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  1. 10 points
    mattm

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    Rehab. You are the cause of this rule. You alone, as I see it. You know this, you read IT’s post a few weeks back saying his preference was for you not to spam the site, but it wasn’t currently against site rules so he was thinking of an effective rule to prevent it. You replied saying ‘preference noted’ then continued to spam the site with mostly illiterate dribble. Now you down vote people saying it may restrict people using this site for the purpose it was created - to talk about boating, when, again, you are the cause of this new rule, because of your constant posting of dribble and new threads mostly not relevant to boats. You’ve wasted IT’s time making new categories for topics and considering a new rule no other member necessitates the need for. I guess to save himself time on applying a rule evenly, he’s had to make a blanket rule over everyone, including people who make multiple helpful/ useful / insightful posts in one day. You are literally the minority, despised in every group in society, who ruins things for everyone else. You’ve posted on this thread saying you agree with the new rule. If you think max 5 posts a day is a good idea, maybe you should have self imposed that after IT (and many others) said he would prefer you not spam the site, and this wouldn’t be an issue. IT, your a patient man, must be hard and annoying to run the site with such non sense from one poster. I’d have permanently banned him long ago, but you have my support for running the site as you see fit, for the little that’s worth.
  2. 6 points
    Island Time

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    Rehab is on a 90 day "holiday", as he has now passed the max warnings. Down voting posts for no reason was the final warning.
  3. 4 points
    Rangi1

    Cruising is on the way out

    I had watched a few of their episodes on YouTube and am pretty happy they've decided to leave the country. They had no respect for lock-down rules or the social distancing measures taken under level 3 and were constantly whining about everything here unless they were getting a freebie in return for promoting it. Redneck, self entitled narcissists...
  4. 4 points
    wheels

    The Sounds Murders back in the News

    There is one and only one reason why Watson is not being released. Purely and simply, he will not admit remorse, because he will not admit guilt. I think that tells you a lot about the guys character. Choosing to remain somewhere you don't want to be purely because you want to remain honest with yourself and everyone else. That's real integrity in my book. He is one of only a few that have basically a true life sentence where one can remain locked up for ever, with the only chance of Parole being subject to acknowledging one's guilt. Our legal system is no different to many other Countries around the World. We can't call it "Broken", but we sure can say it needs to be changed. Once a jury convicts a person based n the evidence presented, that evidence can no longer be re questioned. No matter how silly the evidence is. Only new evidence can ever be heard. In this case, the new evidence is in relation to the handling of the Blanket and if it is possible the Hairs could have been introduced to the Blanket accidentally during the Lab tests. Not that the hair was unlikely to be Olivia's, which has already been considered by the Jury and cannot be revisited. Personally I don't like the way our legal system works. But it is what we have and we have to live with it.
  5. 4 points
    Sabre

    And so it goes on

    You could argue working is "marina related." Hard to pay for marina berth without it.
  6. 4 points
    44forty

    And so it goes on

    Move out of Auckland man ! Problems solved
  7. 4 points
    Jon

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    Is it just me or are others noticing that more members are getting a chance to get a word in ?
  8. 4 points
    Island Time

    Batteries

    Some of you might find this interesting. I have a customer who had new batts, alternator, external reg, shorepower and solar fitted by another electrical company about a year or so ago. Recently his house batts failed. They were quality AGM units. Investigation showed they had less than 30% of design capacity, after one year. Further investigation shows the batteries to be badly sulfated, due to charging voltages being too low. The Shorepower charger is a victron Centaur, the Alt reg is a Balmar, and the solar controller an EPever. Investigation of these shows the Victron unit set to AGM. Same with the EPEver. Balmar too. You might think this is OK, but, like I always say, read the PDS for your specific make and model of batteries!! In this case, the Battery PDS wants voltages 14.6-14.8 for Bulk and Absorption, and 13.6 - 13.8 for float. The standard settings provided by these manufacturers for AGM is 14.4 for bulk and 13.3 for float - its not sufficient. So what I did was replace the Solar unit (after batteries replaced with same units again), with a Victron Bluetooth unit with logging. Programmed that to the right voltages under the custom setting, and set it to do an equalization to 15.2v once per month. The Victron Shorepower unit did not actually produce the voltage it was meant to, but now set to LA (Lead Acid) it is within the specs. Still have to program the Balmar unit later today. The jist of this story is; - check your charging voltages, at bulk and at float, for all your charging sorces, and make certain that they are within the specs for YOUR batts. Or suffer premature failure....
  9. 4 points
    Sabre

