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Old 09-12-2016, 09:07 AM   #29
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Finally back at Montys and staying aboard at the yard for the first time. I could have stayed at my brother's place longer to recuperate but his wife was getting sick of me being there and you can't argue with that.

Bought a ladder and a scraper on the way, I'll start at it sometime tomorrow after I renew my acquaintance with the locals.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:25 PM   #30
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:24 AM   #31
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Hi guys. Just popped in to wish all and sundry a Merry Christmas. I haven't made much progress so far and currently back at my brother Trev's place for a couple of weeks before heading to Sydney in January. I've decided to sell Keppelena, if I ever get around to doing her up it will be years away, and there is no shortage of boats in the world.

Consolidation time. I have too many projects and my attention is scattered all over the place, so I need to simplify. Maybe Shenoa will get done in 2017, maybe not. Montys has people living there who have been on site for years, I may just end up being another one.

Anyhow, if any progress is made I'll be sure to post pics here.
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Merry Christmas Mate, and best wishes for 2017.
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Good to hear from you again. Best wishes for chissy and new year. Do you have an alternate email or some other contact way than cruisers log?
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Merry Christmas! and may 2017 prove to be a wonderful year for you.

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Old 12-18-2016, 04:18 AM   #35
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:21 PM   #36
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Back in Sydney and just boarded Keppelena for the first time in two years. What a mess. I set off some bug bombs when I left so the whole inside has a coating of toxic white powder. But there are no cockroaches, so it's a win.

The mildew has run rampant, as have a family of seagulls who have been raising a family on board. The chicks were at the stage of being ready to leave home so I hurried them up a little. There's also fungus, and I needed to run the bilge pump for a good ten minutes to drain the accumulated rainwater. She stinks.

I was hoping this could be a quick fortnight trip but it may take a little longer.
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Two years, Wow can only imagine mess and smell.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:48 AM   #38
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On the bright side, the seagulls have painted the boat for me. 8/
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:12 AM   #39
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LOL..Gave the paint a protective coating. Have you thought on what you are going to do with her ?
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Well, I was going to remove the ham radio and throw her on the market. However I do love this old girl and even if the possibility of ever fixing her up is remote it's handy to have a place to stay in Sydney.

I'm actually down here for a reunion on the 28th and expected to just do a quick cleanup and take a few photos for an ad on Gumtree. Went to use the power and lights earlier this evening and nothing happened. Then remembered that my multimeter was in the Isuzu truck. Grrr. A few hours later while looking for something else by torchlight I found the spare meter in a drawer, and there was even a new battery still wrapped in cellophane. So I popped open the switchboard and the problem was immediately obvious. All the new wiring I did has corroded at the point where it was soldered to the switches. Hmmm, and me without a soldering iron.

The portable gas stove almost killed me as well. I put a fresh butane can in and made coffee, and an hour later went back for another cup. The gas can was totally empty. This was a brand new gas stove two years ago and hasn't been used more than half a dozen times. One spark and it would have gone ka-boom!

The standoffs separating the backstay from the ham radio antenna have also let go, all the cable ties have broken due to UV I expect.

I think a visit to Bunnings is in order tomorrow morning.

Gas stove - check
Bucket - check
Chux wipes and sponges - check
Cable ties, wire stripper - check
White paint, scrubbing brush - check

Might as well buy a single doona at the supermarket as well, I forgot that I had taken them up to Qld for washing, they're probably in the other truck.

Should keep me busy for a couple of weeks anyhow.
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All the above accomplished apart from the doona. They're usually only available seasonally and apparently it's not the right season. In addition I managed to find a $2.00 shop to replace my broken thongs/jandals/flip-flops and also bought a small pack of 5-minute epoxy to fix a slow leak in the dinghy, which was far easier than trying to find a fibreglass repair kit. I sure hope that holds, the dinghy was almost full this morning.

It seems everyone north of the bridge today said to themselves, "Hey, it's Sunday. Why don't we take the kids to Bunnings?"

I'll tell you why not, buster. Beacuse the little bastards have no sense of direction, recognition of other people or self-control, that's why not. Very frustrating experience.

Emailed Pete Winning to see if he wanted to get together for a beer, but he's out of town with work until the 5th. Oh well.
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So I take it you are the Bunnings grinch.
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