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    Quote Originally Posted by suzyj View Post
    I'm liking the Penetrol. It really helps. I'm adding it at about 15%, plus a dash (maybe 5%) of gum turpentine.

    A proper varnish brush (from the artists supply store) also helps a bundle.



    The general lumpiness is from the first few coats, which were unthinned and put on with a bigger brush.
    Show off !! More bloomin' perfection!

    I bought paint and Pentrol today, a perfect result is guaranteed !
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    Peter you forgot the brush, Suzi told you about the brush, now go back and get the brush and don't come back unless you have the brush. How do expect to get perfection without the brush.......

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    Thanks for the PM Greg!

    Great result Suzy! A good soft fine-haired brush is always an essential tool for getting a good finish. That and proper sanding before application and between coats!!

    I've found rolling and tipping really quite an easy task, but again, having a really good 4mm nap roller makes it soooo much easier.
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    I have a new brush but it's not quite like Suzy's ...... but then I've decided I like Deks over varnish. Very forgiving it is.
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    Looks terrific Suzy!

    I love my Aries windvane. It's a combination of SS and aluminium so it has various spots where that combination has been problematic. But nowhere critical, it seems. I've put new gears in it and made a new lead counterweight as the old one exploded from SS bolts running through aluminium sleeves. I don't know why it had those sleeves. I just ran the new SS bolts straight through the lead.

    Sailing with a well-balanced windvane is really wonderful.

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    Is this new Rick or the one Masina's had since EnZed ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by auscruisertom View Post
    Which windvane brand you installing Phil ?
    Hmm, would you believe I don't remember? I bought it used, a couple of years ago. One problem with having the boat in Tassie is not much project time. I think it might be a Monitor. And if Suzys varnish was mine I'd be happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    I have a new brush but it's not quite like Suzy's ...... but then I've decided I like Deks over varnish. Very forgiving it is.
    I was on a boat early this year that had the finish coats done in Deks2, had quite a high gloss and the owners reckon it was easy as to repair as well.
    i doubt many of us could keep up with Suzi's standard.

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    I finished JIM's masts and spars with Dek2 and it seems every bit as good to my plebeian eyes as varnish, a good gloss, excellent build up and smoothness. It was also very, very simple and easy to do in a shed with a sawdust floor.
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    Andrew, check your PMs.
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    Done Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewpatrol View Post
    I was on a boat early this year that had the finish coats done in Deks2, had quite a high gloss and the owners reckon it was easy as to repair as well.
    i doubt many of us could keep up with Suzi's standard.
    My main technique is not to take photos too close up

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzyj View Post
    My main technique is not to take photos too close up
    Sounds like my technique with the whole boat. We tell people we have a 50 metre yacht, 'cause she looks OK from 50 metres away.

    Our excuse is that we are bringing shabby chic into sailing.

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    Not wooden, but I've bought an old one of these:


    Romana will wait while my older brother and I get a kayak fix. It's a long story...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Is this new Rick or the one Masina's had since EnZed ?
    The same one. The gears seemed sloppy towards the end of that trip so I replaced them. In hindsight, I think it was actually worn spacers that were causing the problem but the gears were noticeably worn so I'm happy to have new ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    Not wooden, but I've bought an old one of these:


    Romana will wait while my older brother and I get a kayak fix. It's a long story...
    Nice, something that's pretty good in plastic but have you considered skin on frame? Just because they're so light .....
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    I need a boat, not another project I can get my arxe wet in plastic while helping my brother out, and still build Romana. Another project would halt progress on Romana.

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    Cool, I'd love one for running down some of our long East coast rivers, not the rapids, just the moving water sections.
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    Does Romana know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzyj View Post
    Does Romana know?
    Yeah! I think she likes the idea.

