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  1. Hahaha. I feel another Baz song coming on - I can hear my wife ... tappin on the window. Bringing back sweet memories... I can hear my wife β€”β€”- bahaha cheers Z
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    Bushfire Song

    Just pure emotion ! Fantastic job Baz. Thank you. Z
  3. Oh dear... hope you are all ok now ! I forgot to ask one qualifying question, is the fuel in the tank E10 ? If so get rid of it. The ethanol would definitely have separated and oxidised to acetic acid. If its just unleaded, then given there's 70L in an 80L tank and the boat is probably stored tilted back, you most likely don't have a lot of fuel surface exposed to air (so not much loss of octane due to volatile evaporation). If your breather tube had a bit of fuel in there then this fuel would have acted as a plug, moving with the vapour expansion and effectively sealing the tank. I'd still do as I recommended initially. Siphon out 20-40L (2 x 20L Jerry cans or your portable tank if its near empty). Top up the main tank with 98. I'd change the fuel filter as it will remove any water condensate that may have occurred. I often have 80-100L lying around in my 250L tank for months and that's what I have done for 20+yrs with no issues. You can progressively mix in the 20-40L that you have siphoned out (keep topping up with 98 or 95). Or like me, if I have siphoned out fuel, I have topped up the daughters Micra, and Hyundai, the wife's Subaru, or the Landcruiser, lanmower, whipper snipper etc. It gets used up and mixed with fresh fuel a lot quicker in cars. Cheers Zoran
  4. Lots of prior discussion on this if you search the forums. What type of motor are you running- 2stroke carbie model or newer 4stroke or direct injection model? Also you have 80L but how big is your tank? I run a 200hp EFI 2stroke. If it was mine I’d mix 50:50 with fresh premium unleaded 98RON, whack on a new water separating fuel filter and use it. You typically need 91RON for an outboard. The fresh 98 would raise your octane and the filter will get rid of the gunk. Cheers Zoran
  5. Great stuff ..... shows you gotta be out there to get them ... I can confirm no kings in the driveway at Castle Hill again ! Cheers Zoran
  6. Regardless ... its hard to spoil a feed of fried flatties !!! Good Job ! Cheers Zoran
  7. Great Video Jon!! Very succinct and factual. The video is geared toward the 3.5T top end road warrior towing fraternity - but it is a fantastic reminder to stay within the regulations and that just blindly buying big is NOT the answer. Buy what you need for your intended purpose. As a past engineer I just had to run the calcs for my set up. Frankly, I don't do a lot of long distance trips. I fit into category 2 dsicussed in the last few minutes of the video - towing a boat to the ramp and back - so it's mostly city towing where I find having the vehicle mass match the tow load, combined with AWD traction, helps greatly with control (read stopping) in the Sydney traffic conditions. When we have taken the rig to say Jervis Bay, we used the spare ATM capacity and loaded the boat for any additional items rather then loading the car. But more to the point you are making - anyone considering "the best 6m offshore boat" really needs to seriously consider the towing part of the equation. Cheers Zoran
  8. Alvey 600 C5 mounted on Silstar Power Tip PT-1202BWH ... my go-to beach outfit. Alvey Yabby Pump 30" length indestructible ...and up until recently an Alvey ReefKing 18" pure power ... (sold to a good home) Cheers Zoran
  9. Well that's just the problem ... usually you can't out run a storm like that. If I remember the rules of thumb correctly, if you are between 5 and 6 feet tall, you can see the horizon at around 10-15km away. So if you can recognise a storm on the horizon and its travelling at 100km/hr - you have around 10min before its on you. In 2013 I was at Browns Mnt (40km out from Sydney heads) on flat seas and clear skies with a forecast of 5kts NE winds and 1m swell, we trolled back in to 12mile (20km out) and hit a squall. The winds were not as bad as that video, but the seas were 3-4m and with no set direction. It took 4.5hrs to cover the last 20km back to the heads. Marine rescue and VHF radio was going crazy. Sh*t can happen fast offshore. Cheers Zoran
  10. Cannon That photo was dated 2006 ... still working perfectly. I use 200lb braid. Cheers Zoran
  11. ... you are way more experienced than me Jon especially way out wide ... but rather then removing stuff I actually went the other way .... after I saw this video clip of a similar sized haines to mine riding out the "perfect storm" I concluded that if they had a standard marine canvas bimini it would have most likely been ripped off - resulting in significant loss of visibility - who knows what the outcome would have been ... it was this clip that actually pushed me over the line to install a hard top and then full length plate glass screens for good measure. Cheers Zoran
  12. Nice rig Jon, with a good solid hull underfoot its hard to go wrong .... I like the choice of motor as well - its what I have been reconsidering if I repower .... The only thing that does not appeal to me on most of the cuddy/half cabs today is that sharply raked front screen - it looks great aesthetically, it makes the boat look "fast" ..... but in reality for me as I mostly stand when steering, I always found the sharp angled screen to be threatening to re-arrange my face or teeth in a chop. Mine had a similar raked design as per the picture below, and I can honestly say it was a massive improvement when I had the screen re-angled. Just about everything improved, more room in the cabin, better visibility, water drops didn't hang on the screen etc etc. It completely changed the way the boat felt.
  13. A big thanks and wishing the best of the festive season and for the new year, to you Donna and the rest of the fishraider crew. You guys and gals are awesome. Cheers Zoran
  14. Sure is. And on a freezing night that’s set in stone not clay !!! πŸ˜‚ Cheers Z
  15. Top fish and report. Don't think you'd ever get tired of those Xmas presents.... Merry Christmas ! Cheers Zoran
  16. Hey @Admis thank you. I purchased the boat 2nd hand in 1996 so not sure if any of the original pricing details have any relevance today but PM if you are still interested. I have looked after it ever since and it's had numerous upgrades and additions over time, some small some big (like the hardtop). But I started with a solid, sound and reputable built hull so even today its insured for around 40k and replacement with a similar offshore rig would set me back in the 60-100k range depending on age and hours. Cheers Zoran
  17. Sometimes it's good to revise and old topic with updated information ... helps us all catch up ! Cheers Zoran
  18. zmk1962

