Fah Kiew Tu

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  1. 3 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:


    And I'm uneasy with a blanket requirement for any given medical procedure, coming from lawyers rather than doctors. But it's not such a bad idea, itself. Like a blood test for getting married.

    - DSK

    The Govt bastards made me have a TB test every year despite my always reacting positive as I'd been immunised as part of my microbiology course at university. No test, no passing annual medical. It was idiotic but that didn't stop them.

    I'm sure you've similar stories from the Navy.


  2. 14 minutes ago, Se7en said:

    That's my fucking point. What compromise would you be willing to accept in those 21 states to get abortion availiable again, immediately? Not the solution cast in stone for all time, but the compromise to achieve something NOW.

    It's starting to seem like Democrats deserve the Republicans - both sides just see things as black or white. "either believe a woman has a right to control her body or you don’t". Is there some point at which both sides will even try to give a little to the other? You have half the country believing in women's rights, and half believing that their favourite sky fairy condems abortion. If you can't compromise, you all lose.

    I believe that people should have bodily autonomy. I also believe society has the right to violate that via a forceable cavity search in some circumstances. I've grown up quite a bit since I saw the world in unmuteable black or white.

    Well said. People like BJ and Raz'r chant stuff as if it were a mantra that switches their logic centres off. Try asking them some hard questions and watch them disengage and run a mile.

    Like why is it acceptable (rare, agreed but acceptable/legal) for a woman to abort a 28 week old child with no genetic issues?

    If this is OK as it's a woman's exclusive right, how about 32 weeks?

    If both are OK, why does the offence of infanticide exist? Surely if it's OK to terminate prior to birth and before say 36-38 weeks gestation, it shouldn't matter if it's in utero or out. Same gestational age after all.

    Why are 8 month babies which die in utero recorded as stillbirths not just miscarriages? If it's just some unwanted tissue that is.


  3. 39 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:


    He's assuming that the righties are bargaining in good faith.

    The historical evidence suggests that they're not. But other than that, and that it mandates added time/expense to medical procedure, it's a good point.

    I like and trust doctors to do the doctoring, not lawyers. Just like I don't want to be represented in court by a doctor... or ride in a plane flown by one....

    - DSK

    This. If everyone agreed an ultrasound was a required prerequisite for an abortion, they'd just change the goalposts to require something more invasive & expensive.


  4. 35 minutes ago, Se7en said:

    Your "in a hurry" speed is 6 knots? Be still my beating heart...

    My 'flat chat' speed is 7-8 knots. Which I almost never bother doing. Simple 3 sail rig.

    2 litres/hour burn rate at 5 knots under power. Why burn 2X as much for another 2-3 knots...

    Shrug. I like poking about in the fringes of the waterways. You can go faster but unless you've got a catamaran, tri or a hull with a retractable keel, you can't go where I can go.

    In a lot of ways Dylan's Fisher would be a good choice of boat for southern Tasmania.


  5. 5 hours ago, dylan winter said:

    sadly you are correct.

    last week a 50 footer "round Britain skippered experience yacht" where four men pay to get around the UK in eight weeks - often just for bragging rights


    if the yacht is not making six knots under sail then they turn the engine on.

    How boring. We ghosted out of one of our favourite spots this afternoon, headed home under the foresail only because I was too lazy to raise the main. 2-3 knots gives a lot of time to look for wildlife, birds, have a cup of coffee etc. We only fired up the diesel when we ran right out of wind coming into our home bay & wanted to pick up the mooring. We'll sail/drift along down to maybe 1 knot if we've time in hand.

    My boat has a very inefficient rig judged by the ability to go to weather. But it's very easy to handle and I'm not in a hurry. If I am - I fire up the diesel.


  6. 3 hours ago, Priscilla said:

    A clear case of idiocy.

    The dreaded bug resides in the bottom of fuel tanks.

    Accomodate a drainable sump or low point and forget the filter fetish and cost.

    Yeah thanks for that.

    Of course you overlook the minor detail that my day tank actually *has* a small sump/low point in it.

    And guess where the fuel gets sucked from on its way to the filters on the engine delivery line? Yep, that very same sump. So any crap that gets that far - goes through the filters. And the fuel only got as far as the day tank by - wait for it - going through the other pair of filters thereby minimising the chances of crap getting INTO the day tank in the first place.

    And the sump can be drained.

