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  1. Bruce Elliott put me onto modified silicon years ago (same as Quilosa). A very good sealant. You can buy it from Placemakers and possibly other hardware stores. Come in a variety of colours. I use it for pretty well any sealant application as it can be disassembled unlike some of the other polyurethane type sealants without wrecking things. It used to be called Fosroc MS but now is Sikaflex MS.
  2. Nothing wrong with Leisurefurl but as Chippie says forget the furling line. Bounce the halyard at the mast with someone tailing and into wind on autopilot and the sail goes up real quick. If you had an electric winch I guess you could easily do it single handed. Same with furling or reefing use a winch handle in the drum at the front of the mast with someone controlling the halyard - the sail comes down super quick. (remove the furling line completely as it just makes the whole process too slow). You do need to be into wind. With the full length battens it is a very good system, way better I think than the in mast furling.
  3. Yep usual America’s Cup. Kept me fascinated with all the shenanigans ever since Baron Bich
  4. https://www.livesaildie.com/youth-americas-cup-ac9f-kotare-flies-high-in-auckland/
  5. Chewing Gum

    Farr 38

    Oh ok - maybe someone repaired her then ?
  6. Chewing Gum

    Farr 38

    I think the Lidgard Lionheart is also no more. She either was sunk by dragging anchor in the Haapies in Tonga or fell off a cradle in the Med. Both those boats were Lidgards but not sure which one was Lionheart.
  7. While not exactly marine this series is pretty interesting to anyone interested in methods of carbon fibre fabrication etc:
  8. Only supposition of course but if crashing off a wave caused a crack in the hull to my mind it would more likely account for the rapid filling and failure of the pumps to cope. If there was a crack in the hull below the cabin sole it may not be evident as to where the water ingress was coming from. Having said that of course as everyone here has been commenting it could be just the windows that were the cause of the flooding. I guess we will never really know for sure as the yacht is unlikely to be salvaged.
  9. No mention of this boat rolling over in the account published. Neither is there mention of dismasting. In the GGR several boats rolled and lost their rigs. None of them that I can recall lost windows or sunk. I still think structural failure is a possibility.
  10. You would have to wonder if there was some sort of structural failure as well as the windows. Sounds like the boat sunk quite quickly, that would need a lot of water ingress.
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKO9VIwTc0M https://youtu.be/H39drBmwxL8 https://youtu.be/o3MW8q28JeA https://youtu.be/XWV8lxo-9_Y https://youtu.be/VG5H9UkyMd4 https://youtu.be/uZAqDESCaCc https://youtu.be/mmaEVIi7ojc https://youtu.be/Us5dThtk2BY https://youtu.be/H5deIvEbA4A https://youtu.be/0okgDe4gWEQ https://youtu.be/0okgDe4gWEQ
  12. I did as suggested by Steve Ashley and removed a halyard sheave box near deck level. If you don't have a hole there I imagine cutting one around 50-60-70mm dia should be ok - check with a mast fabricator Next shaped some flexible foam to approx mast shape and pushed it in through the hole and down say 15mm below sheave hole. (Flexible foam - might have used the stuff Burnsco sell for seating - not sure.) Then spread flexible sealant from Sika on top of foam and left to set. This was a few years back so can't remember the name of the sealant but it was not silicone. As Steve mentioned it was thicker than what Sika used to produce so dificult to push around back of cable tube so we still had a slight leak. Next mod was put in a layer of slightly thickened epoxy on top. Voila no leaks and been there at least 5 years.
  13. Best not to bother - just take off the plastic and leave the stainless - better for the wire. Thicker wire is better - I think it is now required for eg cat 3. Not sure of sizing.
  14. Tend to agree really. Gusty winds in the sounds so mostly motor everywhere and very few places you can anchor - too deep. Golden Bay is nice but quite a small area and only 3 or 4 reasonable anchorages. For the sounds and Durville island you need to become a Pelorus or Mana member to use the moorings. While we were at Durville a Given cat from Noumea had real difficulty retreiving their anchor as it was jammed under the many logs in the anchorage. Fishing down there is not great either with Blue Cod under severe restrictions. As WV said Fiordland and Stewart leave it for dead. Port Pegasus is one of my favourites, need to be prepared for the remoteness though. Waiting for weather at the top both Rangaunu and Houhora are great. Houhora - anchor just out of the channel just above the island near the entrance. There is also quite a reasonable anchorage east end Spirits bay inside the the little island in reasonable weather. Three Kings are interesting but need very settled weather. 3 wee anchorages there, Cascade on the SE possibly the best. Give Reinga and Van Dieman a wide berth to avoid the adverse tide rip. In February on a cruise to the Kaipara we stopped for lunch at Ahipara. Quite nice there also in good weather. Kaipara is great cruising - spent a month there and could have stayed longer but local knowledge a help. Need 1.5m or less swell for a safe bar crossing and generally travel inside the harbour on an incoming tide. New Plymouth is ok but not much room to anchor and not good in a stiff northerly. Been around the top 10 times now and never had a real rough one but always watching the weather like a hawk and using plenty of diesel ie calm conditions. Always only been up there in february or march.
  15. Trad boat with a Rocna anchor !
  16. Chewing Gum

