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Old 02-19-2016, 01:04 PM   #71
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My life just keeps getting better.

NZ neighbour tells me tonight that house was broken into again a few months ago, and that she had messaged me. I didn't see any message. Goats that had been in the yard were let inside, causing havoc and shitting everywhere. House is no longer locked or secure.

There's no way I'm ever going to live in that town, too much random crime.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:43 AM   #72
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The new anchor is holding well, but then so did the last one. It seems to me we occasionally get a particular set of weather conditions that make it break loose, but since I've never been aboard when it happened I can't say what they are.

I had MSQ do a second inspection, and the guy who turned up was an actual boatbuilder and had experience working on ferros, which was good. We got on pretty well and he agreed the order was too severe, but wanted me to go into some sort of timeline agreement for the repairs which is impossible until I know where the money is coming from.

I'm still waiting to hear from them again, and the haulout deadline is tomorrow. This could be the most stress I've been under in years, especially since I had to spend all day Monday talking to another yachtie who had tried - and failed - to save the life of a woman when a tinny she was hooning around in got swamped and submerged. The driver, a guy who she barely knew, was also fairly inebriated and I'm sure this hasn't been his best week either. These are the people that MSQ should be focusing on, not guys like me. How anyone could sink a perfectly good runabout on a sunny Sunday beggers the imagination.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:10 PM   #73
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It's not looking good at the moment but, as they say in the classics, the sun will still rise in the morning. I hope it turns out well for you. Best wishes.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:59 PM   #74
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Small concession, they canceled the extant order and replaced it with a new order to have haul out and the hull inspected by a qualified boat builder by 30 June. Penalty for non-compliance is $50,000

Even if the property sells in May I won't see the cash for months.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:16 PM   #75
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It is almost impossible to imagine that the Queensland Government has ever imposed such a penalty for such an infringement...unless the offending vessel was of 50,000 tons and posed some sort of grievous environmental threat. It's almost like one's Mother telling an errant child of impending blindness after being sprung for 'beastly' behavior.
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Old 02-28-2016, 01:55 AM   #76
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Can't do that here either, bloody spy cameras everywhere.
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If QLD state revenue is anything like NSW state revenue (specifically the state debt recovery office) they can fine you whatever they like, they just can't enforce it. If they fine you $50k then offer them $10 per month and say that with your current income it's the maximum you can afford. They have to accept it otherwise put you in front of a judge if they want a higher amount, and then the onus is on them to prove to the beak that you can afford it. So it's mostly an empty threat.
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Old 03-01-2016, 09:13 AM   #78
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I have no intention of having the situation get that far, but a handy tip in any case.
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:46 AM   #79
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Set off this morning to buy a new pair of 105AH batteries for Shenoa. The AGMs I borrowed from Keppelena are now four years old and not holding a charge very well.

Drove the 10km to Wynnum and collected said batteries but on the way back my VW T4 "failed to proceed" as they say in Rolls Royce circles. Broken gearbox linkage meant that I needed a tow, and thankfully I joined RACQ just before Christmas so help arrived in less than an hour.

I booked her in for repair, and also to change the plugs and oil and look into a noisy exhaust that has only started recently. And for good measure also asked them to check the engine mountings, on the basis that it could have caused the other two faults. Had a friendly yachtie pick me up from the mechanic, so it wasn't looking too bad a day still.

Due to choppy conditions he decided to tow me back to my yacht, since both out dinghies were full of groceries, batteries, water bottles, Port-a-potties and sundry yacht stuff. Halfway back his engine sputtered and died. Leaking fuel hose. "Oh, I meant to fix that" he said as fuel pissed everywhere. So he's furiously chopping neoprene and unscrewing clamps with his trusty pocketknife as we slowly drift down the river toward Brisbane.

Knew I should have stayed in bed today.
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So, it's low tide and blowing 50 kt right on dusk and I'm out on in the cockpit ready to fend off any of three yachts that look like crashing into me ... then I see this guy.

The picture's a bit fuzzy, but he's sitting on a blow-up chair fishing, and he has huge flippers on for propulsion. Yeah, I had to laugh.
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More important,,,Where the fish biting.
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So, it's low tide and blowing 50 kt right on dusk and I'm out on in the cockpit ready to fend off any of three yachts that look like crashing into me ... then I see this guy.

The picture's a bit fuzzy, but he's sitting on a blow-up chair fishing, and he has huge flippers on for propulsion. Yeah, I had to laugh.
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:26 AM   #83
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Looks like my woes are finally over. The commercial building went to auction last week and sold for ... naah, I can't tell you that. Anyhow, I am no longer poor.

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Yay....By the way, I am seeking donations to the Poor Children's Father's Beer Fund : And unlike many charities recently in the news, I guarantee 100% of all donations will be used to benefit the intended recipient.

I hope the windfall changes your life for the better.

Just imagine if you were a working stiff, you'd be up for chuckin'a sickie.
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