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    Dr Dave reacted to Island Time in 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.
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    Dr Dave reacted to mattm in 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. 
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    Dr Dave reacted to wal in What is Russell Coutts up to..   
    ....and.... by the sound of it....... pushing a more "let's have fun and just go sailing" approach than the raceracerace brigade
     
    Which works for me..
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    Dr Dave reacted to wheels in Boating now heavily restricted   
    The higher the alert levels, the less rights you have. This is not some form of sinister Gvt control of the People however. It is about keeping the Public safe in a time of crises. You yourself might maintain safe minimum distances, but as already displayed by those in the far North, many simply disobey the Rules. They treat it as a joke. So the entire fight to control this outbreak falls over. The result could well affect you with the Gvt having to continue of the lockdown period. Of which I personally do not want, so we all have to just suck it up and grin and bare it.
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    Dr Dave reacted to Island Time in Covid 19 and liveaboards   
    I've had contact with the water police. Issues at barrier include raft ups and parties,  as well as expecting the local store to be available for them. It's not, and has much more limited provisions and supply chain than usual.
    If you are out there,  dont be a muppet. You are, like the rest of us, quarantined to your boat. You must stay where you are except if unsafe to do so. If you are out of food or medical supplies, come home. Then STAY there. It's not rocket science!
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    Dr Dave reacted to 44forty in Kerr 40 keel loss   
    Very robust debate on this incident in SA forum with the boat owner saying some not nice things about Jason Ker . Ker did a superb job of keeping his cool and explaining the facts while a bunch of rabid Ockers tried to burn him at the stake.
     
    Something I learnt from the debate is that there is a company in kawerau that is highly regarded worldwide for building internal steel structures for race boat keels , but this one wasn’t one theirs either .
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    Dr Dave got a reaction from Jon in Offshore First Aid   
    Hi All,
    The link to my course is out now
    https://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/events/2020/02/dr-daves-offshore-medic-course
    Regards
    Dr Dave
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    Dr Dave reacted to funlovincriminal in 2019 Coastal Classic   
    We on the Mean Streak (Class 930) had an interesting race, hoping to better our 4th in div 5 last year we ended up 13th on line... after snapping our tiller off at the transom 10 minutes into the race!
    Had a bit on with fractional Gennaker up off North Head, loads were high in the half broaches and the thing just peeled off in my hands like the top of a can (work hardened stainless tube about 25mm from a weld)
     
    Ended up head to wind with kite behind us, took a while to get it in and get the boat under control.
     
    Couldnt believe what I was looking at, all that time money and prep and race over just like that. As we were intending to leave the boat on a mooring in Russell in preparation for family Xmas cruise and Bay Week (And I'm an eternal optimist) I decided to have a go at fixing it to see if we could continue under reduced sail. 
     
    I got the aluminium boat hook out, hacksawed it in half and using 4 camlock tiedowns and an unspecified amount of metres of 6mm spectra we managed to clamp it around the stock, sandwiching them in front of and behind the blade and bout 300mm along the tiller wrapping the two halves of the tiller in a figure 8 style to bind the whole lot together. We then got going again under reefed main and #3 in the direction of Gulf Harbour, gingerly loading it up in the gusts and studying the repair. It all looked to be going well and didn't appear to be deflecting at all so we had a crew discussion in the lee of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and opted to carry on North for the party.
     
    Obviously we were DFL so no hopes for a result but once we set off it became apparent we were ceasing to be overtaken by people and were in fact catching div 5 boats slowly, sailing a 930 under canvassed in breeze obviously has some merit!
     
    We could hear the vhf on constantly with dismastings and rudder carnage so really strived to just ease through the gusts and not fight the boat if it started rounding up. By the time we passed Kawau we were confident enough to choose outside the Hen and Chicks hoping for a more organised sea state and it paid off with some great sends hitting over 16kts on occasions. (also set a new boat record for having someone on the can at 14kts)
     
    We were extremely relieved to make the finish just after 3am after not only finishing walking wounded but also putting some 20+ division 5 boats behind us in the process.
     
    A great raft up with Hotdogger in the bay and watching the sun rise whilst on the rums capped it off nicely!
     
