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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 9:38 am 
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Couldn't believe it. I found $40 in the bowels of my wallet. Believe me this doesn't happen very often and for a very short period of time I had an ethical dilema. Do I buy my wife a suprise present, or buy some small items for the AI. Why not do both. Hommer's got noth'n on me.


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This tape from Bunnings was about $3 and is a pretty close to the yellow. Hate scratches so plastered it on the contact points front and back. Doesn't have to look too pretty and 4 meters will last for ages. Would look a bit daggy on your RED AI's though. $37 to go.


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These pool noodles are brilliant. While you work on the AI in the garage they keep the hull up off the floor saving scratching. I also use them between the roof racks and hull for short car trips. If you get 3 and turn them cross ways you can roll the kayak forward and backwards on the driveway for short distances rather than stuff'n round with the trolley. Just like the ancient egyptians did with their AI's. Also if you cut off two 300mm lengths and drill a hole in the centre, it fits over the trolley spikes and keeps the centre of the hull up off the trolley cross bar. You can just see where my hull has already deformed slightly from the trolley crossbar. Bargin at $8 for 3. $29 to go.


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These aluminium snap clips were $1.50 each from Hot Dollar. Got 4 to teather drive, dagger, rods etc to the hull. Need more. Down to $23.


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Saw this trailer cargo net in at Go-Lo for $6. There would have to be 50 meters of bungee in this birds nest but as I need some for teathering stuff to the yak I just undo a couple of knots and cut off a meter or so. Stuff, I only have $17 left.


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I dunno about you blokes or whether or not I've just got girly fingers, but on the second trip down to the water my finger joints started to throb. I replaced the wheels of the trolley with skinney ball bearing wheels but i reckon I must be the first bloke to get RSI from his AI. I think I may have dislocated one finger by using the handle with the cord in between my 2 main fingers rather than using all 4. The water for me is 400m down hill and is easier to walk than car it. Down hill, not a problem. Coming back the fingers ache like mad. Not now with my 'you beaut comfy handle' which easily attaches to the 'T' handle. Bit dear at $15 from BFC but you can't grab it wrong and is a hell of a lot better.

Stuffed it all in a bag and quickly in the boot, and as we are driving out of the car park, called into Maccas and bought the wife a suprise strawberry sundae. How thoughtful is that ? What an old romantic.

How would you spend your $40 ?

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 1:47 pm 
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Slaughter wrote:

Stuffed it all in a bag and quickly in the boot, and as we are driving out of the car park, called into Maccas and bought the wife a suprise strawberry sundae. How thoughtful is that ? What an old romantic.


Hope it was only a regular sundae - ya wouldn't want to be spoiling her :). Next time you've got $40, you could get your wife a sundae AND a big Mac, then spend the rest on shadecloth. Then, while she's still overcome with gratitude, get her to sew you a set of Kayaking Bob's sprayshields. A set of Black Beauty telltales for $A14 a pack is also money well spent, as is a can of Lanotec spray ($17) to keep all metal parts lubricated and corrosion free. A surfboard leash (~$30), a piece of cargo mat, to stop the seat slipping (~$7). The list goes on..............

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 4:58 pm 
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LOL, great bargain shopping tips.
I've got some of that yellow tape as you suggested. I also found some large sheets of foam a bit like heavy duty pool noodle stuff. Amazing what comes in huge packing crates and gets thrown out.

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 5:39 pm 
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Great post Slaughter!. I'm very impressed with your inventive spending.

Next on your shopping list has to be a couple of spare rudder pins (costing me a mighty 4.50 euros each), a set of good gloves, some rope, a flask for your coffee and a set of waterproof headphones so you can listen to music while you sail the high seas. And don't forget a handful of tie wraps, they come in very handy every now and then.

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 7:29 pm 
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I keep meaning to pick up a couple of the black beauty tell tales. The pieces of yarn for tell tales are always fouled up on my sail, almost useless, Hopefully they are cheaper than the rudder pins, haha.


