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Old 01-21-2017, 01:54 AM   #57
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Not really convenient as a table, being the engine cover it has vertical sides and you can't sit at it. But for the convenience of having somewhere to leave stuff, brilliant. Also makes a good map table I'd expect, not that I can ever see myself using paper maps.

Filled the water tank from 10L bottles then did the water run today. Five km to the servo and back because council has removed all water taps from the parks. Bastards.

Sent a copy of the stove top photo to my nephew on Facebook, he was kind enough to sand blast and powder coat it for me at his work. He was pleased.

Squizzy: The 5 second rule is even harder without the table, since everything ends up in the bilges.
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:42 AM   #58
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On a boat, the rule is 15 seconds when at anchor, 30 minutes when under way.
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Old 01-21-2017, 04:49 AM   #59
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:05 PM   #60
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Just finished the hull clean. I use a paint scraper bolted to a broomstick, which does an awesome job of cleaning barnacles off the hull from the dinghy. Did manage to snap one blade which is unusual because they're stainless, but luckily I had another in the toolkit.

That was the last of the really tough and nasty jobs to be done, so I've revised my schedule. Now planning to be off the yacht by Wednesday night so I can join in the Australia Day celebrations on Thursday.

I also spotted this last night, which has inspired me to get on with the repairs of Shenoa: JOIN FLEET OF TRAILER SAILERS SAILING FROM GOLD COAST TO CAIRNS | Sail Boats | Gumtree Australia Blacktown Area - Seven Hills | 1132916713

If I can have her back in the water by April then I could do this. My plan was to circumnavigate Australia anyhow, and doing it in company would be far nicer, not to mention safer.

Sometimes you just need a more interesting goal. I still recall how quickly I got things done so could go with Del to NZ.
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Old 01-21-2017, 11:58 PM   #61
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Actually there was one more onerous task to do. I have been storing about a hundredweight of old radios aboard for want of somewhere better to put them. They're now in the van and on their way to the tip as soon as I get back to Queensland.

That freed up a cupboard to store all my paint and glues, instead of having them out in the open.
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:05 PM   #62
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Monday morning 5am and I'm gobsmacked that I have nothing to do for the next three days. I'm planning to take the ferry from Woolwich to Circular Quay on Thursday and mingle with the people doing the traditional Rocks pub crawl. I rarely drink but I'm sure it will be amusing anyhow.

Friday I might see if I can find a laundromat, then Saturday is the reunion. I'll most likely be back in Queensland next Monday.
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:44 PM   #63
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After discovering 200 litres of dirty fresh water in the central bilges below the head yesterday there was yet another task to add to the list. I lifted the solar panels to find the cabin top below them full of cracks and holes, which explains where the water was entering. Filler and paint done, relaxing again until I find something else to fix urgently.

She now weighs one tonne less than when I arrived, thanks to all this water I've pumped out.
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Water ballasted boats are all the rage on the racing circuit these days. Good to hear the old girl is coming back to life.
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Go for it , some times you need a bit of a push by seeing others doing your dream. If you don't go in company there are plenty of cruising folk to head you in the right direction. I'm chasing my rainbow around June , scary but I need it for me.
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Water ballasted boats are all the rage on the racing circuit these days. Good to hear the old girl is coming back to life.
Holding action mainly, most of my attention is going onto Shenoa in Qld. I'm not a fan of the water ballast after the reports of MacGregors sinking due to owners forgetting to fill the ballast.

At least the annoying sloshing noise has stopped!
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Go for it , some times you need a bit of a push by seeing others doing your dream. If you don't go in company there are plenty of cruising folk to head you in the right direction. I'm chasing my rainbow around June , scary but I need it for me.
Actually I have a snowball's chance of being ready for April, there's just too much work needed. But that won't stop me trying. Yeah, chase that rainbow, we're a long time dead.
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I'm off the boat and on the wander for a few days. Nice to stretch the legs again.
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Attended the Australia Day celebrations at Circular Quay on the 26th and last night was the reunion. I'm now in Port Macquarie on the way back to Brisbane, and can feel the weather getting hotter already.
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