Posts by steven crawford

  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Sofie, Tigerlilly is the blue boat. More house than boat, but with a bit of airplane in the mixture. The other boat, Waihape, is the legionary Johnny Wrays boat. Mostly boat, part airplane.

    “He put some unusual features into her. From his RNZAF experience she was fitted out with an aircraft-type control panel and had twin engines…"

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to David Haywood,

    I’m guessing a restoration might only be the equivalent of building three houses!

    Good argument, but there are no building consents required. Tigerlilly has a 4 mm aluminum ( excuse my American) super structure. The hulls are 3 mm steel which will need some welding. But that’s easy. I just use the mig welder like, to just glue some new steel plate on here and there. My argument, is that my house/boat= two boats. Your house, that should not ever be a boat*= six boats.

    *unless your weather boards are 25mm kauri planks, in which case, you or your young lad, might want to swap it out for radiata pine so that you can build several boats later on.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to David Haywood,

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    I never actually talked to Johny Wray. I only watched him going about his business, by looking across Putiki bay from our house. I did once wade thru the mud to get a close up look at one of his boats, Waihape.

    Wow, what an achievement, Steven! I believe the rule of thumb is that one large boat = the labour of building five houses. I take my hat off to you, sir!

    For the spirit of Internet blog commenting, I must disagree! We acquired the Mount Cook Airlines catamaran, at $1 per kg. Then towed it to Wellington from Picton four years ago. We have finally found the right place to start rebuilding it? A place that’s not to hot, not to cold– industrial/ rural.

    The Tigerlilly, preformed well it the earthquakes we had in Wellington last year. And took a pounding during the tow over the cookstrait. But I have yet to do the fire place tiles and towel rails ect. I intend to follow your lead, and make a good job of it.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Will ye be doing Aloft conversion for the power of the wind?

    Oh I, We shall be looking at flying a kit.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

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    I have been moving closer to your methods in resent years. The boat is booked in with the house moving company, end of this month. And I am more concerned with doing a detailed quality job than my old ( measure once cut twice, bog and grind system) I like your towel rail. I am inspired to take my time…

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to David Haywood,

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    Have I remembered correctly that you’ve cleverly built some big boats? It’s similar to that feeling you get when you’d like to stop building (for a bit) and start sailing.

    I think tenacity rather than clever. I lived across the bay from Johny wray, and my dad encouraged me to read his book, Southsea vagabonds. This inspired me not to worry to much about my lack of education. It also led to a lot of thrills and spills. I was more focused of getting as far off shore as possible on a limited budget.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

    I like your style, but I am curios to know why you want to actually finish the house.

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  • Hard News: Gower Speaks,

    "But it’s bloody good information. If we started introducing different things, it would just be a clusterfuck." :-)

    That was a damned good bit of media watch there Russell!

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  • Feed: Saints Preserve,

    I salted some olives a cople of years ago. After realizing how much salt goes into eating olives, I desided to look at getting the oil out instead. How hard could that be?

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  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Since I do not now, never have and never will get to dish out ministerial warrants why does it matter?

    Well, I do get a party vote. And I will judge the party on its ministerial management. But asking my opinion on ministerial for a television poll, is nearly satirical.

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