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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Painting in windy weather is terrible. I can remember trying to paint Pipsqueak's topsides with a roller in high wind at Oyster Cove. Every now and then a gust would blast the paint right out of the...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Bruce, does that steak knife work well for you?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Well, I hope my woodwork one day reaches your level of roughness!

    Rick
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    Re: Welsford Sundowner build

    Right! Thanks!

    Sadly, no. Still plenty to do on Masina, I have to get Pipsqueak out of the water for refastening etc. and there is that small matter of a house rebuild to finish ....

    Rick
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    Re: Welsford Sundowner build

    Exciting! What's the waterglass for again?

    Rick
  6. Re: 50 years since Frank Dye's Scotland to Norway Voyage next month

    Great article - amazing story!! Thanks! But now I feel cold, wet, hungry and seasick - think I'll grab a hot chocolate and go back to bed!

    Rick
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    Re: Little Guide - a one sheet canoe

    It looks great! Congratulations!

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    The Ronstan Constrictor clutch could be a nice option for holding Masina's outhaul on the boom

    http://www.ronstan.com.au/marine5/range.asp?RnID=422

    Might suit the boat more easily than a more...
  9. Re: protecting hull paint from strap lift at hauling in and out?

    The yard can buy big tubes of plastic, of the type used to make plastic bags. These are slid over the lifting straps and prevent any chafing or scratching. If they're not available, just get a sheet...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Saw a whole lot of plastic boats, really enormous plastic boats, today. Plus a whole lot of interesting gear but nothing really new. Unfortunately, there were no plastic tank manufacturers there and...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    It really is easier to make the hatch cover first, round the corners with sandpaper, a coping saw or something, and then trace it onto the material for the hatchway. Than that opening can be cut out...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    I'm not too sure about running a line back to the new tank from the old tank. The main problem with dirty fuel I've seen around here is the fungi/bacterial combination and I haven't seen any filter...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    It's not really the right way to form hatches. The hatches should really have stronger, rounded corners, with hatch ways to match. A sharp, plywood corner is very vulnerable.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Don't mind me. It's just post-haulout-invoices-hysteria.

    Right now I'm looking at what I hope is the world's ugliest boat. I think it's called Starship Sydney.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Actually, most of them don't look like players and I don't recognise any of them. Maybe they're just impoverished Kiwis taking advantage of carry-on-only airfare discounts. Like I do.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Sitting here in a cafe at Darling Harbour surrounded by Crusaders. Anyone know a quick recipe for poison or any other way to promptly disable an enemy?

    Why aren't they at training anyway?

    Rick
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    Re: Just fore the fun of it:)

    But he could be laughing

    Rick
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    Re: Just fore the fun of it:)

    Ah, sorry to include you Rick in my vision of Canadian hedonism! But I doubt your diagnosis. I suspect our Hindass is indeed recovering in the Turtle Bay spa. One can only hope that the Queen is...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    I'm going to do that too but only to the section between the winches and the back of the coaming. Seating for one on each side.

    Rick

    PS. No deck fillers for fuel Peter. I might put one in for...
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    Re: Just fore the fun of it:)

    All the Canadians are lounging around in the pools on their afterdecks drinking G and Ts - no time to bother with we Antipodeans suffering the blizzards down here.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Going to the Boat Show, Boat Show, Boat Show tomorrow ....... er, today!

    Better go to bed first .......

    Rick
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    Re: Plywood 20 foot launch

    Your use of linseed reminds me of when we were building our first house with western red cedar cladding. I rang the Timber Advisory Board and asked them if I could leave the boards without paint....
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    One 50 litre tank located in the bilge right at the companionway. I'm going to install another tank in the lazarette. Its size will depend what I can fit through the hatch but I hope it'll hold about...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Dampened a bit when we received the invoices but, yes. Thanks!

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Masina came with a couple of those but we threw them out.
    They were pretty worn out.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Is that a smack?

