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    Good luck Bruce.
    Since you it sounds like you will be towing the dinghy may I suggest you attach a midship line on either side of the inflatable and this might give you a chance to bring it up hard on your aft stanchion rail if conditions deteriorate , and then use the midship lines to stabilise it and keep it from getting airborne or wind milling.

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    If you get stuck at Lakes for a day or so I'll come down to visit. Otherwise Port Phillip?
    We have a unit at Mornington If you need a day ashore.

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    Mallacoota forecast winds up to 15 knots NW- NE Saturday but stronger offshore - hug the coast. Lakes Entrance winds up to 15 knots NW - W, windier in mid-afternoon. Swell 0.5 - 1.0. Once you round Gabo Is, you'll have current against you all the way to LE and then Refuge Cove. Expect current up to 1.5 - 2 knots. Another reason to hug the coast. There's better current further out but it's a long way out so ignore that!

    After Sunday, you've got a window of about 4 days of very light wind from E Gippsland right through to home. Not much sailing but if you've got the fuel, you could motor home by Thursday. If the forecast holds!

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    I read this, though I don't post. I love the discourse on this thread, usually. Ahem.

    The uke is what finally made me speak. I'm an aficionado, and bumbling player. The instrument shares a high top string with the banjo, so banjo-style techniques work quite well on the uke. Both the "clawhammer" and the "fingerpick" style of banjos translate almost directly to uke.

    A lovely song for the uke is Imagine, by the by. Country and Bluegrass type songs fit the voice well, too. And everything is C, F, and G.

    Anyway. Keep it up. Whatever it is, just keep doing it. You're doing okay, Mate.
    This is a fun thread to read.
    I wish you safe and happy travels.

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    Imagine is one of my favourite songs to play on the uke.

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    I'm hearing a hornpipe in my head as I motor south courtesy of the rumbling of the diesel. I'll put words to it if I get stuck in another port.

    Strangely the phone reception is very good out here in the middle of nowhere land between two states. There is dew in the air, and the meagre apparent wind is generating quite a chill factor. I'm rugged up well but my fingers are tingling with the cold. I'll make some soup soon.

    I'm chasing another boat that is supposed to be slower than me. They left two hours earlier than I did. With no wind in my sails I'm unlikely to catch them. So long as we both get into port safely on Sunday that won't matter.

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    Howling bloody gale here, keeping me awake. Glad to hear you have calm seas where you are. I'd have thought this must be heading your way, but maybe it will push down south. Stay warm.

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    I'll try to duck as it comes though here.

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    If you do see a duck, bring it home, probably got blown out to sea.

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    Currently 9 - 13 knots N at Gabo Is. Weather warming up now too. Should be pretty good out there right now!

    Rick
    Last edited by RFNK; 07-28-2017 at 04:38 PM.

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    Still insane here!

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    Have you considered seeking help?

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    Windiest observation site in SA at 7am was 40 knots at Kuitpo. Where's Kuitpo?

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    Just looking at Lakes Entrance I reckon you could spend a bit of time there. Lots to explore.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Windiest observation site in SA at 7am was 40 knots at Kuitpo. Where's Kuitpo?

    Rick
    Slightly south of Adelaide. Inland a bit.

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    Bruce left at about midnight. So my guess is that he'd be off Green Cape about now - 8:30 am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Have you considered seeking help?

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    No, I enjoy a bit of insanity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Slightly south of Adelaide. Inland a bit.
    Near you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    No, I enjoy a bit of insanity.
    I don't really know. It's like a fish being asked what it's like in the water.

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    SHOULD be a beam reach all the way to Lakes Entrance from Green Cape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Near you?

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    Maybe 20km

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    Just looking at Lakes Entrance I reckon you could spend a bit of time there. Lots to explore.
    But I think the weather forecast is saying stop as required for sleep, but otherwise keep moving. According to Windyty it's looking like a nice little bubble of benign for the next several days.

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    Fair enough....still, all that protected water and islands, sigh.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Text from Bruce. Round Green Cape, on a broad reach, small sails. Sounds good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Still insane here!
    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK;
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    Insanity is sane when compatible with a group.......... you've got nothing to worry about here Phil!
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    Going well in light wind. Off Mallacoota now at 11:30.

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    Little Rame Head never looked better.

    I'm mostly motorsailing at the moment with wind almost dead astern. I shut Yiayia down to fill the tank, check the oil etc. Oil still full. Diesel stocks about 55 litres.

    Oh, Greg, since I cleaned the air filter cone I've been able to start the donk with your suggested method of hand over the intake. Works like a charm. Thanks.

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    Just keeps getting better

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    Recommend you wait til Monday am at Lakes Entrance Bruce. Very likely to blow in from W Sunday then it goes light for quite a few days so you'll be motoring a lot. LE gives you a break, chocolate and fuel and you won't have to beat into 15 knot W. No swell Monday so no problem getting back out. I'll check again tonight.

    Rick

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    Wonderful thread, good on you Bruce. Said a prayer for you this morning, and glad to hear you're going well.

    PS Lousy weather here in Perth. Trees down, roofs opened up, heavy showers, cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    Little Rame Head never looked better.

    I'm mostly motorsailing at the moment with wind almost dead astern. I shut Yiayia down to fill the tank, check the oil etc. Oil still full. Diesel stocks about 55 litres.

    Oh, Greg, since I cleaned the air filter cone I've been able to start the donk with your suggested method of hand over the intake. Works like a charm. Thanks.

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    Good to hear Bruce.

    What sort of mileage (in hours) are you getting out of the diesel? i.e. how long should that 55 litres last you? I can’t remember what your capacity was with the tank and jerry’s.
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    Blowing hard from the NW off Westernport but warm. White caps all the way. Cold forecast for tomorrow.
    Let us know if you prop anywhere I can get to you

    3.30 pm Change; wind ESE now but moderated.
    Last edited by skuthorp; 07-29-2017 at 12:31 AM.

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    Who's Jerry? Is he going to lend you some extra diesel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Who's Jerry? Is he going to lend you some extra diesel?
    He can.
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    Motoring now, no wind. Just past Pt Hicks which is about 40 miles from Lakes Entrance I think.

    I'm feeling better about my yak joke now.

    Rick

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