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by davem
Jun 15th, '21, 13:55
Forum: General
Topic: Pittwater/ Hawkesbury- Restaurant Access From TS?
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Pittwater/ Hawkesbury- Restaurant Access From TS?

Duncan, just got back. Broken Bay and Pittwater were pleasant but the upper reaches of Cowan creek were cold at night. My unqualified observation- Cold air falls down the creeks & valleys there at a decent rate due to the steepness of the area. I find that if you find somewhere out of the main ...
by davem
May 19th, '21, 14:43
Forum: General
Topic: UV protection to furling jib
Replies: 14
Views: 403

Re: UV protection to furling jib

Jon wrote:
May 17th, '21, 20:56
It hasn't been stated above but your cockpit cushions look great. Well done on a good outcome.
I agree.

Would you mind sharing pic(s) of your main reefing points ? They are sort of on my to-do list and would be very interested in what you have done.

cheers
by davem
Mar 16th, '21, 11:09
Forum: Performance & Modifications
Topic: Cockpit lines and sheet bag alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 603

Re: Cockpit lines and sheet bag alternatives

I have seen lots of boats mount their gps/instuments on a hinged arm. The arm is mounted on the back of the bulkhead out of the weather & swings around in to the companionway so it is visible when in use.
by davem
Feb 5th, '21, 16:16
Forum: Performance & Modifications
Topic: Sonata6 or Careel18..?????
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Sonata6 or Careel18..?????

Taken from a post somewhere on here some time ago that I copied and kept. MARK I 18/01 Built July, 1970. 1st change, fit a heavier keel (3/4" plate steel) from 18/150, June, 1974. This was still designated as MARK I. MARK II with 2" higher freeboard from 18/415, June, 1981 a yet heavier ke...
by davem
Dec 11th, '20, 15:36
Forum: General
Topic: Nelson Bay / Port Stephens / Soldiers Point - recommendations please
Replies: 35
Views: 1270

Re: Nelson Bay / Port Stephens / Soldiers Point - recommendations please

If you get a good window, def try and get to Broughton Isld. Years ago I once kayaked from Nelson Bay and camped overnight. Magic. Wonderful downwind & large swell run coming back on the Sunday. Didnt have snorkelling gear with me but looked amazing. Have also spearfished those islands off the P...
by davem
Dec 11th, '20, 15:11
Forum: General
Topic: lifeline backrest
Replies: 26
Views: 815

Re: lifeline backrest

oh yes, 50mm. Bunnings 10 meter $12? https://www.bunnings.com.au/grunt-50mm-x-10m-polyester-webbing-black_p4310863 Wife says that the problem is the needle and machine, not strong enough to go through the webbing. From what I have seen of the Grunt stuff I would suggest you try and buy webbing from...
by davem
Nov 3rd, '20, 05:56
Forum: General
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 48
Views: 3114

Re: Lightning

Your mast peak is also closer to the clouds. The mast will rise in potential and this will probably result in a tingling sensation in the surrounding area. & likely your hair will be standing on its end. This is the part that has me wondering... what do you do in this situation of likely immine...
by davem
Nov 3rd, '20, 05:43
Forum: General
Topic: New build Scarab 10
Replies: 271
Views: 11948

Re: New build Scarab 10

Plan is to rectify the paint job and filler next winter. I'm sure it will get a bit dinged up with a learner by then :) I built a kayak 20+ years ago and had the same plan for the hull...still havent filled and repainted LOL Great work and thanks for the blog. I really enjoy these build threads.
by davem
Oct 12th, '20, 09:27
Forum: General
Topic: Duncanson 26
Replies: 160
Views: 6471

Re: Duncanson 26

What Zeb has failed to mention is the unparalleled ability of Sikaflex to get absolutely everywhere. By far the messiest stuff that I have ever touched. Planning, caution and masking are your friends.
by davem
Oct 12th, '20, 09:19
Forum: General
Topic: From Trailer Sailers to a Hobie Adventure Island
Replies: 18
Views: 1186

Re: From Trailer Sailers to a Hobie Adventure Island

if you are keen on sails for a sea kayak I recommend this style - https://flatearthkayaksails.com.au

Mounted forward to not hinder paddling. Fit to the deck with a flexible tiller extension fitting. Simple to make. May need some reinforcing under the deck to handle the compression loads.
by davem
Oct 1st, '20, 16:55
Forum: General
Topic: companion way cover
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: companion way cover

as an update, I finally got moving and finished my boom tent with the supaproof fabric and bunnings poles just in time to test it out for a couple of days. Some notes that may be of use to others. Supaproof - like Furstin said, it may not need hemming. I did hem mine and rolled the ends to make a tu...
by davem
Sep 18th, '20, 16:49
Forum: OUTBOARD MOTOR STUFF
Topic: Yamaha 8hp 2 stroke not running idle
Replies: 32
Views: 1502