    I'm currently sitting in a hotel restaurant in Bangkok nursing the usual post race kidney aches and bruises but still buzzing about the trip and my great crew. Can't wait to get back and start on a nice new beefy carbon tiller 
     
    For all the flack that transom hung rudders collect I for one am certainly glad that 930's have one or we would have been yet another yacht requiring a tow.
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    Dr Dave reacted to Tamure in Happy Teeth the Leopard Seal   
    Whoever shot it is an asshole, it wasn’t hurting anyone. Why make it suffer needlessly?
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    Dr Dave reacted to YNZ in YNZ Race Regulations Cat1-Cat5; Anomalies and concerns   
    Just a heads up, I won't be giving any direct answers to requests for change - I'm not a subject matter expert on some of this stuff. What I'll do is take your feedback, constructive criticism, suggested amendments and reasoning, then put it to the group (led by Angus Willison, our Safety and Technical Officer), who will consider all the information for the new regulations. Anything that is a serious safety concern can be addressed prior to the new regulations in 2021 and an amendment issued if warranted. 
    Andrew
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    Dr Dave reacted to Jon in YNZ Race Regulations Cat1-Cat5; Anomalies and concerns   
    It’s great that your offering a direct route of feedback for the general sailor
    Thanks Andrew
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    Dr Dave reacted to Battleship in SSANZ 2020 Round North Island Race   
    Looking similar to 2011 with 40 entries. Hope the weather is better. Is it to early to say that?
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    Dr Dave reacted to Sabre in Boat Security at Mooring   
    Surely there are laws against this sort of thing? A digger seat in a Townson? I feel ill
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    Dr Dave reacted to raz88 in 2019 SSANZ Round New Zealand race   
    Titanium have finished now. well done them!
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    Dr Dave reacted to Jon in 2019 SSANZ Round New Zealand race   
    I told you the same thing I’ve told anyone else who has enquired
    Show us your up to it, and we will consider your application positively
    However just saying that your boat is capable isn’t something that we can justify risking your life and our organisation on, there needs to be a level of accountability on all sides. Otherwise we aren’t doing our job, every entry is assessed for its suitability to partake in each event irrespective on size.
    I’m currently working with a young guy that’s keen on entering his yacht in next years RNI. The yacht is on the minimum limit or close to it, I’ve been emailing the designer who has told me that the design that’s 30 years old now was originally drawn it handle this type of race, it wouldn’t meet the current stands for this however, but he will recommend the yacht as suitable after he has done a inspection and is satisfied that it’s been maintained well and is still in good condition. There will probably be some extra conditions to this entry due to its minimum size and two raitively inexperienced co skippers. This could be that we will expect a higher standard of qualifying, say two races of 250nm instead of just one, or something along these lines.
    We need to be able to justify all our decisions in front of a coroner if it came to that.
    It’s not the person that said they were up to it we have to justify our decisions to but their family when they don’t come home.
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    Dr Dave got a reaction from Winter in Offshore Medical Course   
    Thank you Razz, Fish and others for your support.
     
    Steve Pope as to your comments - ".. it is surely a commercial venture."
     
    Actually -you are quite wrong.
     
    I do this to help NZ yachties and do NOT get paid to do so. I do it because I enjoy it, because I was asked to do it and I want to give something back to yachting.
    It also enables all of the volunteers (there are many of us - Sally, Bek, Jenny, Angus and I) to donate money to a yachting charity.
     
    All of the profits are donated to charity. 
     
    I was paid to rewrite the YNZ Medical requirements -  I donated this money to Youth Sailing.
     
    Profits from the first "Dr Dave course" - were donated to Cyclone relief in Fiji
     
    All of the other course profits were donated to Disabled sailing.
     
    Firstly we outfitted a boat for a disabled race officer to help her get in and out of the boat.
     
    Last years profits are going to buy Defibrillators for patrol boats and the RAYC for cardiac arrests.
     
    We are also putting money towards building a yacht to teach disabled sailors how to sail
     
     
     
    I suggest prior to making ill-informed comments - you find out the facts
     
    Dr Dave
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    Dr Dave got a reaction from wal in Offshore Medical Course   
    Thank you Razz, Fish and others for your support.
     
    Steve Pope as to your comments - ".. it is surely a commercial venture."
     
    Actually -you are quite wrong.
     
    I do this to help NZ yachties and do NOT get paid to do so. I do it because I enjoy it, because I was asked to do it and I want to give something back to yachting.
    It also enables all of the volunteers (there are many of us - Sally, Bek, Jenny, Angus and I) to donate money to a yachting charity.
     
    All of the profits are donated to charity. 
     
    I was paid to rewrite the YNZ Medical requirements -  I donated this money to Youth Sailing.
     
    Profits from the first "Dr Dave course" - were donated to Cyclone relief in Fiji
     
    All of the other course profits were donated to Disabled sailing.
     
    Firstly we outfitted a boat for a disabled race officer to help her get in and out of the boat.
     
    Last years profits are going to buy Defibrillators for patrol boats and the RAYC for cardiac arrests.
     
