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Old 03-01-2013, 05:51 AM   #211
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Mwahaha. Good one.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:24 AM   #212
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Hey Pete, like my new self-portrait?
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:59 AM   #213
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My what a handsome sailor ... laughs ...
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:38 AM   #214
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Pete, my expert didn't respond. According to my calculations it should be 750mm between mount holes, so the bar will need to be 800x50x2.5mm with the holes 25mm in from each end.

He might also like to add another pair of holes 400mm apart (200mm each side of centre) so that other stuff can be added later such as weather instruments, etc.
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I'm of the opinion that you do not need to, nor should you, mount an AIS antenna at the top of the mast. Short distance line of sight is all you need for AIS, so the antenna will do just as well mounted on top of the pushpit rail or whatever other construction you have at the back of the boat.

It also keeps it further from the masthead VHF antenna (for which you do want as long a distance as possible) and keeps any coax lines leading to the antennae further apart as well.

You should get 3-4nm range from a pushpit rail mounted AIS antenna which for most purposes is good enough. If you're in a busy seaway (e.g. Singapore harbour) and have an AIS antenna with 30nm range then your AIS stream is likely to be flooded which runs the risk of missing seeing something close in favour of seeing something larger but further away.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:36 AM   #216
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I'll have to disagree with you there Del. At 6ft ASL I get 3-4nm range which isn't enough forward warning for a system that wakes me up if I'm sailing solo and sleeping. The software can limit the range in a busy seaway.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:39 AM   #217
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Been a long time coming, but the cabin roof above the head is finally sealed against the intrusion of the elements. Following photos show the final stage of fibreglass prior to application of paint. This has taken months, mostly due to the unseasonal rains here in Sydney. Many attempts were made and many ruined in the process of figuring out just what it would take to fix this without replacing the panels.

There has been 1 litre of Everdure, 14 litres of filler and two complete fibreglass repair kits used, and I still have to fix the water damage inside once the exposed timber dries out again. More Everdure and filler I expect. There are still some soft spots but at least there's little danger of my foot going through now.

I will replace the deck panels eventually, but this is beyond my resources at present. To do it properly requires removal of the mast.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:39 AM   #218
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It finally stopped raining long enough in Brisbane for my brother to go aboard Shenoa and bale her out. The floor and electrical system have taken a hit and the bilge pump no longer works. Since the previous owner reported the mast light still working after the major storm, this must have been due to continuous rains since then.

Trevor and his wife Kim unloaded about 1500 litres of water with a bucket and he's going back to finish the job with an electric pump next week. Looks like I may have to move the switchboard, it's too low. I already have a new bilge pump with a float switch ready to fit.
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Del moored Chiara Stella near me for a few days and it has been good to have some company. A little taste of what it must be like out there travelling amongst other cruisers. Helped him attach some new flat, thin solar panels that can actually be walked on (awesome design!) to the cabin roof and cut a few bits of SS threaded bar with my angle grinder for another job.

Del also let me have an old calico helm cover and a dead VHF radio that I now have working, and which is destined for Shenoa in Brisbane when I go up there again in a few weeks.
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Finally made a start on the ugly port side window in the cabin, photos below. I also have a bid in for a pair of Chinese 20hp Cummins engines, brand new and situated in Brisbane. One for each boat, or maybe I'll throw the 10hp outboard on Shenoa and keep one of the diesels for a spare.
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Good to see you're staying busy mate.
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Yep, there's still plenty to do here.

Just picked up two Cummins 4-cyl 20hp diesels off eBay for $812 the pair, and at least one matching gearbox. Brand spanking new. Count 'em, not one but two.

If Shenoa's renovation doesn't preclude reinstalling an engine, and if she still has a fuel tank, then she may get one of them. Otherwise I'll fit the 10hp outboard and keep one diesel as a spare for Keppelena.

Yeah OK, I've gone over to the dark side and now have bloody engines to take care of. At least I didn't fit another 50hp fuel guzzling monster, and this is a far better size than the recommended minimalist 1hp per ton.

And let's face it, the price was right. You can't buy an alternator - or an exhaust elbow, hi hi Delatbabel - for some engines for this money.
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The correct engine size.
ING...BULLCRAP WARNING...BULLCRAP WARNING...BULLCRAP WARNING...BULLCRAP WARNING
For each foot of boat length (not including overhanging spars, duckboards and the 10% increment which always magically turns a 36' boat into a 40'er) you need to calculate .89416hp where the engine is new and 1.0100423hp where the engine is more than 18 years old. Or, for each ton of displacement .97634hp where the boat has a fin keel, rising on a curve to 1.101569hp where the keel moves from fin upward to full. Factor in an extra .002697hp TO .03201HP on a similar curve between spade rudder, to keel hung appendage. For each 10cwt of personal crap and the necessities such as water and fuel, add a further .02309hp.

Multiply the result by pi, then divide by 2.76 and guaranteed, you will have the correct engine size to match your particular sailing bote.

Bugger it. I just applied the maths to my boat and discovered I should have a 41hp rather than the 30hp which currently inhabits the engine cubby house.

I feel quite upset now..........

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Aha, and the answer was, I need a bigger paddle........bugger
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