    Any other suggestions for improvements? I'm always interested in how fuel system reliability can be improved. So far you've just called me an idiot for exceeding what you specify. I can live with that.


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  7. 5 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

    I dunno - some eugenics in the States is starting to sound pretty good right about now.

    I trust it will be IQ based?

    Eugenics already goes on every single day in all First World countries and a lot of others as well.

    As it's low key and not called that, it escapes attention. But it's going on regardless.

    I don't have a problem with it seeing as it's driven by the genetic parent(s).


  8. 2 hours ago, Livia said:

    Some chatter about QCYC holding the "real" Qld IRC and Trailerable Regatta soon.

    No AS involvement and everyone is invited (almost)


    Excellent. As I've been saying - just ignore the bastards and set up a system to do what you want to do, not what they tell you to do.

    Weather on the Channel is improving. If you like 20 knots from the south and 12C anyway. Much better today so I'm out of here on the tide.


  9. 26 minutes ago, dfw_sailor said:

    Hey Gomer, if you are reading this (and if you have any smarts you should be), just keep in mind there are a lot of anarchists who are very smart (more smart than you) , have cutting edge IT and easily provoked into protecting victims. 

    Squeaky,  a 3k payoff wouldn't have been enough either.  For me 30k wouldn't have been enough.  It's a small price to give up the moolah for the peace of mind and life integrity.   Said as an 54 year old fart, who has left money on the table on more than ten occasions and never regretted in the decades after. 

    Go make the world yours!

    This. If the $300 was a fair offer, it would have been equally fair in reverse. He wouldn't take the deal he was offering, no more needs to be said on that score.

    I too have just walked away despite promises of riches if only I stuck it out. In retrospect I don't regret a single one of those decisions. Except maybe one where I should have seen the writing on the wall earlier but - it was a good learning experience.

    Off sailing shortly. Enjoy.


  10. 9 minutes ago, Cisco said:

    Unsubstantiated word from NZ..... Anita's crew are on their way home... boat is under custom's control.... when all goes back to normal they can come back , pay a fine, and get their boat back.

    Apart from the fine this may have been their  plan in the first place.

    Two points...

    I don't think there is an NZ law that lets you simply seize people's stuff.... after a drug bust and trial - yes - proceeds of crime etc.

    This has sent a message to the Zataras of the world.... most won't hear of the outcome as that is yesterday's  news... first headline will stick.

    Maybe NZ should say that you can bring your boat, lay it up, and then bugger off home......

    OK so that was three points....


    Pretty sure Australia's done it - someone who didn't think clearing in applied to them & sailed into Brisbane comes to mind.

    Regardless lack of a law is quickly remedied especially in NZ with a single government and single political body.

    Lay up & bugger off is basically what I've been saying we should do - allow entry to Bundaberg, quarantine 2 weeks, lay up & piss off home.


  11. 51 minutes ago, SASSAFRASS said:

    Not trying to justify them by any means or their apparent disregard for the rules, however I don't see why NZ customs couldn't have down the shot over the bow routine and off they go to plan b. Tell them they are violating NZ waters and need to turn around or their vessel will be siezed and they will have all sorts of bad things happen.  At that point they are a nuisance not a risk. Send them a bill for the cost of launching the response boat and crew and be done with it.


    Did you miss this bit?

    "Their 16-metre vessel, Anita, arrived in Opua on Friday afternoon despite being declined permission to enter the country by the Ministry of Health."

    So they *KNEW* they weren't allowed to enter, did it anyway. The refusal was their first warning.

    Fuck them, they had their chance.


  12. 12 hours ago, B.J. Porter said:

    One gets the sense from the wording of the officials that these folks will be made an example of.



    Refused entry, deport crew, auction vessel alongside dock on an as-is, where-is basis, no reserve, proceeds applied to fines and deportation costs, balance if any transferred to nominated persons.

    See if the next boat planning to pull the same caper wants to go ahead...


  13. 17 hours ago, phillysailor said:

    The goal is not zero crime: the level of policing that would require is far too intrusive into our freedoms. The goal is a society enabled to be mostly free of the destabilizing force of unchecked powerful entities seemingly unaccountable to laws and common sense. On the individual or organizational level, laws should apply equitably. This applies to civilian organizations, businesses, local state & federal agencies, and criminals/criminal organizations alike. 

    You also need to stop legislating someone's take on morality. Those laws cannot ever be properly enforced so lead to cynicism and corruption.

