Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

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Just messing about in a boat

A bit about me
I have been on, in, under or next to the water ever since I can remember. 1st memory was as a child on the Castle Bianca From Italy to Australia in a storm on the Indian Ocean. Evreyone seasick except me insisting to be fed in the cafateria. Just love the water and boats. 1999 became a commercial ship master.


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Safely refueling your boat

January 13th 2015 22:49
Refuelling procedure:
Refuel yacht: and motor vesselYour text goes hereYour text goes here Diesel only
1) Code fag Bravo to fly
2) All crew to be ashore and away from refuelling area
3) Assess amount of fuel to fill and only allow this much to be poured, do not over fill by accident.
4) Place soaking up material around refuel point to soak any run off.
5) Assess as fuel is poured (how much still to go)
6) Do not pour too fast and use funnel.
7) Mop up any over pour
8) Spray any fuel in water with detergent. If serious over pour alert authority (RMS)
9) Secure fuel cover.

Refuel dinghy: Two stroke petro oil 50-1 mix
1) Ensure no crew on board
2) Asses amount of fuel to be used and only refill with that.
3) Place funnel in refill area of tank.
4) Pour in fuel
5) Mop up over spill
6) Secure filler cap

the facelift for the "green lizard"

November 18th 2014 22:57

New Lease of life for the “Green Lizard”

The Vessel: A De Haviland Norseman 14’ aluminium dinghy that I suspect was made around 1972. Three thwarts and currently run by a 15 h.p. Mercury two stroke. Running properly it will do 20 knots if not loaded too heavily. It originally came to me second hand with a built in plywood floor giving an even deck for fishing. I removed these in 2001 when I purchased it to give me more space and to lighten the boat for the extra weight I carry.

The original trailer was exchanged in 2009 for a new boat show model. The boat lives permanently on the water as a yacht tender and transfer vessel for a sail training programme. The trailer is only used to trailer the boat to regattas or for interstate fishing trips. The trailer rollers have finally been “fine tuned” to hold the bottom of the hull in an even way. Maintaining the bottom of the tinny of weed and shel,l has been very basic by hauling up on a beach or boat ramp and the use muscle power and a scraper. This was required every three months or so.
After owning the boat for thirteen years I decided it was time to bite the bullet and antifoul. My buddy and business partner has a rural business where he brings old farm machinery back to life and resells it so he is a dab hand with paints and spray guns. The vessel was towed to his farm in Mudgee for the face lift.

The work involved: I did some homework at the bar of the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto where I drink, amongst the tradies. The types of paints (for aluminium) the pre coats, under coats and finishes. It is important with aluminium to use paints that are very specific. Normal hull paints for timber, steel & Ferro hulls contain metals that are more noble than aluminium and will set up a reaction in salt water leaving pin holes through the hull, or worse. Etching the hull and using an etching primer were subjects that took many schooners to resolve. “Your lucky your mate has a sand blaster” I was told. Ha Ha. As soon as the hull, covered with its grey beard of marine growth and shell was turned over I was handed a hand scraper. “Go to it “my mate said. We took the hull back to a kind of rough sea shell grit surface. Then a couple of rotary electric wire brushes to take off the shell, the scum line that builds up above the water line due to being slapped by waves in the water all the time. The aluminium topsides and insides were previously coated with something I called powder coating but I am sure had a more salubrious name. That had to be sanded back. Then, out came the jet water blaster and black sand. All the decals, rego stickers and numbers had to come off as well. The hull fittings were unscrewed and finally we had a shiny aluminium dinghy with a rough etched surface inside and out. Hose out the rubbish then time and again, vacuum the black sand out. This gets into all the tiny crevasses and under the thwarts where it sticks when wet to the poly foam in the seats built in for buoyancy. This sand if left as residue will blow onto the wet paint during spray painting the surface and could be called anti slip but looks vile.

Painting: The first coat was an aluminium etch primer which coated the bottom, top sides and inside. It is very important to have a bind that will hold fast to the hull; otherwise the paint will peel with the sun and the hull speeding through the water. Then we taped the level line for the anti-foul. I took this a little higher than the previous scum line to allow for easy maintenance in the future. International aluminium Primacon was used to prepare for taking the ant-foul. Next the anti-foul itself, International Trilux. I had worked out the sums and decided that one litre would give me two coats. The paint was too thick to spray so we hand painted and rolled and that took most of the litre. Only a little paint left to do the patches that needed a little extra cover. Then we reversed the paint line and did the top sides and inside with two pack tradesman’s paint suitable for aluminium.

Tidy up: As we were using mainly spray painting the correct thinners were required. First to thin the paint then to clean out the spray gun. I think we used three different types. Hull fittings were screwed back on, and we fed a length of pool hose inside an agricultural water hose to act as an all round fender and screwed this on with stainless self tappers and nuts, bolts and washers. Apart from being a great fender it gives me 15 litres of extra buoyancy.

