Monthly Archives: October 2007

Dix 43, an update.

It’s been a while since I wrote about the first step towards my own boat. That does not mean I did nothing in the meantime. I actually used the past couple of months to figure a few things out, make … Continue reading

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Peking 2008

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‘Miracle’ fuel that made a mockery of Mugabe.

The Times October 27, 2007 Jan Raath in Harare When Nomatter Tagarira, a spirit medium, claimed that she could conjure refined diesel out of a rock by striking it with her staff, ministers in Robert Mugabe’s Government believed that they … Continue reading

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Remetalling of stern tube bearings

I posted earlier about the centrifugal remetalling machine we commissioned in our workshop this year. Last week we had a total of three large stern tube bearings which had to be reconditioned. First the old white metal (babbit) is being … Continue reading

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Kormarine 2007

Last week I was in Korea for the Marine Week 2007, which was held from October 24 – 27 in Pusan. There are 3 simultaneous exhibitions in the BEXCO international exhibition centre: Navy & Defense, Sea-Port, and Kormarine. I went … Continue reading

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HMNZS ‘TE KAHA’ visiting Shanghai.

The New Zealand Navy was in town, represented by HMNZS ‘TE KAHA’ and I was lucky to get an invitation to come on board for a visit. The hospitality of CO Andy Grant and his crew was unsurpassed. We had … Continue reading

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