    Prostitution and drugs first cabs off of the rank. Porn another though it's a bit of a dead issue now.

    Plus making it clear that police are to record *everything* all their working time and lack of a recording automatically invalidates everything they claim. Persistent failure to record gets you taken off of public facing work altogether and loses you the privilege of carrying a firearm.


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  14. 4 minutes ago, fastyacht said:

    It's all good, lets us know better who & what we're dealing with.

    So they publish a lot of shit on politicians and prominent business people. What are they actually going to reveal? Lot of petty corruption and sex is all. That's situation normal. Replace the current clowns with clowns in waiting and carry on.


  15. 7 hours ago, DDW said:

    When I installed my Spectra, it was done with teflon tape. Leaks everywhere. After disassembly and reassembly twice with tape and once with sealant, in frustration I did what Spectra told me as the backup plan. Put it together with 5200 :blink:. Hasn't leaked since. 

    Sikaflex 291 works really well too.

    Best used just before you sell the boat, though.


  16. 14 hours ago, alphafb552 said:

    You're forgetting the 'Fear Factor'

    Diesel engines smell fear, and tend to crap out when they encounter it. That's why people like Dylan and Panoramix, who have both admitted to fearing diesel engines, regularily encounter failures that others don't. :D

    Probably half the explanation. The other half being a complete unwillingness to learn & practice quite simple basic maintenance and then blaming the engine for the quite predictable result. I'm of the opinion that a lot of people *shouldn't* own or operate machinery as it's abuse of finely engineered equipment.

    I have a Massey Ferguson MF65 tractor. Perkins 4 cylinder diesel. I've owned it since 1988 and it was far from new when I bought it.

    Recently it needed a new battery then after 2 years of sitting unused, it fired right up and ran fine. Amazing what regular oil and filter changes can do for an 'unreliable engine'.


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  17. 8 hours ago, Ajax said:

    Is it crazy to use a GPS log as proof that you've been underway and thus quarantined for 14+ days?  If the track shows continuous movement between port of origin and destination, why isn't that a good way to prove self-isolation?

    Ajax, I could fake a GPS track. Trust me. I could feed it to an AIS transmitter too. So no, I wouldn't accept it as proof of anything.

    WRT Sassafrass' comments, yes, I agree - cruisers can be made to comply and we could open up at least one port of entry with appropriate quarantine, hard-standing et al.

    We *could*. But there is zero political reason to do it and it would take management resources dedicated to it. I'd do it but I don't make decisions. Those who do, fact is the cruising fraternity are not voters, have no influence, are going to get no attention and nobody cares about them.

    Doing something involves the risk of making a mistake and getting your name in the press. Saying NO is safer. Especially when you consider that a non-zero number of cruisers are self-entitled arseholes who WILL break any and all rules just because they feel like it. Look at the threads here about cruisers who try to smuggle foodstuffs et al into Australia despite crystal clear rules. Those types are why there's little sympathy for the rest of you, even from people like myself.



  18. 1 hour ago, SASSAFRASS said:

    I used to be pretty anti tape outside of anti gauling but have come full circle with plastics.  When I installed our spectra watermaker it's all plastic and they had pretty specific instructions for fitting threads.  Made a believer out of me.  For plastic now I use heavy tape alone and 6-8 wraps, have not had any issues since.  Metal fittings and various mediums etc completely different story but for plastic I only use tape now.

    I'm not saying don't use tape, just offering up the Loctite products as alternatives. Personally I no longer use tape but that's my choice and as everything to do with engineering/fitting, subject to change as circumstances or knowledge changes.

    The 5331 works really well though.


  19. 1 hour ago, Panoramix said:

    Congrats for the new boat @dylan winter, although I definitely more a sailor than a "motorsailor" I could see myself spending weeks exploring some tidal coast where the ater is green or a grey onboard a Fischer 25 with good books, a camera and my folding bike to explore inshore!

    I am always amazed how much energy people put into their diesel engines on sailing forum... The things are unreliable unless you are a top mechanic (I think I would trust @Panope, I like this attitude of eliminating causes of failure!), it is just less effort, less stress and safer to maintain them normally and have an alternative (sail, scull oar or spare engine) when the inevitable failure happens!

    That would be maybe 1 failure in 8000 hours use - *if* you have half a brain and do basic maintenance...


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