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Old 06-03-2014, 01:05 PM   #29
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Sometimes it is hard to understand how, as the world's dominant race, we managed to survive in the days before OH&S became our personal saviour.
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I've heard good reports about the haul out facilities in Port Stephens. I loved working with the guys at Midcoast Boatyard in Newcastle, but I needed a bunch of stuff done, had limited time, and I was prepared to throw coin at the problem to make it go away. They were fast and professional but if I was doing it on the cheap I'd probably make for Port Stephens.

Would be good if someone could put a bit more into the wiki about the yards up there.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:34 AM   #31
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I'll take some notes then.
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Made friends with the new owner of one of the yachts moored nearby in Sydney before I went south. She needed some help today with a dodgy battery and after finding the problem I was invited to go sailing on Wednesday with her and a couple of her housewife friends. She's also bringing lunch.

Hey, it's better than sitting around here waiting for the mail to arrive.
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Aha....
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New owner, dodgy battery, hen's club... Sounds like you will be the skipper matey.
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Hells no. This woman has tons of sailing experience, albeit mostly in Sydney waters. It's a 1960 timber yacht, and part of the reason old Michael sold it to her was that she had previously written a history of the make, going right back to the 1921 yacht "Australia I". She has also been involved in many restorations. I think I'll learn a lot here.

The housewives coming along are clueless of course, but she's teaching them to sail.
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Here's the ad for the Fisher yacht she bought:

Used Randell 8.3m Timber Classic for Sale | Yachts For Sale | Yachthub

Has been completely reconditioned by her in the past six months.
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That is a very nice little yacht. The bronze dunny pump alone is 'proper', and probably worth a fortune. With a full keel, relatively deep draft and low aspect rig, it should be a very comfortable yacht and, unlike many 60s boats, will probably sail without excessive heel.
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:27 AM   #38
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Well, the sailing day didn't eventuate. Leanne had some skin cancer removed from her hands on Tuesday and didn't want to damage the work, so instead we replaced her battery with a new one and fitted a 10W solar panel and controller to keep it topped up while she's not aboard. She brought lunch which was an egg and lettuce roll and cappuccino, and a nice pack of mini Anzac cookies from her local bakery. She had also purchased a single burner gas stove at my suggestion to replace the rather inefficient old metho burner, and now looks forward to toasted sandwiches aboard.

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I introduced the experiment of adding an ultrasonic antifoul to Keppelena. They don't normally recommend these things for ferro yachts but I fitted the transducer into a PVC pipe slung over the stern. I'm pleased to say that it was a success, I cleaned the hull a few days ago with the scraper and there was a lot of weed but very little in the way of barnacles present, making the job much easier.

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All my purchases have now arrived at the local Post Office. I'm off the Port Stephens on Saturday.
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That is a very nice little yacht. The bronze dunny pump alone is 'proper', and probably worth a fortune.
Unfortunately it has to go. Apart from not having an inbuilt macerator - and therefore not meeting even that requirement, much less black water tanks - it's a bit hard to use. Leanne has bought a 10L Porta-Potti to fit in its place, but will be storing the bronze marvel for the time when/if the yacht is ever sold.

Likewise the bronze sink pump is unusable, and water comes aboard in 10L bladders which are slung in calico bags under the sink. The trials of owning a "genuine antique".
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I hadn't noticed the sink pump. It looks like a chrome covered, bronze Fynspray, made in New Zealand (I think). These are still available new and if necessary pump kits are readily available from most chandleries. I have these pumps fitted on every boat I have owned. They are very efficient, and they look 'proper'. The last one I bought cost me close me $220, the RRP is about $300.

Often, a new kit is not required. The seal at the end of the piston is leather on the older ones (remember your bike pump from your schooldays), the new ones I think are silicone. There is a non return valve at the base of the pump which is just a ball over a narrow inlet. If this is stuck, the pump won't prime.

It is about twenty minutes work to push out the pin holding the handle, unscrew the head from the barrel and then clean up and reassemble the pump. They really are good and I think much better than the more common (and far cheaper) Whale foot pumps.

The Fynspray may have been used for a saltwater wash at the sink, to reduce the usage of freshwater when doin' the dishes.
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Picked up the engine from my mate's garage and delivered it to the Newcastle store room today. Then headed to Oyster Cove to check out the facilities or, in this case, lack of facilities. Now in Coffs Harbour and planning to spend the night here.
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Stopped for Sunday night outside BoatWorks in Coomera and toured their facilities yesterday for a few hours. Very nice indeed. They have some specials running that I wish I could avail myself of, but that would require me to have money.

I'm now back aboard Shenoa again, making the thread title true once more.

Both new bilge pumps have failed since I was here last, and the yacht shifted about 30 metres the night before I arrived, managing to snag a new hold on the river bottom in much deeper water judging by how vertical the chain is at high tide. I'll have to shift her asap, then get a new pump.

At least I have three months before leaving for NZ to find the new leak that's causing the pumps to run so hard. Very glad I decided to come back up here, the neighbors hadn't noticed any problems.
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