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    The good was that yesterday we took Gem, the restored Snapper Boat out and counted dolphins for the annual Marine Parks Association Dolphin Census. The bay was calm and beautiful. The bad was that Captain Hopeless reversed over the dinghy painter that he forgot we had and, of course, wrapped it around the prop. The ugly was that he then had to strip down, jump in and untangle it. Our water gets down to about 13 degrees at this time of year so it wasn't a whole lot of fun. At least it came free fairly easily and there was a tea towel on board.

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    It was good to get on the water on Saturday... even if it was to work.

    We pulled the genset out of Grantala and took it up to a mate's place, north of Coffs Harbour. He's "off grid" and is about to move onto the block, with a two year old profoundly disabled kid. It was part of the deal when I gave Grantala away that the genset was supposed to go there. In the end, we went and got it, with the new owner organising the punt - equipped with a crane.






    It's an 8.5kVa with an STW2 Lister driving it. 20hp or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    That is incredible, Rick!
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    Oops. That would have been chilly. And they made you do the dishes as well!

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    I feel a bit like I'm back where I was 2 or 3 weeks ago. First coat of primer is on, (again) having decided to go back and do a bit more filling and fairing with epoxy after my first go with primer. I think I'll be glad I did that. It's all a lot smoother. Not perfect, but better than I had expected and as good as I had hoped for. I think I finished just in time too, looks like some rain on the way. Hopefully the primer has enough time to set up before it actually gets wet.

    Oh, it's actually raining now. Just spitting.

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    Interesting cockpit on that barge.
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    They say 24 hrs dry is best for epoxy primer Phil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geftb View Post
    They say 24 hrs dry is best for epoxy primer Phil.
    I'll let the rain gods know. Seems OK anyway, I was able to walk on it 2 hours later and can't see any rain drop marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epoxyboy View Post
    Interesting cockpit on that barge.
    My barge?

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    Here’s a quick movie I put together of the trip to Hobart with one of my instrumentals as a backing track. I’m working on doing a short movie of the trip but my editing has some way to go. Can’t find the thread I posted pics of the trip as it’s probably the best spot for it. Any way here it is:
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    Nice!

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    More please. Love it.


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    Bloody rain got me good and proper this time. Forecast for today was zero chance of rain at North Haven. That's better than yesterday. So I got down here and mixed a couple of litres of what might as well be white gold for what it costs. Got the second coat on the topsides above the rubrail, and the foredeck. And then there was a drop, then a sprinkle, and now a good solid rain. Here I am with half a litre of mixed primer sitting in the paint tray, and a wet roller, and a soaking wet deck under a looming grey sky. Rain is just easing now, so I'll see how things look soon, dry off the deck and maybe proceed. Luckily the primer has quite a long pot life, but flashes off amazingly quickly once it's applied. Hoping what I've already put on will be OK. Not sure a towell dried deck on what is now a cold and overcast day will promote good adhesion.

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    Well the rain stopped, the sun came out and there was what I call a good drying breeze, so the second coat of primer went on.

    I feel like I've been at this stage pretty much forever.

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    Yep, it looked just like that before!

    But we know it's better now!

    The clip and music are great Hallam! Thanks!!

    Rick

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    Hallam, great video and sound track. Is the double ended ketch the 'Kelvin' , if so its a long way from home ?

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    Hi Neil, glad you enjoyed it, thanks. The ketch is the Crayboat Jane Kerr from Portland in Victoria. That pic is a bit deceiving as she isn’t a double ender.

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    That one needs a bit of your prowess on the guitar. I wish I could do that.

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    Thumbs up Hallam on the video.
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    Just beautiful, Hallam.

    I think I detect a little Mark Knopfler in that.

    Phil, boy do I know what you’re going through!

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    Yes John, Knopfler is definitely an influence, JJCale, David Gilmore, Michael Hedges, so many really over the years but also some friends who I’ve jammed with particularly in the early years. I’ll add that clip of Jane Kerr to the next movie I think.
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    A few pics of the Melbourne City Marina’s lounge. It’s all very nice but I spend most of the time on my boat
    It would be a good place to invite a few friends around thou when you are staying at the marina.



    The outside BBQ area



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    Nice setup.

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    $35 a night off peak. Cheapest accommodation in Melbourne!! Bit chilly this morning though.
    Im off down the Yarra to Williamstown Friday evening for an overnight stay then on to Queenscliff for the weekend where my wife will join me. Our daughter lives on the Beleraine Peninsula so we will catch up.
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    Frosty morning here

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    Beautiful landscape! What a place to live! What’s growing in the paddock s below?
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    Cherries

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    The poor bees are hopefully huddling together to stay warm in the frosty mornings. I must come for a drive again and check them out and bring them a lolly.


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    I think they'd like that.

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    The mother in law has 5 olive trees in the back yard so after a half hearted effort last year, i harvested the olives and have three buckets full curing. I'm using the ripe black olives. I went to the web for instructions and boy some people like to complicate things. After reading that "in the old days the olives where put in a hessian bag to hang of the end of the pier I thought it can't be too complicated. I have two seperate methods on the go, both require the olives to be soaked in fresh water for about a week, changing the water daily. This gets rid of a lot of the bitterness of the raw olives. With the first batch i simply made a brine solution, adding sea salt to water until an uncooked egg floats, added the olives and topped the large clay jar i bought from the op shop with an old tee towel as the olives all float in the brine. I will change the brine once a month and it should be ready in 3 months the per instructions. I have already tried a few and some are worth eating now. With the other batches there's about 4 kilo in a bucket with a cup of apple sider vinegar, a cup of salt and two cups of water. These have to be stirred each day as the solution doesn't cover all the olives but the advantage with this method is they are ready to eat in a week or two. One of these buckets has already done it's time so next step was to crush some garlic and chopped parsley in olive oil in the mortar and pestle into a paste and stir it in the batch of olives, add some dried tomatoes. They are delicious! One trick i tried with some that where a bit salty was to soak the cured olives in fresh water for an hour or two to reduce the saltiness and these had the added advantage of being very juicy.

    I went to woolworthless and bought a dish of their kalamata olives in oil for a taste test and compared to my batch they are tastless, worthless, and a waste of space and money. So there you go.....raid your neighbours olive trees!
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    A good little article about the Julie Burgess here


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    How tall do olive trees grow, I wonder?

    That's all looking sort of French there Phil. In a nice way, of course!

    I'm an expert on French landscapes, in case you're wondering - having watched Le Tour several times on TV.

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    Just for you I looked it up......
    .....because I wanted to know.
    The olive tree can reach up to and sometimes over 40 feet tall at maturity, spreading out with a large rounded crown. The crown of leaves can spread outward as far as 20 feet from the trunk, making the spread of the olivetree as wide as it is tall.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris. View Post
    A good little article about the Julie Burgess here

    and here:

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...-Julie-Burgess
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