    Batteries

    Note to self. Dont read posts on battery management. Keep head in sand, cross fingers and all will be well 👍
  10. 4 points
    RushMan

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    Members like knotme and wheels often have very good advice and they will then answer questions and add another post as they have remembered something If they have to wait 24 hours to post, will they remember to do so?
  11. 3 points
    Cameron

    Elliphunk sunk

    An interesting detail that certainly contributed to likelihood of a collision occurring on the startline such as the one that sunk Elliphunk is major line bias. I realise that rum races are meant to be fun and not taken as seriously and that using permanent marks and start tower dramatically reduces the resource required by a club to run a race. It is also "part of the challenge" but it undoubtedly also increases the risk. Why? Because rather than the fleet spreading right along the startline, they will all congregate at one end. For this particular start, on starboard close hauled a yacht would only be doing a little better than sailing along the line... as such many started on port with some possibly not even thinking that a few boats would still consider starting on starboard with such a heading. Late dips, congestion, and a risk of another boat being forced to tack (by other starboard tackers) cutting off your escape route are likely. I suspect with rum racing the "fixed" startline won't change and you just need to think more about the possibilities... However the following day for the RNZYS winter series the startline was between Te Kouma and a laid mark yet they pretty much replicated the rum race start of the day before in regards to angle and bias. To me this is absolutely crazy! If your going to bother to actually set a line at least try and make it a fair one. The tendency is to set the line square to the course... pretty much straight across the harbour. This inevitably creates a favoured end. Instead the race committee should angle the line to balance this with the objective being that there are valid reasons to start at any position along the line and potentially win the start. This will spread the fleet along the line and also result in more boats being "in the hunt" right of the start. It also reduces the chances of OCS, and recalls. It's by no means just the RNZYS that is guilty of biased starts, virtually every club does it. This video below is a classic. Everybody wanted the windward end for a reaching start and it was carnage! SSANZ was lucky that there were no serious collisions. Some blame the sailors, and there is undoubtably some dumb stuff going on... but would this situation have happened if there was 20 deg more bias put into the other end of the line? I doubt it... well at least would be massively reduced. Same argument applies with class racing... if you get numerous general recalls generally the fleet is blamed for misbehaving. However I would put money on it that a large percentage of the time it's caused by a startline with too much bias. The other option is the line is fair but the course significantly favours one side, hence all the boats want to start at one end. The race committees challenge then is to put in enough deliberate bias to the line to tempt the fleet to spread right along the line. So what's my point... Essentially Race Management can have a massive impact on risks of collision at the start. If they are going to "set" a startline as opposed to using permeant marks etc then they should at least try to make the start a fair one. Just setting a line and thinking it's up to the sailors to sort it out I believe is a little irresponsible. The more serious the event and the greater the number of competitors the more important this becomes.
  12. 3 points
    A militarized oil tanker is not ideal for delivering emergency relief. Some charities do invaluable work with very low overheads (when I was in the game Oxfam was good), others are very thinly disguised religious proselytisers with high overheads, advertising and high executive salaries (World Vision). A better UN system would be ideal; significant reforms have been stymied by major powers. Most aid is needed in war situations (though the unfolding climate crisis will pose huge challenges) so peace keeping operations are vital. Tight logistical operations can be delivered by any competent organisation, not necessarily military at all.
  13. 3 points
    Deep Purple

