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    Aluminum "zincs"?

    Just went to the local Yanmar agent and they only stock genuine Yanmar aluminium "zincs" for the sail drive now - they come in 2 halves and have a stainless mounting bracket so that you can change the anodes without taking the prop off. Wasn't too convinced with this idea, but they did have non-genuine "proper zinc" anodes which were twice the price which I purchased. Changing times.....
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    Things To Do In London

    We really enjoyed our hooovercraft ride.....
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    Upgrade/Repair Tacktick system or buy new B&G?

    Given the age of the units, I would replace the batteries on all units first - this is usually the main cause of problems. As you say you can sell on ebay, but you can also purchase any additional units on there as well. Contrary to many bad reports, I am very happy with my system which is very comprehensive, half of which I purchased off ebay at greatly reduced prices. Only issue is difficulty picking up the wind transmitter at the top of the mast whilst in the marina - I always wait until after I have left the marina before switching it on and then with clear signals it works fine.
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    Random PicThread

    Did say approx - I reckon it's about 43.230 Sth, 148.140 - you can see through the gap to Bruny, or is that Cape Raoul?
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    Random PicThread

    Approximately 42 South!
  6. Correct - I remember her docked at the RYCT and the new owner had just had her delivered from the mainland. He had a petrol concrete saw and without any delay promptly cut off the racks or wings. On delivery offshore, the extensions were constantly dragging in the seas, so a no go, other than inshore waters. She left Tassie for some years ago, but returned about 2 years ago and has been based down the Huon. As the add says - a lot of %#it Happens for the dollar with a new engine!
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    Melbourne Osaka 2018

    I would have to say that the Oska race website and tracker are pretty good for what is essentially a small budget affair compared to say a S2H. Now, essential reading over the morning coffee - go MS.
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    Open letter to Microsoft/Windows

    Well, this topic has been a bit quiet lately...... Worst update experience ever just now - logged on again a few hours after perusing GA earlier in the day and the usual message comes up "Please wait whilst Windows updates...." or something similar. Only this time Windows (10) opens and it's a brand new version as if it had just been installed right out of the box with all the preferences and customisation missing (it even reverted to US date formatting and Office wanted me to re-register its software) - worst of all, all of the folders containing pictures, music documents etc were all empty! I did manage to find a previous restore point and after four hours of copying most of what I had thought was lost onto a separate drive, I shut down and restarted, and voila - everything is back to normal? Why did everything disappear?
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    Help me choose: Sun fast 3200 or J109

    Have owned a 3200 for 3 years now and it's a great boat to consider, especially for a family. Have added refrigeration and hot water to make it truly family friendly. Headroom is a bit short up forward, but that wide cockpit is great. Sticky in the light but goes fantastic in the heavier stuff. We regularly race it short handed and it is well set up for this - look for a boat that has all the extras such autopilot and good instrumentation. Only problems we have had is the forward cabin windows on each side need rebedding as they are unsupported for part of their length and the jib sheet lifts the deck breaking the mastic seal - I am going to add a stiffener halfway along and then rebed them. Also, check the powder coating on the hatch windows - our batch of Lewmar hatches the powder coating all peeled off but I re did them and they are like new now. Open the electrical switchboard at the nav station and see what the wiring is like - on our boat I was very disappointed with the setup - the negative earth is only a bolt, washer and nut - not good practice.
  10. Bora Bora is an easy day trip as noted above - the boat charter company will provide a sailing guide as part of their induction process. On BB we found that the locals generally treat the beaches as their backyards and thus don't like you swimming or taking the dinghy to the beach. Most hotels however don't mind you anchoring off their beaches. The Bora Bora yacht club is worth a visit and they have a nice sign board for a family photo opportunity in front of it.
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    F1 2018...

    The list of countries where F1 will be streamed live is here Live streaming and more details here How the system works Costs for the two levels of service seem amazingly cheap :- "The Pro product will be available for between $8-12 per month, or $100 per year. That will be converted into the relevant currencies. The Access product will be $2-3 per month, around $20 per year. " Unfortunately, Australia is not yet on the broadcast recipient countries, but USA is ......
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    Musical Trivia Quiz

    Have really enjoyed the various threads on What are you listening to now? So here's a new twist ....... In Oz, we have a show that has been running for many years called RocKwiz , which is a lively question and answer show (usually recorded in pubs) with a great backing band and hot presenter. I'm not hot all, but I will start it off.... Name the band that that sang "Kick out the jams" Rules:- Your answer must contain a web link for those of us incapable of basic internet search theory You must actually have remembered (or god forbid) have been part of the history of the song or band - give us a story about this song and how it changed your life forever! You get to do the next question So, go for it
  13. Thanks Pulpit - wasn't aware that the plug hull was cedar strip. On our boat I fitted a number of new sealable hatches into the lower berths and you sure built a strong boat - I would have gone through a dozen jigsaw blades cutting into the plywood/glass layup and I never found any areas of concern on the boat - it was strong everywhere, as can be attested to the number of offshore events it has done. There is a bit more information here:- ORCV Article but as indicated earlier on these three boats were different to the normal Inglis design (eg Addiction) and of course the original that started it all Boundary Rider.
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    USS Lexington CV-2 discovered after 76 years

    Pop was pretty much the opposite - he could recall every detail of what happened in those years and loved telling stories, but events that happened after the war faded into memory. The ship called into Hobart Tasmania on one occasion for shore leave and also spent some time in Sydney as well. It was there that Pop ended up finding a wife and after the war left the US to live here in Australia. Towards the end of his life he threw out all of his photos and war memorabilia including his dress uniform - I have the impression now that he suffered a bit from depression and never really found his place in the world after WW2. We also have a copy of the Sara story which is good read. Towards the end of the war they spent a bit of time on assignment with the British navy and were based around India I think - he didn't have much regard for the poms.
  15. The three boats out of Mal Hart's yard were all balsa core. There were a number of earlier cedar strip boats (built in Qld?). The Hart boats also had slightly more freeboard and thus more internal height after Don Jones revised the Inglis plans.