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  1. Buy some light pine ply (Plyman, The Concourse, Hsn) and some macrocarpa scantlings and make y'self a flattie bro.
  2. there's a new jetty, usable as a grid though it's sand/mud bottom, under the harbour bridge at Northcote Point.
  3. looks like the plane in 'The Spanish Prisoner' -- Steve Martin in a serious role. good thriller by David Mamet.
  4. For anyone vaguely interested in the (satisfactory) end of my quest: I swallowed humble pie and bought an H28 -- fibreglass of course. I'd been nuts on the Shoalcraft (dubious condition, no engine), and intrigued by the Birdsall and the Lidgard -- both timber. The $12k H28 has turned out to be just the right boat, with some work. And oh the glorious chug chug of that Yanmar 12hp. It all shows what perseverance -- and humble pie -- can achieve. Thanks for your comments.
  5. what are avocado syringes?
  6. I couldn't face the uncertainty of a GOT boat. So I bought a cheap GRP H28.
  7. What's the latest on this? (my question is prompted by the prospect of 'living' with an old single-banger diesel auxiliary). How much better a generator somewhere powering an electric motor aft?
  8. Anybody got a design that works? I met one guy making one from an LPG bottle.
  9. There must be something good to say about Lidgard 31. My brother (experienced gulf sailor) says he sailed a Lidgard 31 and it went like stink.
  10. I've narrowed my choice down to these two boats. Budget $20k or less !! Advice please. Does either have an obvious edge?
  11. Any advice/comments on letting a twin keeler or a big centreboarder (e.g. Shoalcraft 30) take the hard every day? I like mooring at Little Shoal Bay, Northcote. At age 66 it suits my pocket, energy/strength levels, access to boat and ease of maintenance. I now want to upsize from Coronet 20 to... if I can find one, a Shoalcraft 30. Failing that, something with twin keels. The main negative is the ferry wash every 20 minutes. I'd welcome suggestions re boat choice, technical stuff, whatever.
  12. I'm in the market for a Shoalcraft 30. I've sailed and had an inspection of the 'mothership' Moonfire. It's in a sad state, but possibly not a goner. I do NOT want one on which the cabin top has been extended forward. The original design is splendid, but... errr... not the above-mentioned. anything considered.
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