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      1. This is for ALL members, new or not so new. A few of us discussed in @Doyley's "New Tow Rig" thread about having a get together somewhere on the beach. I'm proposing the weekend of Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February as dates when we have high tides around 8.30 - 9.30am at Cooloola/Teewah. EDIT 29/1/18 Settled at Teewah 9/2/18 - 11/2/18 EDIT 1/2/18 Cancelled Alternative place of Bribie Island has high tides 1.30 - 2.30pm. It would be good if you could indicate your location preference and any alternate dates. Once we've thrashed it out and settled on a place and time we can organize the finer details.
      2. Amphibian Light Aircraft

        In rummaging around in the world of light aircraft in Australia i noticed the only cheap usable aircraft come in kit form and some from time to time are converted to amphibian, However, since 2013 many "experimental classification" kit light aircraft have become both vaguely reliable and cheaper and only a few fall into the "average wage earner" level of owner builder that can be obtained as amphibian standard.At least one stands out and is not too bad, it comes from South Africa and is called a "BushCat". Bushcat specs info other: Australian light aircraft usage for the average wage earner are plenty of kit seaplanes of one or two seat that are immensely expensive but for now there have only been two or three cheap kit that make amphibian, one a bi-plane (Mariner aircraft).Basically i am trying to collect a whole database of experimental kit option that take two or four people and with some relevance to amphibian in the price range of such as the Jabiru fly away or Brumby.
      3. Am planning on starting to do a bit of camping with the family now the youngest of our 2 boys is 'ready' for it ..... At the moment I've just got the removable clamp on Thule roof racks that came with my 2nd hand Pajero but I want to get permanent roof racks and probably this roof rack platform Wanted to check if anyone has one of these (or smaller sized one) or has any opinions on these style versus flat platforms versus actual baskets. I guess essentially the advantages/disadvantages of each type. I'm thinking the one above will suit as it will allow me to easily slide my kayak up onto it and tether it down and when camping I could put a roof bag on top and strap it down. From what I've seen the compatible jerry can holders, etc are expensive but I'm not sure I'd use them anyway. If you have a roof rack/basket and have any tips or know of another brand I haven't thought of I'd love to hear of it/them.
      4. 4x4 Boat Trailer Conversion

        I am considering converting my standard boat trailer to a 4x4 version. however I am concerned about the trailer being to high to launch. I am considering a "step down axel" to compensate for the rise in height, however it looks like this would be where the axle might bend. The reasons I want to convert my tailer is my 14" wheels are just not handling the roads as well as what I would like. Has anyone done this on there trailers and how did you compensate for the rise in height. My boat is 5.3 seajay and needs about ⅓ of the trailer in the water to launch and retrieve I have measured it and I can just fit some 17" hilux wheels on it and be legal.
      5. Well went out to NPD this morning to have a bit more of a play around with the yak with the electric on it. First time on the water since Borumba, probably 3 months since on NPD. Water is the lowest I have seen it since the 2008 drought. Ramp is quite dodgy now. electric went quite well, did 10k round trip on 1 x 35 amp battery and it was still at 12.4 volts when I got home. Would have gone further but a bit of a cool breeze sprang up from behind me and when I turned around to look, there was a bewdy of a squall coming across the dam behind me, with storm clouds in the distance. Time to head for home! Got about 20 yards from the ramp when the sky opened up and I got saturated! Speed was about 4kph on low, just slow enough to troll a lure ok. 6k on high. Only issue was sounder didnt work, no juice to it. Worked fine first trip, so not sure what happened, maybe a dry joint. Didnt really worry me, know the dam well enough to have not lost any lures.
      6. Rear Main Seal Leak

        Hey team, last time my car was serviced, I had complained that there was a persistent oil leak, it was diagnosed with a rear main seal leak. I was told that in order to replace this cheap seal of about $50, the entire gear box had to be dropped out just to simply access it. So the estimated costs was at least $700 just due to the labour hours required to drop the gear box, replace the seal and bolt the gearbox back on. My car is a 2011 Triton GLXR My current finances don't exactly allow me to go blast a minimum of $700+ to have this fixed currently. I have read a bit about additives you can add to the oil to help seal this up to prevent the leak, but have also read that this is not healthy for the oil or the engine. My question is, has anyone had this problem before? and if so, did you simply pay to get it fixed, or have you used this oil additive to stop the oil leak. any advice would be very grateful!!
      7. Driving On Straddie

        hey guys, have only had a short drive on main beach at straddie before and heading back there next month. Question i have is can you get to the pin easy enough if you drive the length on main ? also is it worth the distance for a fish down that end ? cheers
      8. Give Away Trailer