    On the bright side - Next project

    Happy to report the depth gauge works in its new position. Accurate too, reading 2.3m when we ran aground New fractional genny from Willis Sails worked magic at the weekend. 15.06 knots... Mast and mainsail fitting together like peas and carrots. All set for the Triple
  14. 3 points
    I'm surprised at your comment there Kevin. I think the concept of a Logistics ship, capable of providing useful support to our Pacific neighbours in time of climatic disasters, is a good and sound one. Of course it will help to combat creeping Chinese influence on our nearest neighbours, but this will be via humanitarian support rather than overt military aggression. You make it sound like you would rather not provide this support in the interests of appeasing China. Are we that far gone that we can't choose to make our own decisions?
  15. 3 points
    Dtwo

    NZ Maritime border control

    It's good that we are being honest. I've just gone through and re-read the thread and I'd like to explain myself. Your post, which initiated the thread drift on to air crew, included this statement: "PS, Health Minster David Clark is going to have a hard word with Air NZ, what a joke, I'd bitch slap that clown if he tried having a hard word with me. I'm sure Air NZ would run rings around him. He has no mandate..." I remember thinking that your statement was, apart from the gung-ho machismo side of things, pretty non-constructive. So, my comment was born out of frustration at those among us (and not solely you!) who seem to have plenty to say but don't actually say much. I've just un-friended some FB contacts after becoming bored with their mindless knock-knock-knock comments which appear to repeat what they have heard from Hosking. My comment was trying to show that we need to bring some new ideas to the table, rather than simply attack those who are trying very hard to help us all. This Covid bitch will be with us for a while. We are in unprecedented times. We could just do history again and go round and round. Or we could change.
  16. 3 points
    DrWatson

    NZ Maritime border control

    Rant. You cant' keep your cake and eat it too. Some people screaming for the borders to open, other people screaming for them to shut and exclude even NZ citizens. Other people screaming that their rights are being removed and then crying for NZ citizens to essentially be incarcerated. Quarantine, and disease control is a very tricky business, and what we've learnt and are being shown is that in general half the population are below average intelligence. There will always be people in positions of authority that exceed their capability, be they politicians (on both sides), health authorities, security guards, police, and even hotel management. Last but not least returning NZers who're in quarantine also have responsibilities, and by their sheer numbers, some of those in quarantine will lack sufficient intelligence, integrity, or logic to fully meet their obligation. No, the system has not been perfect. But I'm also sick of hearing about the "We'd have done it better" bullsht from the other side of the fence. Spouting empty rhetoric and a lack of details. Look at the rest of the world - it's basically screwed. Now tell me how exactly a different management of the situation would have let us leave level 4, 3 or 2 any earlier, or kept deaths to <30 at this point. There were ALWAYS gonna be more cases because as a responsible international player we recognise the inalienable right of our citizens to come home. As yet there is no community transmission, which means track and trace and the current managed isolation approach is working. It may not work perfectly or forever, and it has had to be tightened - a response to evidence. But if it had been so tight initially, that people couldn't see dying relatives, that there were no compassionate allowances, then the same group of people who are jumping up and down now, would have been jumping up and down about it being an overreaction and that there was a lack of evidence of it being necessary. I watch social media circles on both sides of the fence, and what I see happening in NZ right now scares the hell outta me. The far left, the middle left, the "centre" and the blues and yellows on the right are all becoming a bunch of nationalistic arstholes in a fear-fed frenzy of "I'm ok mate, F**k you foreigners/travellers/other kiwis". Sorry this post is no longer about marine issues. But likely neither are quite a number of the posts above.
  17. 3 points
    Fish

    And so it goes on

    Gee, thats a lot of volume in the bows of that cat. I always thought they tried to keep volume out of the bows so they don't handstand to easily. Guess its a cruising cat. Clearly the designer has allowed for the typical overloading that the charter market brings, 4 couples, 16 suitcases, one mid sized SUV...
  18. 3 points
    Tamure

