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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Jan 18th, '20, 21:32

We are being watched !Image

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by PaulS » Jan 20th, '20, 12:45

looks cleverer than the average seagull - watch out!
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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Jan 20th, '20, 19:09

Is that why it is called a duck board. We had up to 30 at times, but this guy was on his own and more bold than normal. Really like Lake Macquarie.

In another time and place a couple used to tap on the hull with their beaks, about an hour before sunrise.

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Jan 22nd, '20, 09:28

Left Lake Macquarie before their storm, arrived at Port Stephens just after their storm, how lucky is that. Lemon Tree Passage is a gem. Good ramps, lots of parking, basic shopping. Coles,etc, back along the access road. The marina had hot showers available last time we were here, coin-op laundromat in main Street. Lots of moorings but room for us. Another perfect morning.
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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Jan 22nd, '20, 09:30

The photo fell off.Image

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Jan 26th, '20, 21:27

And then it all turned messy. Forecast was for more breeze than my crew are comfortable with so, in the car and off shopping. To get to Nelson Bay from Lemon Tree takes a while and we were an hour later than planned by the time we got back. The wind had changed 180 degrees, Peridot had dragged about 80m along the channel, fouled anchor, ebb tide, and was now sitting on very soft mud/sand/silt/seagrass. I could still get the dinghy around it, but the tide would drop another 200mm. Picked the anchor up in the dinghy, with difficulty, it was holding now, and re-laid it. Wonderful Wife was not impressed, Damn Dog did not mind, it was not rocking.

Floated free during dinner and we moved out and picked up a vacant mooring for the night. Wondered why the stern seemed a bit low next morning, looked in the stern locker below the cockpit floor, half full of water. There had been a rock hiding in that mud, I now need to replace ply about the size of a dinner plate, and I would rather do that at home.

There has been some talk about drying out, up until now I have avoided it, so the point of this is a cautionary tale. You need to know exactly what the beach is like, or do it at your peril. It may be some time before I do it again, accidentally or on purpose.

So now we are in the Show Grounds at Grafton. Gold Coast tomorrow, but no more cruising.
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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Johny » Jan 27th, '20, 11:00

Sad news Peter. You sound like by you will have Peridot patched up very soon though. I was going to dry out at Hill Inlet on Whitsunday Island but chickened out at the last minute as I didn't want the sand abraiding my hulls. I hadn't thought of hidden rocks though.
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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by rseydler » Jan 27th, '20, 23:36

Sorry to hear about your mishap.

That's pretty odd that a rock punched through the ply by just the stern weight sitting on it. Having a ply boat I'm interested in any pics you have. Everywhere i read says ply has the best puncture resistance, but always good to know what can happen so it can be avoided.

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by colect149 » Feb 3rd, '20, 23:07

Hill Inlet is OK for drying out except for the sandflies. Usually sitting on a rock is unlkely to cause damage unless the whole weight of the boat is on it, or wave action, e.g. passing boats making it thump. My money is on GRP having had the ply in a speedboat fail purely by water pounding. Retreiving a boat from 30 foot of water is not fun. BTW it was fresh water and draining the water out of the engine, fresh oil, a carby clean, coil and distributor in the oven for a few hours plus a temporary fuel supply we had it running next day.
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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by colect149 » Feb 3rd, '20, 23:14

Swans at Paynesville tap on the hull, which gets an instant respone from the jack russell. The swans are not intimadated by him, which results in a standoff of much wing flapping, hissing and barking. I used to worry about the swans nesting on the ground and being prey to the foxes, after some of the aggression I have seen from the swans I almost feel sorry for the foxes.
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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peter Yates » Feb 4th, '20, 09:08

Yes I used to worry about a swan who made her nest right next to the launching ramp at Allawah in Paynesville. She completely ignored all the sound and movement at the ramp.

On another occasion, in the caravan park area at Allawah, we saw a couple arrive with their huge Bernese dog who went off checking the area out. A swan then arrived at the van looking foir treats and when the dog came back, the swan chased it away!

Had a picture identical to the one posted except it was a swan looking over the transom in my first I563 which is a nice height for swans to peer into. Can't find that image - may have been pre-digital.
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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by zebedee » Feb 4th, '20, 10:48

Peter Yates wrote:
Feb 4th, '20, 09:08
Had a picture identical to the one posted except it was a swan looking over the transom in my first I563 which is a nice height for swans to peer into. Can't find that image - may have been pre-digital.
Here, borrow one of mine - I think we've all got a version of that photo?

