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Old 07-10-2010, 17:42   #61
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Cheers Mark!!

Well done on the solo passages!!!
You are crossing the pond now? Must be really exciting?

I lurch from one "calamity" to the next, but they are all forgotten in a few days, except for the lessons learnt? Lot of personal growth happening at sea! It's amazing what you can deal with when there is no one else to turn to for help, except yourself!!

Fair winds Mark and stay safe!

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Hey Keith

Really enjoy reading your posts and checking the photos, they are getting me so amped for next year what boards have you got on the boat and how are they handling the swell?

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Old 08-10-2010, 16:53   #63
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Ahoy Alex.

Thanks for your comments. We surfed Telscopes all day yesterday, sometimes head andf a half high and very glassy most of the day. Absolutely beuatiful bowly, glassy take offs into long steep section, sometimes barrels, a lot like smallish centrepeaks at Gnarloo in WA, but a very forgiving bottom, no live coral, as the reefs move up and down about 2m a year with all the earthquakes up here!

Crew baked some fresh bread and I changed another broken spring on the injector pump. at least the chain was not wrapped around the coral when we came to leave and we had a starry night without any storms!! Lucky eh?

I have a 7'2" home made thruster, pin tail with a wide nose as a general purpose board, for up to 20 foot faces and when it gets over 20' faces or 3m in the old parlace I drag out the 8'3" thruster, 4.5" thick and charge on that. Get all the set waves, normally no competition.

Most of the time I sit out the back and take the biggest, gnarliest waves that come along.

Too many crew surfing small, thin boards here and having to sit on the inside or shoulder and missing a lot of the fun.

The boards suit me well, but it's all very personal and what you are comfortable with Alex! We have until the 28th out here then we return to Padang or Sibolga to clear out from immigrasi and slowly head back to Phuket.

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Hope to be in Phuket week after xmas will you still be floating around then???

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Old 18-10-2010, 19:41   #65
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Mentawis

Ahoy shipmates, the yacht is staying in the Mentawis and I am off back to australia in 2 days!
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Hey Keith how long you back in Oz for ....you all surfed out?
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yep, its all over up here, time to head home until next April.
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No surf over here today and I am probably not expecting anything spectacular till after Christmas. I suppose another option might be to find somewhere not too far away that catches the summer Hawaiian swells?
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Hey Keith, your problem with the lost filling reminded me of when the same thing happened to me. If it falls out again and there is like severe pain, take a bit of gauze saturated with vanilla extract and stick it in the place where the filling was. Instant relief. Re-do it every 12 hrs or so til you get somewhere to have it fixed.
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Hey Keith,
Will you keep her in Padang area? I was wondering if there were any safe places to keep boats there while away? I would be interested in what you have found in regards to morings or slips, etc..........Cheers, Dingoman
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Anyone heard from Keith?

I have been enjoying this thread from afar. I was wondering if anyone has heard from Keith since the tsunami?
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Old 31-10-2010, 17:39   #72
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Ahoy, just got back to Australia,
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Reminds me of the "good ole days" (in the US less than 10 years ago) A little welding shop I used to work in, dirt floor, lean-to welded to the side of a shipping container. We'd fix just about anything and make stuff from scratch (fee depended on what the person could afford). I grew up with the mind-set...if it breaks fix it....though "if it breaks get a new one or pay a certified tech to fix it" is what keeps our economy going.
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Here’s some recent news as posted by Keith on my wall after I asked about the tsunami,
“Ahoy Shane, my crew and I are ok, but the boat has been washed onto a beach and the keel cracked off, so we have salvaged what we could and left ther gear in Padang, the locals will have the boat now?”
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Well this is sad news. While out at sea I had heard about the tsunami and wondered how Keith and boat had fared as they seemed to be close to the action. Hopefully we'll hear from Keith soon.

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