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What did you do to your sailing boat today ?

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Created by Boatin > 9 months ago, 12 Jun 2013
MorningBird
NSW, 2275 posts
23 Jun 2013 11:07PM
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Put the boat to bed as I am off tomorrow morning to Ireland and the UK for the next 3 months. A mate who has an S&S34 on the mooring next to mine is going to dry her out and run the engine/systems every few weeks.
When we get back she will be slipped, antifouled, new stern bearing and readied for a cruise to Lord Howe.
Everything is working now, I hope it is in 3 months.
Cheers all, fair winds and following seas.

keensailor
NSW, 656 posts
24 Jun 2013 3:41AM
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Today i got cabin fever, so i braved the crappy weather and went out to drain the engine oil (vacuum pump slooow but effective). Then I drained the fuel system, had some gunk in the glass bowl and want to replace fuel hoses and clean tank.

Wozzza
4 posts
28 Jun 2013 12:27PM
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Went to inspect a Hood 23 that was offered on this site. A little bit of work to do, couldnt pass it up. A $50 later and im the proud owner. A very BIG THANK YOU to Kevin and fellow owners... and now i need a mooring.


Fifty bucks? He never mentioned no fifty bucks! I'll catch him for a beer on Sunday when we go up to Lake Macquarie for a hand over on the replacement for the Hood. And you?ll need the pulleys for the Jib ? the port one went walkabout some time back and I took the starboard one off to match it when I got a new one. They?re both sitting in my kitchen at the moment, so let me know when you?re going to be at Rose Bay and I?ll pop over to drop them off (I live at Bondi). I?ll swap them for a tin of sealant we left on board.

Come to think off it, the new one cost more than the fifty bucks you paid for the boat, so you?re up a few dollars already?

Boatin
NSW, 179 posts
4 Jul 2013 12:35PM
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Today the new life lines on the port side go in then to wait for a service on the Yanmar YSM

Boatin
NSW, 179 posts
7 Jul 2013 9:05PM
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Today I got the port side genoa track & traveller removed. Lors of silcon, nothing moved

brizzydave
406 posts
8 Jul 2013 4:12PM
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walked on board...drank two cans of rum (naughty boy) and admired my toplac roll and tip efforts from yesterday...

spongeblob
NSW, 218 posts
9 Jul 2013 12:28AM
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The last 2 weeks the wife and I scrubbed down our $50 Hood 23, all fit for cruising round Sydney Harbour with the kids tomorrow, of course it looks like rain. Should add to the adventure.

brizzydave
406 posts
9 Jul 2013 10:37AM
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Hi spongeblob!
Mine was 800. Think I got ripped!!

felixdcat
WA, 3519 posts
9 Jul 2013 2:37PM
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Spent $ 150 in ropes and bits.......... and had to buy a x:"""@^0 flare kit waisted $ 60 as now the flares can,t be more than 3 yo, some arseee whole had a brain snap at the dept of marine and changed the rule, seriuosly I am not sure I would use the flares in a pink fit if I went in trouble I have an EPIRB on board!

crustysailor
VIC, 685 posts
9 Jul 2013 5:48PM
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don't throw the old ones out Felix, ya just never know when you may need em as a last last resort, even 'if they may be out of date'

LooseChange
NSW, 2028 posts
9 Jul 2013 6:28PM
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I agree about not throwing them out, even out of date ones will still work, they can't read the expiry date.

Flares are all well and good and I suppose better to have them, rather than not.

Having said that, flares are only of any help if someone happens to be looking in your direction when you let them off.

There was a case a few years ago of a sailor in Jervis Bay that had lost a side stay on his Nacra 5.8 cat and the mast came tumbling down, now this is a very careful sailor that does things by the book and beyond and happened to have three type approved flares on board. He fired all three and not one person saw or responded to the distress signal.

So if you need to set off flares do it about 100 metres off shore within yelling range of people to attract their attention to look at the flares.