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    1. Here's my 2 cents, ban people who are exceptionally annoying
  19. 2 points
    Deep Purple

    YNZ Thread removal

    The post was about collecting and reporting personal data. If you want to start a thread about benefits or otherwise of associating with YNZ go for it, put your name to it. There was no discussion relative to the thread after the first day but a hijacking for other purposes most of which I strongly disagreed with and didn’t want that under my thread.
  20. 2 points
    Sabre

    Tauranga Shipping Channel Screw-Up

    Personally I would like to see it towed out of the environment...
  21. 2 points
    Deep Purple

    Cruising is on the way out

    Yep, I've been looking forward to the "Influencers" getting held up for what they are, freeloaders. It's trending https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/122013694/influencers-are-struggling-in-a-world-of-brutal-reality
  22. 2 points
    Back to the future then😃
  23. 2 points
    DrWatson

    Elliphunk sunk

    these landed on my phone over night.
  24. 2 points
    Ray Avery is a ..... After he tried to suppress the fact that his intravenous drip controller didn’t work so well, I lost any respect for him. To tarnish such a massive org as the UN with a simple statement that they are fools is absurd. Clearly the UN is flawed but to toss the whole thing away is to toss the baby with the bathwater. Much better is to make it more democratic perhaps along the lines suggested by Democracy Without Borders, or in the case of peacekeeing along the lines suggested by Global Action to Prevent War and Armed Conflict http://www.globalactionpw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/uneps-statute_december-05-2010.pdf
  25. 2 points
    They simply did not exist. Those that were “discovered” at the second ESR forensic examination would have stuck out like dogs balls originally. This guy never got the support of the legal nor sailing community due to a heavy overlay of character smearing by the NZ police plain and simple. I fully expect when Inspector Pope finally pops his clogs a sea of endearment will wash over him and his teams dodgy dealings as they did with Hutton.
  26. 2 points
    Planting evidence is not dishonest? Not in my book, and it is also illegal & perverting the course of justice. Hutton definitely, and perhaps in SW's case. Why weren't the hairs found on first examination?
  27. 2 points
    Tamure

    The Sounds Murders back in the News

    My cats a real untrustworthy bastard too so yeah I'm with you on this, the cat did it.
  28. 2 points
    The tiger blanket hairs linked to Olivia found weeks later after an initial forensic inspection have a lot in common with the Hutton & Johnstone planted shell casing belated found four months later that screwed Arthur Alan Thomas. Be your worst nightmare banged up for 20 years for a crime you never committed and this case along with others lays great weight for the urgent the need for an independent legal mechanism than can test for injustices prosecuted by the state although now far to late for Peter Ellis.
  29. 2 points
    Can't get parole if he doesn't admit to doing it. kind of a problem if he didn't do it. I've got no opinion on if he did or didn't. But this admitting guilt before parole thing is a bit of an issue...
  30. 2 points
    I'd imagine she'd be dotted with a few 50 cals around the place for 'nuisance' defense (small boats etc.) I doubt she'd be fitted with a proper CIWS like Phalanx or Goalkeeper as they're pretty dear (but extremely effective.) As a force multiplying platform if she was deployed to an area of conflict she'd have a picket of frigate sized or larger warships looking after her and providing layered defense; the first casualty of any conflict would be the ships like the Aotearoa as they enable the fleet to fight. In addition, she'd carry at least one, if not two Seasprite helicopters, which have missiles capable of engaging threats outside of the ships safety envelope. Personally I like the capability this ship brings to the NZDF; long legs and the ability to support our Pacific Island neighbours in times of hardship/disaster. That she is ice strengthened is great as she can support deep south patrols of our other ships. That part of the ocean has always been difficult to police and hopefully that will change.
  31. 2 points
    Does it have any weaponry or are they only allowed to engage with tersely worded emails? or a down vote on Crew.org!!!
  32. 2 points
    Romany