Final analysis: The colour scheme seems to be a bit bright at first but it grows on you quickly. Easy to spot in rough or smooth water. It took two of us (well one and a half as I was a raw apprentice at this) three full days of preparation and painting. My mate is a stickler for things being right so I had to do many things over again even though I thought it would do.
For a couple of hundred bucks I have ended up with what looks like a brand new (lets say many, many thousands of dollars worth) of dinghy The sailing school students get a good first impression as they are ferried out to their waiting keel boat and I have a vessel I can be proud of.

Toomas Nelson. Y.A. sailing & power instructor, AMSA master & MED 2

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pickling foods on board

July 9th 2014 22:40
Simple pickling on board

To save foods that are abundant it is possible to pickle them on board your boat.
Pickling is a simple way of preserving foods using salt, vinegar, sugar and flavourings.
I prefer to pickle foods that I eat often and find cheap in the supermarket. Examples are
I save all my jars and lids from coffee & jams and when the time comes it is simple to pour a little boiling water into the jar, put the lid on and the steam will cleanse it. Tip out the hot water and fill with your pickles. Once the jar is reopened then it is required to keep it refrigerated, till then it is ok on a shelf or deep in a cupboard.
Amounts are guess work as each jar is a different size.

Pickled cucumbers: I use Lebanese style but anything works. rinse them off and if required cut them long ways and across to fit into the jars you have. Into the jar add a table spoon full of salt, a crushed clove of garlic, a table spoon of fresh chopped dill (other herbs work as well) a teaspoon of sugar. Pack the jar tight with cucumbers. Then add the same mix as you put in the bottom. Now you add about ¼ to 1/3 of a jar of white vinegar, possible wine as well. Top off with boiling water to cover everything and screw down the lid. Two days and they are ready to eat
Pickled cabbage: There are hundreds of recipes for this. I make small amounts as I live on my own and the boat only has so much room. Plus I don’t eat a lot of this even though it is one of my national dishes.
One or two whole heads of cabbage. Keep a couple of big outside leaves. Cut the cabbage into coleslaw size. Line the bottom of a pot with some large leaves then put about two cups of sliced cabbage on top. Sprinkle with salt, about three table spoons. Now it is time for tamping. Using the handle of say a hammer, tamp the cabbage against the bottom of the pot. Soon it will give off some juice. When this is nice and mushy add more cabbage. Then again salt then again tamp. Do this till the pot is full or the cabbage is used up. Cover with cabbage leaves. Now a plate with a weight to keep it pressed down. Cover with a cloth to keep the flies and critter out. (not the pot lid as there is going to be some bubbling) Set aside in a cool spot for a couple of weeks. When you feel (or taste) that it is done, put it into jars, screw down the lids and store. Additions can be onions, apples, caraway seeds, dill weed and all sorts of herbs. Goes well with frankfurts and baked or fried pork.
Pickled mushrooms: I use Australian button mushrooms but wherever you are there are lots of opportunity to play with this dish and put your own stamp on it. Basically the same as for pickled cucumbers. I quarter the larger mushrooms or halve the smaller ones. Rinse them. Bottom of the jar table spoon of salt, teaspoon sugar, two or three of chopped dill. Chopped fresh or dried chilli, crushed garlic splash of wine and add mushrooms. ¼ to 1/3 of vinegar and pour boiling water over. Tighten lids on jars and ready in a day or so.
Pickled octopus or squid: ready the squid by cutting into rings or diamond shape with diamond scoring (like in a Chinese dish) Octopus heads separate from the legs (cut off the beak) use all of the squid and octopus including the legs. Put into a pot, cover with water, salt, oregano and bay leaves. Bring to the boil and take off the heat immediately. Pour into a colander. Put the octopus or squid into jars, add 50/50 olive oil and white vinegar. Now play as you please. I add chilli & mushroom sauce and a dash of soy with some dill (of course) This recipe can be used for most types of fish as well. Mussels respond to this too.
Bon appétit

The world’s smallest wooden submarine?
In 1854 engineer Otto Gern’s 5 metre long submarine was built and tested in the port of Tallinn Estonia. This was to be Estonia’s first submarine.
wooden submarine

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Kihnu John (the wild captain)

June 28th 2014 22:11
Kihnu John
(A sea captain of remarkable ability)
Kihnu is a small island in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Estonia. It is remarkable in many ways but also unremarkable in its size (very small) and its lack of any natural resources except for fish in the surrounding Baltic Sea. The population varies in size and has reached over one thousand but the islanders decided this was too many people and moved some of their people to an even smaller and less remarkable island

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Destiny the Newcastle sculpture

June 27th 2014 06:28


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P & O cruise on the Pacific Jewel

June 27th 2014 06:10
I December 2013 I again managed to snag a cheap cruise, this time on the Pacific Jewel doing 9 days around the South Pacific (west actually) New Caledonia, Vauatu et all. Great cruise great company.
the P & O ship Pacific Jewel

our cruise area

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Arriving in Australia by ship 1949