    Me: Hey Romana, I've bought a kayak.
    Romana: Oh??!
    Me: Yeah, his name is Ken. We're going paddling this morning.
    Romana: That's nice.
    Me: Cool, I'm glad you're OK with that.
    Romana: Don't fall in then! [sniff]


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    Ken and I knocked out 5k this morning on a test run on flat calm water. That plus the effort of dragging Ken through a long path of very soft sand to the beach has left me a bit knackered. Ken seems to work pretty darn well. I need some replacement thin bungy cord and some hatch hold-down straps, and it'll be just like new.

    I'll have to do some lessons on re-entry from capsize, and/or rolls.
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    Good day for it Bruce

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    How does Ken go once he's in the water, is he OK getting back in the kayak by himself ?
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    Ken is the Kayak. Ken the Kayak.

    If you're asking about my brother Phil he is a paraplegic, 68 years old, has had a heart attack and bypass, and has diabetes among other degenerative body issues. He has only been in a kayak 4 times and is being coached by the para-canoe coaches. They generally have a couple of experienced 'ab' paddlers along for the ride, and on training intensive days a coach or two on the bank instructing. So far we're still organising to get his body upright and stable in the cockpit. He has no muscle connection from the waist down to the hips or below, so he has a tendency to slide onto his back due to the force exerted paddling. Last time out though, we almost had the seat business sorted and he has made contact with a paddler who is going to tailor a seat to his needs.

    Once he gets going he's fine. Without much in the way of core muscles he is limited how much he can twist, lean and pull on the handle with a big bucket of water in the blade, but it doesn't take much to get a reasonable kayak up to a good cruising speed. I doubt he'll race - he'd be up against paddlers with good core and hip strength but limited to no leg usage, and he isn't able to do what they do. The fact that he's using the core connection that he does have is very valuable to him and his health, let alone his self esteem and enjoyment from being in control of his own boat.

    I don't know how he'd go getting back into a capsized boat. Probably not too bad so long as he doesn't panic. He has very little weight in his legs to contend with, and pretty good upper body strength for a 68 year old. I'm hoping the coaches will deal with this and al the other safety issues as they go forward.

    Cheers,

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    Thanks Bruce, it sounds well sorted and the people around you really know how to keep everything on the up. I'm always amazed how we compensate for disabilities ( my daughter being a wonderful example). I knew a youngish bloke once who lived on a boat and was also a paraplegic. He found a boat the best and most comfortable living situation, he could move everywhere with ease and hardly needed legs .... it helped that he was a strong as a gorilla in his upper body!

    I saw him climb up a jetty ladder once, hold on with one arm, reach down and grab his dinghy then throw the thing up onto the jetty platform above ! Serious compensation!

    All my best to you and Ken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HS View Post
    Well, after Santa gave all the kids TS16's he parked his arse and had his elfettes drop the pick...



    Bruce, have you been conscripted to sail the titles at Larg's?
    No. There's a big conundrum though. I've heard a rumour that one of the skippers has sacked his very experienced crew just days from the titles, and two local boats missed a recent race in an effort to fox the competition about their true potential. No idea of the veracity of all that, or what might have happened, but I suspect people are hocking their sheep stations in anticipation of sailing well.

    It's going to be a great week of jousting. I'm hoping it's Doyley (Merlot) on the podium.
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    Merry Xmas everyone and best for the new year acomin'

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    Yes, Merry Christmas one and all.

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    + 1 Merry Christmas Everyone and a happy and healthy 2016.
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    Indeed! Merry merry! No-el! No-el! Don't get to pished or nuffink!!

    Finished processing all the shots from the DSLR, so just have a few from the phone camera to sort and then I'll start the Vienna thread.
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    Peter, you still on same email? I had one bounce back from you today

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    Merry Christmas Everyone and a happy and healthy 2016.

    Cheers Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewpatrol View Post
    Peter, you still on same email? I had one bounce back from you today
    Settings updated Andrew.
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    Thank you and merry Christmas to all from me too!

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    Merry Christmas you lot, and wishing you all a wonderful and successful TS16.....I mean 2016
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