    We are also putting money towards building a yacht to teach disabled sailors how to sail
     
     
     
    I suggest prior to making ill-informed comments - you find out the facts
     
    Dr Dave
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    Dr Dave got a reaction from Ladyhawk in Offshore Medical Course   
    Thank you Razz, Fish and others for your support.
     
    Steve Pope as to your comments - ".. it is surely a commercial venture."
     
    Actually -you are quite wrong.
     
    I do this to help NZ yachties and do NOT get paid to do so. I do it because I enjoy it, because I was asked to do it and I want to give something back to yachting.
    It also enables all of the volunteers (there are many of us - Sally, Bek, Jenny, Angus and I) to donate money to a yachting charity.
     
    All of the profits are donated to charity. 
     
    I was paid to rewrite the YNZ Medical requirements -  I donated this money to Youth Sailing.
     
    Profits from the first "Dr Dave course" - were donated to Cyclone relief in Fiji
     
    All of the other course profits were donated to Disabled sailing.
     
    Firstly we outfitted a boat for a disabled race officer to help her get in and out of the boat.
     
    Last years profits are going to buy Defibrillators for patrol boats and the RAYC for cardiac arrests.
     
    We are also putting money towards building a yacht to teach disabled sailors how to sail
     
     
     
    I suggest prior to making ill-informed comments - you find out the facts
     
    Dr Dave
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    Dr Dave reacted to Island Time in Marlbrough Sounds to BOI advice   
    Yep, the only place to go is New Plymouth. In a big NW it can be closed. The harbor is rolly in NW conditions, and the facilities for yachts are less than good. Your trip is likely to have the wind FWD of the beam the whole way. And potentially strong winds.
    Personally, going North from Cook Strait, I prefer to go up the East Coast. More places to stop, and more interesting.
     
    I'd come back south (are you coming back??) down the W Coast....
     
    Good luck!
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    Dr Dave reacted to Battleship in Top down furler   
    With a martin breaker you can pull it all in from the cockpit and straight down the hatch, just saying. I can manage our 120 sqm Gennaker no problem. Furlers are great for zeros but I haven't seen a furling setup for a gennaker that I would be happy with in a breeze. But of course whatever works for you.
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    Dr Dave reacted to Myjane in Bilge pump   
    Dump it into the cockpit
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    Dr Dave reacted to It Got in Chain to warp   
    Not necessarily, it can't be stronger but then it also doesn't have to be any weaker. For a not experiance splicer the thimble is the safer option as it is harder to cock that one up. But a skilled splicer who knows R2C connections can do a splice that is equal in strength to a thimble splice or any other similar splices. Note there the 'who knows R2C connections', there is a bit more to them than meets most's eyes.
     
    Note I am talking about the correct spliced used with the right gear done by someone who knows what they are doing, don't laugh that isn't as common as you'd expect. The amount of 'You have to be kidding?' we get to fix is a growth business...and that's directly because of the interweb.
     
    In all the testing we have done over the last few decades a well done thimble splice is no different in strength than a well done R2C (rope to chain) splice. Talking here when using the same and correct products for the application.
     
     
    Remedial splicing classes can be arranged
    Next time you come past drop in and I'll show you a few things to suss/do which should make your winching experiance nicer.
     
    Basically you're doing something wrong or using the wrong gear or on the odd occasion that can indicate the winch has spit a pressure arm out, buggered the stripper or something like that. But by far the biggest reason for comments like that is the splice is not right. The splice itself maybe fine but isn't finished in the right way or the rope maybe pushing used by dates or it's simply the splice has bound up and it's time for it to be redone.
     
    What IT is getting wouldn't be relevant to Chariot as IT has a Auto R2C winch i.e. one that swaps between rope and chain automatically, which are now very common place. As Chariot is just running a capstan (rope drum, warping drum, that round thing on top of the winch and a few other names) the splice don't need the finishing it would in IT's application but the 2 will be very similar.
     
    DO NOT do the R2C splice that has the rope running down a few links of chain. That is called The Winch Killer splice and for a good reason, it kills winches. Some argue that is the strongest way to connect the two, BOLLOCKS with a capital Bullshit. So just don't go there, it is the land of fools, more than likely very well meaning but still fools. The interweb makes many fools using that splice.
     
    Swivels, just like anchors they suffer many myths lies and occasionally even little truth in spots. A good swivel is fine and a sh*t load stronger than most of the shackles people will put in because they have been told swivels are dodgy. The fe links Stev mentions is probably a OK idea if you have a big boat and are world cruising but there is NOTHING, NOTHING to support the claim a few links are a must have. That few links thing was being pushed hard not to many years ago by a anchor manufacturer who was caught lieing about the quality of their product which lead to the shanks bending a lot, something they still do to this day. In an effort to deflect from being busted they started saying it was due to the swivels blaa blaa blaa. Basically that has popped up and become something due to spin far more than anything in real life that suggests it's a must do.
     
