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    ๐Ÿ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    15 hours ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Information about the TX antenna makes a lot of sense. It is very easy to hold the TX in a horizontal position without adjusting the antenna angle. Thanks for the info.

    I have put up some images of my Commander rebuild & will put up more this weekend. Image with the topdecks is the original as I first obtained it, though I had started work on sanding. I then worked out the cabin, the topdeck areas were too far gone and delaminating, so got rid of them. Tried the hull in the bathtub and it took water within 15 minutes.

    Decided to strip right back - and now about 4 years later, i have spent 3 months sanding, sanding and sanding some more. Paint goes on the undersides tomorrow then I start rebuilding the topdecks. Finally.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Yacht) US1Meter
    12 days ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have just downloaded a pdf which gives a history of the boat. Certainly is an interesting read. Link is attached. (At least i hope this is the yacht)
    https://crya.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CRYA_Winter2019-final.pdf
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    ๐Ÿ“ Lockdown Complaints
    12 days ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Father managed a milk and butter factory. Newbies often had to go to the boiler room to fetch a bucket of steam.
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    ๐Ÿ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    15 days ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I read your description of your local lake and had a look at Google Maps. I was in England 4 years ago visiting older relatives. Turns out you are only 30 minutes away. They are in Ross on Wye. Beautiful location and great views.
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    ๐Ÿ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    15 days ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I will do that Colin. I have some before and staged images so not a problem. I too like the classics and not the plastics, though I will be using a new motor below decks.
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    ๐Ÿ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    15 days ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I am in the process of rebuilding an old Sea Commander as well. Retrieved from a tip shop. Coachwork was rotten so disposed of it. Stripped right back to bare timber, glassed and two coats of resin. Seems like more time spent sanding , bogging, sanding - hopefully painting in a week.

    Bought a dremel (a good excuse) to rebuild the coachwork so more fun times coming Will be worth it and looking forward to getting it wet.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Stay Safe
    21 days ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Happy days - We are finally starting our comeback from lockdown here in Qld Australia. A mad scramble to make our boats seaworthy again and be one of the 10 allowed to sail at a time from this Sunday. Had other plans but there are a lot of batteries being recharged, sails checked etc.
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    24 days ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    That is an excellent run time with the printer motor. Worthwhile looking into. My journey into rc model boats has all been about innovation.
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    26 days ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    That is interesting. My drill is a 20 year old hammer-drill and did not do a lot of work before batteries stopped charging. I guess the best thing is to get it attached to an ESC and see what happens. Am ordering a 60 amp esc which I hope will be compatible. I dumped two computer towers last weekend. Buggar
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    1 month ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks again and sounds like a good idea. Will do that when on a 'real' computer and not the phone.

    I have not had a powered boat in the past, only sail, so some advice from those currently having plenty of experience is welcome.
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    1 month ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Ok and thanks. I might give it to a friend who does have a large but very underpowered tug.

    Will go by the recommendations for the boat - cheaper in the long run as well for a better result.
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    ๐Ÿ“ battery drill motor
    1 month ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have an old 14.4v battery drill and am wondering whether any members have used a drill battery in their boats. Battery pack cactus so bought a new drill, just as cheap.

    I believe it can be done with great results. Would need an ESC to suit but believe it is feasable, though with the battery it could be quite large.

    I have two boats that need motors - one a 36in Mini Momo and the other an old Aerokit Sea Commander that i am doing up. Thanks.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dragon Flite DF95 (Yacht)
    2 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The DF95 very popular over here. Great boat and fun to sail.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: J Class Style Pond Yacht
    2 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Beautiful yacht and well done. Too much goes into a skip, this proves a point.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: No fibreglass is available during Covid19 so came up with alternative
    3 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the photo - I had been puzzling what a J Cloth was, however here in Australia the same product is called "Chux" - same manufacturer. Certainly worth a try and thank you for the info. Would not cause the same itch as proper FG cloth. Another benefit.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hull preparation and painting
    3 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the photos and the great results you are getting. I have just begun stripping back my Commander. Same size and similar condition, though the interior still requires my attention. It will be interesting to see it in the water
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hints and Tips
    3 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I used to have a business in the early days of LED importing tubes, down lights, panel lighting etc into Australia. Panel lighting was great for that though not as intense a light. My garage was fitted with 25w Led tubes which gave really good light. I wish I had some of those deformable lights back then. Look great.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Stay Safe
    3 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Very true. Contrary to public belief, roos do not take the fences in a single bound, though i think Skippy did. They knock them over, if the emus have not already done so.

    I was living in Narromine around 1978. Found a 12ft tinnie lodged 40ft up a gum tree overlooking the river 500m from our house.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Stay Safe
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    My daughter and husband have a 16,000 acre sheep station in Western NSW. First rain in 5 years. Had to sell the sheep, too much competition for grass from skippy.

    Amazing how fast it will green up though.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Stay Safe
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Sorry about the smoke. Watched it go round the globe. At least we can still sail and work towards recovery .
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    ๐Ÿ“ Stay Safe
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well said Rick. Very evident everywhere.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Stay Safe
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just coming out of it in Aussie and the UK is well and truly getting it. Relatives in Ross-on-Wye. Just glad their property is, or should be, high and dry.
    Keep safe
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Commander Rebuild
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Got it, right in front of me all the time. Thanks, will read with interest. Scanned through quickly and i have a lot to learn, so this exercise will be interesting.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Commander Rebuild
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Ed, forgot to mention - I tried to find your blog through the blog search engine without success. Am i going about it the wrong way? Thanks.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Commander Rebuild
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Agreed, doing this as well as sealing the interior as well. It is going to be a busy year but think it will be interesting.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Commander Rebuild
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I was discussing the boat today with some local model builders, one said i could be throwing good after bad, the other said it is the sort of project he would take on.

    Seeing the timbers are now bone dry, i might look at different fixes for the keel then do as suggested, glass the interior as well as exterior, stripping it back to bare timber. Weight could be an issue but i am just going to use it for enjoyment and getting it back where it belongs.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Information Sharing
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    that is a great looking yacht...well done
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Commander Rebuild
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Good thought and nice looking boat. Considering I have had the hull over two years I think it is time to do something with it. So many projects waiting, would like to make the rc Flyer 15 but need to hone my skills a tad.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Commander Rebuild
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for that, I will check that out in the am. Sounds interesting.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Commander Rebuild
    4 months ago by peterd ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for that. If I end up with a sound hull there are a lot of options with super structures and deck layouts.

    It will be a long term project so I will need to get it right. Another boat to join my 3 sailboats. Life is interesting.
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