    NZ Maritime border control

    and there is the Achilles heel. Relying on people to 'do the right thing' has been proven time and time again to fail. Call me a pessimist but in matters of public health - especially under the current circumstances this will lead to tears, or worse. What was the point of going into lock down, creating the economic mayhem that we still haven't seen the full measure of yet - to be apologetic about policies designed for protecting the greater good? Dumb n dumber if u ask me..
  33. 2 points
    Maca

    And so it goes on

    Mostly an unreasonable walk from the bus to the pier carrying sailing gear including supplies for the cruise back along with where do they get a bus when we got back at 1am? You could say they should stay on the boat but that the end of the day it's a marina to promote the enjoyment of using the boat. This is becoming less enjoyable when where to park a car is the major consideration.
  34. 2 points
    Aleana

    VHF course

    The best way to learn radio protocol is to listen to the professionals. Keep your vhf on dual/triple watch on ch16 and a couple of the port operations working channels eg 12 / 13. And if you hear 2 ships or commercial traffic calling on ch16 switch with them to the working channel and listen. It will help your learn the lingo by infusion and when you come to do the course (or use the vhf for yourself) you’ll be more confident. Do not listen to the trip report working channels Eg 60/64 - it will teach you bad habits and drive you nuts.
  35. 2 points
    44forty

    Jim Young

    Jimmy the rocket...legend
  36. 2 points
    Zozza

    And so it goes on

    Its being brought in so marina renters don't park and walk to work. "Please only park within Westhaven Marina when on site for a marina related purpose." Big Brother watching you. You can see it now, email or letter sent to you: "Sir, we noticed via our plate recognition initiative, that you parked at Westhaven Monday to Friday last week. You must be on a marina related purpose only when parked at the marina. Despite the fact we charge ridiculously overpriced monthly fees for our shitty marina, we can't have you trying to save a few $bucks each week by parking at our marina and then sneaking off to your day job in the city. So, we know what you're up to, and we're watching you closely. Ok, we are not quite sure how "Marina related purpose" would hold up legally, but you probably won't take us to court so we'll probably start towing you away if we feel you are parking there when you are not using your boat. All we have to do to prove this is walk down to the berth that matches your plate number, and if your boat is in its berth, and we knock on the hull and no one comes out of the companionway - that's proof you are not parking at the marina for marina related purpose's only. And, as we are an Oligarchy type outfit using the Public money from the Council for ill good, we feel entitled to be little %^$#. We have a lot of useless money wasting additions to add to the marina over the coming years, starting with the big corporate wank off itself, aka the America's Cup, and we can't have anyone other than us pulling of sneaky sh*t like we are accusing you of doing. And, if we've towed you away, and you were actually at Burnsco's buying cheap chinese crappy marine gear that won't last three months, or at Swashbucklers checking out the waitress with the nice legs while enjoying a brewski and fries- tough sh*t, according to that Act party guy, you are a rich prick boat owner, so can afford to pay the tow fee".
  37. 2 points
    Island Time

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    I have today restricted posts by members to 5 per day. This is an attempt to prevent individual users from effectively spamming the site.
  38. 2 points
    RushMan

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    This receives a down vote from rehab... Why?
  39. 2 points
    Deep Purple

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    11 times in the last 2 months I've gone over 5 per day. Put it down to new boat love affair but agreed.
  40. 2 points
    Romany

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    don't rush off - the fewer balanced individuals there are, the more on the piss the whole thing becomes. Crikey I better wotch what I'm doing - 3 posts already. And there I go breaking the rules about bad language and spelling. Sorry teacher.
  41. 2 points
    RushMan

    NEW CONTROLS ON POSTS

    Five posts...that could restrict discussion to the detriment of the site. Thinking of threads where help is asked for, thanks are given, questions raised and answered... That would quickly use up 5 posts. Restricting posts to a number of threads per day might be a better solution. One down, four to go
  42. 2 points
    I'm interested to help moderate as I think everyone should be. Can I suggest a rotating system of moderators. ie someone help Matt for a month then someone else then someone else month on month about.
  43. 2 points
    Fish

    Whats happening at Bean Rk?