Re: Yamaha 8hp 2 stroke not running idle

You can always try freeing up with a wire to dislodge crust. I did our yammy 50 powerhead and the only bit with any salt crust was the outlet (always flushef) but it was rock hard! Had to drill nit out Sent from my SM-A705YN using Tapatalk I had an old motor when I got my boat that had these sympto...
by davem
Sep 16th, '20, 15:09
Forum: General
Topic: Anchor chain
Replies: 41
Views: 953

Re: Anchor chain

I thought id check the anchor in smith one day, pulled myself down the chain and as I fly up to the anchor theres a huge hairtail sprung up like a moray eel ready to strike. Just about crapped myself! Sounds like Smiths Ck is hairtail central ! June/July I did an overnighter there and in the mornin...
by davem
Sep 3rd, '20, 12:07
Forum: Trailer yachts
Topic: Boat ID assistance please [likely solved, Hewitt 20]
Replies: 47
Views: 1846

Re: Boat ID assistance please

Have you thought of chasing via the trailer ? Perhaps they could have records of the build ?

A quick search
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by davem
Sep 1st, '20, 15:21
Forum: General
Topic: Metholated Spirits...
Replies: 51
Views: 3290

Re: Metholated Spirits...

and every night had to wipe the soot off the bottom of frypans, kettles etc. . In my days of extensive trangia use, a trick was to put ~10% water in with the metho to stop the soot. Dont ask me about the physics. Strangely enough, I use the same trangia in the boat (although lot less frequently) bu...
by davem
Sep 1st, '20, 15:15
Forum: General
Topic: Checklists
Replies: 19
Views: 685

Re: Checklists

Depending on age it is a good idea to pull and inspect the hidden stainless components for crevice corrosion. That would likely be chainplates and the towing eye. You might be surprised what is (or isn't) behind there :) After losing a towing eye to crevice corrosion, I cannot agree strongly enough...
by davem
Sep 1st, '20, 15:08
Forum: General
Topic: TRAILER BRAKES
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: TRAILER BRAKES

I have just gone through a similar exercise. Given that you are just swapping to discs, I think that you will just need to get the mounting tabs welded on to your axle and then hubs to suit both your axle and wheel stud pattern. A lot simpler than my job turned out to be. I know that huntsman have H...
by davem
Aug 19th, '20, 20:55
Forum: General
Topic: companion way cover
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: companion way cover

Only had time for a 10 second look but felt ideal. Not so sure I could recommend them even as garden stakes let alone exposing them to a salty environment. I bought 2 green ones to hold up half a sqm of shade cloth as wind protections for a small orange seedling plant and one of the stakes collapse...
by davem
Aug 19th, '20, 14:33
Forum: General
Topic: companion way cover
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: companion way cover

I was just at the gardening section of the big green shed with the wife and very accidentally have found a potential option. Description is Garden Stake Whites 15mmx1800mm fibreglass. $4.99. Buggered if I can find them on their website though. They are black whereas most of the others were green &am...
by davem
Aug 19th, '20, 10:46
Forum: Recommended Tradesmen
Topic: Fibreglass battens and rods for sails and boom tents
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: Fibreglass battens and rods for sails and boom tents

Slammin

What type of aluminium are you referring to ? Is it flexible ?
by davem
Aug 18th, '20, 20:06
Forum: General
Topic: companion way cover
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: companion way cover

Depending on where you are I used battens from these guys for the boom awning-mahal. http://permex.com.au/ Sent from my SM-A705YN using Tapatalk Yes I had their URL stored from another thread. Thats what I was aiming for but I never get out that way !! What size & profile did you use ? I think ...
by davem
Aug 18th, '20, 07:21
Forum: General
Topic: companion way cover
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: companion way cover

Please let us know how you get on with the washing and sewing. I havent touched mine yet and probably wont for some time as I have a few other projects on the go. Need to source some battens before I do anything. I chose the antelope colour in the hope that it will be cooler, but its still pretty da...
by davem
Aug 13th, '20, 08:53
Forum: General
Topic: Red Jacket has water in hull
Replies: 13
Views: 462

Re: Red Jacket has water in hull

+1 for the inspection hatch. I have done the same (internal storage bunk) to be able to readily check if there is a leak. I was once told that those cheap screw in hatches were intended for vertical installation. Maybe bs, but def makes sense to avoid grit falling in to the thread/o-ring area. Cheap...
by davem
Aug 3rd, '20, 12:19
Forum: For Sale, or Swap, Barter etc
Topic: Spotted. TS's for sale on the net.
Replies: 17734
Views: 1232755

Re: Spotted. TS's for sale on the net.

Cole Bountycraft 23 - $9,900 neg. - Eatons Hill QLD Doesn't look lke a Cole 23. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/eatons-hill/sail-boats/trailer-sailer-cole-bountycraft-23-25/1253836622 Was hoping someone would know .I’ve searched web with no luck. Fractional rig ,keel rope You sure its not a fixed k...
by davem
Jul 30th, '20, 09:40
Forum: General
Topic: Questions from a First Timer
Replies: 26
Views: 859

Re: Questions from a First Timer

Simon,

I think that is a great post - well reasoned, unbiased and logical.

Care to suggest some models best matched to your recommendations ? ....Give me a few minutes to get some popcorn !

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