Fah Kiew Tu

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    you can judge a man by his tool kit

    Drill? *AND* its friends. Impact driver, jigsaw, planer, angle grinder, right angle drill, vacuum cleaner etc etc etc. FKT
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    American Dumbass

    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... FKT
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    Undercover Cops and Constitutionality

    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. FKT
  4. That would be the 80% of the 50% who are below average... FKT
  5. 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. FKT
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    Political realism of RBG passing

    What's wrong with 'fuck you-all I've got mine'? Oh yeah - that's actually honest. Can't have that. FKT
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    HDPE water tank repair

    Sikaflex 291 works really well too. Best used just before you sell the boat, though. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    Too easy... FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    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'. FKT
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Did someone mention my name? FKT
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    American Dumbass

    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. FKT
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    HDPE water tank repair

    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. FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    That would be maybe 1 failure in 8000 hours use - *if* you have half a brain and do basic maintenance... FKT
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    Political realism of RBG passing

    The problem I have with 'do His Divine Will' is - how do you know what His Will actually *is*? And - how do you deal with people who believe in a different Divine Will? Or none at all? Religion guarantees politics and decision-making go pear-shaped. Secular law trumps divine revealed 'truths' in all First World countries. Anyone who can't accept that has no place making decisions applicable outside their own self-selected religious order. FKT
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Crisco is remarkably ignorant really. Let gomer play with his toy boat and dig himself a bigger hole. Never interrupt someone you dislike when they're in the process of fucking up. Some careless navigator lacking insurance may well run his fine vessel down, purely by accident of course. $10 should cover the value. Now warning any woman he may try to associate with - that's different. Comes under the heading of a public service. I cannot abide men who use their size & strength to abuse women. FKT
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Nice rant, as per usual totally off point, but nice rant anyway. I really can't be bothered trying to parse that to decide what's worth responding to though, so I'll just let your misconceptions and pigeon-holing stay as fixtures in your limited world view. You're welcome. Have a nice day. FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Mine are a series setup - fuel goes into one then the other then the tank. Outflow the same - through 2 filters then to the engine. I'm pretty sure there's a way to block that centre port between the 2 filters though. IIRC I have a spare filter pair setup under the bench so if I haven't given it away already I'll dig it out and take a look. FKT
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Before you plan your revenge, dig two graves. If you sit by the river, sooner or later you will see the bodies of your enemies float by. Guess we'll just have to differ on our philosophy of life. I'm fine with that. FKT
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    Home shop CNC Anarchy

    Odourless kerosene is what I use for machining aluminium. WD40 works too but it's more expensive. Yes aluminium is quite gummy especially the softer grades. Picking it out of the flutes gets old. So does breaking carbide cutters if you don't. FKT
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Vent, dump all the shit and then move on. Now you're gone, the worst thing you can do is obsess over it in the longer term. The best revenge is a life lived well, with adventure, happiness and an enquiring mind. Let others wallow. The happier and more succesful you become in your chosen area, the more they'll hate it, and the karma is all on them. FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Because it is a LOT safer to assume the fuel is dirty and take precautions to stop any crap getting to the engine than it is to assume all will be fine, and then have the engine shit itself due to dirty fuel. This is my filter setup. The pair on the right filter fuel from the keel tanks to the day tank. The left pair filter fuel from the day tank to the engine where there's the final manufacturer-provided filter. Gravity feed from day tank to engine. Yes this is ridiculous paranoid overkill. But I don't worry about dirty fuel or a failure of my fuel lift pump. FKT
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    American Dumbass

    I didn't say that it did. What I said was, the ability to perform such a voyage means that choosing NOT to do so does not turn that choice into a humanitarian emergency requiring relaxation of COVID entry/clearance rules and qualify for entry into Australia/New Zealand. In the vast majority of shoreside bastards' minds sailing outside of sight of land in a small boat, for pleasure, is neither wise nor safe, so pushing that line of argument is a total loser IMO. In your case, you've a well found 53' vessel and you're in New Zealand. Les Powles did a single-handed nonstop passage in a 32' vessel from NZ all the way back to Plymouth England. And he was a lot older than you are. And there was another person, can't remember who ATM, who left NZ, went east to the South American coast, rode the Humbolt current north then returned to NZ via the Trades. I think he did it non-stop, single handed, and in a *lot* smaller, less well found boat than yours. You could either sail east then north in the Humbolt and motor/sail to Panama or go into the north Pacific and east to the NW coast of the USA. Both passages are long but straightforward. My point is, NOT going home is a lifestyle choice. It is NOT a humanitarian emergency. Cruisers in the Pacific at risk of being hit by a cyclone are no more our responsibility to provide safe haven for than are all the actual inhabitants of those islands, and nobody is suggesting that we take in all of French Polynesia, for example. The 'humanitarian refuge' argument has no legs. As I've said, were it up to me I would provide a port of entry, most likely Bundaberg as it's not like it would matter if we had to quarantine it and the surrounding 100km. But the cruising fraternity need to not use bullshit arguments as it just weakens your case and insults our intelligence. FKT
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    American Dumbass

    My friends have given up their plans to go there and they've both spent many months in Japan on walking tours plus speak reasonable Japanese. Their take on it is - it just isn't sensible to go. Any of you US cruisers with half-decent vessels have the *capacity* to transit non-stop from French Polynesia or NZ back to a home port, or at least you should have if your boats are seaworthy. So there's no technical reason why you can't. I can understand the lack of desire to do such long passages especially for those who've spent their entire time in the trade wind belt, but if you look at it from say Australia's border control POV, your lack of desire to do such a passage does not constitute a humanitarian exception on ours. Were it my decision I'd open up a single port of entry with decent hardstanding and quarantine and allow a controlled flow in for people & boats who could make out a decent case for needing to refit/resupply or need medical attention etc. Then I'd quarantine you in a hotel or similar for the 14 days, test you twice and then let you live & work on your boats until you left. Not my call in any way though and our Govt doesn't even know you exist let alone care. FKT
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    Political realism of RBG passing

    ROFL. You've got him pinned on that one, and his wiggling is really funny. Hey, warbird - you're fucked. Better admit you're an idiot now and get past it. FKT
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    American Dumbass

    My elder sister can trace our ancestry back to the 1850's on the matrilineal line, starting with a housemaid in a sheep property in SW NSW. Before that all is vague. If you knew any Australian history then you could figure out what that is most likely to indicate. Anyway, the point is, none of us is taking cruisers in ATM. Borders are closed for the foreseeable future. Cruisers' choices are to stay where they are if permitted to do so, or go home. Continuing a world cruise and blithely going from port to port and assuming a welcome on arrival is not on. Maybe in 2021 or 2022 things will ease up but not this season. Hence my advice - if you really can't or won't stay in your current safe haven, or you're uncomfortable being in a possible cyclone area - look at going home. Up to you to suggest a 3rd alternative, Pano. FKT