Boatin
NSW, 179 posts
20 Jul 2013 7:32PM
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Spent all day on the Yanmar. Np ignition lights so No Go. Probably a corroded wire, all we have to do is find it.My mate cleared a fuel blockage and bled the system so as soon as we can get power to the right spot 'Away We Go'.

badinfluence
QLD, 538 posts
20 Jul 2013 9:36PM
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Looked at the new dunny I bought yesterday and procrastinated.
Couldn't bear my daughters being around while I installed it. There would have been a running commentary about how "grossed out" they were by it all.
Monday's job!!!!

Boatin
NSW, 179 posts
21 Jul 2013 6:53PM
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keensailor
NSW, 656 posts
21 Jul 2013 7:17PM
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badinfluence said..

Looked at the new dunny I bought yesterday and procrastinated.
Couldn't bear my daughters being around while I installed it. There would have been a running commentary about how "grossed out" they were by it all.
Monday's job!!!!



mmm, thats a job i have to face soon.
are you installing a holding tank as well.

i was thinking of a manual toilet that outputs to a holding tank which is above the waterline, then a pump/mascerator to the output skin fitting. Will need to get a reasonable size tank so we don't have to go outside especially to empty the tank too often.

badinfluence
QLD, 538 posts
22 Jul 2013 10:14PM
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Boatin said..





Yep...that's the one...only longer curlier hair...but the facial expression is the same

badinfluence
QLD, 538 posts
22 Jul 2013 10:35PM
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keensailor said..

badinfluence said..

Looked at the new dunny I bought yesterday and procrastinated.
Couldn't bear my daughters being around while I installed it. There would have been a running commentary about how "grossed out" they were by it all.
Monday's job!!!!



mmm, thats a job i have to face soon.
are you installing a holding tank as well.

i was thinking of a manual toilet that outputs to a holding tank which is above the waterline, then a pump/mascerator to the output skin fitting. Will need to get a reasonable size tank so we don't have to go outside especially to empty the tank too often.


I have a two-way valve that either sends the stuff to the holding tank or out to sea. I didn't say this, but the less you can use your holding tank, the more harmonious life is aboard. All of them smell, no matter how well installed..
Mine is electric with the macerator built-in. I don't have oodles of power but manage the usage fine. Guess the advantage to a manual is less parts to break down.

felixdcat
WA, 3519 posts
23 Jul 2013 10:39AM
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I have an electric dunny that no body is allowed to use! It is brand new and will stay so!
Maybe a ladie's only type of thing (if begging enough)! if you need it hang over the side or go for a swim!! I am the skipper ............. my rules!

badinfluence
QLD, 538 posts
23 Jul 2013 8:03PM
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Why don't you just remove it?

I may be a woman, however, I have NEVER sailed with anyone (46 now and sailed since I could walk) who has forbidden any crew member - male or female - to use the toilet.

What would Freud think of this?



LooseChange
NSW, 2028 posts
23 Jul 2013 8:12PM
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badinfluence said..

What would Freud think of this?



Freud wasn't a sailor

cisco
QLD, 11535 posts
23 Jul 2013 11:05PM
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Today I considered having my yacht, a Van De Stadt 34, road transported from where it has been for the last 6 years, 100 klms from where I live, to the yacht yard 15 klms from where I live.

Sounds like a good move to me.

cisco
QLD, 11535 posts
23 Jul 2013 11:11PM
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LooseChange said..

badinfluence said..

What would Freud think of this?



Freud wasn't a sailor



Regardless of Freud, anybody would think everybody on that boat would have to be of necessity "anal retentive".

brizzydave
406 posts
23 Jul 2013 11:08PM
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I am nearly 40 now. But I remember my dad's ass crack down in the head shining up to me in the cockpit as he madly flicked switches and ball valve handles and pumped in and out like crazy in an effort to restore harmony to the loo once one of us kids buggered it up again.
I did a lot of single handed sailing around the bay in those days.

badinfluence
QLD, 538 posts
24 Jul 2013 2:49AM
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brizzydave said..

I am nearly 40 now. But I remember my dad's ass crack down in the head shining up to me in the cockpit as he madly flicked switches and ball valve handles and pumped in and out like crazy in an effort to restore harmony to the loo once one of us kids buggered it up again.
I did a lot of single handed sailing around the bay in those days.


