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Old 11-09-2014, 03:03 PM   #61
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CP about 400 miles from Sydney.
Hope to depart Gold Coast tomorrow morning.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:34 PM   #62
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Looks great. Hope the budget stayed under control for you.
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:25 PM   #63
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Brian, I hope you said that tongue in cheek

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Old 11-09-2014, 05:31 PM   #64
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OK, I edited the post and added a smilie
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:04 PM   #65
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Well we are away.
Departed Gold Coast City Marina this morning after taking bunkers. Cleared the Seaway at 1100 hrs and heading south for Sydney.
Bit of breeze on the port quarter so have the main and jib up doing 8.6 knots and fuel consumption is down.
Should be between the heads Friday afternoon.
Looks like Capn Nick and myself will have a good trip
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:58 PM   #66
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That's a good speed for a long trip. Did you make any changes to the prop?
Fair winds, stay safe.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:32 AM   #67
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Definitely go for PropSpeed Brian. It's bluudy marvellous. I got 3+ years out of my last coating, and it still almost looked good enough to just hose down and drop back in, and I'm down here in the bay with no fresh water coming by like you in the river. Not that you would get a lot of that down at Rivergate, I realise.
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:51 PM   #68
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Great news Benn. Glad the yard work is in your wake. Good to hear your putting that new laundry straight to work
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Definitely go for PropSpeed Brian. It's bluudy marvellous. I got 3+ years out of my last coating, and it still almost looked good enough to just hose down and drop back in....
Thanks, that`s very persuasive Peter. I`m about to antifoul, seriously considering Propspeed to stop the sealife colonizing the running gear. I heard it gets pricey to do prop/shaft/skeg with twins, but 3 years+ makes it economic, especially considering the other benefits.
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Old 11-12-2014, 01:35 AM   #70
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Port Macquarie and steaming south.
last night was pretty crappy, at one stage we had turned and headed North west at slow revs just to get a bit of quiet, then back on course and have slowly built up speed again.
Weather has improved and even with last nights disruption will still be on schedule for entry in the heads tomorrow at 1300 hrs.
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Ben how long will you be in Sydney, would like to come down to say hello.
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:33 PM   #72
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Andy,
berthing at the Spit this afternoon , under the bridge at 1315 hrs.
Will be here for about 2 weeks, would be a pleasure to meet up with you.
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:58 PM   #73
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First morning in Sydney.
Arrived at the Spit Bridge at 1200 hrs after a goodnight at sea.
Had a loan of someone's mooring as we waited for the bridge to open at 1315 hrs.
Tied up at marina by 1345
John Eastway (Flemingo) came down as the cleaning was completed spoof to the Middle Harbour YachtClub for a couple of beers a couple of other friends joined us later so you can see where that went .
John is taking Flemingo down to the wooden boat festival but leaving later .
A few jobs to do and John is going to put me in touch with his resident shipwright , Trawler Forum members great contacts to have.
Here for a couple of weeks before heading off for Hobart.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:11 AM   #74
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Hi Ben,

I dropped down to the boat today, you were off somewhere. I had a good look at Tidahapah, it's a terrific boat you must be very proud of her.

I don't think I can catch up before you go south as I have an appointment in Brisbane on Tuesday, and not sure when I will be back in Sydney. Enjoy Bass Strait!
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:50 PM   #75
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Andy,
Sorry I missed you.
Gayle and I were off to visit and old friend for the afternoon.
Will catch up on the way north next year as I want to spend some quality time cruising around the Harbour and Pittwater.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:18 PM   #76
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Sydney departure is getting close.
2 nd member of crew arrives tomorrow and weather permitting we will be off.
The Boss flew home yesterday after an absolute terrific Sydney Harbour cruise on Flemingo with John.
He went out of his way to show us around so next time back we will do a little bit of exploring ourselves and also head up to Pittwater for a couple of weeks.
John also put me on to some good people down here , Shipwright and rigger so I could get a few bits and pieces done before heading further south.
Once again thanks John

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It was an absolute pleasure to have you both on board, Benn.

Weather looks ok for the run south for the next couple of days.
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:51 PM   #78
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Departed Sydney yesterday afternoon and made a slow passage south to Jervis Bay where we dropped anchor at 0330 hrs this morning .
Just having a break and checking the weather before heading off down to Eden where we will wait for a nice 3 day weather window to cross Bass Straight.
Everything is running nicely and had a nice motor sail yesterday afternoon for about 4 hrs
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Departed Sydney yesterday afternoon and made a slow passage south to Jervis Bay where we dropped anchor at 0330 hrs this morning .
Benn,
Fond memories of Jervis Bay as a kid, surfing a 12ft timber runabout into the long beach north of Vincentia, going towards Huskisson, and rowing back out to do it again. And swimming at "Nudist Beach".
Jervis is a beautiful place, where did you anchor?
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Old 11-29-2014, 04:55 PM   #80
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Nice run down the coast last night.
Good NE breeze for a while and then it dropped out to light.
Nice following sea and arrived in Eden at 0530 this morning.
Will stay here for a bit and check out the weather before doing the dash across the paddock.
It is about 320 NM from here to Wineglass Bay , this is my proposed first stop in Tassie.

New nav gear is terrific once you get used to the differences from using a computer based plotter.
The HD Radar is great used it coming into Eden this morning with a bit of fog around.

Nice anchorage behind the breakwater.
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