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  1. The predictwind price doesn't include unlimited data and 150 mins calls until end of June, that's worth an extra $200. Also looks like the predictwind price is plus GST and plus shipping from iridium in the USA. Maybe you get to pay import tax too! I think you'll pay a lot more than $1080 by the time you get to checkout. It's almost brand new, I think $900 is fair but I'll consider offers if it doesn't sell before the credit expires.
  2. Including an active sim card with unlimited data and 150 mins calls until the end of June. Buy it quick to make use of this credit which expires end of the month! Useful if only to practice using the device before you use it for real. We are in Opua, perfect if you are planning to go offshore from here. Condition is as new with box, manuals, charger and accessories. Also including a spare Sim card which you can activate any time with no minimum term. Use the unit for a single trip then cancel the sim and activate a new sim for the next trip, saves a lot of money!
  3. I purchased the panels in about may 2016 and got the tribunal hearing in july 2017, got the refund a couple of months after that. The guy I dealt with at AA solar was called Pierre. Quite possible ownership could have changed. Soon after losing at the tribunal they stopped selling flexi panels, having learnt that you can't just opt out of refunding for faulty goods by stating "no warranty" on the invoice! Everyone who bought these dodgy panels from any NZ seller for non-commercial use was and is legally entitled to a full refund. AA tried to wriggle out of paying by saying we were a charter yacht but we had luckily already stopped commercial work and gone out of survey when the panels were fitted. They are not just faulty, they are dangerous and can start fires. AA very much understated the fault, which they were fully aware of. Not all flexi panels are bad but it's so hard to know what you've got that I wouldn't risk buying them again. You could pay a lot more and still get the same rubbish. Lensun panels seen to have a good reputation at a reasonable price. I nearly went for those but decided not to risk it. Regarding the heat, I installed them exactly as AA recommended. If they are not stuck down then they will flex and the cells will crack. Best option to dissipate heat would be too stick them to a sheet of aluminium and mount it above the deck with an air gap. If you're doing that then you might as well get an aluminium framed panel in the first place!
  4. I bought 8 panels from AA solar. They promised a 5% bulk discount on the whole v order but when I turned up to collect the panels they refused to give the discount on the other charge regulators and cabling, just the panels themselves. They did state that these panels tended to fail and had no warranty, but they also said they were no worse than any other flexible panel. I installed them glued down with Sikaflex to the coachroof and they were never bent or stepped on. Within a couple of months the first panel failed - one cell got so hot that it burnt right through the top of the panel, then water got in the burnt hole and destroyed the rest of the panel. Within a year about half the panels had failed in the same manner. The top surface of the panels was already getting rough and not transparent any more. The few intact panels were producing a fraction of their rated power. I removed all the panels and discovered to my horror that the fibreglass below them was burnt black and the foam core had melted under the failed cells. Huge repair job and lucky the boat didn't catch fire. I contacted AA solar and said warranty or not, these are not fit to be sold and demanded a refund under consumer guarantees act. They refused. I filed a claim in the disputes tribunal. They failed to turn up at the tribunal, made excuses, got it delayed. Second time they were a no-show again and the tribunal ordered a full refund. They took a while to pay but eventually coughed up when the court bailiff was threatened. So... AA solar are a bit dodgy in my view. They knowingly sold a faulty product and although they have some warnings they also claimed their panels were no worse than others. I happen to know plenty of people whose semi flexi panels didn't burn through the deck! The law says if you sell something which is not fit for purpose you must give a refund. Full stop. Warranties are supposed to be an extra, bonus protection. Saying "no warranty" doesn't excuse you from your legal responsibilities. So... I repaired the coachroof at my own cost and installed some big heavy cheap glass panels which look ugly but they still work after a year.
  5. The inner seal doesn't do much, it's mainly just to keep dirt off the main seal and to stop water collecting in there causing corrosion. It's often wrongly described as a backup to the main seal but the clip holding it on is pretty useless and it would pop off if there was any pressure behind it. Other saildrive manufacturers don't even have a secondary seal. The main seal should be replaced after 7 years if it has been heavily used or had sharp shells growing on it. When it gets very old and stiff it fails very gradually (cracks let in a very little water) over a long period of time. It is very unlikely to fail catastrophically. If the main seal is getting old then it would be best to replace it on your next haul out, which involves splitting the leg from the gearbox. and removing both. You can remove them from above as a single unit before splitting them or remove the leg from below and then the gearbox from above, whatever works best for your install. It's not as hard as it sounds. Unbolt the ring clamping the seal down to the engine bed first and the bellhousing from the engine. I wouldn't bother replacing the secondary seal, as long as it keeps the dust and dirt out and you can keep it reasonably dry in there.
  6. His insurance would have paid for the damage to the yacht and loss of use, which is why the $400 was for emotional harm only. Sounds like the yacht owner wasn't on board at the time so $400 doesn't seem unreasonable for emotional harm only.
  7. usually the jackstay should be as near the centre line of the vessel as possible and should run from a strong point right by the companionway to mast, so you can clip on before you leave the cabin. Your tether length should be set short enough that it is impossible to go over/through the guardrail. Ideally the jackstay should be raised so your hook doesn't drag on the deck making noise and damaging paint. This is possible if it is tied to the mast. Ours is tied up to the mast with weaker cord to hold it above the deck and then the end fixed strongly to the deck padeye so if the mast is lost then the jackstay won't go with it. Assuming roller furling then it's rare that you need to go further forward than the mast but we do have a secondary jackstay running to the bow down the side deck for that purpose. We leave our tethers hanging on the jackstay by the companionway so we can just take the end and hook it to ourselves as we come out.
  8. syohana

