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Old 01-17-2013, 09:10 AM   #141
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Pete, You're right on both points. I hadn't considered the need to hold the main up while reefing. And that mount is indeed too flimsy for a sail.

Setting a flag on a forward-facing line didn't make sense but day shapes does. And the topping lift can double as a flag halyard, of course.

It's all beginning to make sense.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:13 AM   #142
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Hiya Rob ... I think you will find once you get further down the track that the mainsheet halyard has its job just as the topping lift has its job.

Makes it way easier to flake the main on your boom if you have the topping lift in place, lazy jacks help lots as well if ever you get around to adding them.

Up to you Rob, your boat and its great watching you go through your journey.

Keep having fun with it.

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It's taking a bit of effort to get some of this into my dense old scone but I'm getting there. Just looked up what a lazy jack does, seems useful.

You still in Port Douglas? I'll be visiting some friends up that way later in the year if things go right. In fact it's a small place (or was last time I was there) so you might know one of them, Jim Davies.

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Hi Rob,

Lazy Jacks sure make flaking a main sail along the boom easier. Reminds me I got to replace mine before my next trip.

Yep still in Port Douglas but might not be when you get here cause we are planning to sail round to Darwin and on to the northern Kimberly Islands , leaving either very late March or early April. After that who knows.

Nice part of the world up here,

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Yeah, I was thinking of getting there about July-August, best time of the year up north. Your trip sounds interesting, may even keep heading that direction and circumnavigate Australia.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:54 AM   #146
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Pleased with myself today, I put in a silly low bid on an Icom M710 HF transceiver and won it. The unit has an issue with Pactor but everything else works fine, including ham frequencies. Looks like the PCM Kestrel will become the emergency backup.

The 150 watt IC-M710 was, until the release of the M802, the gold standard in marine HF radios. Some even prefer it since it's better made. Regardless they're still in production and I couldn't have wanted more for the price.

$424 plus shipping. RRP is $1699
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:27 PM   #147
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Removed the fiddle blocks on the mainsail today to replace a frayed rope. Imagine my horror to discover that the rollers had collapsed. And then to find out Ronstan have discontinued them!

Scoped out Google and found a guy in Qld who had advertised an RF1175 pre-Xmas and it didn't sell so I emailed him. He had both that and the corresponding RF1176 (with becket) which was also on its last legs, so we agreed on a price and they're coming. Whew!
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Rob, you coulda used different ones as long as they are similar they will work just as well ...

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Agreed, but I only redesign stuff when I consider myself an expert in the appropriate area of expertise. Finding the original part numbers if they ever break again will be someone else's problem, these ones lasted 35 years.

Turns out the guy I bought them from is a yacht designer, a useful contact.
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Have wondered how I'd get aboard again if I ever went swimming, either purposely or accidentally. Problem solved, I just won a stainless steel ladder off eBay for $52.00

Came off a timber 30'er and is 900mm long with big beefy brackets for mounting to the deck. Also pivots if you want to swing it aboard for storage or safety.
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Good one Rob ... its too late to think about getting back on board once you are in the water ... I have a home made rope ladder with steps always attached to the rail so I can grab the rope and pull it over the side....

This is a huge safety step so its great you have thought of it early. Its something that everyone should think of.

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Yep. And for that price I couldn't even pay anyone to weld them up, so it's yet another "scrounger special."

Today I'm attacking the cupboards in the head, with a flame thrower. Sound like fun? The old varnish needs to come off so I can re-lacquer them.
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A few more pitchers for yaz.

1. Front window patches complete. Darned pretty now even if I do say so myself.
2. Starboard side window patch applied. This is the timber insertion technique already mentioned, Auzzee.
3. HF antenna attached and run down the backstay support wires. The ladder line effect was made using 100mm sections of electrical conduit and cable ties. Radio background noise is now really LOUD but nothing much to hear due to the limited channels available.
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Apparently the HF radio is working fine. Just picked up an announcement from RCC Australia on 6215kHz requesting ships to look out for a missing vessel.
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