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#1 Adams

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:50 PM

Hi All,

 

I intend to sail my 38' steel sloop from Auckland to Wellington where she will stay.

 

I have extensive with blue water sailing (eg, NZ - islands) but have not sailed to Wellington before.

 

What are the pros and cons of either the west coast (heading north first) or the east coast? Places to stop, if any? Is it best to hang out up north after Cape Reinga and wait for a good window? If going east coast, is there an issue with headwinds after East Cape? These are things I have heard, hence my request to this wider, well-informed forum.

 

Also, is there a preferred time to go? Ideally, I would do this in the next weeks, month or so.

 

If this has been discussed before please advise which threads.

 

I am also looking for a crew member - see my other post.

 

Thanks.

 

Paul


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#2 wild violet

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 07:42 PM

I prefer the west coast done it 7 times and east coast twice,lots of southerlys on east coast,especially from Napier down.West coast is only 2 days to New Plymouth if you need to call in or 3 days to Wellington.
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 08:20 PM

there's an old thread somewhere. i seem to recall the west coast getting more votes.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:43 AM

I prefer the west coast done it 7 times and east coast twice,lots of southerlys on east coast,especially from Napier down.West coast is only 2 days to New Plymouth if you need to call in or 3 days to Wellington.

I'll second that......but 3 times less on the west side ;)


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 09:58 AM

I'll second that......but 3 times less on the west side ;)

 

Did you try the East coast too? How did it compare to West coast?


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 10:48 AM

Sailing from Auckland to Marlborough Sounds
 

http://crew.org.nz/f...borough-sounds/


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 10:55 AM

there's an old thread somewhere. i seem to recall the west coast getting more votes.

This?
http://crew.org.nz/f...ds/#entry216905


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:18 AM

Did you try the East coast too? How did it compare to West coast?

West is nicer, cleaner water, more stable wind patterns and less to hit, a long as you miss Mt Taranaki and the rigs off it there not much else out there :)

 

East coast seems to suck people in closer to shore which can pout them in some icky spots by the capes. The shape of the North island means a boat has to go 'around' corners on the east coats where the west coast can be near straight line putting you further offshore with no reason to want to come in and skin corners. Rounded East Cape in close in not pleasant weather once, that was no fun at all where it the same weather was west coast it would have been a doddle and out away from the coast.

 

Weather, it's all about that and most like the west coast as it can handle a bigger range without adding to the boats work load.

 

In 50 knots I'd far rather be 100nm off Mt Taranaki than 500mts off East Cape.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:34 PM

Bang on KM west coast is much more user friendly.East coast is a bloody nightmare,took me a month to deliver a yacht from Auckland to Nelson.Got pinned in Napier for 10 days southerly wouldn't stop.Finally got away then got hammered around Cape Palliser.
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:39 AM

also

 

http://crew.org.nz/f...-to-boi-advice/

 

http://crew.org.nz/f...ast-nth-island/


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