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Old 01-29-2017, 11:19 PM   #71
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Yeah, I don't take any risks while driving. Amazed that I can still drive 1000km within 24 hours but today I'm feeling a bit knackered.
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:43 PM   #72
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So I take you are back home a just busting to start on the clean and preen.
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:32 PM   #73
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Doing my fair share of long distance driving. Just made an interesting calculation. Convert US gallons to Imperial gallons, then to litres- multiplied by average Oz cost per litre, puts the price of regular fuel here in the US, at 69 Australian cents per litre.

With rare exceptions, fuel here contains 10% ethanol, which slightly lowers the distance travelled per litre, but it's still a very cost effective means of travel, especially on the Interstates at default speed limit of 113kph.

Thankfully, the wind is still free (Don't tell Donny Trump though), and there is plenty of it.
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:44 PM   #74
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Auzzee: Yeah, and the water is still free (Don't tell Peter Brabeck).

I'm on LPG and pay about that price for fuel, although it does rise to 80.5 cents in country areas. Unfortunately Caltex changed their nozzles a while ago and only about half of them work now, at least on my VW van.


Squizzy: Rarin' to go mate. Although one of the guys here just picked up a Roberts fibreglass yacht in very nice condition for $4000 so I might be wiser to scrap it. I've been told by one of the yard workers that it wouldn't cost me anything to do that, they have an arrangement with a steel recycler. Tempting.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:15 PM   #75
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Here's an idea..
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Old 01-31-2017, 12:06 AM   #76
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The land they stand upon is far too expensive for my budget.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:53 AM   #77
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Sleeping far more than Sydney. It's definitely the heat, I'm exhausted all the time here.

Off to my brother's place tomorrow to exchange the van for the Isuzu truck again. Next weekend visiting a friend 100km north of the boatyard. I need perspective.
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:49 AM   #78
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Catamarans have been grabbing my attention again. Spotted a 1992 Grainger 40'er for sale a few days ago. They do have quite a few advantages over monohulls for the older sailor.

This one has twin Volvo Penta 59hp diesels with saildrives (but at 6000 hours they'll need a rebuild soon), a freshly painted mast that needs to be reinstalled, a couple of soft patches on deck near the forward hatches and is on a mooring in the Philippines. 1000 litre water tanks, 500 litre fuel tanks, 2400 watts of generating capability (solar/wind). At AU$80k it seems like a very good deal, especially with Australian registration.

This is the sort of yacht that couldn't disappoint me in the long term for world cruising. If only the damned rules hadn't changed regarding application for the pension. It showed up just 18 months too soon for me.

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Made an offer but it was rejected. Meh, back to scraping the hull.
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Lol...photos of the progress?
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Nyet. That's Russian for "not yet".
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:34 AM   #82
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Need before and after shots...otherwise people should'nt take photos of children just grumpy old farts. Was explaining to some guy today that life is like a coin dropping from a building, Some arehigh some not so high some have a few ledges we bounce off and some are a straight drop, But that bloody coin seems to go so much fasteras it gets closer to the bottom.
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Before shots are in #14 of this thread. After you'll have to wait for.

I'm off to the Noosa hinterlands for the weekend, courtesy of an invitation from my friend Priska. We recently caught up briefly after 40 years and it will be nice to spend a weekend at her place.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:24 AM   #84
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What about during? One needs to keep abreast of things.
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