        Hey everyone. I have a trailer to give away. Came with a boat I bought to turn into play equipment. Lights work. Ok condition. Pick up Camp Hill Brisbane. Please PM for details as pick up with have to be arranged between 9.30am and 2.00pm. I was thinking of turning this into a 4 kayak trailer or some such but just never got around to it...
      9. Trailer Brakes

        Might be a silly question but here goes, I went out this morning & a real scary noise started coming from the trailer & my mate & i decided it was the brake pads, when asking for the brake pads do they go by trailer brand or trailer size or do all trailers run the same pads etc ???. it's a 4.8m on a sea-link trailer. thanks
      10. Qld Pay Your Rego By Direct Debit.

        In qld you can now pay your car,trailer and boat rego via direct debit. took me about 15 min to set it up they give you a list of regos in your name and you can select which ones you wish to be paid via direct debit when they become due and you also have a choice between 3,6,or 12 monthly renewals. I reckon its a great idea especially for anyone traveling. Cheers Ray
      11. Hi all, been doing lots of maintenance work this week waiting for the wind to die. Hooked the trailer on this morning and one of the brake lights is not working. The unit is a submersible led set up that I put on about 4 years ago because I was sick of replacing bulbs in the bayonet version. Been working a treat ever since. All other lights, including tail lights are working fine. I am using a flat pin to round pin converter but this all looks fine. Gave all the connections a spray of inox, reinserted all connections a couple of times, but still no good. Is it likely that the LEDs in the brake light have died, or do you think it is a wiring problem. Pretty sure the both brake lights come off the one pin, so doubt it at the car end. Do you think I need to replace the whole unit? Any ideas welcome. Thanks, Steve.
      12. Fishing frustration

        So, like everyone, I have really been looking forward to the 10 day break between Christmas and New Years. I have definitely not done enough fishing in 2015 and 2016 looks like being a busy one so not hopeful that I will be spending much more time on the water next year. The plan was to do the family eating and drinking thing on Christmas Day, than agreed to drop one of my boys up to his inlaws near Woodford on Boxing Day, then get out early on Sunday to get some of these mackerel before samsteele cleans them out. Teed up my nephew to deckie with me ( he is a marine biologist so how could I miss, right?). Got home on Boxing Day to realise that my son, who doesn't live with us, had parked his car in the driveway between the boat and the road and didn't leave his keys as he promised he would. With no way around it, I had to spend yesterday staring at the very still trees and thinking how good it would have been on the water. He is not due back until Wednesday at the earliest. Today we went for a quick run to Burleigh for an early surf and brekkie and then home by noon. Thought it would be a good opportunity to do some safety maintenance before we head to Burrum Heads in January. Check and service the inflatable life jackets. Easy. Check and restock the first aid kit. Easy. Check the wheel bearings - should be easy. A little noisy, OK for short trips but if I am driving 350 k at speed in probably high temps maybe a repack of the bearings is a good idea. As usual, the wheel nuts are so tight I can't loosen them, even using a metre long pipe for leverage. So off the mechanic it will be, if they can fit me in that first week in January. In the meantime, I will be watching the wind forecast for the rest of this week hoping for something under 15 knots so I can get out at least once before I go back to work. Thanks for reading this long rambling "white whine" but I needed to vent to someone and my wife just doesn't understand. Keep up the posts, boys, I need to know what I am missing out on!
      13. DIY Soft roof rack dangers???

