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Old 03-29-2014, 08:23 AM   #801
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I never work so hard I start to burn. Hot stuff you are mate. Axe is going to be good for clim'in over log jams running downriver. Classy touch you put on it where the rudder attaches. Still like that rudder.

You said a-while back you were through sanding? Hmmmmm
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:23 PM   #802
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I never work so hard I start to burn. Hot stuff you are mate. Axe is going to be good for clim'in over log jams running downriver. Classy touch you put on it where the rudder attaches. Still like that rudder. You said a-while back you were through sanding? Hmmmmm
Yeah I don't normally combust but it seems between wiping things down with thinners, grinding and welding, my shirt decided to get in on the action. All good tho. No injuries :-D

Thanks for your comment on the rudder mate. I like it too. It's pretty bloody solid and heavy. I've noticed on some boats the use of anodes on rudders. Is that necessary for mine do you think? or is that a how long is a piece of string question?

Yeah sanding .... Plenty of it to go. It's more of a love hate relationship I have with the task. It is what it is. I just grateful I have machines and not doing it by hand, which at some point will need to be done too

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Old 03-29-2014, 09:16 PM   #803
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I've noticed on some boats the use of anodes on rudders. Is that necessary for mine do you think?
Often boats (mine included) have a "Divers Dream" (some times called "license plate") huge flat zinc bolted to stern and wired to all metal parts inside that connect to water... by any means of follow through. We also have shaft sincs, rudder sincs and trim tab zincs. I believe in plenty of anodes. Some say there can be too many, that a boat can be over zinced... and I agree, well sort of... but, IMHO one on each underwater metal part is good to have... along with Divers Dream on stern.

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Often boats (mine included) have a "Divers Dream" (some times called "license plate") huge flat zinc bolted to stern and wired to all metal parts inside that connect to water... by any means of follow through. We also have shaft sincs, rudder sincs and trim tab zincs. I believe in plenty of anodes. Some say there can be too many, that a boat can be over zinced... and I agree, well sort of... but, IMHO one on each underwater metal part is good to have... along with Divers Dream on stern. Good Luck!
Thank mate. If in doubt, zinc it out ay? :-)

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Thank mate. If in doubt, zinc it out ay? :-)

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Yo Matt - Hopefully "fastbottoms" (another Matt) will chime in here. He's basically the anode Guru for TF. Seen more boat bottoms and anodes than I'll ever even think of seeing. Find him for a PM - if ya like! - Cheers, Art
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Okay well the fairing on the hull bottom has finished. I've put three wet on wet epoxy resin coats. Didn't need to do it as the epoxy filler is waterproof but did it anyway to seal everything in.

All that is left to do is give the bottom a light sanding to take the shine off, application of Jotun Pengard HB, wet rub it then apply 2 coats of Jotun sea guardian anti fouling. This all needs to be done before the 0730hrs on the 16th because that's when I booked the Franna's for, to ....... FLIP ..... HER ..... BACK ..... OVER ..... WOOOO HOOOOOO ..... almost 12 moths to the day. Actually 363 days to be precise.

I ve got 10 days off starting on the 18th so am all geared up to make an impact. Got set some goals or ill just sleep on the lounge for my holidays haha


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Old 04-07-2014, 08:57 AM   #807
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Hendo,
Good luck on the flip-over. Looks scary to me. No transom and incomplete topsides don't offer much support for the gunn'ls. Perhaps you've got supports inside that I can't see.

The photo's are interesting in that in the top photo she looks to be fairly flat on the bottom w little deadrise but in the 3rd and 4th pics she looks deep. Re 806
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Hendo, Good luck on the flip-over. Looks scary to me. No transom and incomplete topsides don't offer much support for the gunn'ls. Perhaps you've got supports inside that I can't see. The photo's are interesting in that in the top photo she looks to be fairly flat on the bottom w little deadrise but in the 3rd and 4th pics she looks deep. Re 806
Scary? Nah she'll be right mate. You should have seen her when we first flipped her over. She had no bow then mate!

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Looks great ,good luck with the flip . You are one workin dude .
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Eric,
Here is a link to a video I took of her getting flipped last time

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OK super good mate. I see the false deck beams to keep the topsides where they belong. Guess you're good to go. Great vid hendo. Wouldn't catch me walk'in under a crane load though. I've done that kind of work. I'd tie a leader line onto those straps and pull the strap out from under.

PS ... is the engine in that silver looking box?
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OK super good mate. I see the false deck beams to keep the topsides where they belong. Guess you're good to go. Great vid hendo. Wouldn't catch me walk'in under a crane load though. I've done that kind of work. I'd tie a leader line onto those straps and pull the strap out from under. PS ... is the engine in that silver looking box?
Hi Eric,
Those bearers you're referring to are the floor joists. I still have to add the sides yet. Yeah that rigger wasn't to clued on to the dangers of suspended loads, nor were the cranes drivers for allowing him to do it.

That silver box is her 800ltr fuel tank. I have 2 of them. One for fuel situated where you see it and aft of the engine, and the other in the bow under our bed for fresh water.

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Old 04-12-2014, 10:36 PM   #813
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G'day all,
Just touching base to give an update on Rex. He went in for his triple heart bypass on the 1st. Joy has reported that he is home now and doing well and it won't be long till he's back at it.

I'm sure you all join with me to wish both Joy and. Rex a safe and speedy recovery.
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Here's hoping for all the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Just touching base to give an update on Rex. He went in for his triple heart bypass on the 1st. Joy has reported that he is home now and doing well and it won't be long till he's back at it.

I'm sure you all join with me to wish both Joy and. Rex a safe and speedy recovery.
Oh wow, that's the first I've heard of that. Thanks Hendo. I'll shoot him off a get well soon email.

Hey, Axe is looking' good. I'm sure she'll look even better on an 'even keel', as they say - whoever they are or were….
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Yeah painted the bottom of the hull on Friday morning but ended up being rushed to hospital by ambulance around lunchtime after a high pressure hose blew off the airless spray gun at 3300psi and pumped about 5ltrs of gun wash into my eyes, throat and nasal passage. Got out of hospital yesterday afternoon.

I've cooked my right eye and have lost 70% vision to it. I have only been able to partially open my left eye unassisted tonight. To early to say if it's permanent loss but specialist say my eye is white and is like a cooked egg. Lost a bit of blood as my nasal passage shit itself and my throat is blistered. And to top it off, my airless spray gun is stuffed as the paint set inside it when I was in hospital.

Crap weekend but this morphine is top shelf

Crane still booked for Wednesday even tho there's only one coat of high build primer on her. Hopefully I'll be able to see by then.


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Oh man I'm sorry about your accident . This boat work is tuff stuff and it can kick your ass . Take care and take it easy for a while . Your a tough guy and I know you'll bounce back in no time . I promise you the Axe will wait for you .
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Shit Man! I hope the eyeball recovers. I burned a hole in my eye when I threw a 50 cal bullet (Not the casing) in the lead pot to melt down and make some sinkers and a melted piece flew back in my eye. 3 weeks with an eye patch and lots of pain, but it pretty resilient. Good luck, hate to hear about the gun as well. Paul
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Matt, your "damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead" attitude is admirable. However, let's all take it as a reminder of "safety first". First Rex in the hospital, and now you. Flic and your son are depending on you. We don't need any more of our Aussie buddies injured.

Here's hoping for a speedy and complete recovery.

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