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Old 09-14-2013, 04:56 AM   #141
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Guest cabin is made up and ready. Frig is full with beer, Chardonay and Champ. The reds are in the lazzerette.

Still a couple of delays with the rigging and sails.
Got a bit of sail track and cars down today along with some jammers.
Back to boat work on Monday . I hope to just about complete the work.
Dynex ropes for outrigger top and fwd stays made and ready to install.
One set of fish ready to hang and a spare set (yet to be tested) stowed in lazzerette.
Attached are a couple of photos of the laz showing new reconditioned steering ram (rebuilt after 17 years in use)
Note the spare anchor, one of Rex's new aluminium Excells with removable shank. great as a spare, light to move and easy to stow.
Big old s/s kedge anchor that is great for kedging or a stern anchor.
A pic of the new re established funnel, we had to cut and shut it to accommodate the low slung mizzen mast spreaders.
the big storage box has been moved aft as the dinghy will now stow fore and aft between the masts.

Some of these changes have had to take place as the job progressed and we realised what would work and what wouldn't.

Some savy boaters around here notice the Excel and super sarca anchors on a couple of larger boats on the hard one is a Hampton 75 the other is a 58 footer not sure of the make.
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:19 AM   #142
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Looks good Benn. Sounds like I'll have to pop in on you up at Mooloolaba sometime to see it all, seeing things didn't work out last wed. Good luck and fair weather for the trip back up.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:26 AM   #143
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Well done, looks like a boat to be proud of! Would love to own something similar one day.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:35 AM   #144
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Wow you certainly don't do things by halves Benn. Very impressive work. I notice the winch forward on the cabin top. Are the sails to be managed from there?

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Old 09-18-2013, 04:20 AM   #145
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Paul,
Yes all halyards and sheets lead forward to that winch and the jammers.
Job completed today and hope to have some photos posted in the next couple of days.
Really pleased with the end product and now it is up to me to use it and get the most out of the boat.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:37 AM   #146
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When are you heading north Benn? Might you still be at GC Marina on the weekend, or gone by then..?
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:49 AM   #147
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Peter,
Heading up to Mooloolaba early in morning, then back to Bris, pick up the Boss, drop off one of my old plough anchors to a buyer and then back to boat.
Heading out and up into the Bay on Friday a morning.
I was here today but got tied up with a lot of last minute rigging and small jobs, dinghy cradles etc.
will talk to you on the phone.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:16 PM   #148
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #149
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Yes...good point Andy...new Avatar with all the mods asap Benn - no pressure...
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:18 PM   #150
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OK Guys I have changed the avatar.
I am headed home for Mooloolaba after a few shake down problems.
Doug my boat builder (photo attached) and Oily Dave came out whilst we were anchored and Dave and I re bled the steering system after it had been very badly done by some other guys whilst I was away.
All sorted now, a couple of electrical teething probs but all is now operating well.
Just have to deploy and use my paravanes , they still require a bit of set up work and sort out my dinghy on/off lifting system so that it is easy to use by myself.
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Benn, looks great! Yellow roof and mast is akin to Mark's Coot. Welcome to the motor sailor crowd sir.
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Its all looking great Benn. You must be relieved to be back on the water after 4-5 months on the hard.


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Old 09-21-2013, 11:30 PM   #153
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Anchored up at the Sandhills after a night at Deanbilla Bay.
Deployed the paravanes this afternoon , only as flopper stoppers but an exercise in how they go.
Have used a dynema hanger instead of chain as I think it will be quieter, have Dynex 75 for fwd and upper stays.
So far looks good and performs as expected whilst at rest.
Have to improve my stowage system for the fish but won't do this until I settle on what fish I will use permanently.
A couple of photos of the arms etc.
In that last photo the wire that is lashed to the stay is actually my wire/rope HF radio ant. Far cheaper and just as effective as using the stay itself and installing insulators
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Benn, looks great! Yellow roof and mast is akin to Mark's Coot. Welcome to the motor sailor crowd sir.
Good choice. My Coot has a bright yellow pilothouse roof, but the roof of the forward cabin is tan/straw-colored to reduce glare, and the saloon roof is white for maintenance ease. Yellow definitely makes one more visible.

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Old 09-22-2013, 02:30 AM   #155
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Yellow roof stems back to when I built her and was going into survey.
It was a requirement then to paint roof signal yellow and the rego numbers were also on the roof.
This was to aid identification from the air.
The deck colour is Internationals "Fighting Lady Yellow".
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Congrats Benn. Looks great. You should have a lot of fun with all that. When you went from Deanbilla to the Sandhills, do you go behind Peel, or via the Rous Channel..? Coming the other way at new year, we decided to try the Rous. Wouldn't bother again. Too twisty. looks like a shortcut in the chart, but isn't. Mind you, we were heading for Myora, not Deanbilla.
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I`m trying to imagine the discussion at the paint company which led to naming a color "Fighting Lady Yellow". There would be paint colorists, managers, sales people, public relations people, soothsayers, black (or yellow) magic practitioners....Probably needs its own thread, not important enough for that.
That is one great refit, congratulations Benn.
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:17 AM   #158
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Peter,
We left Deanbilla, up to Dunwich proper across tp peel on the north side over the bay to the west then up to the shipping channel.
I didn't want any shallow water had had enough of that shallow brown shite yesterday when coming around Macleay Is after Karragarra Is.
Sorry mate I'm a blue water man don't like that shallow stuff.
Hope I have scraped the Deanbilla mud off the Excel up here at the Sandhills with this nice sand.
It's been a nice couple of days sorting a few things out and also relaxing doing nuttin at times.
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Benn, that's the best way, where you went, all right. All the best for the Sandhills to Mooloolabah leg to home.
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I`m trying to imagine the discussion at the paint company which led to naming a color "Fighting Lady Yellow".
Perhaps something like this was the incentive.

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