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Old 13-01-2013, 18:42   #16
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In a 3 kt current and high winds, I've consumed as much as 1,000 gallons of diesel per hour just to hold position.
Of course you wouldn't need to worry about that for very long in most pleasure boats.
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Old 13-01-2013, 18:52   #17
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Re: Confession of a Tech Freak

In picture #1, is that the guy you swab the decks with?
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Re: Confession of a Tech Freak

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Interesting pics, thanks

As for being an annoying newbie with lots of uneducated questions, there is always the ignore function
I search threads a lot but with so many threads it can take a lot of time to find the piece of information you happen to be after. I prefer watching whats coming in as I read about other things. And maybe information is like produce, it tastes best fresh.
Thanking everyone for their patience
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:03   #19
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For me the Newbies (to CF and / or to boats) are part of the attraction - that way I can appear knowledgeable!

Every persons circumstances are slightly different and more importantly are to them unique, so if I can make them feel like they are not completely mental by offering the odd nod of encouragement or some freindliness then why not? plus I get to point out (subtly?) when they are being mental........

I simply feel that helping folks get a handle on own questions in a freindly(ish?) way works out kinda ok. (usually!) - I guess my motivation is that am aware that some (many?) do come to boats (and often extended foreign travel) later in life, both with more excitement as well as more trepidation than I feel ("it's only a boat" and "oh look, another funny looking foreign bugger - is it American?" ) and that folks can feel kinda lost with the subject(s).

Now and again they don't sod off straight back into the internet . Well, now and again.........
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:11   #20
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Re: Confession of a Tech Freak

DOJ, your one of the best I've seen in giving good advice to the uninitiated, keep up the good work
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:16   #21
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In picture #1, is that the guy you swab the decks with?
He's a great guy, local Brazilian oiler.
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:23   #22
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He's a great guy, local Brazilian oiler.
Yeah! And he's probably helped to pump a Brazilian gallons of oil too.

We also have to throw in a little humor.
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:29   #23
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Yeah! And he's probably helped to pump a Brazilian gallons of oil too.

We also have to throw in a little humor.
I hope he pumps less as we start to shift to electric cars. I have one, plug & play. Only fluid I've put in it is windshield washer fluid.
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Old 13-01-2013, 22:27   #24
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Re: Confession of a Tech Freak

I feel the pain of the OP. But I get sucked into some of the debats sometimes and hate myself in the morning. I am always amazed at the serial posters, who have been a member for only a year or so and have thousands of posts.
I was unemployed until recent and camped here often. I'm grateful that is now changing. It was easy to get caught up in the drama of it all.
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Or do what I do: Make up different reasonable yet bizzare answers each time.
YEAH, WE'VE NOTICED !!

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Yeah! And he's probably helped to pump a Brazilian gallons of oil too.

We also have to throw in a little humor.
If we all run out of oil, maybe he could get a job doing Brazilian waxes.

Trying to think out of the box. (no pun intended)

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I feel the pain of the OP. But I get sucked into some of the debats sometimes and hate myself in the morning. I am always amazed at the serial posters, who have been a member for only a year or so and have thousands of posts.
I was unemployed until recent and camped here often. I'm grateful that is now changing. It was easy to get caught up in the drama of it all.
whoops, me guilty of being a serial poster, time frame vs post numbers.
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Re: Confession of a Tech Freak

The initial reason I joined Cruisers Forum was that I didn't have enough experience in sailing and I couldn't learn what I needed to know from magazines or books.

I return I could offer what I knew about boat building (two plans built, one big fitout, one fibreglass "disaster"), Sydney Harbour sailing, New Guinea and Asia.

I can also add my very limited experience of buying boats in Oz.

Yes, in some ways it is like looking at the start of a slow motion train wreck but "telling it like it is" is the main purpose of this Forum and I like to think that we've saved a lot of new, and some not so new sailors, a lot of time, trouble, frustration and money..

And if that means continually answering similar questions well, I was a teacher - feels just like home.

And yes, that feeling of being in a comfortable bar with friends is what I, and probably (not being a mind reader) the other Moderators, strive for.
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It was easy to get caught up in the drama of it all.
Yes there sometimes is the drama that leads to sporting events
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Old 14-01-2013, 06:56   #30
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Maybe I get worked up about it because I have nothing else important to do. I've noticed that when I return to homeport in may till casting the lines of in eary october I never look at CF. Not even once. I'm not really a internet sorta guy. Only thing I use the net for is buying stuff, mainly defender.com. I guess it says something that when I'm doing all my repair/modifications I dont check in here
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