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    How do I ask this? Aussies

    Having a great time so far in Sydney. I'm working a conference at the ICC so if anyone wants to grab a beer send me a PM. Still working on plans for after the conference ends, thinking of heading up to Surfers Paradise or down to Melbourne. Any suggestions on cheap lodging would be appreciated. John
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    Sydney November 9 to 18

    Experienced club racer/day sailor from California/Michigan looking to crew in Sydney any time between Nov. 9 thru 18th.
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    How do I ask this? Aussies

    So, I'm visiting Sydney this November for a conference and would like to get out on the water. But, I'm a black guy and I've heard that some Australians might have some issues with that. Looking for feedback regarding clubs where I would feel welcome or other black folks down there that sail. TIA
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    I think I know her. When we were looking at houses in Arizona she showed us one (wouldn't let our agent do it). As we came upstairs she pointed out a window and told us the house has an "eye canal" view of the mountains. No shit, "eye canal" Still makes me laugh today....
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    Worth saving

    Just close the fuel vent and lay it down on the correct side. I do it all the time with my 4/'s
  6. Also useful for winterizing the fresh water system if you store in a place that freezes....
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    Worth saving

    Yes, check out the Tohatsu. I have one on my San Juan and one on my dinghy, they are very reliable and fairly small as outboards go. Price is good and the quality is excellent. Both Mercury and Johnson get their small engines from the Tohatsu factory. They also sell the same engine as a Nissan for a little more money. 6hp should be fine as well, the boat will only go so fast regardless of how much power you put in it. The only advantage of a 9.9 is electric start but that adds weight and cost. Not sure you will need a longshaft for a boat with a well but the Tohatsu Sail-Pro is considered "ultra long". It also has an alternator to keep your batteries charged. The extra expense of a modern 4 stroke will pay off in having fewer problems as long as you maintain it. About the only time mine give me any trouble is when they get a little water in the carb. then all it takes is a screwdriver to drain the float bowl. Good luck and enjoy your boat, also please look around the site to learn about your obligations as a newbie. Cheers, John
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Here you go....
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    Ugly dodger collection

    That one just pegged my WTF meterI don't know if it's the finished product (I think so because the stainless rail and screening is installed), but I'll provide progress updates if it's not......... Mebby it's a douche nozzle, splinters and all. Does he wear an eye patch?
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Being able to sail away is the ultimate escape plan.... But maybe that's just a dream, you know the old saying "wherever you go, there you are"
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    santa cruz wildlife collisions

    God I miss my home waters.... Nothing out here but loose pontoon boats getting blown through the mooring field
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    Rent vs Buy?

    Oh, and if you think you've found the perfect boat at a great price keep shopping. Somewhere out there is an owner who has kept one in excellent shape who can't sail anymore due to health reasons (up to and including being dead), that will let theirs go for less than half what you think is a fair price....
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    Rent vs Buy?

    Much of the maintenance cost is labor. If you learn to do things yourself they may not always be done as good as they could be but at least you'll know how they were done. Boats can be expensive, but then so can psychotherapy.... Your choice
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    1979 Sunfish looks new - $2000Well, if it looks new it must be worth it....
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I never knew Mastercraft made 12' aluminum fishing boats, who would thought.... Only $1300