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The dental cost situation seems universally bad. People in the USA take South American holidays just to get their dental work done. They can actually come out ahead by spending the money to vacation in South America at a resort and get their dental work done there at the same time. 

I spent well over $12,000 cash for dental work that was a total rip off. I trusted the dentist and got screwed, had to get extractions anyway in just a few years after the expensive "fix". 

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4 hours ago, CDW said:

The dental cost situation seems universally bad. People in the USA take South American holidays just to get their dental work done. They can actually come out ahead by spending the money to vacation in South America at a resort and get their dental work done there at the same time. 

I spent well over $12,000 cash for dental work that was a total rip off. I trusted the dentist and got screwed, had to get extractions anyway in just a few years after the expensive "fix". 

Its a crazy situation  - many years ago I fractured my femur (displaced fashion)  and spent three months in hospital  - they pinned my leg with a titanium nail and the same through my knee,   all that treatment was Completely Free,  but I cant get my local dentist to do the same.

Guess they think teeth arn't  important.

 

OC.

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She's coming together nicely OC.  I sympathize with your oral problems my friend,  between last year to today it has cost me $13.000 and only 10% is covered by insurance.

 

Cheers,

 

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24 minutes ago, Piet said:

She's coming together nicely OC.  I sympathize with your oral problems my friend,  between last year to today it has cost me $13.000 and only 10% is covered by insurance.

 

Cheers,

 

Thank you piet,    yep its a crazy cazy situation   guess they dont want us to either eat or smile  - or both.

 

OC.

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Dental insurances cover barely anything, you are forced to pay stunning amounts to find out coverage is nill, at least here in the Netherlands. Most physician's cost are covered though. Why don't insurance companies do not understand that eating healthy is a basis for healthy living, quick recovery from injuries/illnesses, and less doctor's cost, hence less insurance cost ...

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10 minutes ago, cog said:

Dental insurances cover barely anything

Same here in the US. At least for me. My dental insurance is expensive and I still have relatively high out of pocket costs over the year for what is mostly routine work.

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25 minutes ago, cog said:

Dental insurances cover barely anything, you are forced to pay stunning amounts to find out coverage is nill, at least here in the Netherlands. Most physician's cost are covered though. Why don't insurance companies do not understand that eating healthy is a basis for healthy living, quick recovery from injuries/illnesses, and less doctor's cost, hence less insurance cost ...

Exactly, Cog. Overall health is so closely tied to dental health, it's one and the same and not a separate issue.  

 

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Right then folks  inlight of my nasher woes  - I got some more work done on the pearl,   I made the upper gallant mast by making a wood dowel mid section between both tops sections,  this was then painted and weathered - this was put to one side while I measured up then worked by shaping the topgallant yard, this was also painted and set aside to dry.

I decided that it would be easier to fit the yard to the upper mast while  loose - so I semi glued it inplace with a dab of ca, then lashed it inplace.

 

Here are a few pics showing it dry fitted inplace  - its starting to gain some hight now.

 

OC.

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Good day pirates  - more work over the last two days     - anyway  I have  fitted the mizzen mast lower shrouds (minus the ratlines)   they are loose and not lashed to deadeyes yet,  I have also fitted/lased and tied the main- lower mast side backstays to the channel deadeyes,   I  have also attached the two upper mast side backstays  and lashed them to the deadeyes - these will be tied to the back channel deadeyes then tentioned at the same time tentioning the main to foremast stay.

 

Pictures later.

 

OC.

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Hi all,   Im just having a short breather from the pearl,   while I was working fitting the lower mizzen back stays  - and  fitting the main upper shrouds, my hand condition (Dupuytren's contracture) in my left hand started realy giving me grief and my small finger locked.

It normaly just needs a few days to settle down - then I will be back on the build as Im starting to see the wood through the trees, and can see my Mosquito build calling me.

 

OC.

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