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Everything posted by aardvarkash10

  1. Collapsible fibreglass tent poles - the bendy ones for dome tents. The elastic through them keeps them together but they collapse down to a manageable size. You can take the elastic out and trim the lengths of the poles to match the dimension you need. Available in a variety of diameters and lengths, cheap as chips.
  2. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/new-zealand-first-dredging-machine-tackles-invasive-caulerpa-in-bay-of-islands/CRPX5A5IMVCO3MEIKARNH3Q4PI/
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  4. The surface turned out very slippery when wet, so I aliexpressed some clear (translucent) grip-tape. It's now undergoing sun/rain cycle testing on the back deck at home. Only $2/m landed in NZ so if it lasts a season that's fine.
  5. Eh, contact glue so it only needed 15 minute press. I'm rough, but not suicidal! Set at minimum, it'd be lucky to be pulling 0.1bar but that beats pressing.
  6. Needs must 2 days before Christmas. Making a plinth for the skipper so she can see over the dodger. 6mm ply either side of some expol underfloor insulation. It will be inside a canvas cover with handles on it so it can double as a rescue float aid. Merry Christmas crew.
  7. I really enjoy her channel and the album reviews. Clear parental influences!
  8. Left the hardstand yesterday for a pleasant afternoon motoring down the Tamaki River then turning south-east and headed to Clevedon under sail. The gland housing ran hot initially, but as the packing settled in and the grease moved through the temperature dropped. A drop of water every 5 minutes or so now. Happy side-effect - after removing and reinstalling the flex coupling between the gearbox and the shaft, an annoying harmonic vibration has gone and the engine no longer rises and falls with the rotation of the prop shaft. The flex coupling bolts pitch circle must be SLIGHTLY off
  9. My wording may have been unclear. Helmets reduce (but do not eliminate) your risk of catestrophic injury. "Helmets were never meant to protect against concussion, but they can protect against more severe head injuries. Hard helmets have shown to protect against impact injuries – such as a direct hit to the head – and can reduce the risk of cuts, scrapes, scratches, skull fractures or bleeding in the brain." https://completeconcussions.com/concussion-tips-information/do-helmets-prevent-concussions-what-you-should-know/ Skull fracture and bleeding in the brain are the seriou
  10. It reduces the risk of damage, and in some cases that may be the difference between a hell of a fright and momentarily stunned, between a short period of unconsciousness and being brain dead. As I said above, once the forces get ginormous, all bets are off. Nothing provides absolute protection. This is risk management, not risk removal. Again, not arguing for compulsory helmets, just trying to address unsubstantiated categorical claims.
  11. These are interesting but uncontrolled anecdotes. It is true that research across a range of activities finds that just increasing the amount of physical safety equipment can lead to increased risk behaviour at a population level. The research usually notes that this is because risk averse participants drop out because of the compliance cost or perceived difficulty. The hi viz one is interesting for all small vehicles. Again, research finds that hi viz gear doesn't make the rider less vulnerable. The same research doesn't attribute this to a change in rider behaviour, rather
  12. Same thing happened in snow sport. Helmets were for kids and softies. Over time, they have become almost universal. A good thing at places like Ruapehu where rock is everywhere and often hidden veneer of snow. If you ski or board there regularly you will see some pretty horrific head injuries just watching from the lifts, in other words on marked graded publicly accessible trails. Platino is a different matter. The forces in play would have removed your head. No helmet would have done a lot to improve your chances if you were hit. The report makes sobering reading, and I can se
  13. Duckboard from the cockpit sanded and revarnished. The antifoul job was also completed today but the grey underside of a 50 year old keeler isn't that interesting so no pictures.
  14. Yup, that's what I was trying to convey, but maths isn't my strong suit
  15. The safety equation: Situational risk = Resources x Capability
  16. Helmets are fraught ground for discussion. I ride bikes. E bikes, single-speed, commuter 7 speeds, ex mountainbker, touring, all that sh*t. I wouldn't think of riding without a helmet, but I accept that this should be a personal choice. EXCEPT... NZ has ACC, and your personal choice to not wear a helmet and so potentially ending up eating through a straw means your freedom of choice comes at my expense. Same goes for lifejackets I suppose and I tend to be slack about that until Mrs Aardvark gets sporty and SO is riding on her chine. But I accept the principle
  17. got new bedding for the single bunk as well?
  18. Random events. By definition, there is no such thing as overdue for a random event.
  19. Three coats of antifoul applied, gland seal reinstalled. Mrs Aarvark gamely attempted to cut and polish the cabin top but retreated in the face of a daunting area and minimal improvement. Lots of activity at Panmure Yacht and Boating Club as pre-Christmas panic takes hold.
  20. ^this is good advice. A larger ts (thinking Nolex 22 or 25) is big enough for two people to be comfortable, and the retractable keel means you can navigate most areas of the Tauranga Harbour. Also big enough to explore outside the entrance - across to Mayor Island, or up the Coromandel coast. The option of sailing on the Rotorua lakes or Taupo is also a good thing. And a trailer boat has storage and maintenance advantages, balanced somewhat by the maintenance of the trailer itself. and your tow vehicle.
  21. ....and its back together. I'm glad we waited to do it hauled out. The gland housing had three packing rings in it and we replaced them like for like. However, the new packing takes up more space - it hasn't compressed over time like the old packing. On top of this, there was very little space between the rear of the gearbox and the shaft log. Consequently, the shaft had to be pulled sternward to allow the gland housing to be threaded back onto the log. I then had to "encourage" the shaft back into the housing with a block of wood and a 20 oz "Gentle Persuader". Once in pl
  22. OK, cut now and fitted to the housing. The three new rings are significantly thicker than the old ones that came out and there are only three threads visible on the housing - there was at least 6 with the old rings. I'm taking this as a Good Sign.
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