    You too? I thought I was the only one being followed... I'm gutted... I feel so cheap...
  44. 2 points
    erice

    Whats happening at Bean Rk?

    i told my ex i still "followed" her she reported me for "stalking" .... eeek, just checked i also have a "follower"....... R but not any longer clicked on my name to the left then below that where it says followers, selected options then "don't allow others to follow me" so now the 'system' will no longer be reporting on my actions
  45. 2 points
    RushMan

    Whats happening at Bean Rk?

    Thanks Funny times we are in, it seems some are struggling with lock down more than others. As an infrequent poster here I am surprised I am interesting enough to have a follower. One guess who that might be....
  46. 1 point
    darkside

    Overwintering in the Northland

    BP what's this "buying bait" of which you speak? Whangaroa is alive with bait fish and a packet of sabiki's will secure more bait than you know what to do with.
  47. 1 point
    I would not let the UN anywhere near aid distribution. The entire outfit is run by incompitent fools. Read Sir Ray Averies book for evidence.
  48. 1 point
    44forty

    And so it goes on

  49. 1 point
    marinheiro

    Farr 38

    Lionheart was a timber Farr 38, built in Picton or Nelson . She was returning from the 82 Suva race, skippered by Grant Stapleton with a young crew of university students including Bo Birdsall's son. They had a miserable trip back, as did other boats returning from the race, and I believe one of the crew had been injured. I have been told the owner was insisting that Lionheart enter at Whangaroa and a fishing boat was sent out to try to guide them in using its own radar - not a good idea. They hit Stephenson Island, Grant and Rosemary (forget her surname, from a well known Auckland sailing family) were on deck and managed to get off, the other crew went down with Lionheart. Rosemary was in very bad shape and died on the island. A tragic and unnecessary event, as Chariot noted BOI would have been a much safer destination.
  50. 1 point
    idlerboat

    UNIDEN VHF Radio Error Indicator?

    hey good for you Geoff.. as much as DSC with GPS may not seem to be local....it will be. and it may well save your life. It really is less about shore based "rescue assets" than normal shipping. International shipping all now must run full dsc gps connected radios (VHF)... ...and if you are any distance off shore they are the ones who will be coming to help you in an emergency. They often (in my experience) no longer maintain a reasonable radio listening watch (due to the change in legal requirements with dsc radio) ...but if their alarm goes off ...all hell breaks lose......and yours , now that it is connected will give them your exact location if you hit that button. So just a bit more back ground...the introduction of dsc allowed most commercial vessels to remove the previous three "radio operators" ..(enough for a 24 hour watch cycle) ..most on bridge personnel now dont speak English as a first language or at all ( they dont pay enough)....saving the english speaker for port communication duties. As much as I dont like it, from a commercial point of view it makes sense. BUT...if you want help...you need to match it with the big boys..a Vox (voice) mayday over vhf may go unheard !! In theory a dsc mayday should set off a bridge siren... The lon n lat is universal and so is the message. I am involved with marine rescue...and was discussing this issue only a few hours ago. just recently two situation occurred where the distressed vessels where known to be in distress...but not where they were...It would seem so obvious...you just jump on the radio and in your clearest radio voice read off the gps lon n lat on your chart plotter.. ....Which because the skipper has had a heart attack , is read off by the reluctant and scared first mate as.....the chart plotter cursor position not vessel position!!. So now we have to do a lesson in how to drive a chart plotter ?..or push the button. In one case the vessel was finally instructed to set of their epirb...even though they were not "yet" in grave and immanent danger...
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