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Feb 9th, '20, 17:38

Post Script ! Decided to go north from Grafton, since we were headed in that direction already, and hating the the rough road alongside the Clarence. Got to Casino but could not get over the fire damage. A lot of pine forest along that road, much of it burnt. It won't recover the way the native gums will. Right to Lismore, then a blowout, in a really bad place. An off-duty mechanic stopped and pulled out his trolley jack and had it changed long before RACQ could get there. I was a bit stressed and forgot to switch off the overdrive. Got to a little village called Clune and the engine warning light glowed. Got my code reader out and a fault with transmission again. Spent $2000 on that 4months ago. Parked in a back street under a big tree for shade. Still hot as hell. Cleared the code next morning and headed off. Light came on after 20 Km, carried on to Kirra Beach van park. The only one on the Gold Coast that takes dogs, nearest we can get to daughter's place. We had parked on her front lawn on the way down in October, got moved on by Council. Guess who own the van parks.

Transmission specialist said our oil cooler is too small for the temp, and behind the bumper. OK if your Jeep is in USA where it snows. $830 for a new cooler and a tranny service.

Two weeks of family time, which mostly means maintenance on their house. Busy, no time to write.

Really wet Thurs, left Fri morning, got 200 Km to Caboolture and light on again. On to Buderim and another transmission expert. Bring it back Monday. So we are now parked at a very nice van park near Bli Bli, beside the Maroochydore River, with a rental car, all courtesy of RACQ ultimate. Booked for a week. Would be a nice time if the weather improves.Trying to dry out, after 3 months of salt water the high humidity is making everything sticky. Wonderful (and long-suffering) Wife is not happy. Does not like salt water and does not like Jeeps.

A photo of the damage under the port quarter, included part of the 12" roller to give an idea of size. Still has some oysters and rotten rock in the hole. I have been playing with boats all my life and this is the first hole. If it was 600mm further forward we would have sunk on the rising tide. Could have claimed insurance on this too, but without the perks. My crew are are ready to go home, would be there about now if not for the Jeep.Image

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by rseydler » Feb 9th, '20, 18:49

How much further do you have to go?

If it keeps raining like this you'll be able sail home instead. Get some cable ski in @ Bli Bli and you'll forget all your troubles ;)

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Feb 9th, '20, 21:28

1416 Km as the crow flies, considerably more on our less-than-perfect Qld roads.

I have not skied for over 50 years, I guess it is like riding a bike. I might be up to it, depending on what happens with the Jeep.

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by rseydler » Feb 9th, '20, 21:52

I know you have family here in Bris but if you need anything that you think i can help with just let me know.

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Post by Peridot » Feb 10th, '20, 15:02

Thanks for that. Transmission comes out of the Jeep this pm, looks like an oil pump problem, but that could just be the beginning.

Rivershore van park is very nice, better now most of the kids have gone home. Nice pool, waterslides, etc. And a nice bar and restaurant for us oldies.

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by rseydler » Feb 10th, '20, 15:06

Time to settle in, get some battery operated tools, glass and epoxy and fix your dent in the boat then.

Then you can cruise Lake Cootharaba, Noosa river.

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Post by Peridot » Feb 10th, '20, 16:17

I knew I should have brought more tools with me. Naah. Just going for another swim.

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Post by rseydler » Mar 21st, '20, 12:42

So I am assuming you made it home or are you still swimming at the sunshine coast?

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Mar 21st, '20, 21:11

Been home for 3 weeks, working around the house, helping W W get the garden sorted, 4 trailer loads of prunings to the tip, 2 of compost on the garden, finally working on the boat. Off the trailer yesterday (see other thread). On it's side today. Cut out the broken ply, start sanding tomorrow, weather permitting.ImageImage

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by rseydler » Mar 21st, '20, 21:28

Glad you got back ok. No more jeep issues then?

At least it'll be well dried out after that time out of the water. Any internal framing to worry about? Hopefully an easy repair if there is nothing on the inside.

Damn rain, humidity and sunshine making plants grow.

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Mar 21st, '20, 22:04

Only got a quarter of the way up the Palmerston an the Jeep boiled. To cut a long story short the viscous coupled fan needs replacing, the new part has arrived from US Auto Parts in Brisbane for less than a third of the price quoted locally. I am learning the hard way.

The repair will be easier, I know about wood.
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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by rseydler » Mar 21st, '20, 22:25

Aww shoot. Didnt know any cars still used those, I've refilled two, one in a 80 series cruiser and 1 in a GU patrol, electric fans all the way from here on! You can get the fluid from Toyota.

Im sure you'll be back floating in no time.

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Re: Cruising with dogs

Post by Peridot » Mar 25th, '20, 23:20

The viscous fan in the Jeep is not refillable. Had my mechanic swap it today. Now the motor makes a sound I have not heard before.

Had planned to go to Cairns and get 4 litres of Altex antifouling. The price is good and they have green. CV has put me off, got it sent up on the local carrier for $20, only half the cost of my petrol.

Cut the hole in the boat, about 400 x 250, nothing in the way. Amazing.

There was a discussion last year about a clamcleat for rudders that released under load. There was a name of a stockist but I can't find the thread. Anyone remember ?

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