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by Tropic Bird
Jan 15th, '12, 09:05
Forum: Trailer yachts
Topic: Sonata 6 vs Sonata 7
Replies: 14
Views: 10113

Re: Sonata 6 vs Sonata 7

Hi Bozza As Sue has said the Sonata seven is a fantastic Family boat, plenty of room and I feel a good comprimise for both cusing and racing. Tropicbird is still on the market at a reduced price which should appear on the Sonata Assn website in the next few days. if you want to ask any question abou...
by Tropic Bird
Jan 11th, '12, 15:48
Forum: General
Topic: Removing Vinyl Cut Names
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: Removing Vinyl Cut Names

I cant give an answer regards removing the old fade marks I havent even been able to acheive it on my own boat after I changed the name. My only suggestion is do what I do, I only look at the white hull on very sunny days when Im not wearing sunglasses, it dosent seem to be as bad then. If anyone co...
by Tropic Bird
Jan 2nd, '12, 08:23
Forum: General
Topic: Removing Vinyl Cut Names
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: Removing Vinyl Cut Names

I agree with HELLICONIA54
Ive been in the sign trade 45 years dont mind putting them on hate taking them off it can be hard boring work, but I guess we dont put them on to fall off. Turps will also remove the remaining glue.
by Tropic Bird
Jan 2nd, '12, 08:14
Forum: General
Topic: Water Quality Gippsland Lakes
Replies: 20
Views: 3885

Re: Water Quality Gippsland Lakes

Good In Loch Sport Lost of Trailer Sailers, Jet Skis and swimming. Water is quite clear.
by Tropic Bird
Dec 19th, '11, 09:39
Forum: General
Topic: Who is going to the "Lakes" at Christmas
Replies: 59
Views: 5303

Re: Who is going to the "Lakes" at Christmas

Just at the main LSport boat ramp now There is a sign for the BGA stating no eating of fish etc yet on the Main notice board at the store there is the same sign Showing no swimming boating eating of fish symbols etc. A bit conflicting so I would suggest you make your own enquiries regarding Loch Spo...
by Tropic Bird
Dec 19th, '11, 06:56
Forum: General
Topic: Who is going to the "Lakes" at Christmas
Replies: 59
Views: 5303

Re: Who is going to the "Lakes" at Christmas

The signs have started going up at Loch Sport in the last couple of days However it didnt stop the Jet Skis and power boats over the weekend. I'm not familiar with what the BG algae looks like but the water has been green for a while and a few days ago the seaweed smell was very strong during the ni...
by Tropic Bird
Sep 12th, '11, 17:36
Forum: General
Topic: Build a dingy or tender
Replies: 25
Views: 5269

Re: Build a dingy or tender

Hi Cuiser Just the plans, It dosent look too hard to cut out, there is a video on the bateau site someware showing it being built. I remember seeing it, it might have been in the forums. http://forums.bateau2.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=25681 Here it is the first Video of the build you can see the other...
by Tropic Bird
Sep 11th, '11, 09:49
Forum: General
Topic: Build a dingy or tender
Replies: 25
Views: 5269

Re: Build a dingy or tender

Rockman
I have recently bought the plans for the "Prameke" @ www.bateau.com it is a 7-8 ft dinghy. look under small boat plans. I had the plans on my doorstep in about 10 days from order. There is not a lot of material involved and for me it will be a good project and it also looks pretty.
by Tropic Bird
Jun 14th, '11, 18:35
Forum: General
Topic: Expressions of interest/feedback - Loch Sport boat storage
Replies: 20
Views: 2363

Re: Expressions of interest/feedback - Loch Sport boat stora

Mel,
I live in LS and would be interested in mast up hardstand. I have looked at the marina but management attitude had me walking and not looking back.
Terry
by Tropic Bird
May 5th, '11, 14:45
Forum: Trailers and Towing
Topic: Repairing damaged fibreglass and tying boats to trailer
Replies: 26
Views: 5945

Re: Repairing damaged fibreglass and tying boats to trailer

We secure ours with a 2500kg strap over the cockpit and to a chain looped around the chassis on each side. At the front we have the big turn buckle to the winch post plus a 1000kg webbing strap over the bow connected to a chain looped around the chassis at the base of the winch post. This whole setu...
by Tropic Bird
May 1st, '11, 09:41
Forum: General
Topic: Solo Sail Handling
Replies: 16
Views: 1761

Re: Solo Sail Handling

Yes Mate Auto Helm would be the way to go but with building a new house and being unemployed I just cant afford it, I do have everything except the reefing coming back to the cockpit so if I get that organised i think I can manage for now. Just a bit off topic, I'm a trade qualified Signwriter with ...
by Tropic Bird
Apr 30th, '11, 14:59
Forum: General
Topic: Solo Sail Handling
Replies: 16
Views: 1761

