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  1. Seems to be forgotten now that the job of those in authority is to lead others to live a better life, through example, instruction, and only if the first two fail, through correction.........
  2. I was going to suggest these: http://www.speedseal.com/speedseal.html?LMCL=teJhFQ as vital replacement screws for R/W pump cover plates (certainly saved my sanity a few times, R/W pump facing aft under the cabin sole) but it seems they have closed down! (Easy enough to get a machinist to fabricate some machine screws with knurled heads tho'.)
  3. Germans and computers are fundamentally incompatible. Probably due to their approach to doing things. Generally make good hardware tho'.....
  4. Fleetwood

    12m Australia KA-5 for sale

    Still on a mooring in Pittwater. Dunno about the toilet but it's got a mast now.
  5. Fleetwood

    Etchells or Star for single handed cruising?

    I got mine last year for a few 100$$, new(er) set of sails almost as much. we now have 8 Solings in our twilight races.
  6. Fleetwood

    How many hours on your diesel marine engine?

    Check the state of the wiring!
  7. Fleetwood

    How many hours on your diesel marine engine?

    As mentioned above, it depends. Yanmar on my last boat had >6000hrs on it, 25 years old, still ran perfectly. Properly serviced, very little time at idle. Local dealer says it should be good for >10,000hrs if well looked after. Only problems I ever had were electrical, increasingly frequent in recent years, due to corrosion, dumb wiring by PO, etc. Often a PITA to fix. If I hadn't sold the boat I probably would have replaced the engine for this reason alone - it must be reliable......
  8. Fleetwood

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    That matches what I've (anecdotally) heard. Maybe <10% of deck cargo rates - also probably much cheaper than sailing it ......
  9. Fleetwood

    Relocate Winch to Deck Top

    Heaps of room. Either accept the winch at an angle (boat will be heeling anyway) or fashion a wedge-shaped block to go under the winch.
  10. Fleetwood

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    Containers are cheap to ship.
  11. Maybe it depends how smart the local birds are, but ours figured out after a few weeks that the plastic snakes weren't a threat. Netting. (Doesn't have to be neat.)
  12. Fleetwood

    Sourcing signal flags?

    Do you know any quilters? If you supply the fabric (maybe with a bit of inspiration) they can whip them up in no time.
  13. Fleetwood

    Hailing USS Sequoia

    That'd be Front Street then. Expect F&W, etc will all be involved over the next few years......
  14. Stuff from the local chandlery, also available from hardware/garden supply stores.
  15. There seems to be a new thread on this topic every summer...... The only long term solution I've found, after trying several others, is to completely cover the boat with bird netting. Works well. With practice you can set it up and remove it in a few minutes.