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Old 12-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #661
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[QUOTE=Peter B;200779]Well, that went well. Almost made me teary -

Gee, this is like a remake of 'A wonderful Life'.

Hendo can play the Jimmy Stewart figure, Rex can be the angle Clarence who looks after George(Jimmy Stewart) & comes to his rescue. Hendo's partner can be the lovely Mary, Georges devoted wife.

Question is who plays the evil millionaire Mr Potter?

Seriously though Rex, that is a terrific gesture, () and in my book it earns you a lot of brownie points.An unlooked for gesture is a great thing to give, and to receive.

And a very happy Christmas to you all.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:50 PM   #662
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I may have given an anchor, but you guys crikey" your words of thanks and recognition have absolutely over whelmed me, I have been more than rewarded for my gesture, Hendo tell your good wife to rest easily, we will not wait until the boat is finished, early new year you will recieve the new anchor and matching bow roller.

I wont respond to all the posts but really you guys have made me feel ten feet tall and might I say slightly blurred my screen.

You have a great forum and some really great and generous Mods.

Thank you all and merry Christmas.

Regards Rex.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:18 PM   #663
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Rex, that is the true spirit of Christmas. Hendo has inspired most of us to tackle difficult tasks. Generous acts of this sort restore our faith in mankind. Best to you all this Christmas season. Here's wishing you a peaceful, healthy, prosperous new year.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:15 PM   #664
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Great gift and a wonderful gesture Rex. You are a classy guy

Hendo old mate the wet season is over for you so time to get your Axe into gear. Tell Felicity to put the whip to ya and not in a good way either.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:23 AM   #665
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Well I got all the family Chrissy things out the way and headed off to AXE with my newly found enthusiasm like I had a rocket up my arse.

The hull framing is now complete WOO HOOO

Back to work tomorrow but will be back on Saturday and Sunday to crack on from where I left

I had a bit of epoxy filler left over from doing the ribs so I started to fair the 350GSM Glass tape.

Anyway that was all for today.

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Glassing with biaxel fibreglass cloth is weirdly relaxing now I know how to do it. 30 mtrs down with 40 to go. then i'm on to the 350 GSM glass tape for the seams and chine, and then the fairing and sanding begins then she get flipped back over for the super structure construction Dum dum dummmmm










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Old 12-29-2013, 04:30 AM   #668
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She's coming along nicely Hendo! Good to see ya back on the horse. Funny how the wet season lull had people half a world away frustrated that you couldn't work. I can imagine how you felt.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:30 AM   #669
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She's coming along nicely Hendo! Good to see ya back on the horse. Funny how the wet season lull had people half a world away frustrated that you couldn't work. I can imagine how you felt.
Thanks Craigo! and Happy New year mate ... Yeah the weather really put me in a lull not to mention having my go fast detonate the #6 piston, which I can proudly say the parts arrive from Tampa FL the other day so am chomping at the bit to get her back on the water. Should be primed and running like a bat out of hell for Australia Day celebrations later in the month!

Getting support and feedback from here also helps me overcome the Lulls tremendously Some days im like Blah, i'll just chill on the couch but then I think about you guys and am like ahhh better not disappoint the troops

Did you and Jenn have a good Christmas? a bloke I work with went back to North Carolina to be with his family for Chrissy. I tried to hit him up to bring me some boat parts back but he wasn't having a bar of it after I told him about the time you and Jenn helped out with sending the Merc midsection over hahaha ... some people just have not sense of adventure, mind you tho, in hindsight, I sometimes wish I had less of a need for "Adventure" lol

Flic sends her love and wishes for 2014

Thanks again for your support mate!

Heres some pics of my 250HP Merc including the Conrod I bent and a pic of something you will recognise











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That is a very artistic bend you made there - hydro-lock? Except that you bent it in 2 directions, it would have made a good throttle lever.

Happy New Year to you and to all the rest of you who live your lives upside down.
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Matt, you told me about #6 but ouch! Hang that puppy on the wall, you earned that trophy. Jen sends her best to you and Flic, she also said the midsection looks better on your stern than it did sitting in her living room

I've mellowed with age though, 20 years ago I'd bring my quad racer into her living room and rebuild the engine on her dining table. Bel Ray oil never did come out of the carpet or couch
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That is a very artistic bend you made there - hydro-lock? Except that you bent it in 2 directions, it would have made a good throttle lever.

