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#11 chariot

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:47 AM

Got the right boat for it

Who are you refering to?


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:59 AM

Hi Dan, how long did the return trip take? I have heard of yachts taking a couple of weeks to get back.
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 01:31 PM

A couple of weeks??

I would have thought not unless they are sailing a milk bottle...into a headwind ;)


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 02:12 PM

A couple of weeks??
I would have thought not unless they are sailing a milk bottle...into a headwind ;)

Found one article that I read.. ok it was back to Opua but I have read similar story of a boat heading back to Wellington or the sounds from memory.


***The passage back to New Zealand was a
challenge. We had no wind (0-5 knots), too much
wind (50+ knots), rarely the right amount of wind
(15-20...lovely) and mostly "on the nose" wind
(NW). We anticipated 4-5 days to get back and it
took us forever moving at a sea slug's pace and in
the wrong direction.

We suffered a knockdown in a storm just off East
Cape which blew out our mainsail, tore our bimini
to shreds, knocked out a deck stanchion and
generally took our breaths away. Additionally, we
had watermaker and transmission problems which
thankfullly, David was able to fix en route. We
hove-to one night and after the mainsail blew, we
lay ahull another.

The projected 750 mile trip was actually 1,140 nm
by the time we reached Opua and took 12 days.***
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 04:56 PM

I spent a month cruising out there in the 90s. Crazy place.
Tim, Probably the only real all weather anchorage on the whole island is port hutt which is on the west side of waitangi bay. There is the wreck of the old steamship Thommas Currell there that you can tuck behind. Other than that its pretty limited. All the other spots are jam packed with fishing boats.
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#16 wild violet

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 07:57 PM

Took me a while to get to nelson strong northerlys wouldnt let me into cook straight ended up going via Lyttelton,left boat there for a week until had good conditions to get up coast.Big lagoon in centre of island is too shallow to navigate in.I tried to get to pitt island but weather pushed me back ended up in port hutt great spot there pinned there for a week by strong sw winds,had to come home after that.ended up building the paua diver a new ensuite as i was using his mooring,There is a very shallow reef in front of pub be aware of that,tide rise is only about a metre which makes the diving great.You can anchor in lots of spots around the island depending on the wind direction.Dont worry about the sharks unless the water is murky or you are near a seal colony.talking to one diver who had been diving there for 50 years he had only seen 7 great whites in the water and only 1 was agro.locals are great but have had some yachties demanding rides to town etc,i was very careful not to be one of those sorts.Im probaply heading back next year to build a house for a local not many tradesmen over there.I loved every minute of it.
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 12:16 AM

Southernman which berth are you on i will pop down for a yarn
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 09:46 AM

If that diver has only seen 7 great whites that would be 7 too many for me if i was in the water.


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Posted 15 July 2018 - 08:42 PM

I spent a month cruising out there in the 90s. Crazy place.
Tim, Probably the only real all weather anchorage on the whole island is port hutt which is on the west side of waitangi bay. There is the wreck of the old steamship Thommas Currell there that you can tuck behind. Other than that its pretty limited. All the other spots are jam packed with fishing boats.


Crazy place? Wind wise?

Did you go solo? What was the boat and what time of the year did you go?
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#20 wild violet

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 05:45 PM

Port hutt is a good anchorage just be aware of holding pots in the bay they are under small buoys,dropping your anchor on one wouldnt go down too well.Kevin Clark owns most of the bay he has the wharf with the sunken boat on it,I introduced myself and was made most welcome very nice bloke.Waitangi now has a breakwater so fairly safe anchorage now also.Floyd Pendergast is the hotel manager nice bloke too pays to call in and see him too for any local info.
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