        Hey team, I have some rhino racks bars waiting to go on my car for when the funds (more so time) come available. In the mean time I have been looking at some soft roof racks (to transport my kayak) as I have used them before with no dramas. In my eyes, they are a lot of money for some foam and a strap with a big logo on it. I have read about some folk using 2 pool noodles with the straps running through it then attaching it under the windows and through the car the exact same way that soft roof racks work. Now there seems to be a lot of people voicing how terrible of an idea this is and how dangerous it is. Yet I fail to see how it is any different from the regular soft roof racks you buy from BCF Unless I’m missing something that someone can point out…? Now I know that softies just do not compare to regular roof racks in terms of being able to securely tie down the kayak, but for a quick 15mins trip down the road, I don’t see how the $5 pool noodle solution is that dangerous? Happy to be proven wrong lol Chris
      14. What 4x4 do you drive?

        G'day guys and girls, I do believe there was a thread like this at one point but I couldn't find it. Just seeing what everyone drives. I've made a list here you can cut and paste. Feel free to post pics. Make: Model: Year: Modifications: Notes: I'll go first. Make: Isuzu Model: D-Max SX Extra Cab Year: 2014 Modifications: ARB Sahara bull bar, ARB Dual Battery mount with redarc smart wiring with 2 12v outlets in the tray and an Anderson plug under the tray to connect solar, rear facing work lights, ARB underbonnet compressor (for lockers I don't have yet, but can inflate tires too), Hella LED Spotlights, UHF radio, factory colour coded steel tray with tie down points, safari snorkel. Notes: Great fuel economy, great on the beach, comfortable and I think at the time was the best value 4x4 Ute on the market. Still have quite a few plans before I'll be 100% happy. But for now, as a daily driver and beach car it has been just under 25,000km of trouble free driving over the past 12 months.
      15. Rare FX.

        Never heard of one. Cheers Ray
      16. Rust Protection Scam ?

        Been a bit on other forums. Cheers Ray
      17. VW

        Cheers Ray
      18. Subject: FX The National Museum of Australia holds the only surviving prototype of the three Holden sedans which were manufactured by hand in the United States and imported and tested in Australia in 1948. The Museum also holds in its collection the first 48-215 Holden that officially rolled off the General Motors-Holden assembly line at Fishermen’s Bend, Victoria, on 29 November 1948. This model was commonly known as the FX.
      19. max pwr Another Satisfied customer.

        Just been speaking to mate Graham who got Steve ( max pwr) to provide paint protection etc on his new colarado. Graham is ecstatic with the result and reckons it was well worth the drive from Sandstone Point and half the price that the dealership quoted him. Anyone wanting paint protection,window tinting ,fabric protection contact Steve for a great job and friendly old fashioned service. Cheers Ray
      20. Dodgy brothers at work.

        During the heavy rains a couple of weeks ago, I had to drive through a bit of water. A few days later the front wheels started to rumble - bugger water in the bearings, oh well, not unexpected, A Bit of looking around and I discovered that these new fangled setups, the entire hub is a sealed unit, (that's a very loose description, they have no seals to keep the water out at all that I could see!) and a throw away job. So after after a heart attack at what Ford wanted for replacement hubs, I got a pair of aftermarket ones delivered from Melbourne for under a hundred bucks delivered to my door. All good, started on the noisiest one, results not unexpected , looked to be the original hub, 300,000k on the old girl now, grease all dried out and the bearings rusty from their little encounter with the flood water. A Bit of drama caused by the inner seat shearing out of the sealed unit and staying stuck on the spindle , to hard for my chinese cold chisel requiring a visit to the local tool shop for a good quality one, which only proved the old seat was also to hard for the $30 cold chisel I bought :pinch: So the trusty grinder was brought in to delicate play and it was soon off and new hub fitted. Pulled the wheel off the other side, to find an aftermarket hub had already been fitted and didn't have much noise at all. A Bit strange I thought, why would you only do the bearings on one side? Anyway, I wasn't going to leave it on there, so I took it off. That's when I discovered dodgy brothers were alive and well! Someone had not only replaced just one original hub, but they had come back for another go, stuffing the aftermarket hub and then putting it back on. The spindle was quite marked from generous applications of a large hammer and cold chisel, and the sealed hub had obviously been broken apart, regreased and put back on, despite large chunks of the seats having been broken off and the seats being cracked right through. No idea how it didn't fail. Went a little cold at the thought I had driven 150,000k since I bought the car on this bearing in the condition it was in! A section of the seat was just gone on the outer side. On the inner side you can see the small area of fresh break from where I removed it, but cop a look at how much of it had been broken off, then just put back in to service!
      21. After reading Tybo's thread about needing to repair his trailer it got me thinking on what SHOULD be done to maintain a trailer on a regular/semi-regular basis. Mine is in need of a bit of an overhaul (not sure about the axle but definitely the springs and a few other minor things) and if I return it to it's former glory (it was already badly rusted when I got it as a family hand me down) I'd like to look after it and prevent/limit rust as much as possible. Currently all I do is give it a good hose down after fishing and we (well, Dad while I watched and 'learned' close to 2 years ago) changed the bearings when the wheel had a slight lean (which at the time I learnt is an indication that the bearings are on the way out. So ...... what do you do to maintain your trailer? How often do you change the bearings? Do you spray/coat the trailer with anything? My brother game me some sort of oil-cloth/wrap to put on the axle but I figured it would be best kept for a replacement one given the state to fhte current one. I know there are some very handy/clever members on here - oh, there's also Ellicat ....... - and I'd be interested to learn some tips.
      22. 4wd trip to craigs hut