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 12:23 am 
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Yeh, pretty happy with the things I got for the money, but the list is always endless.
Bought a compass today.

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Want to do a bit more travelling with it and thought it may help at lining up headlands and landmarks. Also like to do bass fish'n so it will hopefully help at pinpointing positions when you get lost in all the serenity. Might hint for a GPS for my birthday.

Did you all go out for a sail today fellas ? How gusty was it hey ?
Well it was on the East Coast of Australia. Dunno what was happen'n in Ireland Upyaboya.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 2:50 am 
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Yeah, plenty windy here in Sydney too. I completed my "highly maneuverable extra high trolley" today. Worked out better than I expected. Can now get the kayak out the front to my car by myself. I have a number of obstacles such as BBQs, plants, bins, cars and houses to negotiate. So long as I watch the small side slope I can trundle the AI around the lot. I'll add some pics tomorrow. Got dark by the time I finished.

JollyGreen, I agree about the standard tell tales. I'll have to get a set of the Black Beauty ones too.

Might have to take some leave. Too much to do.... Anyone else find work cramps their yak time? :)

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 3:04 am 
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Well Slaughter, today in Ireland we have a gale warning east to southeast force 6 to force 8. We also have a blight warning but as I'm not growing any potatoes, I'm not too worried about the blight!.

Sea conditions are good, no swell and the tide is in at 5.30pm. So it's all systems go and I'm looking forward to it.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 3:06 am 
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Don't worry Cowsgomoo, the way this economy is going none of us will have any work and plenty of time for yakking....in the pub and on the water!

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 11:24 pm 
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Slaughter wrote:
Did you all go out for a sail today fellas ? How gusty was it hey ?


It was furl to the second batten, hang on and hope nothing breaks gusty! :wink:
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BTW -Great post Slaughter! 8)
When's your wifes birthday? If you're after something more expensive that you need for the AI you could always get it and give it to her as a present! :wink:

Are you still planning on sailing on Lake Macquarie this Saturday?


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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 3:26 am 
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Looks wet Stringy.

Hope you took a mask and snorkle... :D

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 5:28 am 
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Sorry fellas. I have only just seen your replys. Nah I didn't get out this weekend. Just bought myself a trailer through the week and spent the weekend trying to adapt it to suit the AI. Got a bit more work to do yet but it's coming together. Just a bit p'd off with lift'n the AI onto the roof racks. So I have spent the last month searching around for what I hope is the most suitable trailer. I setled on a Jet Ski trailer in the end. It's 3m total length, pretty skinny, and is as light as anything. I want to keep it on the trailer all rigged up with the mast neatly under the front hatch bungies and under the rear cargo bungie. At the moment it takes me 1 hour from the time I decide to go out for a sail to the time I get in the water. Too long, so I'm hoping having it all set up on the trailer will cut things down to under 1/2 hour.
I'll try to get some photos of the work in progress.
What do you blokes do anyway as far as transport goes ?

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 10:21 am 
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Slaughter,

Think about using ball-bungies or double-sided Velcro straps to hold down the mast. If you store the AI with the hatch and cargo bungies holding down the mast, they will not last as long and will need replacing. Ball-bungies or double-sided Velcro straps can be quickly and easily replaced, as needed.

I look forward to pic's of your trailer.

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 11:37 am 
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Stringy,

Great pictures, especially the "splashdown" in #2.

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 7:44 pm 
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Thanks for the advice Bob, I'll have a look for those ball bungies. Is that like the ones that the Akas are held together with in the bag ? ( ie bungie with balls ). I'm think'n that I could also just simply use an occy strap straight around the mast and straight down through the mirage drive hole through to the trailer cross member which is, by fluke, straight underneath.
I am looking tonight at designing the supports so that the hull is fully supported and the load is distributed along the side walls rather than the underside. Any thoughts ?

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