    Anyway most people put in a swivel to to being the victim of interweb marketing or an up sell by the chandler. We are commonly getting people with issues and on sussing we find they have fitted a swivel, and most can't tell us why they did bar 'they said I should'. We say take the swivel out and hello, the problems gone away.
     
    Run this program and you'll be in a OK place -
    If you have an all chain rode or one where you use rope bugger all - do not fit a swivel
    If you run a rode that uses a non-rotating rope like the multiplaits - do not fit a swivel
    If you run a rode that has a laid (3 strand) rope in it - DO use a swivel.
     
    After that call then run this lot -
    Are you going to anchor continuously (as in non-stop) in a place you may end up going around your anchor many times - then consider fitting a swivel
    If you aren't going to anchor continuously for days on end  - do not fit a swivel
    That above allows for a swivel to stop your rode twisting up should you circle your anchor, that isn't good but will take a few days before it gets a worry so parking in Hickydoo bay form Friday to Sunday is no need to fit a swivel sort of thing.
     
    Then consider what anchor you have -
    If you have a spinner then a swivel is a good idea. Older ones that have had a work out and have lost their 'symmetrical' can spin badly. That tends to happen first with chinese made steel as it is soft. 
     
    If you have a anchor that comes up backwards a lot then there is a gizmo called a Anchor Straightener for those ones. It looks like a device a lady may use to amuse herself when hubby is away or when Stephen Joyce really pissed her off. About the only name that comes up backwards a lot and where 90% of our straighteners sales goes to are Rocnas, especially after a change to them a year or 3 back. But on occasions other anchors have done it for assorted reasons.
     
    So what to use if you don't need/want a swivel or straightener? A good old school shackle. If it's std commercial galvanised one used the biggest you can fit, which is usually a size up from the chain i.e. a 8mm chain use a 10mm shackle, 10mm chain then a 12mm shackle. Or these days there are many Hi Load shackles about, they all tend to have a painted pin. The colour is pretty irrelavent as they all are the same bar Green Pins which are the original ones china copied all the rest from. Van Beest must have awesome protection as we have yet to see china paint any pins green. There is also Crosby who use Red but china has coped red so watch for that. I don't know a chandler who stocks green pins but a few specialist riggers etc know the value in them so do. The asian knock offs are OK though, bit ruff in the finish and a hint larger than GP's but never heard of one failing when it wasn't supposed to. We sue GP's on serious things, knock offs on the not so. NOTE these are physically smaller than the big std so you may need 2 or 2 of differing sizes to get the chain connected to the anchor, that's fine and no worries. Also these have pins that are larger in diameter then the bodies so watch for that.
     
    Mouse/loctite/etc the shackles or whatever well. You'd be both gob-smacked and a bit concerned if you saw how many times we go to change something to find the anchor.chain connection can be undone by hand. It is very common and those boats anchor amongst us. Crank the shackle up well with a big spanner and then a simple bright coloured cable tie thru the pin. Gp to deploy your anchor and do the quick checks like not dropping it into a dingy - check. Anchor there - check, cable tie there - check. Any anchor restraining devices off - check ..... All good then deploy.
     
    The hassle the punters have is weeding thru the marketing to find what is real and what isn't. Some of it is very good and very persuasive but sadly that often means the shopper will spend a sh*t load and only get average when you could spend less and have got better. The lack of salespeoples product knowledge in a key area like this is a bit frightening....and it's getting worse fast.
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    Dr Dave reacted to B00B00 in Cruising with kids   
    Here is a video of our cruise on the Pork Chop this year. Big Thanks for Tom and Emma for letting us use this awesome boat while we wait for the new boat to arrive (big news to come soon). The Pork Chop really is the ultimate boat. perfect for family cruising with all the cruising extras and also a very fast race boat. Nice to be able to motor everywhere at 7.5kts with the super quiet and smooth new engine! 
     

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    Dr Dave reacted to wal in What boats does IRC like?   
    Demonstrator rated 1.132
     
    Pete Geary's Cookson 39 was 1.139
     
    In other words - it wasn't worth rolling over in bed to tap the missus on the bum before rolling the other way and looking out the window to see if it was worth thinking about getting out of bed before wondering if it was worth phoning the crew to see if they had any rum left so we could go down to the boat and drink it before wondering if it was worth thinking about dropping the lines off and wasting gas to get to the start line.
     
    And my boat even had a double berth!
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    Dr Dave got a reaction from weaver_74 in An Appeal for America's Cup News   
    You may have seen this already, but it is interesting
     
     

     
    Cheers
    Dr Dave
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