    Prop removal

    ...... even if there is a spanner in the works ? πŸ€“
  19. Best wishes mate ... Castle Hill at 4pm ... we had lights on in the house Cheers Zoran
  20. Awesome post. Great read and nice that you released. If it helps, I usually upload the vid to YouTube then post the link here. Please post more often! cheers Zoran
  21. Hey Sam... hope reno's are nearly done ... the weekend is not looking flash mate... I've got my eyes on Monday. Cheers Zoran
  22. Hey Jason, agree 100%, if you remove them, you have to stow them... which can be a PITA ! I have a length of conduit with press stud bases fitted to match the press studs on the clears. It's simple to clip the clears to the conduit and then roll them up. There are two lengths of clear strap permanently fitted at the top that loop over the rolled up clears and then are held in place by toggles. Its simple and works. Re: Overnighting: if your set up it's just like camping on water. In the early days of owning the Haines the family (wife and two daughters) would spend many a weekend on the Hawkesbury. Launch late Friday evening and be out of the water late Sunday arvo. Boating, fishing, cruising around. Kids would bring their homework on board ! Nowadays the daughters aren't so keen (understandable given they are 26 and 30). My wife and I still go overnight occasionally but it's more me and a mate or two usually chasing hairtail or such. I'm sure we would all be more comfortable on a 40' with separate bedrooms and hot and cold water ... but hey we make do with our own "reality". Bottle of red and 1/2 bottle of black label bundaberg aside. πŸ˜‡ Here's a recent trip of what it's like: Cheers Zoran
  23. Hard top was around $3K. I went for full plate-glass front and side windscreens, alloy two pac roof, and pantographic wipers with washers. We did re-purpose the existing stainless rocket launchers and bimini frame so that saved some cost. But then I also had to add a new set of clears and storm cover to suit the new configuration which was another $1.2k (these were due to be done anyway). The side clears are made to be rolled up out of the way to allow fresh air on those hot days, and rolled down to keep us dry in chop or rain. Cheers Zoran
  24. If you are looking for comparison and advice between these two rigs I can't specifically comment between the HS650F or the HH625O. I have not heard anything bad about either of them. Best bet would be to find someone that has one and go crew for a day. Lots of guys on this site run 6m plate boats as well. Personally I have an older model Haines Hunter 635L, which I converted to a hard top and I couldn't be happier - offshore, in bays, overnight. It has a full cabin and two 7foot bunks, marine toilet, 100L fresh water, gas BBQ etc. You can search the forum for my posts and adventures. I often fish with my wife. With a full half cabin (sleeping), you lose fishing space and mobility as you a restricted to fishing from the back half of the boat, but you gain protection from the elements and lots of dry storage. If you plan to anchor often, you also need to sort out how you will do that most easily/efficiently with the restricted access to the front. Most of my boating is offshore - fishing close trolling the head lands, hitting the reefs or out wide deep dropping, trolling, jigging - so I am happy with a big heavy rig and all the complications that come with that. As JonD alluded - large SUV, electric hydraulic breakaway brakes (which requires tow vehicle modification as well), extra maintenance, annual HVIS inspections etc But judging something "best" is very subjective.... and very dependent on how you plan to use the boat most often. I recently had a friend who was determined to upgrade his 5.3m bow rider to an offshore 6m+ hull and go wide - he went out with me, and quickly realised he was not suited to offshore conditions and is now VERY happy to stay in the bays and estuaries on his bow rider. Cheers Zoran
  25. +1 for Standard Horizon. Have had my GX1600 since 2012 ... has not skipped a beat. Crystal clear to Marine Rescue Sydney from 40km out. Cheers Zoran