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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. O/T - Moving to Australia; Boston Suburbs to Sydney

    Some overbuilt markets (B'bane apartments) are tanking, an indicator of a generally softening market. Maybe similar situation developing in Sydney for off-the-plan apartments. However Sydney housing in general likely won't weaken appreciably, maybe slow down somewhat, its still driven by international (Chinese) demand, lack of good supply and low interest rates. Spring now, so prime selling season. By the time you arrive, things may be clearer. Short to medium term, better to rent here anyway (rental returns are in the 3-4% range.)
  2. California Boating Card

    Insurance will cover it.....
  3. O/T - Moving to Australia; Boston Suburbs to Sydney

    The ages of your kids means that it won't matter too much if they miss a couple of weeks of school, but if you are thinking of living near the city, (esp. inner west) you'll want to be here by early Feb , before uni(versity) goes back, early March, as the students will be competing for rentals. Up around Pittwater, such things don't matter......
  4. Teak Deck Replacement

    The key is, as mentioned by Moon, is whether the deck has been screw-fastened or glued, and the thickness of the teak. (Leaving the issue of a potentially squishy deck aside!) If its 1/2" teak it should be sandable. 1/4". out of luck. Some screws may become exposed and will need to be removed and replaced with shorter ones. I will also need regrooving and caulking. A big job, but not as much as a complete replacement.
  5. painting over gel coat - questions/concerns

    Perfection is easier to use than Awlgrip, adheres fine over epoxy and epoxy paint. Here's a good instruction manual: http://www.ptwatercraft.com/ptwatercraft/Rolling_Perfection_by_Russell_Brown.html Time to get to work on the fishing boat!
  6. painting over gel coat - questions/concerns

    A good Awlgrip job will last 10+ years. Not easy to apply, so if are not confident of your painting skills get it done professionally. If you want to save $$ do the prep work yourself - been said before, its 90% of the effort (cost). Other 2-pack systems, such as Perfection are almost as good and a bit easier to apply, but still only a job for an experienced painter. Do you have a dinghy to practise on?
  7. Mast or boom furling?

    +1 Full battens, sufficient controls to shape the sail, plus all the reasons above.
  8. Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    Allen key screws are just as bad as phillips to remove when old and corroded in.The edges of the socket get smooth and the key slips - you end up with a nice round hole..... I've several of them on the boat (Lewmar traveller track) that I cannot remove. I'll just have to drill them out one day. I'm ignoring them for now - maybe they'll go away!
  9. My newest project

    First year physics at uni, we had HP desktop calculators/computers to help run experiments; they had nixie tubes. Forgot all about them! Can't remember the HP product number. The (rich) nerds had HP35s, I had a slide rule - much easier than log tables.......
  10. Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    The tyranny of distance strikes again. I get lots of high-value, relatively light stuff from o/s, mainly the US, where its usually 30-50% cheaper than in Oz. Unfortunately screws are heavy in bulk and you tend to need only a few more immediately to finish a project.....
  11. Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    Yeah, but in the real world, how many of them can you get in 316 in a full range? (Certainly not here in Oz!) (I like the raised c/s, especially for cleats, etc.)
  12. My newest project

    Just installed an HP21 app on my cell phone. Now I can use it as a calculator......
  13. Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    Not easy to get a full range of JIS screws (wood and machine), especially here in Oz! I don't want to be mixing different screws around the boat..... (Yeah, phillips screws are made for fastening, not unfastening!)
  14. Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    Just bought a set of gunsmith drivers. Much better than standard cheapest!
  15. Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    +1 I prefer a brace over an impact driver if there's room. If the head is OK it will get most screws out and you have good control over what you are doing. (Not easy to find the correct bits tho'.)