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Old 12-24-2017, 12:50 AM   #169
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Congratulations. I hope everything else goes well for the new year.
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Old 12-24-2017, 01:25 PM   #170
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So what are your plans from here on in.
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Old 12-24-2017, 10:38 PM   #171
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This year I'm planning a trip to Asia. Viet Nam to see Del, then a conference in Hong Kong in May, and a stopover in the Phillipines on the way back to see a house and a catamaran in Puerto Galera. New Zealand will be the final stop, where I'll finish my pilot's licence and catch up with a mate on Kawau Island and sail in his 53' Bendy Toy.

Other than that I don't have any firm plans at all.
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:07 AM   #172
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So here it is May and I'm still at Montys Marina. The locals call us "Trawler Trash."

My house in NZ was broken into and everything stolen a few months back, so there's no point planning to live there any longer. Only good news is that I finally reached the age where I could apply for the pension, which kicks in on 10 August.

Trip to Viet Nam and HK didn't happen due to lack of finances, my investment has tanked these past few months. It will come good again but it might take another 6-12 months. My mate from Kawau Island is due here this week for a visit.

I'm keeping myself sane by designing hifi equipment in preparation for that move to a permanent land address.
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Old 05-27-2018, 01:43 PM   #173
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Join the club...Not a lot changes to quickly.. Still working. Been doing a lot of diving lately. Have missed your nattering and daily humour...
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:20 PM   #174
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I only wish I had discovered a love for boats 25 years earlier. These guys inspire the hell out of me:

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Old 07-30-2018, 07:33 AM   #175
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There's an old guy called Sean who lives on a yacht near me. Last week he gave me a box full of books to read and I almost got the bug again.

Many are from a series called The Mariners Library (Rupert Hart-Davis, London) plus there are a few others. Here are the titles, so far all but one brilliant:

Sailing All Seas in the Idle Hour - Dwight Long
Across Three Oceans - Conor O'Brien
The Sea is for Sailing - Peter Pye
The Falcon on the Baltic - E F Knight
The Cruise of the Kate - E E Middleton
The Misty Islands - Miles Smeeton
Voyager Under Sail - Eric C Hiscock
Cruising Under Sail - Eric C Hiscock
The Crest of the Wave - Uffa Fox
White Cliffs to Coral Reef - William Howell
The Cruise of the Amaryllis - GHP Muhlhauser
Deep Water and Shoal - W A Robinson
Around the World Singlehanded - Harry Pidgeon
Wylo Sails Again - Frank A Wightman
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:51 PM   #176
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Yesterday I officially became a pensioner. The application went in on May 28th but since the government is running an 8 month backlog I don't expect to see any payments until January.
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:26 AM   #177
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So you're officially an oldie! Join the club. The pension remains largely out of reach for me for the moment, but I'm working on it.

So, happy birthday mate from Desolation Sound in the gorgeous surrounds of British Columbia.
Many happy returns.

PS. I'm now becoming completely familiar with the whole stern tie thing. Miss (who shall remain nameless for this particular communication, is somewhat less familiar. She took the stern line ashore, tied it to a log....4 hours later the log was afloat and trying to come in through the transom. Sir Galahad here went ashore in the middle of a rainy night, across the bloody oyster beds, and retied the line to a living tree. Job done, got the merit badge, t-shirt and a hug. Yay me!
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:37 AM   #178
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Birthday was in February Dave. With the new rules I have to be 65 1/2 to be eligible.


Tying off to a log doesn't seem like a good idea.
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Old 08-23-2018, 01:48 AM   #179
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A 10.5 metre Snell catamaran has come up on Gumtree at AU$55,000

Tempting.

Only oddity is that it was designed for a junk rig and currently has only a boom and main fitted, so pretty much a motor-sailer. I believe the owner has the original junk sail though. Unstayed mast may mean that even with a bowsprit she couldn't support a regular sailing configuration, although for solo cruising a junk would be pretty good. The mast is in a tabernacle too, making low bridges a snack.

Damn, just when I thought I was over it all.

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/rive...ran/1157711298
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Old 08-24-2018, 10:36 AM   #180
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Well that was a washout. Contacted Peter Snell, the designer of the Easy 10.5 cat, to get his opinion on the odd mast. He knew that yacht and warned me off it immediately. It seems the builder omitted the mast partners for the original mast position, which renders the build dangerous structurally.

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Old 08-24-2018, 12:42 PM   #181
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Good move on your part! Keep looking. I agree there are few bargains.
But... I recently bought a truck, 1995 Dodge Ram, in Mexico, which I have since driven over 6000km without incident. It cost $2000, plus a new set of tyres at $460. It's a manual (rare in the US) 4 x 4 with a 5.7ltr V8.
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:09 PM   #182
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Nice wheels, and I agree you did find a bargain there.

Now looking at a 2010 model Waller 31 built in Tassie. Beautiful yacht but a bit of a dock queen. Insufficient solar and batteries, no wind power, electric everything (bilge pumps, hot & cold water pumps, Waeco fridge/freezer, deck wash), no furler on jib.

At $125k it's a bit rich, will need another $25k spent to make it useful for cruising. But that's about the most affordable cat available.
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