There's two great banes to a yachtie's life...refrigeration and loos!
I think we all have adventures and heartaches to recount on both of these necessities.
That's sailing...we have skills that others have never even dreamt of lmao!
It actually turned out something was clogged in my old loo...the one thing that should NEVER find it's way into a marine toilet (or any other toilet for that matter). Have no idea how it got there as we don't even flush toilet paper. The bin was close to the bowl though...which I have moved an adequate distance away to prevent this EVER happening again.
However, loo was old and decrepit so finished the installation today. Bruised and scraped from contorting myself into the nether regions of my hull, I look like the victim of a DV relationship...nah, I just live on a boat haha!
A new loo is close to godliness hahahaha

Brizzydave...our first boat was a Hood 20. What stunning golden oldies Hoods are. We took ours across to Moreton in 45 knots one day...Dad had a touch of hypothermia but the boat was fine.

Ramona
NSW, 5450 posts
24 Jul 2013 9:14AM
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What electric head did you install? I have a manual toilet but it has not been used for 3 years. Have been thinking of converting for awhile. Its a bit drafty using the bucket and chuck method this time of the year.

badinfluence
QLD, 538 posts
24 Jul 2013 11:02AM
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TMC...on special at Whitworths at the moment for $229.
Go the toilet Ramona! They're the best thing since sliced bread, despite what anyone says lmao

Been sailing aboard an RL24 lately and know how you feel about the bucket and chuck it. Did the Bay to Bay (Tin Can to Hervey Bay) race in May (won the RL Division, 7 yrs running ) and, in a raft-up of 8 boats (boys who race hard and consider a toilet as excess weight, including my own dear Skipper) in Garry's Anchorage on the Saturday night, conversation and matters inevitably led to issues of toilet.

Buckets were compared and suggestions made. I fell in love with next door's robust, industrial size bucket topped with a seat that one apparently buys at camping shops. These boys are so thoughtful...bless their little cotton socks...placed on the foredeck in the dark, it offered some semblance of modesty until dear Skipper, who had gone to bed, pops his head out of the hatch of our boat at the most inopportune moment and declares me the 'wild crew member'...I don't even drink!!!

Diet was a bit touch and go for the weekend so the other was not an issue for us, but one guy resorted to taking charcoal tablets for preventative action for the weekend. Bit extreme methinks but he was happy with the results



LooseChange
NSW, 2028 posts
24 Jul 2013 11:40AM
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badinfluence said..
I fell in love with next door's robust, industrial size bucket topped with a seat that one apparently buys at camping shops.



Rather than a camping shop which tend to inflate their prices (a lot) if you have access to a farmers Co-Op or a rural supply firm you could buy his and hers buckets for the price of one camping shop bucket.

whiteout
QLD, 247 posts
24 Jul 2013 7:42PM
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I bought a new dunny too about 3 months ago and tomorrow I will fit it to the boat I bought a TMC macerator type, I decided to change all the Hull valves and piping to odour less and install additional vented loop to the supply water side and obviously to the discharge side all should be good in a few days.
Also the fridge gave up and died I will need a new compressor and electrical feed remove the old water cooled equipment and fit it to make life a little easier, I am sick of living out of an esky and using ice.

brizzydave
406 posts
24 Jul 2013 9:31PM
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Hay!!...badinfluence....I was fondling one of those 229 dollar loos at witworths at lunch today. They any good?
Our jaunts will be mainly me, her and our five year old daughter. I'd hate to do the bucket thing to the girls they would die of shock and never go on the boat ever again....oh...hang on ....!!!!

Ramona
NSW, 5450 posts
25 Jul 2013 9:25AM
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brizzydave said..

Hay!!...badinfluence....I was fondling one of those 229 dollar loos at witworths at lunch today. They any good?
Our jaunts will be mainly me, her and our five year old daughter. I'd hate to do the bucket thing to the girls they would die of shock and never go on the boat ever again....oh...hang on ....!!!!



I think you make a good point. Its the only real reason I would update too. I have a manual TMC, if you look at the cost of a repair kit and a separate macerator then the new TMC at $229 is exceptional value. In reality it would get very little use so power consumption is not an issue and for boys the plastic bed pan for taking a leak is still the best.



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