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    African Queen does look like a nice little river cruiser-even al that tired paint and seam goop can't hide her nice lines. Steam or just a nice old slow revving Simplex 5hp would go well. A man could do worse than cruise up and down the river writing chidrens books involving little furry creatures and willow tress and such-oh, has that been done already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    African Queen does look like a nice little river cruiser-even al that tired paint and seam goop can't hide her nice lines. Steam or just a nice old slow revving Simplex 5hp would go well. A man could do worse than cruise up and down the river writing chidrens books involving little furry creatures and willow tress and such-oh, has that been done already?
    It hasn't been done with Australian animals. I'm not sure if there are any boats in Snugglepot & Cuddlepie.
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    You'd see a lot of bank

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    Nice boat Bruce! I reckon you need a boat you can sit on top of for cruising the Murray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    ... and some sadder faces

    [IMG] IMG_0140 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]







    [IMG] IMG_0141 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Sponsons! only the best boats have those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Sponsons! only the best boats have those.
    I did notice those.
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    They look like 200 litre drums to me.

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    Footpath supports .
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    I s'pose on reflection that since they're out on a wing deck and seperated from the main hull, they're really amas or floats. That makes it a trimaran.
    Multihulls are fast!

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    You guys are harsh. No-one has mentioned that it's a two story micro paddlewheeler, one room up one room down, and as cute as er well, as something that's cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    You guys are harsh. No-one has mentioned that it's a two story micro paddlewheeler, one room up one room down, and as cute as er well, as something that's cute.
    Perhaps they should have added a cellar to be able to do away with the sponsons...?
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    Looks like the 21 x 18 is the go. BTW do they spin out or inwards. (from memory there are marginal differences is straight line vs manoveuring)
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    Oh we are back to real boats are we? I was going to say more rude things abou the paddle wheeler.

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    So you going to get a diver to put the props on, or haul her agin,"later on"

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    ​"Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect." Irrfan Khan. RIP

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    Interesting how quickly you get down to the basics on a sea passage-food, sleep, toilet, getting through your night watch. Reading is a good way to stay awake. e-readers with their own light are good too.

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    Solo sailor in trouble south of Mallacoota. Doesn't sound too good.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-1...acoota/4638982

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    Hard to imagine a worse spot to be in right now! Winds right there are up around the 50K mark at present. He left Portsea on Sunday and now he's 120 miles south of Mallacoota? I wonder what he's been dealing with for the last 5 days? I hope he's okay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Interesting how quickly you get down to the basics on a sea passage-food, sleep, toilet, getting through your night watch. Reading is a good way to stay awake. e-readers with their own light are good too.
    Hmm, wrong thread syndrome-I was wondering where this went to. Twas supposed be in Rick's tasman thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Hard to imagine a worse spot to be in right now! Winds right there are up around the 50K mark at present. He left Portsea on Sunday and now he's 120 miles south of Mallacoota? I wonder what he's been dealing with for the last 5 days? I hope he's okay!

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    Maybe they should have had the giraffe on deck , to see if he could see the sailor.
    There is a photo of the Russian in last weeks local rag .
    The last couple of days would have been terrible on the water , dunno why he didn't stay somewhere along the coast for a while , you could do a lot worse than stay in Port Fairy for a couple more days.
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    The russian sailor has been found http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/...ctorian-coast/ .
    Now for the rescue .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    "A merchant ship carrying a giraffe tried to join the search for a Russian sailor missing off eastern Victoria this morning"

    I can't believe I can't come up with something suitably witty to follow that up.
    Weeell, I was going to say the merchant sailors weren't prepared to stick their neck out but I thought it was in poor taste since it was looking pretty grim for the guy. But now that they're rushin' to pick him up, I guess it's okay. Mind you, a rescue in those conditions would be pretty full on - I don't think he's out of the woods just yet. I have to agree with Rob though - we looked at the weather for the Tasman when we came in on Sunday and it was looking pretty wild down south even then. It's hard to know what this guy must have been thinking taking off into that. Maybe he thought the predicted westerly gales would help him? Really glad to see that they've found him.

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    "A merchant ship carrying a giraffe for the Werribee Zoo, south-west of Melbourne, tried to assist in the rescue but was turned back by rough conditions with winds gusting to 45 knots and four metre swells.
    The HMAS Melbourne also tried to get to the scene but was diverted due to poor weather."


    Huh? 45 knot gusts and 4 metre seas is too much for a cargo ship and our navy's best? Remembering of course that gusts may be twice the forecast wind strength. So we are talking here about a 25 knot sort of a day. Surely either of them would be capable of standing by in case the boat sinks, but as long as she's afloat I guess someone can go pick the guy up once the weather settles down a bit.

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    They're reporting 10 meter swells here.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8572...rescue-mission

    "Twice as high as a giraffe, those waves were"


    Enough of that, I hope he (unnamed Russian sailor) can just sit it out until things calm down a bit. Dangerous conditions for everyone concerned.
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    "A merchant ship carrying a giraffe for the Werribee Zoo, south-west of Melbourne, tried to assist in the rescue but was turned back by rough conditions with winds gusting to 45 knots and four metre swells.
    The HMAS Melbourne also tried to get to the scene but was diverted due to poor weather."


    Huh? 45 knot gusts and 4 metre seas is too much for a cargo ship and our navy's best? Remembering of course that gusts may be twice the forecast wind strength. So we are talking here about a 25 knot sort of a day. Surely either of them would be capable of standing by in case the boat sinks, but as long as she's afloat I guess someone can go pick the guy up once the weather settles down a bit.
    You've clearly never had a seasick giraffe shower.

    And I'm not sure I'd want HMAS Melbourne anywhere within cooee of my boat!

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    Oh, he's been rescued, according to the radio.

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    I have to say that having had a dinner with the Russians on that viking ship down in Tassie, nothing a Russian sailor might do would be a real surprise. I couldn't imagine those fellows (I was going to say Mad Bastards) staying in port for a mere gale to pass.

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    Finally the ground is wet. Real rain, with water actually on the ground and running down the footpath. The cat has gone boonta and the dog thinks it's some new kind of 'get filthy' game. I'll be complaining about having to mow the lawns again soon, if this keeps up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    I have to say that having had a dinner with the Russians on that viking ship down in Tassie, nothing a Russian sailor might do would be a real surprise. I couldn't imagine those fellows (I was going to say Mad Bastards) staying in port for a mere gale to pass.
    Bugger ! I was going to visit them but I forgot !!
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    The full page headline in the local rag was RAIN COMING !.
    I've still got 2 tanks full , and a bore going 24/7 , but rain will be nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    Finally the ground is wet. Real rain, with water actually on the ground and running down the footpath. The cat has gone boonta and the dog thinks it's some new kind of 'get filthy' game. I'll be complaining about having to mow the lawns again soon, if this keeps up.
    Congratulations Bruce!
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    squally NNW about to go WSW with a heavy but slender front pushing through. We've got water in the tank again at last and a wood fire is on the cards for this evening. 8mm of rain in Adelaide today so far.

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    I don't remember it being so dry down there when I was a boy Bruce!
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    No Peter, we used to have stinking hot summers that didn't go on forever, a bit of wet mid January, then the occasional, say every 2 to 3 weeks enough of a shower to keep everything struggling on until at last ANZAC Day, when it always (almost always) rained on the vets. That signalled the change in seasons.

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