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SOME BAD NEWS

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by Old fisho, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    I'm sad.
    Me old mate is sick in hospital and it's all because I neglected her.
    There is a major problem in her water works.
    Now before you get thinking along the wrong road; my boat is not home.
    She's in dry dock at Narooma, 30kms away and I left her there, all alone, this morning.
    I never checked it once last year while back and forth to medicos and hospitals. It also wasn't used much. This year she's been in the wet perhaps ten or twelve times and I only checked the gear case a week or so ago.
    The news is all bad. The main seal has failed and the poor old thing has possibly been lubricated with sea water for several months. The bearings of course will be stuffed too.
    The major concern is that if it has caused rust anywhere, it will be on the main drive shaft, and could mean the shaft being unable to be removed. We'll cross that bridge when they get the prop off and sort out a parts list.
    Meantime, if I don't go out with someone I'm also dry docked for a week or so. Noel.
     
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  2. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    That is bad news, Noel.
    Things are tough enough when a bloke hasn't got a boat, but a damn lot tougher when you have got one that can't be used for whatever reason - if you know what I mean.

    Jeff
     
  3. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    When I saw that, the first thing I thought was the Boss is sick. When I read the bit about neglecting her, I know that would never happen. I shouldn't jump to conclusions.
     
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    So long as your moving parts are remaining well lubricated with a good red, the future may still be bright. Cheers, Lyall.
     
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  5. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    You have to forgive the sick sense of humour Kev. That's exactly what you were supposed to assume.
    No problem with your on-going advice Lyall. I shall try to do your bidding.
    On a more serious note:
    A couple of years ago there was a long running post here about fishers, sun protection and skin cancers. Not only did boat have to go to doctor; I had a check up Friday morning also. Our local GP has also changed recently and I like the new guy. Around Christmas time I was tidying my little shed. I stood up and hit my head on some aluminium angle that was lying on the bench. It bled copiously but wasn't serious. It has never seemed to heal properly so I asked Doc about it. He tells me the scab etc is beside where I cut my head and what I thought was from that cut is actually a bit of sun damage. He added that if I had ten of them, it was guaranteed at least some would turn to cancer. I thought that strange as I explained I always wear a hat when fishing and always with a collar flap thing attached. he thought that was good and sensible stuff. Then he asked to check my hands and was most impressed with the nothing he found.
    I said I also wear fingerless sun gloves when fishing.
    In summary he told me he wished all fishos would do the same as he has seen hundreds of blokes and fishers are very susceptible, with skin cancers, particularly on the backs of their hands, due to taking no care with protection.
    Just thought I'd pass on the information as it's something I consider important.
    He hit the spot on my cranium with liquid nitrogen to freeze it and said it would fall off in a few days with no after effects. My only comment was that it was damned cold stuff for about an hour. Noel
     
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  6. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    You may care to note that it is not my head that will fall off.
     
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    diesel Well-Known Member

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    I was going to ask how you could lose your skull and not suffer any after effects - had me puzzled for a minute :confused:

    Jeff
     
  8. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Latest news on the boat motor is far from good. The prop shaft has a slight bend they believe and it's proving difficult to get the prop off. If they can't get it off with the puller; the only option is to cut it off. Depending on what they find and they're not expecting good news, the total bill may be more than it's worth.
    The next big question could well be deciding whether to replace it or to retire from piscatorial activities. We are both 80 this year so my time out there is no doubt limited. Noel.
     
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  9. creekboy

    creekboy Well-Known Member

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    Not an easy decision there , Noel. Maybe a tinnie instead? Cheers, Lyall.
     
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    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    Noel is this a mercrusier and if so what year
     
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  11. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    No Tac, it's an old '96 Evinrude 40 and until now, the sweetest motor I've owned. A quick count says I've had eight or nine over the years from 4hp to 115. Had Merc's on the 20' Savage on Eucumbene until sold when I got crook. The guys are going to spend a couple of hours trying to sort it all and we'll talk about it then. Several new issues have arrived almost simultaneously, like all the seals have gone and they've said there's air getting in or out somewhere but compressions seem OK. There's also oil, presumably vapourised from the powerhead, coming from prop exhaust outlet. We'll reassess it when they ring; perhaps today. If it can be kept running OK for around $2K I think I'll do that. As said, am 80yo this year so my time out there must be limited. Spending megga bucks on another motor is hard to justify but could certainly do it if necessary. Noel.
     