    Cruise NZ

    Mana cruising guides for Fiordland and and for Stewart island are must haves for this trip.
  17. Chewing Gum

    Cruise NZ

    Garmin Inreach rates
  18. Chewing Gum

    Cruise NZ

    Inreach enables texting via bluetooth on your phone to anyone anywhere and vice versa. Also in an emergency you can push the emergency button and communicate with your rescuers the nature of your emergency and the type of assistance you require. They are able to tell you when and how they can assist. It is a useful backup to epirb. Being so small and light and with a rechareable battery it has many uses eg in a dinghy, climbing tramping or cycling. The monthly cost is a drawback but there are several plans and you can stop and start the subscription and change plans at any time. Tracking interval can also be altered at will. We did not need the mapping so opted for the Mini. I guess if if you want to use it for tramping the more expensive options might be worth considering. https://explore.garmin.com/en-NZ/inreach/
  19. Chewing Gum

    Cruise NZ

    We did that trip 5 years ago over Feb/March, was a fantastic trip over 2.5 months. Did it anticlockwise with absolutely no time pressures, just waited for weather windows so no dramas. Highlights were Kaipara (just been back there for a month and a half), New Plymouth, Westport, Jackson Bay, Milford, Doubtful Sound, Preservation and many other of the Fiords and a particular highlight was Port Pegasus on Stewart island along with many other anchorages on the east cost of Stewart Island. Also called at Dunedin and Akaroa then non stop home to Ak over 4 days in a really good Soueasterly. Need good insect screens for fiordland and a couple of long stern lines to tie ashore. Most of the time we did not need a really long anchor chain (we have 55m) . We have a 20kg Rocna on 12m boat and it performed really well even in big blows. Most anchorages in Fordland we saw no one so you do need to be pretty well self sufficient. For our last trip to Kaipara we bought a little Garmin Inreach mini from Fishcity, an excellent bit of kit. Works inside the boat through a glass window and enables tracking and texting via bluetooth to your phone via the Iridium network. Would also be useful back up to epirb in an emergency, Didn't try it for weather.
  20. NZ ROCNA - 20kg on 12.6 m boat , never dragged even in Fiordland in 50 knots with only 55m chain. Anchor is now around 12years old. Peter Smith recommended 20 kg for local cruising or 25kg for offshore.
  21. Have to wonder if it is the applicator - we get 3 years out of No 5. Just got to be careful when cleaning it. Preferably clean it by just going for a sail. Unless there has been a formulation change ? Just re-antifouled in october and heading north so will report back.
  22. Filled up 200 litres from empty there in October - definitely no water.
  23. Had diesel bug from Orams but that was around 7 years ago - did you buy from Orams or the new facility?
  24. Just talked to a couple on Q in Westhaven who are very unhappy. 2 dinghies destroyed in 2 weeks. Asked if damage was covered by insurance - apparently yes but two lots of excess !
  25. CAV messy horrible things. Changed ours for Racor. Grotamar additive from Smart marine or Transdiesel is good but also not cheap.
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