Aussie Exercise

My mornings are always disturbed by voices. Being on a mooring buoy at the edge of a group mostly empty boats it is very quiet. The only sounds I hear are wave slap, rigging motion (from the swell) and XO s morning greeting. (Meow, meow. I was nice and warm cuddling with you in the bunk, why did you get up?) And I hear voices. The Aussie s have a remarkable number of early morning exercisers: kayakers and paddle boarders. But the most remarkable are the swimmers. I am not close to shore. Every morning groups of swimmers come by Reboot. They swim a couple of miles. I recognize some who do it every day. Sometimes in the rain. Impressive. I got to thinking (always a bad idea.) Can I hear them better in the morning? It turns out the answer is yes. (Nick C already knows this, but after all he is a retired Senior Chief Sonarman.) For the reason see the third block of information in the following link: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Sound/refrac.html. Fair winds and following sea
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American Politics

What a crazy time. As a temporary ex-pat in Sydney, Australia the locals ask me about President Trump, Russia, Obamagate (the allegation that President Obama had then candidate Trump s phone tapped (as was proven Obama did to a reporter,) allegations of sedition by former President Obama and his supporters etc. Since like them I have to depend on what imho, is a deeply flawed and partisan media, my answer is “who knows, we live in interesting times.” I feel the USA has become the first “banana republic” with a free press. Very weird. Given the focus on contacts with Russians I have stopped visiting “beautiful single Russian women who want to meet men” web sites. I hope this keeps me out of the news.#wiretap #obamagate #MAGA @Potus #resistance #seditionRoger sv Reboot +61 (0)476 768 335
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Aussie Spirit

I was sitting on Reboot reading. She is rocking 30 degrees (15 a side.) XO unhappy and needy. He doesn t like the continual rocking at anchor. Rain coming and going, “heavy at times.” Like most of the day. Heavy.I look North and what did I see? A fleet of racing sailboats headed for me. Turns out the mark was only 1,000 yards away. Watched them come and round all day. “A man s gotta do what a man s gotta do.” Crazy, but fun to watch.Fair winds and following seas :)Roger sv Reboot
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Rig Noise

Ever since I replaced the standing rigging in Nuku Hiva and Tahiti I have been troubled by noises. I discovered that by lubricating the balls where the stays / shrouds attach to the mast they would twist off any twist I had inadvertently added by tightening the turnbuckles. But I still had a weird halyard slapping noise that sounded like a halyard hitting a shroud. Today my old eyes, the sun, the wind (and a little bit of rain) conspired to show me the problem. The port lazyjack lead is threaded incorrectly. This would be a minor problem if it wasn t 40 feet in the air and Reboot was not in a rolling anchorage. I am adding re-threading to the list of “things that require climbing the mast.” Hopefully I will find someone here in Sydney, Australia soon to tend my safety lines.Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Design of the Johnnie Walker Black bottle

The forecast is for rain, rain, rain. Fortified by scotch, beer, books and smokes I am prepared. As I returned to Reboot I thought about the JWB bottle for shipboard use. Square. No wasted space in the locker, doesn t roll. Too tall for my “speed rack.” Glass – not my first choice. Weak cap. Not good. Risk mitigation: reduce amount of fluid in container smartly.Fair winds and following seas :)Roger sv Reboot +61 (0)476 768 335
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Starter Battery

Took the dead starter battery of Reboot. A friend put it on his charger. After two days we declared it dead. Bought a new battery. Hooked it up. Nothing. Put meter on battery. Plenty of voltage. Noticed an extra wire I had no hooked up. Hooked it up. Wow, it works! Hehe….. Moral: You need all the wires….. Fair winds and following seas :)P.S. raining again today after raining all last night. Ugh
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