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  1. I doubt it will be an alternator issue. Testing alternators with external regs sometimes requires briefly full fielding the alternator, they don’t kick anything like that, not even on a single cylinder 10hp running at lower revs. Same for the fridge compressor, the go off to full on instantly on every engine that has one and this isn’t the result.
  2. I think if YNZ can’t administrate yachting with funding from participants (ie, not those they do nothing for), they are doing something wrong. Each participant should only be charged the fee once too, or it’s discouraging participation and or taking money out of clubs pockets, which is ludicrous, the opposite of what YNZ should be aiming to do. The advocacy argument doesn’t wash too much with me, they can do that on behalf of those they do represent, that does not mean everyone who touches the ocean or a lake owes them a fee in return, that’s just some positive flow on effect sailing can offer the community. YNZ should be taking a little money from all participants, then using economy of scale to provide each club with more support, promotion and assistance than they could have gotten by spending that money themselves. No? Cart club doesn’t fund The V8’s. Club rugby doesn’t fund the All Blacks. The local athletics club doesn’t fund the Olympic team. Am I wrong? Certainly club rugby doesn’t fund club soccer, just because they both play on grass and wear boots.... We also as sailors, don’t pay a fee to the power boat association, what right does YNZ have to ask power boaters to pay them?
  3. Those test results are grim for Spinlock. Kong has a bigger opening and bearing surface and is thicker, between 1.65 to 10 x stronger, yet still lighter, rated to more standards, cheaper and easier to use 😮
  4. You can download the software free, it’s called ‘Nexus Race’. The original instrument system would/should have come with the RS232 to USB cable, a generic serial port to USB converter may suffice if you don’t have the original. Although, it may not be any help if the MHU isn’t outputting any data, there’s unlikely to be anything relevant to see in the software. It’s just as though you don’t have wind gear. I take it you have checked the connections at the bottom of the mast? I think being connected to the BUS will mean it’s outputting processed digital data rather than an analogue signal like some wind gear, which will make testing it difficult (impossible?). Finally, unless you can find physical damage to the cable, I’m not sure you will be able to get parts to fix it even if you could identify the issue. The hopefully unnecessary good news is you can still get a replacement that will work with your system from Garmin.
  5. mattm

    Yammy 15

    Thought you were going to say ‘put the wife on a diet’ 😂😬
  6. mattm

    Yammy 15

    Talking a dead man into something seems a bit futile. I have a merc 2 stroke 15. It’s heavy enough to lug around the boat, and I’m not really a fan of putting it on the pushpit bracket because of the weight of it. yammy short shaft 15hp 2 stroke, 36kg yammy short shaft 15hp 4 stroke 50(!!!!!)kg To me the question is how will you store it, how often will you take it off the dinghy, how often will you need to lift it. If you can work with the weight of 4-st, then yeah sure, go for it.
  7. Maybe a good school holiday activity while they can’t be at the boat is to read up on the racing rules of sailing. There are some great free online resources, giving the rules and cases which give a good explanation of how and when they are applied, like this: https://www.racingrulesofsailing.org/rules
  8. Are you saying they know how to sail but have never raced? If that’s the case, there is a benefit in dinghy sailing you won’t get in keelers. Basically, they are geared up for teaching. Dinghy clubs will have a chase boat, and a learn to sail course which morphs into learn to race and the rules. Once racing, a chase boat can help with basic sailing, and there’s fleets where it’s expected many are still learning rules, so much assistance is offered. Crashes typically aren’t expensive and repairs if required are easy and quick (relatively). In keel boats, there will be less people nearby to help, typically less help offered, and an expectation to know and understand the rules, so as to avoid costly and time consuming repairs - even if insurance covers the cost, no one wants to be without a boat for months awaiting it being fixed. Are you intending to race with them, or drop them off at the marina with their lunch? Your post is unclear.
  9. Things I know of that YNZ have done for my club / in my area (could be wrong, my memory isn’t great): They ran a race management training course for interested members maybe 3 years ago I think they have several times in the past sent someone to discuss rules at our annual skippers briefings, maybe 5 years since they did that They have provided support for sorting out difficult protests, and run a course on running protest committees maybe 3 years ago that I know of. As part of the sailing committee I discussed YNZ regulations regarding category limits in our area with our local YNZ guy, at some length. He’s a good guy and was really helpful. That was 2.5 years ago. These things benefitted maybe 50 out of the 300some boats at the club. As for benefitting all members- I think they did some type and quantity of advocacy regarding locations of new fish / mussel farms and the impact they would have on recreational boating if placed in popular bays - maybe 8 years ago now. Last I knew (a while ago), I believe the club membership was 300 some senior members, about 50 different boats race over a season. Club pays about $14,000/ year to YNZ.
  10. About the same as a club member who does not race - be they yacht or launch owners.
  11. How do you comply while motoring though? Power-driven vessels underway Subject to 22.23(3), a power-driven vessel underway must exhibit— (a) a masthead light forward; and (b) a second masthead light abaft of and higher than the forward one, EXCEPT that a vessel of less than 50 metres in length is not obliged to exhibit such light but may do so; and (c) sidelights; and (d) a sternlight. In addition to the lights prescribed in rule Instead of exhibiting the lights prescribed in subrule (1), a power-driven vessel— (a) of less than 12 metres in length may exhibit an all-round white light and sidelights; and (b) of less than 7 metres in length, whose maximum speed does not exceed 7 knots, may exhibit an all-round light and must, if practicable, exhibit sidelights.
  12. Can anyone post a photo of a (modern) yacht, or describe an option that complies with this? Most common I’ve seen is as 180s has posted, but although close, are not actually above the top lifelines. Only thing I can think of is a classic I worked on with them mounted on a board lashed to the side stays.
  13. Be worth looking after then, make sure the power cables are healthy and the winch is getting good voltage. Prevent it rusting, grease the clutch cones, check the deck seal and gearbox seal to make sure they are not worn, and hose off after use to remove silt from the deck seal. Per the manual. Those are the main killers I’ve seen.
  14. I’ve had many of the winch motors sand blasted and repainted with decent, hardy, paint. Even when they have layers of rust shedding off, as long as water hasn’t made it inside the motor. Can extend their life by years. By starter are you referring to the engine starter or the winch motor, which is sort of a modified starter motor?
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