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    No it's a tablet computer with GPS and once I have a few spare $$ a chart plotter.
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    I have one with Navionics. It's good!
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    Unseasonably warm here, and I mean the water. Had a swim from the kayak today and for the second year in a row it is not cold. We've had a lot of rain, all of that warm too. Probably less than a dozen cold nights for the entire winter.

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    Very warm right now and warmer tomorrow, I'm not really looking forward to Summer .
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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    Unseasonably warm here, and I mean the water. Had a swim from the kayak today and for the second year in a row it is not cold. We've had a lot of rain, all of that warm too. Probably less than a dozen cold nights for the entire winter.
    I was surprised how warm the water was yesterday when I hoped in to try and pull the prop. Wasn't cold when I hoped back out either, despite the breeze.
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    Snakes are out early, caught one under the house and one while mowing yesterday. Big Tigers.

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    I haven't seen a front fanged , big mouth venomous snake here for years. They have all died from eating cane toads but I did pull and 8 foot carpet python out of the chook house last week, it's something of a mystery why pythons has survived them while venomous snakes haven't.

    It's certainly warming up, I slept under a single sheet last night.
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    Same-stumbled on a black snake while starting to prepare our veggie patch yesterday. Creepy buggers, I loathe them.

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    Black snakes ? Just frog eaters ... I wish we had ours back. Browns worry me .
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    Do Tiger Snakes come out after dark? If so, I think I nearly trod on one last night... All to get some parsley for an omelette!
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    Snakes?,.... thats nearly as bad as having giant lizard looking things with big teeth. O wait.
    I've mentioned it before but it makes me grin. My Aussie cuzzie from Breezie was over here doing a driving tour. Stopped at a grassy rest area for a break and as they were settling down for a bite saw some kids running out from another car onto the ( uncut) grass.
    Dropped everything and started sprinting at them to grab them up, until he realised he wasn't at home. He had to explain to the parents he wasn't an axe murder or other deviant.
    I never would have even thought of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Gibbs View Post
    Do Tiger Snakes come out after dark? If so, I think I nearly trod on one last night... All to get some parsley for an omelette!
    Night tigers or dolls eye/ brown tree snakes ... bloody common names! Yes they do come out at night but they're completely passive, but you also have rough scales down that end of the valley , especially down on the flat.... and they aren't passive and are quite dangerous and aggressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Snakes?,.... thats nearly as bad as having giant lizard looking things with big teeth. O wait.
    I've mentioned it before but it makes me grin. My Aussie cuzzie from Breezie was over here doing a driving tour. Stopped at a grassy rest area for a break and as they were settling down for a bite saw some kids running out from another car onto the grass.
    Dropped everything and started sprinting at them to grab them up, until he realised he wasn't at home.
    I never would have even thought of it.
    I grew up in Kiwiland but when I landed in Sth Oz at 12 I loved the snakes ! Fun, fun ,fun and 5 bob a foot in those days. Much more profitable than shooting bunnies.
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    At least we don't have wetas!

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    Sad news today. According to another thread, Luc Vernet passed away. Very sorry to hear it - he was a passionate contributor to the WBF and particularly generous with his ideas and advice for those of us navigating the maze of boat restoration. We'll miss him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Sad news today. According to another thread, Luc Vernet passed away. Very sorry to hear it - he was a passionate contributor to the WBF and particularly generous with his ideas and advice for those of us navigating the maze of boat restoration. We'll miss him!

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    Sad news indeed Rick.
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    That is sad. I wonder what will become of the schooner. He was generous and patient.

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    Terrible news !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    That is sad. I wonder what will become of the schooner. He was generous and patient.
    I wonder about that too. Luc was employed by the owner to supervise the project. I'd expect that the owner would still have the crew working there. I suppose Luc would have left links to other naval architects, drawings and so on. Luc was involved in other projects too.

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    Very sad news indeed. He'd given an indication when he closed the thread that all was not well, but this is still quite a shock.
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    Awful news!

    Seeing the schooner up close and in the flesh was amazing, and he helped me so much on the Erica design.

    He'll be sadly missed.
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    Oh No.

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    Yep, very much leaves a hole.
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    My condolences to all affected by his sudden passing

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    Very sad news. I didn't know him much through WBF but lurked on the Schooner thread. He came across as a top bloke.

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    Bruce , do you know what I reckon is missing from the boat industry ?.
    Someone who is prepared to do maintainance work on boats , particularly wooden boats.
    I'm just about to go in to hospital for a shoulder reconstruction , I'd love to have someone clean up HS , and paint her , but there is no-one here that I am aware of.
    I reckon if you were mobile , then you would get plenty of varied work.
    A lot of the boats in Port Fairy belong to Melbourne owners , they would love to have someone do the yearly maintainance work for them , on the slip there.
    Just a thought.
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    Well, what do you guys think of this? I'd welcome all and any constructive criticism/advice. The pictures are temporary-I haven't actually got cars yet so had to borrow some images from the web-they will be replaced with real pics of our cars as and when we acquire them.
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    Looks great Phil! I do have a suggestion though. I think your home page shot should show a classic view from the road, sort of with the road in the foreground, perhaps. That's because I think the attraction is the area, views and interesting places.