Re: Solo Sail Handling

Thanks for all the replies, it would appear that there is no set way so I will play around until I find a way that suits. I have no self steering so that might make it a bit harder, but heaving to might be a good option.

thanks

Terry
by Tropic Bird
Apr 29th, '11, 17:44
Forum: General
Topic: Solo Sail Handling
Replies: 16
Views: 1761

Solo Sail Handling

For some time now I have been conservativley (on purpose) teaching myself to sail solo. I have picked the weather and as a result havent as yet had to reef. I have a furling reefing headsail and a main with 2 reef points. My question is, in the event of having to reef do I completely furl the headsa...
by Tropic Bird
Mar 20th, '11, 07:58
Forum: General
Topic: Furler for Sonata7
Replies: 6
Views: 1276

Re: Furler for Sonata7

Hi James, Ben is correct I to have the Scheafer Furler and also a a new North sail was built for it at the time and couldnt be happier. This particular furler was recommended buy the sail maker as you dont have to remove it when the mast is dropped. This is not the best photo but you can see the ide...
by Tropic Bird
Feb 8th, '11, 08:03
Forum: Sonata
Topic: Sonata 7 - Keel cable breaks
Replies: 24
Views: 6688

Re: Sonata 7 - Keel cable breaks

Mines the same as Bobs open directly onto the shackle
by Tropic Bird
Feb 7th, '11, 20:57
Forum: General
Topic: TC Yasi
Replies: 82
Views: 6189

Re: TC Yasi

I managed to talk with my kids on Skype, they pretty much lost everything, they carried the laptop around outside and we got to have a look around the property, what devastation. They are doing OK they are survivours. On the other side a friend of ours had a game boat at MB worth about $450K he had ...
by Tropic Bird
Feb 5th, '11, 08:37
Forum: General
Topic: TC Yasi
Replies: 82
Views: 6189

Tony

Thanks so much for your offer, we havent been able to contact our kids however we have been in touch with a friend who said they are doing OK and have been given an undamaged place to stay

Really appreciate your offer

Terry
by Tropic Bird
Feb 4th, '11, 09:23
Forum: General
Topic: TC Yasi
Replies: 82
Views: 6189

I was in Mission Beach and lived through Cyc Larry and I thought I had seen it all, that is until now. I was on the phone most of the night to my son who with his wife and 3 kids were in a room under their house while the house above them along with all their possessions were destroyed. I was follow...
by Tropic Bird
Feb 1st, '11, 07:41
Forum: General
Topic: TC Yasi
Replies: 82
Views: 6189

I went through Larry in Mission Beach, dont try and second guess anything, you dont want to be there I can tell you, but in saying that I dont know where you run to from a thing of this size.Its hard to try and describe to anyone what its like to be in the middle of one of these cyclones. Anna Bligh...
by Tropic Bird
Jan 31st, '11, 14:36
Forum: Sonata
Topic: Sonata 7 - Keel cable breaks
Replies: 24
Views: 6688

As with Bobs S7 mine also has an inspection port, this lets me change the cable while on the trailer. When Bob posts his pics if mine looks any different I will also post photos.

Terry
by Tropic Bird
Jan 20th, '11, 20:35
Forum: General
Topic: Power Adapter Question
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Thanks for that Rockman
by Tropic Bird
Jan 20th, '11, 14:56
Forum: General
Topic: Power Adapter Question
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Power Adapter Question

I have a Uniden hand Held VHF from USA with a charger powered by a US adapter. The power figures on the US adapter are as follows, Input: AC120V 60Hz 15W Output: DC 12V 200mA These are the figures on an Aussie adapter that I was sold and told it would be OK to use. Input:100-240VAC50/60Hz Output:12V...
by Tropic Bird
Jan 19th, '11, 08:59
Forum: General
Topic: renaming a boat
Replies: 20
Views: 1464

Huw, As INMA has said some signs are done in 2 pack but the majority of earlier signs were written in enamel paint and its quite unlikely that small writing on the transom would be done in 2 pack. If you get the light in the right angle you may be able to see the brush marks if not you can either ru...
by Tropic Bird
Jan 13th, '11, 20:20
Forum: General
Topic: Sunmaid 20 versus Boomerang 20 DK
Replies: 19
Views: 2101

Mel Our first boat was a Sunmaid 20, we had it in the 80's in Townsville it was a great boat if you didnt want to be in a hurry. We had it out in some terrible conditions at times and it was a safe boat that never scared me (not too much anyway) we raised our kids and ourselves in this boat. These d...
by Tropic Bird
Jan 10th, '11, 19:50
Forum: General
Topic: Budget Cruising for under $8K
Replies: 35
Views: 3521

I dont post on these forums a lot, sometimes when I post I look at the post afterward and think "gee I could have said that better" or maybe I think "that sounds a bit abrupt" its because I cant wave my arms around or give any facials expresions, or have another beer or whatever, I try to give advic...

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