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  1. Never heard of that QMF winch, must be a smaller player in what is a very confusing and massively bullshit ridden product sector. Using CIMA motors is good though. Holding power is OK. On one for say a 8mt boat from LSM as an example has a working load of, a huge 700kg pull on a empty drum and a holding power of 2800kg, which is what a average 9mt boat would expect to see in around 90kts of wind. So the numbers cover the boats pretty well but note that LSM are at the better end of the performance range. Some of the others wouldn't have numbers that good but then neither do some of the tra
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    Framing timber

    Scaffolding off Trade Me. I just missed scoring a pile that would have done a 12mt x 6mt x 3mt structure. It went for $350, inc all the clamps. From what I've seen it would sell for at least that even a year or 2 later.
  3. OK Crewers we have a boat with a tricky spot, as most have, with regards to the anchor winch and how it may take out a disproportionate amount of space once installed. So I suggested why not look at a winch like this, a drum winch. This one is common in 7-9mts fizzies and would fit in a box 400 x 400 x 300mm so not a big space is needed. They are all the rage in Aussie and growing here quickish but 99.9% would be onto fizz nasties. One was recently fitted to a local race yacht that would make a few gasp WTF??? if they knew which one. Comparisons between the Drum Winches and the t
  4. It would be great if it did Sloop........ but that whole Viaduct area is a political football and the council see it as a cash cow so there would have to be some heavy unbustable reassurance that if VOS's yard was rebuilt it would have a long term future. If that happened then I'd stump up with a few bucks, as I'm sure many would.
  5. to rebuild this they say. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/70496491/historic-auckland-boat-yard-set-for-47m-relaunch As a emailer to me said With Lennys & Co's track record I can only but agree with the scepticism. And again the council seem to think anything is a good idea and will work....... as long as you put a cafe in it. Personally I'd like to see the yard up and running doing some old school stuff as well as teaching it but with the Councils record why would anyone put money into something the council may decide next week it now doesn't like.
  6. Ta, I'm getting there slowly. Luckily I do very much enjoy working on her so that eases some of the pain. Agree, high on the prod is good. I expected to lose more anchor locker but the tube sits nicely to one side and as you mention it's plenty high enough not to interfere with the forward bunk, especially as it's a double so you can't have it to cramped. That carbon you can see is tied into the strengthening and collision bulkhead and the foredeck stay-sail attachment, so if one bit goes the entire bow will probably follow. She was just bits and bobs dropped into a hull, now it's the hull
  7. I had to have a haircut, a shave and a shower all on the same day and in the same month ............ and it's not even October yet. But I did get rewarded with a lot of Czechoslovakian Pilsner. There was a lot and it was the good stuff, free. It was actually a very nice drop I'd happily do again. A %^$# load is a very accurate description. But I'm intentionally doing 99% of it myself which isn't helping the time frame, add that in with my impulsive destruction habit and the time frame stretches out even more. A bunch of us were chatting last week and if you add them all up there i
  8. Seen a 10t digger smash a 16mm anchor chain as well. Shock loads will kill, especially using lower grades not designed for the task in hand. I busted a rope with a break load of 9,000kg trying to pull a car off a beach with my Toymotor Landtractor. That dent in the back doors is the one next to where I missed putting the trailer on one day. But as we don't drop many boats we don't need to worry about shock loads unless you use the silly theory of massive anchors with tiny hi tensile chains. One anchor brand pushes that theory so it makes their anchor look that much better. We do find stran
  9. These are 8mm, metric 8mm not 5/16" which will be a smidgen higher. The US isn't quite the same as the rest of the world but recently it's started to fall into line quickly. The US has been protecting their manufacturer, as has Aussie, nothing wrong about that but it has left them a little behind the rest of the world. Grade 20 - bust load 2400kg - very low grade - not seen in NZ until China arrived on mass. Good for cray pot but not for the boat carrying it. Grade 30 - bust load 3200kg - What NZ had as it's only choice for many years until 15 years ago +/-. China makes most of this these
  10. Thanks IT. I thought that's exactly what they should be like, it's what I'm targeting and have changed fixing points to allow it to happen easier than before. I'd have a single centreline but the self-tacker stopped that idea, I'd need too much slack. I can see why the video dude doesn't like inflatables. Besides the fact he's got one that isn't legal under YNZ Safety Regs (and I think ISAF also), he's brought a very very expensive one that is not only short on features but he obviously didn't try on first so he's got one that's plainly to small for him. That's a stupid thing to do and for
  11. That 1st sentence is a very interesting one. 'Down the lifelines' meaning how exactly? How do you do it IT? I'm just fitting seriously strong achievement points around my boat so if it's unusual but well reasoned I gotta at least suss it. And one of the truest things spoken about boating is BP's last sentence. I can't understand why so many think all fit in the same box.
  12. True. The result will make the up coming local elections a lot more interesting. A few currently sitting councillors and some wannabes have hung their hat on the centre happening so they are probably wondering of they need to suss the situations vacant. There are a lot pushing to make the elections a pseudo referendum on it all.
  13. 121 people in the responses back to the council did not want to tell them if they were male or female. Besides the fact of why ask the question in the first place, I wonder why those 121 wanted no one to know if they were inboards or outboards. That's just weird.
  14. It may pay to check with the Aussies Where and When they will clear you out. They used to be quite flexible even if still more anal than most but when I took big steel across I found they have dramatically cut the places and hours down. Even the radio station I was told to call had been cut back to 9 til 5, which was an arse when the best radio time was 6-7 and explained why I couldn't raise anything Aussie for over a week. All in the name of cost savings. They saved more by not telling anyone of the changes. So I think it could be wise to ask. You may have to get down to Brissy but then t
  15. There's masses of parking or there was last night while I was sitting there wondering if I got the location right as there wasn't anyone there. After I suss I found I had the location correct so I do know where it is......... when I get the date right, DOH!!!!
  16. 2 more. This one courtesy of BB of Covers and Canvas fame. When you want a super smooth finish say when doing a clear finish carbon piece for example, laminate it onto a bit of the material the canvas dudes use for Clears. BB dropped some in and said give it a go. I finally got around to it and holy brilliant batman, what a magnificent finish. I made a clear finish dashboard for a race car being built and the finish looks like its a high quality photo. Makes the rest of the car look shitty now. I have an idea for a couple of bent things I'd like clear finished. I'm going to put the cl
  17. I took big steel to Bundy, which is really Burnett Heads with Bundy being 20km further up the river, in October 13. We had 9 days straight of less than 5 knots of wind. Only got a decent amount for the last 36 odd hours up the side of Fraser Island.... in some seriously nasty wind against tide wave action, and across the bay into Burnett Heads. That Sth wind and the sth flowing current made it a real bitch even in 60ft of many many tonnes. 13 bloody days that one took. Would have been faster if the owner had realised his cross flow valve was closed not open as he told me, I though we were clos
  18. I just used West 105 but I didn't infuse, I old school laminated it and vacuumed to ensure a good bond to the foam or old boat parts. Spent a few hundy on vacuum sucky tape and sucky bits but I have got a far better bond/finish than I would have got otherwise so I can easily live with that little extra expense. Some of the Jav was infused using West ADR resin. All the Jav is using ADR as it will be post cured under heat. A few sheets of polystyrene, a couple of heaters and a fan, bingo one post cure oven. The ADR is better to use as it is thinner so works thru the cloth better, also be
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    Stanchion bases