    Bruce, I think Rob's idea could work. There are guys here who do boat maintenance and detailing for a living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portland View Post
    Bruce , do you know what I reckon is missing from the boat industry ?.
    Someone who is prepared to do maintainance work on boats , particularly wooden boats.
    I'm just about to go in to hospital for a shoulder reconstruction , I'd love to have someone clean up HS , and paint her , but there is no-one here that I am aware of.
    I reckon if you were mobile , then you would get plenty of varied work.
    A lot of the boats in Port Fairy belong to Melbourne owners , they would love to have someone do the yearly maintainance work for them , on the slip there.
    Just a thought.
    Rob J.
    I'm quite surprised to hear that you can't find someone down there Rob, it's an industry that (at least wherever I've lived - Darwin, Whitsundays, Gold Coast and here in WA) seems pretty well supported by not only young blokes just wanting to hang around boats and earn a wage doing what they enjoy most, but older experienced boat owners or semi retired boat builders who no longer want to employ staff and run workshops but just want to take on as much work as they need to keep active. Generally they'll spend most of their time doing the rounds and ticking off repair job lists while turning engines over, checking bilges and batteries and doing a bit of cleaning and varnishing, then they'll submit an invoice with hours worked and jobs achieved in that time at the end of the month, depending on what level of service the owner wants from them.

    Few of them will bother to advertise, other than perhaps dropping flyers on boats, so the best way to track them down is through the yacht clubs and chandleries where they'll usually have a business card board or the like.
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    Thanks Rick-good idea-there's some work to do on all the photos. I'll probably also add a subpage for each car as they come along, and a fair bit more detail on the "attractions" page. Plus some suggested day tour routes and a few things like that. Also once we actually have some cars I plan to partner up with some local B&B's, add links to their sites etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Well, what do you guys think of this? I'd welcome all and any constructive criticism/advice. The pictures are temporary-I haven't actually got cars yet so had to borrow some images from the web-they will be replaced with real pics of our cars as and when we acquire them.
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    Looks good.

    You need a picture of Barney, even as a temp place-holder. By the way, would you consider offering a chauffered Barney? If so we need to talk about that option.

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    Rob, a friend of mine does that sort of boat maintenance stuff here. He's driven to near insanity by it. Just one quick example, he quoted against a couple of bigger places to do the coach house and deck restoration, mostly brightwork, on a pretty substantial boat at the Squadron. He was beaten down on price to what the owner was prepared to pay, and accepted that on the basis that he'd have to cut some 'nice to have' corners, then had to abandon the job a few days in because the owner stood behind him and demanded to dictate how he could do every part of the job, down to the brand and grade of sandpapers to bring the brightwork back for varnishing - which is all good if you're going to pay the price of the labour for that. In short, there aren't enough people who would pay what it costs you in time to do the work properly, and almost nobody who would accept a value-for-money deal that they can afford. No shortage of people who want the work done, top results and bottom price though. I've had a look into it here - you'd have to work for at best $10 an hour and steal materials to make a go of it.

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    Greg , I'm part of a boat owners association in Portland , and I know of no-one down there that will do the work.
    Bruce , that is unfortunate , that your friend was treated in that way.
    Anyway , just a thought.
    Rob J.

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    Phil,

    I'd pay for a Weebly premium upgrade to get rid of the logo down the bottom and enable the slideshow header. I'd also change the theme to something a bit more shiny and drop the grainy one you have at the moment, as it's not really suggestive of a nice, shiny sportscar: Think chrome and duco!

    As well, when you choose a new theme (or design one if you can) pick one where the information isn't organised in slabs, but nicely balanced parcels. I've always like menus that appear on the side and you'll notice quite a lot of good commercial websites use this format. Thinner columns make for easier reading and I suggest a good edit to trim the verbiage as you just want the distilled information. Get rid of the "we hope" type phrases and replace them with "we know" or "you will" types. Like in Maccas they 'ask' you "You want fries with that?" and don't use the prefix of "Do." Really be brutal with the text and go over and over and over it, and then go over it again, and once more for good measure.

    I agree with Rick on the photography, but I'll go a step further and suggest that a view down a road either at dawn or dusk with a well casually dressed couple hugging and leaning on a car with a grand Adelaide Hills view being taken in.

    The photography should be slick, well framed and lit, spot on and ALWAYS include people having fun. The only exception should be the shots of each car and do those as a main heading picture (with people in a nice setting) and then clickable gallery with interior shots (no people), front side and rear views and a good set of tech' spec's for the punters. Use the best possible camera you have and edit and touch up the shots in Photoshop. Don't use Correldraw or Picture Edit, or anything else as they're crap programs. Make sure any road shots have no signs or road signs in them unless you want them to be there for a reason.

    You want as many shots on the site that link the cars (and bikes) and the people with what's on offer: wineries, dining, views, history, and so on. Have a good look at other tourism websites and list the things you notice and the things that piss you off about them and let that list inform how you design yours.

    Hope this helps. Call me if you want to discuss it further.
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    Bruce and Dunc, thanks-
    Bruce whats with the go-pro on the wheelie bin?
    Chauffeured driving has a whole lot of snags attached to it-essentially a protection racket for the taxi industry I think. I've not looked into it in detail because its not really what i want to do-but I think basically there are age restrictions on the cars, and expensive rego-you'll have seen the blue and white "chauffeur driven hire car" plates around the place I expect. There are exceptions for weddings and school formals which is where the old Jags, Bentleys and GTHO Falcons come in.
    Dunc-thanks-first time I've ever had a go at a website, and your technical knowledge and aesthetic eye are way ahead of mine! I agree about the verbiage-you should see what I started with, but will certainly cut it down and sharpen it up further.

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