Happy New Year to you and to all the rest of you who live your lives upside down.
Happy new year to you too ... Umm no don't think it was water that caused this. The big end nipped up on the crank and made what you see today. Well 6800 RPM and a nipped up Big end made it. I just found it
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Matt, you told me about #6 but ouch! Hang that puppy on the wall, you earned that trophy. Jen sends her best to you and Flic, she also said the midsection looks better on your stern than it did sitting in her living room

I've mellowed with age though, 20 years ago I'd bring my quad racer into her living room and rebuild the engine on her dining table. Bel Ray oil never did come out of the carpet or couch
Yeah shes a beaut! ... Ah please send my thanks to Jen and please tell her i'll make it up when you guys come out to Perth

Your story reminds me of a time when I painted my garage floor. The only logical place for my bikes and my lawn mower was the living room. Flic didn't share my enthusiasm to solving that problem but she is a good sport and "let me" make it up to her

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What an amazing thread. What amazing gestures and work ethic and will power and go-at-it bravery. I don't know whether I'm more inspired of choked-up, but what does it matter.....I'll be back to my own boat in a week or so, and I'm gonna tackle the glass work I've been putting off with a reborn commitment. New year, new determination. Thanks for the example, Hendo. And thanks Rex for the well placed recognition of what's ernest and honest.
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What an amazing thread. What amazing gestures and work ethic and will power and go-at-it bravery. I don't know whether I'm more inspired of choked-up, but what does it matter.....I'll be back to my own boat in a week or so, and I'm gonna tackle the glass work I've been putting off with a reborn commitment. New year, new determination. Thanks for the example, Hendo. And thanks Rex for the well placed recognition of what's ernest and honest.
Thanks for following and for your comment Larry ... Hope your glassing goes well.
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Continued with applying the 10mm thick Epoxy fairing filler coating. When she's dry it will be so solid and extremely hard and sooooo soooooo smooth. Bugger to sand but great for the boat construction, durability once completed including the health of the timber and to help achieve a dry bilge .

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G'day all,
We had some exciting news this week. AXE had her first inspection and she aced it! ...

The inspection was from a structural engineer that specializes in timber boats. He was really impressed with her construction and hull integrity .

With full tanks the engineer gave her a safe operating rating range of 15 passengers and 3 Crew @100kgs each plus 500kgs of luggage

Not that I'll ever carry that many people or have that much luggage but its good to know she'll have no dramas carrying the three of us and Chevy my cat

Also good that if we are out boating and someone needs assistance then I know how many I can safely have on board without needing rescuing ourselves

During the last few weeks we also fixed the go fast boat and sold that off before anything else happened to it and if that didn't keep us busy enough, Felicity and I bought our first swing mooring! ... Its a 12mtr with the ability to go upto 14mtrs. The guy was asking $15,000 but I managed to get him down to $8,000. This will be AXE's home when she is finished.

I am letting a bloke use the mooring for free at the moment because he has found himself stuck without a mooring. Moorings in Perth are rare as rocking horse sh!t. Its a Long story but apparently he's down on his luck and, well, im a big softy at heart apparently so despite running the risk of getting fined from the government fisheries people, i told him he can use it but also told him when the time comes, he will have to move on to somewhere else so AXE can go there.

Now that all of that has been sorted, we are back to working on AXE. Sanding, Sanding and more sanding

Im really happy with how well the epoxy is sanding up tho. I only need to do this step once (Thank F#&K) ... Once ive done this, I will apply a skim coat of epoxy paste, but it is only for filling in the small air holes and hand sandable so should be better than the sanding that im doing now which is like sanding concrete with a belt sander using 240grit

anyway that's all. Hope y'all well and thanks for following our progress!













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Looking good Hendo. Hang in there and remember...keep your eye on the prize. Looks like you'll be needing that Sarca in no time.
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Matt - "...like sanding concrete with a belt sander using 240grit "

That description is simply hilarious! You and Flick are champs! Gad your survey went so wellllll. Can hardly wait to see more and then the eventual 1st splash!!!

Never say die! Keep up the great work!!
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Hendo, congrats on passing the inspection.

"I am letting a bloke use the mooring for free at the moment because he has found himself stuck without a mooring. Moorings in Perth are rare as rocking horse sh!t. Its a Long story but apparently he's down on his luck and, well, im a big softy at heart apparently so despite running the risk of getting fined from the government fisheries people, i told him he can use it but also told him when the time comes, he will have to move on to somewhere else so AXE can go there."


That's the Hendo I felt I had come to know. With this and Rex donating the Sarca, what we are seeing here is basic human decency. Quite a nice thing to witness in this day and time.
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