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    Back home from Portland. Went straight out to the shed after having a gander at Phil's picture of alleged fillets. Confirmed I'm not building a grand piano and came back inside for a cup of tea and a lie down to console myself on my poo-smearing fillets - plus the rigours of the drive home.

    Wondering what tomorrow's job might be. I think it might rhyme with cleats, which are a long way from being finished. I might ring the sailmaker, too, and see what joy he has had getting in that high-tech traditional cream coloured cloth.

    Just thinking aloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Oh well, there's plenty of spare length, so I'll chop it out and try again
    Aren't you going to paint this dinghy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    Back home from Portland. Went straight out to the shed after having a gander at Phil's picture of alleged fillets. Confirmed I'm not building a grand piano and came back inside for a cup of tea and a lie down to console myself on my poo-smearing fillets - plus the rigours of the drive home.

    Wondering what tomorrow's job might be. I think it might rhyme with cleats, which are a long way from being finished. I might ring the sailmaker, too, and see what joy he has had getting in that high-tech traditional cream coloured cloth.

    Just thinking aloud.
    I had some cream coloured sails made once by alleygater sails-they faded something shocking in the sun

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Aren't you going to paint this dinghy?

    Rick
    Yes, but even my ability to accept my own crap workmanship has limits. And I might want the sheerstrake bright. I did consider bogging up the gap, but figure it might be both a hard spot and a weak spot.

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    Okay, so now I have an admission to make ... here I am thinking 'oh no - the scarf is right in the middle of the plank so the whole plank will be wasted ...' But, of course, it's only each end of the planks you're joining together ... duhh!! Uppercut duly delivered - now carry on!

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    Happy birthday Kerry!

    I'm totally verknickled! Four footings for the potting shed poured and stirrups set. Eight 20kg bags with a 5 to one mix, using a builder's mix from the local hardware = half a cubic metre of concrete barrowed to the footings. Mixer decided to wobble off its flat ground to slightly uneven ground and fall on me giving me a couple of shiners on the arm and hip. Late lunch of two Vitamin P pills and dinner of four beers (one per footing) and wasabi peas.

    I wanna go sailing!
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    Sounds like a good idea!

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    Some things seen on the trip to Portland.

    Huon Seal, a mighty little ship. Perhaps not an ideal fishing platform, but a magnificent cruising yacht.
    [IMG] HS-001 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Julian, a sad story but a lovely boat. It may well be past being able to be saved though.

    [IMG] Julian-001 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    ...more to come.

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    A nice little working boat caught my eye. A pike boat. We also saw lots of other beautiful boats, including couta boats, cray boats, cruising yachts etc etc but for some reason this one caught my eye. Maybe its economy of scale, simplicity and utility.

    [IMG] pike-002 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG] pike-001 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG] pike-003 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    All in all it was a wonderful time. Thanks again to Rob J and Leyla.

    Brucce in Largs, SA
    Last edited by brucemoffatt; 05-01-2013 at 04:59 AM.

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    Not a problem Bruce , it was a pleasure to have you here.
    I used to have some photos of Julian when we first came down here , she had quite a legend about her , she was a mighty sea boat , with a Gardner 5LW.
    Incidently Roy , the bloke we met in the tender on the way back in had some experience with her when he was a little tacker.
    His father had leased Julian , and Roy went out with him.
    Apparently it handled the seas well , but rolled a bit . He spent a lot of time calling for Bert.
    I'm sorry we never got to sail HS , it seems to be quite still one day , and blowing a gale the next.
    Regards Rob J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Okay, so now I have an admission to make ... here I am thinking 'oh no - the scarf is right in the middle of the plank so the whole plank will be wasted ...' But, of course, it's only each end of the planks you're joining together ... duhh!! Uppercut duly delivered - now carry on!

    Rick
    Yeah-just cut it out and do it again, lose a couple of inches is all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portland View Post
    I used to have some photos of Julian when we first came down here , she had quite a legend about her , she was a mighty sea boat , with a Gardner 5LW.
    After I took the photos of her I went to the fresh fish place on the way back. Yacking with the bloke there he tried to talk me into taking it on as a project. He said the family would probably part with it for around $5K. Unfortunately it would still be very expensive at that price unless you had a place local to work on it long term and access to heaps of cheap materials, including for the Gardner. Still, a very worthy project if you were the right person, with lots of spare time. I took some more photos of her if you're interested.

