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Old 02-27-2016, 11:05 PM   #81
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:19 PM   #82
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We had an almost sunny day here in the PNW today so I got half of an early spring boat wash done. Will finish the other half tomorrow. I am with Flywright on the remainder, I will drink to everybody de-winterizing, or to 'most anything!
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:21 PM   #83
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Some of the nicest days on the water are during the winter here.

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Old 02-27-2016, 11:29 PM   #84
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Some of the nicest days on the water are during the winter here.
We don't generally like cold but we've always enjoyed winter boating. We would get out on the lake all winter and have the lake largely to ourselves. It was great. Also on a small boat, it's amazing how much heat you get through the windshield.
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Old 02-28-2016, 02:52 AM   #85
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I have Bowman oil coolers on my JD engines. The raw water inlet and end cap on one cooler is slightly misaligned which caused it to prematurely wear from the engine vibration. I called the JD dealer to get an end cap. He called his supplier who said that they only sell the coolers, which include the end caps, and that if the end caps are worn out that means the cooler is too. They would be happy to sell me a new $400 oil cooler but they do not sell the end caps. I was able to locate a supplier of the Bowman end caps and they arrived yesterday and I installed it today. I saved $380. 👍

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Old 02-28-2016, 11:29 AM   #86
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:30 PM   #87
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Hello TF team,
I’ve not posted to TF for a while, Ive been working overseas to pay for our upcoming Journey to AUCKLAND, NZ
We're prepping for our upcoming transit from Oahu, Hawaii -to- Tahiti. Then onwards, through the south pacific islands, to New Zealand.
Most of the prep work is going into restructuring our ‘normal-life' to cater for the 6 month absence. The boat of course needs some mechanical love too, and that’s what we’ll be doing in the next few weeks. The loose plan is to spend a few months in French Polynesia, then onwards through the Cook Islands, 6 weeks in Fiji, and then a final transit to New Zealand, ETA. October 1st. I'll post up a passage-plan in the 'Boaters-on-the-Go' section, next week.
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:32 PM   #88
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Greetings,
Mr./Ms. n. What a wonderful plan. Enjoy yourselves.
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:53 PM   #89
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We're prepping for our upcoming transit from Oahu, Hawaii -to- Tahiti. Then onwards, through the south pacific islands, to New Zealand.....
You might consider visiting Aitutaki in Rarotonga. We stayed there years ago, flying in. I thought it would be a delightful remote place to happen upon by boat, it will see more tourists now. Little quaint things stay in memory, like 2 bakeries, one 7th Day Adventist run observing Saturday, one by another denomination observing Sunday, so fresh bread was available 7 days.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:00 AM   #90
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Hi Bruce,
Sounds like a plan!
Do you happen to know what the anchorages are like?

Also -apologies to TF- for posting the same post twice. I'm working offshore India (back in Hotel now!) and I was hoodwinked that the post did not go through - Doh!
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:26 AM   #91
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Took a week off work and had a list of things to do on the boat. Two days into the holiday we became foster parents to two siblings under 3 years old who needed a safe port in their stormy lives. A slight reduction in expectations regarding boat maintenance was in order due to parasitic time absorption capacity of toddlers. Managed to sneak away for four hours today to scrub the winter green slime off Badger.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:33 AM   #92
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Took a week off work and had a list of things to do on the boat. Two days into the holiday we became foster parents to two siblings under 3 years old who needed a safe port in their stormy lives. A slight reduction in expectations regarding boat maintenance was in order due to parasitic time absorption capacity of toddlers. Managed to sneak away for four hours today to scrub the winter green slime off Badger.
My admiration to you. It's amazing what some have encountered in their lives at such an early age. Now the great part in their lives is that much of what happens before the age of three leaves their memory and will be replaced with love provided after that age.
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It's amazing what some have encountered in their lives at such an early age. Now the great part in their lives is that much of what happens before the age of three leaves their memory and will be replaced with love provided after that age.
...with the great hope their parent(s) can successfully jump whatever hurdles have created this situation, and a family can be reunited.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:06 AM   #94
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I don't winterize, but I'll drink to that. Hell, I'll drink to anything!



Cheers!!
Al, sounds like you should live in Destin FL. They claim to be "a small drinking village with a fishing problem".
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...with the great hope their parent(s) can successfully jump whatever hurdles have created this situation, and a family can be reunited.
The ones we deal with most are the ones where that hope is not reasonable and being reunited would be the worse thing that could happen. Perhaps in the situation you're fostering that is a real possibility.
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Kudos to you and your wife, Murray. What a huge difference you're making in their young lives. Kids need stability and you're providing that for them during turbulent times.

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I really enjoyed Destin last May when I visited for a week, but a week in that humidity was enough for me. Heck, it was only about 82*F but it felt like 100*F to us. We got out on a charter boat together but my brothers and I did more drinking than fishing there!
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:56 PM   #98
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The ones we deal with most are the ones where that hope is not reasonable and being reunited would be the worse thing that could happen. Perhaps in the situation you're fostering that is a real possibility.
It takes a village...there are many layers to a social safety net...etc...
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:57 PM   #99
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Had a nice break in the weather, so brought the boat up to SB. Saw a couple of different pods of whales. Had a humpback pretty much breach about 500' off, then had these guys pop up right off the bow (luckily I was up there with the phone.)

Got measured in for our slip, which I never in a million years thought I'd be able to pull off. I've been sitting down here on the boat waiting for the office to open so I can go sign my life away to keep it.

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The daughter woke me up at 2 am and have now surfed around TF for about an hour or so, time to sleep.... -10 C and ~50 cm of snow here in northen Sweden so no cruising, "MATHILDA" is still in warm storage for a couple of months. Good night Zzzzzz...
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