We're staying at the RSYS surrounded by Etchells and Dragons - even our room has Dragons on the wall. We're crewing in the Gaffers Regatta today. There'll...
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Roaring in with 20 knots right up the ah, transom. What a run!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    LTP MR lowered it onto the gunwale of their other boat then tried to drag the consequently swamped boat away with a 4wd........

    I can see the value in those lifts for boats that are used...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    LTP Marine Rescue sank their second boat with one of those things. In competent hands, they're a good idea I guess, although they do seem to take a lot of time for each launching.

    Rick
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    Re: Voyages of Arawana

    The bow is noisy, even at anchor.

    Rick
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Yes but pretty light. Going to hit a new NW, fairly breezy, Saturday night. That ought to hurry them along! What a great run they're having!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Actually, nearly all done on weekends, 7 hours from home, in a paddock with a tin shack. But yes, an excellent shipwright.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    This is how a classic boat should be restored. Nothing overdone, no nonsense. Functional simplicity:

    http://www.edenmagnet.com.au/story/3538840/elegant-lady-sails-again-photos/#slide=14

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    What holds that tiller pilot up there?

    Rick
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    Re: Voyages of Arawana

    Sly and the Family Stone. You have no idea how hard I had to work to raise the money for the Woodstock album. What a fantastic album it was though!

    Rick
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Close to halfway now - every time I look they're doing around 7 knots. Looks like a great run. Wind just on the forward quarter.

    Rick
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    Re: Voyages of Arawana

    Well, you won it. You're welcome!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Thanks!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Nice, thanks Hallam! I should see those boats at the Gaffers Regatta on Sunday. What's a 'sprung keel'?

    Rick
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    7 knots faster than that now.

    Rick
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    Re: First boating weekend of the season...

    Looks like SE, not too strong, right through till Sunday.

    Rick
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    Have a great run - bon voyage!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    No oil or mud. I guess whatever's in your water there is enough to keep the smear moist - something is forming a circuit. Anyway, see how you go with the float switch. They're very popular so must be...
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