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    You should post the photos here. I think we all like old fishing boats

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    I was telling Bruce about another conversation I had with a bloke who had been on the Julian.
    He and his father had been down the coast with the old owner , and coming back there were some huge swells coming up behind her.
    She had her wet well loaded , was sitting very low in the water , and the swells were coming over the wheelhouse .
    The boat was being pressed down in to the water , but would pop up again , and just keep on going , the Gardner not missing a beat.
    And the old bloke seemed unperturbed , like it happens every day.
    I'd hate to see the wheelhouse go under water now !.
    Rob J.
    Last edited by Portland; 05-01-2013 at 05:56 AM.

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    And what about the Margaret Pearl Bruce , you could have her for 8 grand !.
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    Or this one for $4000 Bruce http://www.finn.no/finn/boat/used/ob...nkode=41339869 .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Portland View Post
    And what about the Margaret Pearl Bruce , you could have her for 8 grand !.
    Rob J.
    Yes she's a thing of beauty. I'm kicking myself for not getting any photos of her!!

    Anyway, here's some photos I did take.

    [IMG] Julian-002 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]
    [IMG] Julina-003 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG] Julian-004 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG] Julina-005 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG] Julian-006 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    some more randoms from Portland

    some nice working cray boats

    [IMG] Seahawk-001 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG] Linda2-001 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    a converted cray boat, now a motor sailer
    [IMG] JulietAnne-001 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]


    and finally, the dunny from Drift. This, in 1983, was heaven for a sailor passing through Portland, now condemned and abandonnned because of the asbestos cement wall sheeting inside. Its existence now made it possible for me to locate the wharf I'd tied up to, and that in turn helped clarify the memory picture.
    [IMG] Portland-dunny by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Last edited by brucemoffatt; 05-01-2013 at 06:03 AM. Reason: wrong link

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    Those 2 cray boats I really like , they are the perfect size , and are very seaworthy.
    You see them coming in around 1100 , as steady as anything , whatever the weather .
    But apparently neither were a touch on the Julian , when the going got tough.
    The converted cray boat I have been on , its owned by an older couple , and would be perfect for them.
    It has full headroom +for me , in the wheelhouse , and the cabin.
    And it has a dirty great big Chinese diesel ticking over inside it , plus it is gaff rigged.
    It is a ripper of a boat.
    It was being built as a 30 footer , but when the owner turned up with the great big chinese donk , the builder had to lengthen it by 2 feet !.
    Rob J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Many happy returns for Kerry!

    Well done Greg - looks like lots of work!!!

    What's a whisky cake - sounds horrible!

    Rick


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    Great photos Bruce! That little open boat is beautiful!

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    Another one of those mirror flat days on the bay and a mate and I indulged i one of my favourite uses for the kayak. Low water paddling amongst the exposed banks and sea grass beds in our shallow bay. These extensive shallow flats are almost exclusively made up of burnt shells, mostly pipi's. At low tide in many places, except for flooded river channels you can walk over a mile out in water rarely over your waist. We were strolling about in ankle deep or less water with shoals of quite reasonable sized fish in the deeper pools and channels. No wonder the water bird population is as big as it is. Mostly we walked or pushed along with hands on the bottom as it was really too shallow to use a paddle.

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    Grantala splashed this afternoon... minus one prop which has gone back to the maker. I got there a couple of hours after she went in and she was pumping pretty solid... a 2 minute break between sessions, after 21 days on the hard.

    My shippie says there's a seam he'll need to attend to when we lift her to fit the second prop.

    The bills are adding up, of course.... so far around $17.5k. Would have been a lot less if I could have done the work, as usual.

    They've got a 240 volt pump on board, as insurance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    Another one of those mirror flat days on the bay and a mate and I indulged i one of my favourite uses for the kayak. Low water paddling amongst the exposed banks and sea grass beds in our shallow bay. These extensive shallow flats are almost exclusively made up of burnt shells, mostly pipi's. At low tide in many places, except for flooded river channels you can walk over a mile out in water rarely over your waist. We were strolling about in ankle deep or less water with shoals of quite reasonable sized fish in the deeper pools and channels. No wonder the water bird population is as big as it is. Mostly we walked or pushed along with hands on the bottom as it was really too shallow to use a paddle.
    That sounds very pleasant Jeff.
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    Along the coast there are natural volcanic formations, augmented by rough rock walls still visible to make fish traps. In the shallow water the fish, which were probably more numerous, could be herded by a group of people into these traps and kept alive for days. We were herding shoals of fish with the kayaks almost on to the dry banks. The Aboriginals could lead a life based on sea food without needing a boat of much substance, and even in my youth you could pick up crays with a net bag and an old coathanger at snorkel depth just off the edge of the reef.