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    Noel, if you decide the boat is not worth repairing or replacing, I assume you have shore based fishing options?
    Cheers
    Jim
     
  13. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately there are few shore based option here Jim. The beaches right in town are regular fish providers, of numerous varieties too. Salmon, tailer, bream, whiting, sharks, even occasional sand flathead and snapper. Since this cardiac issue arose, walking across our soft and deep sand has become a bit of a problem. I run out of breath. Loved fishing the beaches in the past.
    The lake has miles of shoreline but with very few access points due to mud and mangroves. There are virtually no driving tracks either. Without a boat you're behind the eight ball.
    There is a good area up the river with great water but its easy access means it gets a flogging. Not reliable fishing water even though only a short distance from great whiting banks.
    Will cross the boat bridge when we know a bit more and come to it.
     
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  14. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    I've got the same little problem mine aint working, so its off to the repair shop for a diagnosis and if it can be fixed
     
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    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    In amongst all this, my driving licence is under scrutiny and I have to provide medical evidence of my ability to drive a vehicle twice a year now; one from the GP, the other from my specialist. One bad report from a normal consultation visit could end it all. My ideal is to fish till I drop. Difficult without wheels and I assume I'd lose my boat licence too. I'm not chasing sympathy. Too old for that nonsense. I just don't want to lose what little independent pleasure I can handle at the moment. There's not a lot of other things I can do, or want to do. Called at the boat place today, without ringing first. They were closed as the entire front of their site is being concreted. The office lady said one of the guys may try to ring me this afternoon but have heard nothing yet. Keep you posted. N.
     
  16. kev209

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    Hi Noel, I have to get a medical report from my GP every year, and he faxes it to VIC ROAD. As you said it only takes one questionable visit to the Doctor that can stuff things up. Lyn and I have just got home from the hospital. More bloody tests this time an ultrasound on my kidneys, bladder and prostrate, the other test results aren't back yet. It just seems that we get on top of one thing and 4 more pop up.
     
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    Noel, it was for this very reason that I decided to opt out of the My Health Record. The sharing of information between government departments has been a big issue with me for a long time, not that I've got anything to hide, I just don't like a "big brother" approach to personal information.

    It only takes 1 dim-witted office worker in the licencing authority of your state to access info and use it in a way that could mean you have to jump through many hoops to set things right. To give an example, some years back I was put on a course of tricyclic anti-depressants to combat chronic pain resulting from a less than successful operation on my right elbow. It is recorded in my health records that I was on this medication, but never recorded that I was no longer on this medication. For all intents and purposes, it could be construed by the dimwit that I was not fit to hold a drivers licence and it would be up to me to prove otherwise.

    Jeff
     
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    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    Just imagine the who har if you had a shooters licence .
     
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    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Noel and Jeff, This is a copy of the medical report that has to be completed by my GP every year so VIC ROADS will renew my Drivers licence for another 12 months.

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  20. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Kev, that's not unlike the standard thing I/we have to complete due to our age, along with eyesight test. I don't have a problem with that. Some of us oldies should perhaps NOT be driving. Of course, like the others, I don't yet put myself in that category. Should it happen that I am no longer considered safe as a driver; I will not bitch about it. It's a part of life we all must reach one day.
    However,
    a more pleasant note to attend to;
    someone once wrote a song about 'a little ray of sunshine'.
    Had a call from the boat motor repair man this afternoon. Most of his news was good. The prop finally came off the shaft and they have one bearing yet to come out. He has one bearing and believes it will be OK to get the other one. All this means that my mate's stay in hospital might end before the end of next week and ' bugger everything else' I' might be back on the water next week. Whoope doo. N.
     

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