    Moving to NZ

    Try Fairway Bay marina adjacent to gulf harbour, it's small with friendly management, a community feel and was welcoming to live-aboards when I was there a few years ago. Gulf harbour has a few live aboards too. If you want to be central then can't beat Westhaven but it's very expensive and only allows liveaboards on the one pontoon which has pump-outs at every berth. NZ rules on holding tanks are strict so make sure to buy a boat with a big tank and look for a berth close to a pump out facility or with easy access to the open, deep sea if you intend to live aboard. If in Auckland you have to go right outside the islands to empty the tank (or use a pump out). Northland has really silly rules - if you're on a mooring you have to leave at least once every 5 days to empty the tank, although I think that is being extended to 10 days it takes no account of the size of your tank! Any marina near auckland may have a waiting list. If you want a berth quicker. some of them operate an unofficial "don't ask don't tell" policy for live aboards. You can stay on board a lot without living aboard, as long as you don't hang the washing out or get bank statements posted to the marina office (privatebox.co.nz can scan your post to email. good service). If you decide to expand your range a bit further form Auckland then Kerikeri is beautiful and I have some live-aboard pile moorings and a jetty mooring there which i rent out.
  9. syohana

    Forestay cleat

    I found an article about Gerry and his hooklever, with a photo and email address for him, it's also 5 years old though: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/boating/cruising/9252871/Alvah-Simon-Those-Clever-Kiwis
  10. syohana

    Forestay cleat

    The rigger at Norsand boatyard in Whangarei makes his own special design of removable forestay tensioning lever which would probably be ideal for this purpose and as he makes them himself he could customise it for you if necessary. He talked to me about them about 5 years ago so I don't know if this info is current but if you call Norsand boatyard I expect they can put you in touch with him. I think his name is Gerry or Jerry. Even if he's not making them now I'm sure he'd have good advice for you.
  11. The jetty is available now and I also have two pile moorings for up to 14.7m length available - long term preferred but short term berthing is available meanwhile so get in touch!
  12. syohana


    Sorry if this upsets anyone who thinks their Yanmar is a "purpose built marine engine" but Yanmars are converted tractor engines, just like Kubotas. See yanmartractor.com. Also, John Deere engines and tractors are rebadged Yanmars which is why you don't see Yanmar tractors in countries where John Deere are sold. There's really no difference between a Beta or Nanni based on the Kubota tractor engine or a Yanmar based on a Yanmar/John Deere tractor engine, except the silly price of spare parts. For the Kubota-based engines you can readily buy the parts at tractor prices, Yanmar not so easy. John Deere parts would probably fit but they deliberately give them different part numbers for the same part to make it difficult. Beta are happy to publish the part numbers for the underlying kubota parts. And as for being designed as marine engines, tell that to anyone who has to get the stupidly placed impeller out of a JH2 engine in a hurry. Allow an hour to change the impeller if your arms are triple jointed! Also frustrating needing a vacuum extractor to pump the oil out up the dipstick pipe because yanmar put the drain plug where you can't reach it on a boat (handy on a tractor though). The built-in oil extractor hand pump on a Beta is a great feature. I have 2 tired yanmar 3JHs, these are some of the frustrations. I have no actual experience with Kubotas but I'm sure they have their own different set of issues. To me though, the beta looks much more like it was "designed to be a marine engine" than the Yanmar 3JH.
  13. St Peter Port is in Guernsey not Jersey (A beautiful little port with insane tides). The main port in Jersey is St Helier but in fact Jersey registered boats (except those actually owned by locals) are required to put "Jersey" as the port of registry on their stern, not St Helier.
  14. Pitcairn island are looking for new residents with engineering abilities, due to the dwindling population they are offering strong incentives to move there and they will definitely give you free land and may well even give you a free house. You could sail there but I strongly recommend you don't attempt it in that yacht! On arrival you'll discover there is no harbour and not even a safe anchorage on the island, but that suits them, they like being isolated. I've been to Pitcairn and on the whole it's a beautiful, clean, isolated place where eccentrics are welcomed. 4 supply ships a year a couple of dozen yachts are the only visitors. The island has lots of technical infrastructure like generators, machinery, boats, satellite internet and a complete mains electricity network which needs someone to maintain it as the guy who built it is retiring and nobody else in the population of about 40 people can manage it. I think Pitcairn might be the perfect place for you but that yacht of yours is a liability, I'd sell it or give it away before you go! Info here on their website: http://www.immigration.gov.pn/
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