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    That would be interesting to see Jeff, I might ask for a tour should I ever visit .
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Great photos Bruce! That little open boat is beautiful!

    Rick
    This !

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Grantala splashed this afternoon... minus one prop which has gone back to the maker. I got there a couple of hours after she went in and she was pumping pretty solid... a 2 minute break between sessions, after 21 days on the hard.

    My shippie says there's a seam he'll need to attend to when we lift her to fit the second prop.

    The bills are adding up, of course.... so far around $17.5k. Would have been a lot less if I could have done the work, as usual.

    They've got a 240 volt pump on board, as insurance.
    Ouch-whats up with the prop-different taper or something? Time seems to be flying by at the moment-can't believe its almost the middle of the year. Seems like only a week or two since you did your kneee. Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Ouch-whats up with the prop-different taper or something? Time seems to be flying by at the moment-can't believe its almost the middle of the year. Seems like only a week or two since you did your kneee. Weird.
    Yes, prop taper. Should find out this morning. Wouldn't have happened if I was mobile.

    I can assure you that time is NOT flying by for me with the knee. It is driving me insane. I did it March 17. I am hoping for some more freedom when I see the specialist next Wednesday. I am getting sick of sleeping in the Velcro brace. I am planning a month of intensive water therapy and the specialist had better damn well agree because I have already paid for the ticket and booked the accommodation
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Trouble is, bones is bones. You can put a hurry up on muscle repair but I kind of think bones just need time to grow. Although my bloke told me I need to do excercise which jars the bones as that will tend to promote growth-to minimise the tendency of prednilsolone to lose bone density. I guess after 6 weeks or so you'll have lost a lot of muscle-so good t get some of that back. But the last thing you want to do is stuff up the bone work. Not worth the price of a plane ticket.-sometimes you can convert to an open ticket for a small cost-thats what we did with our vietnam holiday last year when i got sick. We are now going in july.

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    Time will tell....

    Meanwhile, there's more fun and games with the boat. The shippie is ripping the engine room apart. I have a sneaking impression they may have lifted her out on her bilge keels. He thinks one or both are leaking.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    I'm surprised no-one has not already commented on this story. This would be a scary scenario - 40m burning trawler running around a marina without a person on board:

    Blazing boat rams into nearby vessels

    Updated 21 minutes ago
    MAP: Coffs Harbour 2450

    There have been dramatic scenes at a marina on the New South Wales mid-north coast after a fishing trawler caught fire and then rammed into other boats.
    Firefighters say the blaze, which police believe was deliberately lit, broke out on the boat at the Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-operative wharf around 12:15am.
    While they were fighting the blaze, the 40m boat's engine suddenly started and it ran into others around the marina.
    The burning boat also collided with a yacht that later sank.
    Inspector Paul Johnston from Fire and Rescue New South Wales says two nearby boats were damaged, one extensively.
    "A very unusual and weird scene to see this boat on fire motoring through the marina, especially as we always try - whether it's building fires or the unusual boat fire - to contain it to the boat of origin," Inspector Johnston said.
    "So to have a boat on fire travelling through a marina would have caused great concern to fire crews there."
    Authorities have put the fire out and say they did not find anyone on the trawler.
    Coffs Harbour Water Police co-ordinator Sergeant Don Stewart says police are now investigating the cause of the blaze, which is estimated to have caused around $500,000 damage.
    "At this stage all we know is a long-line fishing boat that was moored in Coffs Harbour caught fire," Sergeant Stewart said.
    "It then ran into a yacht that was moored near the office for the marina then drifted across into other moored trawlers."
    Sergeant Stewart says the fire is being treated as suspicious at this stage.
    "I believe the long-liner was from Queensland, the yacht had recently been purchased and was en route to Tweed Heads," he said.
    Sergeant Stewart says crews from both boats where on shore at the time of the fire.

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    They don't like Queensland long-liners there at the best of times. It sure sounds like a horror situation. Must have been left in gear and then a couple of wires melted together to start it?
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Bruce, I see that "Drift" is about to open at the cinemas.......that was quick work mate!! Now how big is that yacht going to be???........
    I've been robbed! Treacherous mongrels have stolen my title! Once the out-of-court settlement is settled, the yacht will be 11'11"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Time will tell....

    Meanwhile, there's more fun and games with the boat. The shippie is ripping the engine room apart. I have a sneaking impression they may have lifted her out on her bilge keels. He thinks one or both are leaking.
    Can't the bilge keels support the boat? Is that a design issue or related to the age of the boat?

    Rick

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