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Old 08-13-2013, 10:27 AM   #81
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wow!!!
So cool.

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Old 08-16-2013, 09:40 PM   #82
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Must admit I have had a good run with contractors and suppliers on this project.
Yesterday yard rang me to say we required another wing ( I know sail guy stuff)
I reckoned we had it but apparently Ronstan had supplied a size 18 instead of a 28 ( Andersen s/s winches)
I rang them re this, they checked invoice, what stock they had , packed new winch and had it air freighted yesterday, included in the package is bag etc for return of smaller winch.
Can't ask for better service than that. I know it was their fault but they addressed it simply, quickly and no fuss whatsoever.

Other than that all is coming together nicely.
Mast standing day is now Wed.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:10 PM   #83
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You must be pacing the docks like an expectant father paces the halls of a hospital. We're all sitting here in the waiting room with you, Benn! Hope your baby is as pretty and as healthy as you envision!
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:33 AM   #84
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Looking good Benn,
I'm looking forward to seeing where you're positioning your rig and winches.
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Fwd mast is just in front of the wheelhouse eye brow (50 mm)
Mizzen mast is virtually on the aft eng room bulkhead.
Winches will depend on Cookie the rigger as I am not at home to have much input.

Attache are a couple of photos of todays gloss 1 st coat.
using standard Dulux exterior Gloss enamel.
I used International Toplac last time ( Brightsides replacement) Now they want $80.00 per 2 lt tin , like bloody hell.
This is a timber plank boat the paint job is not going to last more than a few years.
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Just looking thru this subject thread. do you two guys have the same type vessels?? ...appears as though they look very similar.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:38 AM   #85
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Well yesterday we went back into the water.
Most of the repairs and upgrades are done.
Masts will be stepped next week sometime, paravane arms finally fitted and halyards and other ropes fitted.
Dinghy chocks to be installed, gas bottle box back on deck and the 4 stick on/walk on 90 watt solar panels to be fitted to go with the 2 existing 85 watt conventional panels.
All going well the next 3 weeks should see everything done except for the final set up of the paravane arms and fish.
A few photos attached and also one of the new masts in the shed.
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:34 AM   #86
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Brian,
Both boats designed by Fred Fleming, flamingo was built by Fred himself ( as his own boat at the time)and mine by Bert Ellis.
Both very fine timber boat builders here in Qld.
Fred has passed away but Bert is still going but not building.
Actually called in to see him a couple of weeks ago.
I have to give him some photos of Tidahapah when the refit is complete.
Go to classic boats again and view photos of Flemingo and Waverly both boats were featured in the book.
Fred also built Rufred for himself also featured in the book.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:30 AM   #87
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OK a bit of action today.
The boys moved Tidahapah down to the travel lift bay and the 2 masts were stepped.
Rigging now being fitted.
The original s/s funnel now has to be cut and shut to fit around the mizzen mast lower spreader.
This spreader allows the stays to run perpendicular to vessel sides and not impede side decks.
Booms and furlers next
Solar panels to be stuck to side decks of wheelhouse top tomorrow and all mast wires to be connected, VHFs, HF, radar and lights.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:23 AM   #88
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:38 AM   #89
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WOW!
Looks so well balanced, like those masts were meant to be there from day one.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:56 AM   #90
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Crikey, with those masts, and therefore sailing/steadying potential, you just might be wasting your money on paravanes Benn..? Looks fantastic...I'm envious...I still have many happy memories of our sailing days.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:45 AM   #91
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No Peter, Paravanes will still come into their own when just motoring, sitting at anchor and according to my mate still perform stirling service when sails are fully deployed.
Just getting the best out of both or a bit out of both is the key.
Should be a whole new learning curve.

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Old 08-21-2013, 10:15 AM   #92
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WOW!
Looks so well balanced, like those masts were meant to be there from day one.
I agree! I had my doubts when you started this project but they are completely gone. Absolutely a terrific job.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:43 AM   #93
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Very nice! I would think that the para vanes would be used when the sails are up to keep the boat somewhat level/stable. Unless you have a lot ballast in the keel and bilge. I looked at installing sails on the Eagle, but the estimate was 20+ grand, the recommendation was adding more ballast and/or para vane. Well the para vanes are slowly in the works. I am semi retiring next year so I want the shop to make the poles, plates and stuff.

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I think you better hurry and get those paravanes on before people start calling it a yacht.
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Motor sailers are going to be the future here in the states as fuel prices continue to rise and people still wish to be on the water off on a new adventure

Nordhavn builds a great 56' motorsailer however it is out of the price range of most of us but if a builder could come up with a design that was efficient, cost effective and looked great it would be a winner, although I am told it is hard to mix both the sail and motor version into a craft that works well in either mode.

I looked for a good motor sailer before getting my Defever now I just have to close my eyes when pumping a 1000 gallons of fuel.

Must be the Scottish ancestry coming out.
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Phil Fill, No mate after retiring in 2006 and then back to work in 2008 after the GFC things are just coming together and it was time. Tidahapah is approaching 20 years old. The masts were in the initial plan when I built her so with a major refit I just did it.
My Nordhavn wasn't going to happen so looks like the beauty will be the lifetime vessel.
Am absolutely happy with the results and the set up , just have to learn to sail.
All sails are on furlers to keep it simple and I am still working on the paravane gear but I think with the help from my mate on Waverly I have it right.
I have attached a couple more photos , one of Tidahapah profile and you can see the furlers behind each mast and a couple of my mates fish and how he carries them in the calm.
He is on his way north and then across to the Louisades (Lucky bugger)
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Benn, Like the new pics! What a classic, well proportioned, balanced design. A credit to you as owner and custodian, and the guys who did the work.
Queensland state in Australia has more than its fair share of classic boats from the hands of great Australian designers.
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You deserve Kudos on all your hard work and I am anxious to see her underway, she looks great and you should be proud.

(I can hear other Kiwi's from this side of the pond condoning me congratualting an Aussie, but heck some of my best mates came from that little island off the west coast of NZ!!!)

Well done mate.
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gwkiwi,
Thanks mate,
We do get another go at the Bledisloe this weekend but bugger it's on your turf.
Last week was just a humiliating rugby lesson in the end and I had high hopes after getting rid of Dingo Deans.
Thanks guys for the compliments , hope to have some good completion pics in a couple of weeks but will keep updating as progress is made.
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