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Old 05-02-2014, 09:23 AM   #15
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Del reports on Facebook that he can see Raivave. I bet they're all looking forward to a hot shower by now.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:58 AM   #16
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Yesterday I posted the second diesel engine on eBay. I still don't have any storage and it can't sit on a trailer in public forever. Shame, but in reality it's unlikely I would ever use it. The complete one should outlast me even if it only does 1000 hrs.

Starting price was set at $250 which is less than the cost of a heat exchanger. By today I had 85 views and 10 watchers so it's fairly certain to be sold. I also advertised an Icom MXG-5000 GPS receiver unit that Del gave me. I already have two, one for each yacht, so it was surplus to requirements.

This thread probably should have been terminated by now, but since I'll be moving about this year - I plan to go to Melbourne next, to sort out the storage unit and renew my driver's licence - there didn't seem to be much point in starting another.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:06 AM   #17
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My prayers have been answered. I'm off to Newcastle tomorrow to see half a double garage for rent at $10pw. I can't believe I found one so cheap!!

For an extra $5pw I can also get a bedroom in the house for storage as well.
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:49 AM   #18
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Did the trip to Newcastle, 140km each way. Young knucklehead wanted $20pw when I got there, said he assumed only a car would be parked there for the price in the ad. Didn't have keys available for me. Garage was strewn with junk. Grrrr. Oh, and he's renting the place!

Eventually I negotiated a 6 metre x 3 metre area at the rear of the garage for the original price. He's on a new 12 month lease so it's safe until next May, and it will still save me money in the short term and allow me to collect all my stuff in one place for sorting. Keys will be cut this week and left in a potplant for me.

The things you have to put up with. No wonder I live alone on a yacht, people are mainly f*ckwits. The clincher was that there are steel beams under the ceiling, which means I can winch the engine without having to buy an engine crane. I was ready to walk away before noticing that.
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:26 AM   #19
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The spare engine has now had 345 views and 29 people watching, and still no bids. A 40hp for $250 and nobody wants it. Dafuq?
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:36 AM   #20
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Spare engine sold for $405.00 plus freight. I'm happy, that pays the fuel for the trip to Melbourne.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:03 AM   #21
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Winning bidder was in Mildura and didn't contact me prior auction to arrange transport. I guess he expected me to simply deliver it, a distance of 1100km. I HATE eBay.

Sure hope the underbidder isn't such a moron.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:27 PM   #22
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Underbidder didn't respond so the engine is back on the auction block. Last week's winner refuses to cancel the auction but hasn't paid or provided an actual address so who knows what he's doing.

But in all this I have had a win. I've been desperate for funds and looking for a job seemed impossible with me living on a yacht. Then I found it! My ideal position, one that allows me to work when and where I want, and pick my own price.

The answer is www.truckit.net which is an agency for delivery drivers. I have a van and trailer after all, and love traveling. You bid on the jobs you want and if successful take the delivery. Found it while looking for a way to ship large items, like engines for instance.

Who knows, I may even make enough to buy a semi. After all I do have a heavy combination licence and a Certificate II in Transport and Logistics (Heavy Vehicles).
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Del has made it to Pape'ete, Tahiti. Yay!
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So glad to hear that Del made it! And, a new vocation for you? wow. Good luck with that.
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Sold the spare engine again, this time to a guy in Junee who did arrange shipping before bidding. $420 plus $200 delivery.

I'm very pleased. Heading to Melbourne via Junee in a couple of days.
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In Melbourne for the first time in two years. It's overcast and gloomy, and I'm assured this is a change from recent weather which has been fine and sunny. Yeah right. :-)

Should be here for a few weeks sorting out my storeroom and selling stuff. Staying with my brother Phil and family.

I received a final value fee refund for the failed engine sale on eBay, but due to a recent policy change the cost of the new sale was 50% higher. eBay now charges a percentage of the over all sale price including shipping, due to the number of sellers trying to avoid fees by listing low priced goods with exorbitant shipping costs. Ouch.
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Sold off some of the stuff in my storeroom but stopped after one week due to the possibility of a resolution to the estate conflict that has been keeping me so poor.

The delivery driving idea seems to be useless. Too many procrastinators on the customer end, and too many desperates on the service provider side. I bid on a couple of jobs but when some idiot bids $130 for a shipment that's going 1388km it's hardly worth trying to compete. And with the delays I can see myself stuck in remote places for weeks waiting for a load.

Leaving Melbourne either today or tomorrow. I'll be heading back to Sydney to pick up Keppelena's new engine and take it up to Newcastle, then may continue on to Port Stephens and check out their haulout facilities. After that, who knows.
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I use cove marine up near port stephens , will be hauling out and staying on the hard for a month again around November . Lots of rules to follow for ohs but that's ok ,not to many places left where you can work on your own boat .
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