    I like the way you have your toerail P, I've done the exact same thing including none in the cockpit. I was pondering the sockets last night and did have a Doh! moment when I remembered I'm putting in some sockets for another application so I will have the situation with those (and are OK with) I didn't want to have with the stanchions...... but being a part time dumbarse I never connected the 2 until then. If I put the stanchion ones in like the others I'll be fine.......... I hope. Oh crap more gunwale work. I decided to tweak all I've just done a while back and just finished it all,
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    Stanchion bases

    A quick suss of the book doesn't say you can't. It also makes no differentiation between any of the Cats i.e. Cat 1 and Cat 5 are the same. Interesting and the more I think about it the more I like it. I, just yesterday for the port side, vacuumed down reinforcing where the stanchions are to go back on. I cut the toerail out so the bases would sit better and stronger so right there is now a nice solid carbon base to build off.
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    Stanchion bases

    Socketed into the hull crossed my mind, for a brief moment due if there is a failure = hole on boat = a real big swim = not good. Never thought about putting them the other way around. I'll ponder that Thanks Ed. First thought is 'I like it'. I wonder if there is any legalities in doing that...... any handy Inspectors reading this thread??
  22. Holy soft name for male chickens. Seen all the namby pambies going hard out at over this. No more surfing or you'll all get eaten by sharks. Ban this, ban that, ban breathing. It seems many have just realised sharks live in the ocean and if humans go in the ocean there maybe a shark close by. Gosh shock horror......... not at that news, more at the unbelievable stupidity of so many people.
  23. Just got a email offering me 2.5hp outboards for US$270 and 5hp for US$430 each. FOB China so add say 10% for freight, customs and the other gazillion charges assuming a container load. So close as NZ$456 and NZ$725 landed respectively.
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    Stanchion bases

    Anyone know of any good ones lurking anywhere? I'm trying to nail a set down before I have a brain fart and think making some is a good idea. All the ones I can find so far have been constructed to have a rated strength of 'totally pathetic'.
  25. Good question and thinking there fella. Hunt those loop holes I'd say you could argue it does as each can be deployed in their own right... BUT, isn't there always, if I was a safety inspector I think I'd want to see both set up separately and if they were in tandem mode I'd call it one anchor. Can't find the video. Put a new server in and now can't find bugger all after we fine tuned everything.
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