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    That's pathetic! If I was your neighbour, I'd bang on your door and abuse you for that.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Well, I knew it was Tubular Bells and I've never seen the film.

    I don't think the lack of safety features is a reason not to buy a classic car, pretty much for the reasons JB mentions. But my...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    The kind of logic, I admit, I have to admire.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    But I agree with Duncan that they look nice. In fact, I think the British always made the best looking cars.

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Gotta love British cars - fine in a prang as long as you wrap them in an iron cage; run really well as long as you take them apart completely and put them back together again properly!

    Is it true...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    No. I saw a whole family killed in a Mini once, from what should have been a fairly minor prang. Sorry for the fans but I think they were terrible cars.

    Rick
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    Re: Just fore the fun of it:)

    Midwinter Port Stephens - today actually.

    http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr69/rfnk/2014/Haulout34_zps5fa41fed.jpg

    They made me do it ....... well, Gary did.

    Every other day's been...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Congratulations! The only LPBC wearing VMR on the planet!!!

    Rick
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Oh bugger - I forgot! And I had it on the boat too!

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    No, the wind died inside Port Stephens. But yeah, the vents aren't great ...... Notice the rope across the back hatch? The perspex popped out. Hopeless eh? Probably only lasted 40 years. Now I have...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Do you think I should show this to Lemonhead and tell him it was taken in the middle of our winter?

    http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr69/rfnk/2014/Haulout34_zps5fa41fed.jpg

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Indeed

    http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr69/rfnk/2014/Haulout32_zps97e7c31d.jpg

    http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr69/rfnk/2014/Haulout33_zpsebaa781f.jpg

    It was just about perfect...
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    Re: Love small diesels

    It looks nice too!

    Rick
  40. Thread: back at it...

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    Re: back at it...

    Welcome back Bernadette! Looking forward to seeing some photos of the boat! Terrific for your parents to have you back home too!

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Don't worry - I've worked out how to secure it but there are plenty of jobs ahead in the queue. I didn't think it was criticism in any sense - just a very worthwhile point being made is how I saw it....
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Speaking of bolt heads ...... that 'wheel nut' you queried on Masina wasn't an elbow in the water system after all. The nut you could see is actually part of the structure of the fuel filter - the...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    I know that's common on racing boats but we have little enough living room already so my approach will be as unobtrusive as possible. But I'll check out the options, look at other boats etc. If...
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    Yes, that's on the plan. I intend to realign the water distribution system anyway and intend to set up a valve to allow freshwater flushing when I do that. But not this week!

    Rick
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    Re: A Boat for the Tasman

    No belt on our pump. Anyway, the new pump's in and seems to be working well - no leaks so far!

    JB has us thinking about the unsecured mast step issue. I think it'll be easy enough to secure the...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Bukh Diesel Australia ....... grrrrrrr! Last time I priced a part from them, I ended up buying it for over $100 less in NZ. Yesterday, I stupidly ordered a standard Johnson pump from them, as I...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    That's what I've heard too. So yes, I'm very interested and I'll certainly be taking photos.

    I REALLY don't want to end up cleaning Pipsqueak's bum with an angle grinder - again!

    Rick
  48. Re: Building a Selway-Fisher 14' Thames Skiff - or the sanity boat MkII

    Angle grinder? Grinders and sander/polishers are great but they're really messy and the discs clog up too easily. The beauty of a good RO sander is that their dust extraction saves sanding discs for...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    The guy who's now doing up the Twister has to remove all the antifoul from the hull, the port side topsides paint, and, I think, paint from inside. He's planning to use a sandblaster with, I think,...
  50. Re: Building a Selway-Fisher 14' Thames Skiff - or the sanity boat MkII

    For me, a sander has to be able to cope with removal of paint - lots of really old, hard paint. I've found that just about any RO sander deals with bare wood really well and epoxy too.

    Rick
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