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Old 10-11-2016, 12:32   #1
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Maybe I'm getting too old ...

Maybe I'm getting to old to be having so much fun.....

Coming into last night's anchorage.. had been motoring on autopilot for a few hours.. switched to hand steering.... nasty wobble in the steering suggesting something hung up somewhere... nothing showing out the back of the boat so in retrospect think I already had a good wrap.
Went astern when anchoring... bad move...

So after anchoring I stuck my new poor man's GoPro on the end of the boathook and sent it down for a look...

Oh dear... nothing for it but to get kitted up and do a bit of duck diving.
Luckily it could be unwrapped without hacking through it...

My 'poor man's GoPro' is an SJCAM SJ4000..... first time used underwater although that is what she was bought for.... worked good... still from the vid below...
They get good reviews .. but one must beware of cheap knockoffs...
I bought mine here Genuine SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi HD 1080P Waterproof Action DV Sports Helmet Camera | eBay

Sun's out today... rafting up with chums tonight.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:35   #2
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Re: Maybe I'm getting too old ...

Oi, Ping, you sure know how to have a good time!

But at least you got a nice piece of line for the spare rope locker...

(hee,hee)

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...you sure know how to have a good time!...
Really!
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Re: Maybe I'm getting too old ...

Wow, that thing is dirt cheap here in the US on Amazon, at least relative to a comparable GoPro kit. Thanks for the info!

Glad you got off the hook without any damage. Fouled props always make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.
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Wow, that thing is dirt cheap here in the US on Amazon, at least relative to a comparable GoPro kit. Thanks for the info!

Glad you got off the hook without any damage. Fouled props always make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.
Just make sure you do your research... there are lots of dodgy SJCAMs lookalikes out there..
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That reminds me, I need a new wetsuit...
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Ping, what is the water temp there? I really have no idea!

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That reminds me, I need a new wetsuit...
That's what it's called! I was trying to remember - haven't needed to wear one of those when going over the side for many years.
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That's what it's called! I was trying to remember - haven't needed to wear one of those when going over the side for many years.

I need one in SoCal to go over the side most of the year. Mine is called a "damn wetsuit."
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15*C yesterday.... first time I had to do this was in 10*C ( about 11 years ago ) and I had no wet suit....
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15*C yesterday.... first time I had to do this was in 10*C ( about 11 years ago ) and I had no wet suit....
My dad used to say, "It'll grow hair on your chest!"
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^^^

Yeah, right, if it doesn't kill the hair follicles first! ;-)
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My dad used to say, "It'll grow hair on your chest!"
Well, there isn't much else left exposed that you could grow hair on....

Seriously, what would be good would be a little pony bottle ( I think thats what they are called) as getting fully booted and spurred would be just too big a drama just to clear a prop.... plus with all my kit it would be near impossible for me to get back aboard.

Top of the jobs list today is extending the boarding ladder down the back... bottom step is currently only 6 inches below the water and is round tube and narrow... not fun.
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...what would be good would be a little pony bottle...
Better would be leaving a standard size tank in the cockpit and using a regulator with a long hose, just like divers use to clean bottoms.
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Maybe I'm getting too old ...

I have an inexpensive silent air compressor.
No really silent, but it's not as loud as a sewing machine

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