swmcl

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    Queensland
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  1. swmcl

    Hull Designs And Seasickness

    No worries Junky, I must admit that those Sea Adex boats are the ones to beat at the minute in my opinion for a number of things but not economy nor speed. Australian Longboats will beat them on economy and speed (but lose to them on a bunch of other things). I want a mix of the two ... A skinny Sea Adex. My intention is to call into the Sea Adex workshop very soon just to have a squiz.
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    Hull Designs And Seasickness

    Thanks for the replies, I did think it might be because of the swell. I do appreciate that one can feel queezy on the Tangalooma Ferry. To some extent it won't matter what the shape of the hull nor the size of the hull if the wife and kids don't get out much. If there is no clear winner then the seasickness will only ever be solved by getting sea legs I guess. You guys are the guys to ask though, not any salesperson !!
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    Hull Designs And Seasickness

    Hi all, Can I ask for trailerable lengths of aluminium boats - particularly in the 4.5 to maybe 6m lengths - does hull design make much difference in terms of seasickness ?? Another way of saying it is, 'Will the ultra new designs incorporating a negative chine make things better or worse as far as seasickness is concerned' ? Cheers, Steve
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    south queensland Led Squid Light Kayaking

    Yes to all of that ! I have managed to rig the seat to be less laid back which is a good thing ... Tippy is a problem for sure. My first go at it and my son had accidentally crushed an electrical cable under the motor mount and I had intermittent power along with jet ski waves and I thought it might be best to operate with the bungs out ... altogether the worst case scenario ! The bungs allow one to drain water from the deck of a sit-on kayak through the hull in a normal situation. It might be more buoyant if I jam them into the kayak to prevent water coming up through them. I reckon 2 x 20 litres of pipe / tube under but near the waterline at the wider parts of the kayak will offer some stability and also some floatation. 40 litres = 40 kgs approx and would compensate for the battery. If nothing else, it has been a father-son project sorta. One where the father does everything and the son watches on ...
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    south queensland Led Squid Light Kayaking

    Righto. Saltwater test has been effected at the Gold Coast eventually. Kayak is suitable for younger kids really at this stage. It sits very low in the water. Long story but we acquired a 100Ah AGM battery so decided to power the kayak. We bought a secondhand Watersnake and I built a CAD laser cut structure with the help of a local welder of repute. I wired up the Watersnake via some 50A Anderson plugs. The steering was upgraded to have steel cable on the foot pedals also. 42 pound thrust Watersnake. Needless to say, the battery and Watersnake make the kayak sit very low in the water once I get into it. I'm about 96kgs. So I might strap some aluminium tubes underside to give buoyancy. We didn't even try the fishing rods coz it was a very low ebb of the tide. All we were doing is grinding the prop onto the gravel. The local jetskis nearly tipped me over too. I think the speed might get up around 5 knots ? The range might be a good number of hours at speed but to this point in time we haven't ventured very far. The seating will ensure I can't use it at all. I'll need to be a lot more upright to prevent a very sore back I'm afraid. Photo !
  6. swmcl

    Dinghy Hull Designs

    Yikes ! That is a boat ! WOW. I just saw a YouTube video of the 55 ... I ain't going to be buying that in a hurry but it certainly has a good number of really important features. WOW. Now all I gotta do is win the lotto ...
  7. swmcl

    Dinghy Hull Designs

    Junky, I tried to find your boat on boatsales ... it isn't listed as an option and I thought they had everyone on there !! I'll try others too. Rgds,
  8. swmcl

    Dinghy Hull Designs

    This question is another way of saying, "Should I skip buying a more traditional hull for the newer hulls, having never owned a boat before in my life" ? I can see that it is far easier buying a boat than selling one so I would like to not have to do the buy-sell thing too many times !!
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    Dinghy Hull Designs

    Hi all, Can I ask whether the newer hull designs that have a strong reverse chine or almost a tri-hull design are capable for more lumpy seas off the coast ? It seems to me the Millennial hulls of this world are best for estuary, dam or rivers but not the bar crossings and beyond. I like their smoothness across chop, dryness and speed but worry about the offshore abilities. Cheers, Steve
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    south queensland Led Squid Light Kayaking

    Well ... all my intentions were good. I had the trailer loaded and my son and I set out for the coast to saltwater test the kayak. I didn't get past Haigslea unfortunately. For a number of years but moreso in the past 6 months several trips have had to be aborted because of car reasons. I am having an out-of-body experience with a certain Commodore I purchased. The news is not all bad though. This week I hope to have found and corrected an important part of the puzzle. It is an ex-cop car and basically it had been thrashed. I didn't know and the seller was a kid in NSW - although I think he was a genuine person. I think he knew something was up but decided to lay low. It turns out I think I've been driving the damn thing for about 4 years now with busted engine mounts. They are covered with a metal shroud so you can't see them and when I got yet another scan done the mechanic said, "bad signals from knock sensors - replace engine mounts". So I did so. The car runs quite smoothly now but I'm not out of the woods yet. Codes are still being thrown and damage to other parts is still being sorted (cat converters). Maybe one day I'll be able to drive to the coast ...
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    south queensland Led Squid Light Kayaking

    And there are drop bears on this site too...
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    south queensland Led Squid Light Kayaking

    The topic is near at hand now ... I didn't get away when I wrote back in June but I am leaving tomorrow. Am thinking somewhere like Kingscliff or Tweed River area? I got really put off by the stories of sharks so I am tending south of the Gold Coast. Do squid go into rivers ? Or are they always in the sea ?
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    south queensland Led Squid Light Kayaking

    Cheers. That is good news. I've seen the IFish episode on squidding in Port Phillip Bay and I've always associated squid to be a southerly species. For some reason I think they'd all be eaten by the time they got north (if they ever went that far...) !
  15. I bought a squid light from an Aussie supplier in the hope the kids could use it from a kayak. Since my enthusiasm has been dampened for using the kayak in northern waters, could people chime in and let me know what kinds of waters would have squid and kayaks ?? I know the Sydney Harbour would work but I'm not going to go to Sydney for that ! I live in Toowoomba and it is freezing this time of year so we want to get warmer on the upcoming holidays and were hoping to go to Rockhampton area. Would the Clarence work ? (Iluka and Yamba) Cheers, Steve