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Old 05-22-2016, 09:09 AM   #15
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Moved the yacht yesterday with the help of a couple of the neighbors in their tinnies. According to the GPS I'm 20 metres outside the channel to be dredged so I hope that satisfies the authorities. They start tomorrow morning.

The auction for Shenoa went off with a final bid of $255.00 which isn't a lot. I'd be prepared to keep my end of the bargain just to offload her, but it seems that eBay strikes again. The winner was a zero-feedback bidder from Lake Macquarie NSW and I doubt he has the maturity or the money to follow through and ship her south. So, I may end up keeping the old thing after all. Particularly now that I've found an old-school boatyard that only charges $70pw on the hardstand and ignores the stupid OH&S pedantry we've all learned to hate.

At those prices I could take 6 months and it would still be viable. Frankly I really didn't want to rush the job, which was my main reason for quitting the yacht in the first place. So it's all good.

Just went over to Tony's 42' Hartley for a spot of fishing and some nibblies. We drank Corona (La Cerveza Mas Fina!) and crunched on crackers with tasty cheese and kabana. Both Tony and Daniel caught a sizable catfish each, I got nothing. Fun anyhow; sundowners, Brisbane style.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:06 PM   #16
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The first drips of money came in from the real estate sale this morning, enabling me to square up the credit card account a bit. I'm expecting the river dredge to arrive soon. Webb has left Cairns and is hugging the coast near Cape Tribulation. But most of all ...

Happy Towel Day.
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So--awaiting the word on what happens with the dredge.

Also what you'll be up to soon
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:30 AM   #18
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The dredge didn't show up until late Wednesday, it needed to be brought back from Melbourne where it was deployed on another job. So far it has made only a couple of half-hearted passes and doesn't seem to be actually dredging.

The guys I was fishing with the other day are determined to accompany me on the 30NM trip to the haulout yard even though they can't get into the creek due to their draft. They both intend to haul out at the same place but it requires a serious tide for them to access the place, and they were getting tired of Brisbane River anyhow.

They both have diesels compared to my 6hp outboard, but I fear it would be the blind leading the blind in an emergency as they are both inexperienced sailors like myself. Might just have to sneak away in the night ...
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:23 AM   #19
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Searching the internet for property earlier this afternoon and my two buddies motored up alongside in their dinghies to point out that I was drifting. Eek, I was so intent on what I was reading that hadn't noticed. The combination of outgoing tide and 25kt Westerlies gusting to 35kt had done their worst and my anchor had dragged about 150 metres.

Thankfully it had dug in again but the rest of the day was tense because I'm now in 9 metres of water which only gives a 2:1 ratio. Trying to let out more chain manually in such conditions is pointless, I would only have lost the chain and anchor, so I sat here ready to steer downstream and avoid obstacles if she broke away again.

Which didn't happen, thankfully.

Should be low tide soon and the winds will die off at dusk, so I'll raise anchor and motor back outside the channel where I belong.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:54 AM   #20
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Got towed back into position today by a couple of the neighbours. My outboard won't idle worth a damn and it seemed the safest way to go.

Had a random though about 15 minutes ago about a sailing related song that I haven't heard in years. Here it is:

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Searching the internet for property earlier this afternoon and my two buddies motored up alongside in their dinghies to point out that I was drifting. Eek, I was so intent on what I was reading that hadn't noticed. The combination of outgoing tide and 25kt Westerlies gusting to 35kt had done their worst and my anchor had dragged about 150 metres.

Thankfully it had dug in again but the rest of the day was tense because I'm now in 9 metres of water which only gives a 2:1 ratio. Trying to let out more chain manually in such conditions is pointless, I would only have lost the chain and anchor, so I sat here ready to steer downstream and avoid obstacles if she broke away again.

Which didn't happen, thankfully.

Should be low tide soon and the winds will die off at dusk, so I'll raise anchor and motor back outside the channel where I belong.
Since you sail alone: Anchor alarm, my friend, anchor alarm.

If you have a celphone you can get an app with an anchor alarm. In our case, we didn't have a modern cel phone so David wrote a short Python program for position track and anchor alarm using my Nokia N810 some years ago, then when we got a Raspberry Pi to use as the low power consumption computer aboard, he wrote on up for it.

The Pi uses a hockey puck type GPS that you get for a laptop and the Pi is hooked up with a $3.00 buzzer from the local Radio Shack so it's loud enough (got that buzzer during our Alaska trip because the little beep, beep on the tiny little usb speaker I had didn't make enough racket.

Now the Pi has a nifty program David put together using QT and the NMEA sentences from our mast-top Airmar PB100. We see all the weather station info from the Airmar but we also can set alarms for things like wind speed, changes in wind direction, change in boat heading, position, etc.

Anchor alarm.

If you sailed with additional people, you could always sit an anchor watch. Before we had overlapping anchor alarms on different gps (the Nokia, the Pi, etc) we used to have one of us sit anchor watch in the charthouse if winds were over 20 kts steady. Now with the alarms, we still sit anchor watch if winds are over 25kts steady. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:14 AM   #22
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Yeah, maybe when I'm actually cruising it will seem worthwhile but right now an anchor alarm is fairly low priority. And my phone is a dinosaur Nokia 6233 so I'd have to do something similar ... and I never have the thing turned on anyhow.

It got a bit wet here today. 35kt winds and super high tide after 150mm of rain.
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Well it's a good thing my departure was delayed by the weather. I've been struggling to get my outboard to run evenly at low revs and despite a clean with carbie cleaner and a retune she just wouldn't co-operate. After scouring the net for days trying to find a manual for the damned thing I finally found a post on YouTube showing one running smooth as silk in the USA. Trouble is it was only a single cylinder engine.

WTF? It's also a Mercury ME6ML but mine has two cylinders. It seems they used the same model number here for a bloody 2-stroke! And it was sold to me as a 4-stroke!! And NOWHERE on the ID plate does it say it's a 2-stroke!!!

I'm pretty sure that adding some oil to the fuel will fix the problem. FFS Mercury marine, you are utter morons.
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Sounds like you need a diversion! Sorry about the outboard fiasco. I hope it's all better by now?
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A 4 stroke would have an oil filler aperture (and dipstick?)
Must have been running hot with no oil in the fuel.
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Sounds like you need a diversion! Sorry about the outboard fiasco. I hope it's all better by now?
Still won't idle worth a damn and I'm totally out of ideas now. At least there has been a delay, the haulout yard can't take me out of the water until 5th July. Not sure how MSQ will take that but it can't be helped.

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Must have been running hot with no oil in the fuel.
Thankfully didn't burn a hole in the pistons anyhow, I could only run it for short bursts the way it was going. And yes, the lack of a dipstick should have been a dead giveaway but I was spending my time looking for a manual before looking at the engine.
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Rang the local Mercury agent for a price on a carbie kit. He tells me he's never had to use one and says it will invariably be dirt. So I pulled her apart for the third time, this time disassembling further than on previous occasions.

SUCCESS!!!

She purrs like a kitten and now I'm ready to travel.
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Well that high didn't last long. I've now stripped and cleaned the carbie two more times and again she purrs like a kitten. Considering a very fine fuel filter on the line from the plastic tank at this point. Dirty fuel.

Hope to hell I make it across the bay.
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