June 27th 2014 05:54
I was lucky enough to be one of the migrants to be chosen by the Australian Government to come to Australia with my parents. It was 1949 and I was 3 years old. Mum & dad had survived the second world war. Mum as a refugee from Estonia, escaping the communists and dad as a professional Estonian soldier who fought in three armies and served in a fourth. He also acted as a prison guard in Nurenberg.
As displaced people we were looking for somewhere to settle as the Germans did not want us in their country. So from Germany to Italy by train then from Genoa to Australia by ship.
the Castel Bianca

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Norwegian Star

June 27th 2014 05:43
In April 2013 I departed New Orleans for Copenhagen on a 17 day voyage via Miami, The Portugese Atlantic Islands, England and Sweden.
As I crossed the Atlantic I used noon sites to judge our position and was happy to see I was only about 10 miles out on the GPS.
here is some guff on the ship

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June 27th 2014 05:33
I have bought myself a ferro ketch which I live on now and I am looking at the success of ferro yachts in racing.
Helsal was the most famous and successful of ferro racing yachts and here is a copy of her statistics and some history
Helsal under sail

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Comment by TomN
on Super-sized hosties

June 7th 2007 09:31
I sure liked your blog about the "heifers" I have to confess that I am now a rather Hefty "bull" myself after many years of grazing in the top paddock. Great entertainment

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Comment by TomN
on Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

January 10th 2007 05:09
Hi Cibbuano,
funny thing I used to drink rum and bitter lemon before I learnt to drink beer. Lovely refreshing drink. I still like some lemon flavour added to my rum even just plain old pub squash will do.

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Comment by TomN
on Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

January 10th 2007 05:04
Hi Ash
I don't know about getting the skin on my elbow like a babies bottom but I had lemons on my prawns last night and no scurvy this morning! Scurvy is a skin disease I believe so maybe skin and anti wrinkle????

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Comment by TomN
on Believe it or not?

December 26th 2006 19:30
Question Judy? You may even find enough to make a post of this. In my days of being a high flyer and managing to travel around a fair bit at someone elses expense, (pre becoming a Bohemian writer,) I took a keen interest in the hosties on different airlines I travelled with. Lets face it the eye candy was more entertaining than the decor or movies or magazines. I was allways pleased to jump on a Quantas flight and hear our home accent. But was it my imagination or did QF in the eighties, start to hire some big heifers? Perhaps it was the fact that they were holding on to well trained girls and these in turn due to good living became too wide for the aisles of the aircraft. Parhaps it was me balooning out? Asian girls are all slim and svelt like, most European (and I include British in that) are easy on the eye and can walk past without bumping you.
Because I am a big bloke I try for the aisle seat and notice this more and more. Being banged by a hip every time I take a cup or glass to my lips is not fun. I could understand if I had made some offensive comment but maybe there was a code that the girls had. "Get this bugger in row 16"?
Are you on holiday at the moment? I am looking forward to your next post.

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you are getting into an area I don't know much about here. Like the monkeys on one island learn a trick and within weeks, without any contact whats-o-ever monkeys on neighbouring islands have learned the same trick?
Any how poofs give me the shits and I frankly don't care a rat's arse about them unless they are good mates of mine. I don't have many mates and I guess that could be the reason.

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I understand where you are coming from and though I don't look at every site on Orble those people that write like that have either dropped in ratings or some have picked up. whenever lundyn or any of his mates has any kind of sexual encounter on my site my hit rate is up and so is the voting.
Whenever I write about or praise women on my boating site my site is in comparison inundated.
Does this mean to be successful I should just spend my time writing about women being a success?
I think one guy in particular is having sex for the first time in ages and is just mad about it and that is that. As for witing hard or soft porn I have a goal to be Australia's best erotic writer. many people still think that erotic has to be some kind of porn. No!

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Hmm? I wonder often about people coming out. Some do it purely for the attention seeking. Maybe this is the case but I do know some fat out of fashion poofs.

Why "sucks" these days as a term? Poofs suck and girls suck. I was just on the phone to an ex girlfriend who told me that because of the way I treated her when we broke up she would never suck off another man again! shit was I supposed to be worried or what. As barely eighteen I don't want you to act as an agony aunt for a sixty year old, but I do find some modern/current/fashionable things almost out of date.
Cheers mate keep up the good work.

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Comment by TomN
on Are you lonely on a beach?

December 12th 2006 20:39
Once you get up north in the real outback you have to realise one of the reasons why the beaches are bare is because crocs live there. An unfortunate thing in Oz that we have the odd bitey and it gets to live pretty well wherever it likes.

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Comment by TomN
on Are you lonely on a beach?

December 12th 2006 03:37
Thanks for the comment Nina, not only does it relieve stress but it is just the best place to hide without having to get under a rock!

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Comment by TomN
on Are you lonely on a beach?

December 12th 2006 03:34
Hi Ash, thanks for coming by. I guess you are seeing lots of quiet beaches on your current quest?

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