        hey guys last weekend some family and friends and I went up to the high country, got some nice pictures and videos so i thought id share it with you guys, we started off at bindaree hut which had a great camp spot around it and the howqua river ran right past it. we left their to go and see the famous craigs hut, on the way we stoped at bindaree falls, which is about 15 mins up the road, it had some great rock formations and quite a bit of water running down it for this time of year we then kept driving to howqua gap hut, a small little hut that was the begining of howqua gap track. this was the first time i had been on howqua gap track, a lot of it was only light 4WDing but there was some steeper and rockier sections in the mix, all in all though i think all 4wds could do it. we then murged onto clear hills track, which was basically the same but now going down hill, it wasnt long untill we made it to craigs hut, we had lunch up there then started to head back to our next camp site which was pinnaple flats, this also had a river running next to it, but this time it was the king river , and you have to drive through this river to get to the camp site but its not deep. heres a video i made from the footage i got up there, its got all the stuff ive told u about, check it out- Hope you enjoy, cheers
      23. There is a new interceptor out there, coming to a school zone near you. 6.4litres, 350kw of Mopar power, the SRT8 C300. Spotted cruising for Bogans to teach a lesson near Morayfield school at 3:05pm
      24. So after spending the last couple of months bringing my boats maintenance up to scratch, I'm now paranoid about the state of my trailer. The last thing I want now is for all the hard work I've put into my boat be obliterated when the rear cage on my trailer rusts through and drops the hull on the axel. This is the worry I have in mind: I've spent over $500 in the last 18 months repairing things on this trailer and really feel now that I've been flogging a dead horse. I'm sure it can all be fixed if I take the boat off and have someone weld and repair it. I'm thinking for that effort, I'll just get a new trailer. After several searches on here, various other sites and asking friends, new trailer brands seem heavily reliant on opinion rather then fact. Of the six local trailer brands, all seem the same and only one offers straight up prices. I don't mind spending the money, but like most things don't want to feel I'm being sold up the wall. So what do members think, have experienced or know of regarding new boat trailers? My current Dunbier, despite obvious faults, is a good trailer. My boat sits and travels nicely on it, and best of it all, it's simple to load. I am not a large man(under 60kg) and can quite easily, by myself, load my 470SF, which weighs boat and motor around the 1t mark, onto this trailer with a hand driven winch. Being able to load my boat, by myself, is a must, so roller setup is crucial. However the Dunbier sits low, tows rather heavy( I've even towed it with a 4.2D Landcruiser and it was heavy), and being a box section frame, has rusted from the inside out. My thoughts keep being steered towards Belco trailers, whom I've already requested a quote from. Swiftco offers a price of $2530, which seems about the average price I can expect(doesn't it?), however the journey down the coast puts me off. Redco, FMS, Oceanic and Sealink all seem to have only a broad level of information online and I hate wasting peoples time chasing a quote if I know I probably won't go with them. I'd like a C section or H beam trailer if I can, considering the eventual outcome of boxed frame trailers, but can't find a lot of information other then "custom" trailers regarding this style. This says extra dollars, which as stated am happy with, I'd just like to know the expectation. Please fill me in on all your thoughts.
      25. Anyone for Russia? Cheers Ray