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  1. Orakei is shallow, even the F15's have trouble at low tide and we used to have to lift the E5.9 keels well before the floating jetty. Agree, HMB or Westhaven. Also, experience shows it's a brave move not to take the crane out. It's all good until it isn't. Although you might be able to use a halyard (assuming you still have a mast up?).
  2. Thought I might add my 2c worth as a Ross 40 owner. The photo of Urban and Provincial Cowboy pacing each other side by side is a Gold Cup race from a couple of years ago and that mainsail on Urban was subsequently replaced with a new one. The FRO's were both new - any wrinkles were just how they looked from day one. Urban is a quick boat, especially broad reaching and running - we really noticed their extra pace with the square top main. I can't speak highly enough of the Ross 40, fantastic boat for Auckland and also a great family cruiser - albeit one with very long legs. Once you work out how to make them go, they're a great all round boat and a really good size for passage racing, SSANZ events and RNI etc. Urban is a timber boat and is probably a bit more racing-oriented than PC, which has a full cruising interior and set-up. But she is great value and as a bonus will have had a lot of work done to get ready for RNI. These boats have plenty of company in the mixed bunch of 35-45 foot cruiser/racers in the NZ racing scene. Yes we have moved on to a 11m canter for a fast, wet and fun partnership race boat. So PC will just be cruising for a while as we can't yet bring ourselves to put her on the market. We'll see.
  3. We might actually make the start line on time for the 50. We spent a few hours sorting through all the old sails that came with the new boat last night...hoping for a bit less breeze for the 50 miler as the oldest main that we used to sail some of the 100 course went into the skip afterwards....
  4. Craig at Profile Metals in Rylock Place, Pakuranga or Brian at Steelelliotts at Half Moon Bay Marina.
  5. Yep should be a fun ride....well maybe not upwind in big breeze but we’re kind of used to that. And maybe a bit wetter all round than we are used to. I’m heading over to Newcastle on Friday to pack up the boat with Tom, the previous owner. It has its own shipping cradle which is helpful. The boat leaves the marina on a truck on Monday and is due in Auckland around the third week of July. A few jobs to do before she’s in the water not least of which is figuring out how to put it all back together. It’s a bit tight to make Race 2 but we’ll have a crack at it. She’s now registered in NZ and awaiting PHRF, not sure we’ll like it tho. The boat has been used largely as a day sailer the past few years so needs to be spec’d back up for coastal stuff. There are a heap of spare parts but we don’t really know what it comes with except we do know there is a set of stanchions and lifelines which is handy. The boat does have lifelines across the transom now - Tom says he had to fit them because he kept losing people off the back...
  6. A mate of mine has a 40' cat and is looking for a Volvo 120 S-E sail-drive with a ratio of 2.47 – 1. Apparently this is an unusual ratio, and no longer available new - which is unfortunate as he needs to match the other unit. He is faced with having to purchase a new matching set . He is getting plenty of professional advice, he has also located at least one used unit overseas. We are just trying to cast the net wider to see if anyone in NZ has one available. If you can help PM me here and I'll put you in touch with Tony. (Edit - All sorted, he’s shipping a used pair in from the USA) Thanks
  7. In our experience Propspeed is by a long distance the best solution. Provided it is correctly applied. Regular use will prolong its life. We have seen up to and exceeding 3 years lifespan and 1-2 years is routine. If it touches anything firm (eg hands, weed, sand or driftwood) there is a likelihood it will not last as the surfaces and especially the edges can tear or rub through. If this occurs the effectiveness of the product will degenerate. Our failure rate would be less than 1%. Again you must prep and apply it carefully and correctly.
  8. You might be right on the MSM comment but totally disagree with this bit, I’m currently commodore of a very small Akl yacht club (just 60 families) and also have been involved in many other clubs and events over the years - I cannot speak highly enough of the support we get. Often we don’t need to ask, it’s offered. The YNZ people I see most of like Angus, Andrew, Kelly, Raynor, Wayne and Kim (especially Kim!) are incredibly interested in what we do, plugged in to whats happening and helpful. Maybe it’s because the clubs and associations I’ve been involved in (including Olympic and NZ classes) have worked to keep the lines of communication open. Enjoying tracking the RNZ and it’s got me fired up and looking forward to doing another RNI, hopefully next year.
  9. For Bay Week, we’ll (Ross 40) be in Island Racing again this year - already entered and have been put into B this year which will make a nice change. In the past we have had a good mix of cruiser racer type boats in A with us at the smaller end. There have been two Ross 40’s in A for I think 2 of the last 3 years with Urban Cowboy and ourselves. We don’t bother with the Windward Leeward racing as we feel we really need a more polished crew, there is too much potential for things to go wrong in big breeze as we found at the Jack Tar a few years ago. We tend to sail with friends and a few young sailors - Passage is a pretty chilled and fun affair. Not to mention spectacular. In terms of pace we are behind the E12’s (eg Bullrush) and newer Ross 12 (PBF) but we can generally match the 40 up to 45’ late model import production boats (cruiser racer types) around a track unless there’s a lot of breezy upwind or tight reaching - when the waterline and extra beam really come into play. Lawless would be the exception, she is quite a bit quicker. It does make for a big bunch of closely matched boats in the racing we do.
  10. https://www.trademe.co.nz/trade-me-motors/boats-marine/yachts/keeler/auction-1870449497.htm Be good to see her back in use in the NZ fleet. (I own a sistership but have no connection with this sale)
  11. It was Vagrant, and she’s been saved - trucked to Whangateau to be repaired
  12. Nope they’re both sold a while back
  13. Is that last photo of the Sunfast? Damon and Josh in disguise
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    Rudder refoil

    A couple of sailing mates helped me measure things up and the numbers mostly came from Ian Harvey. From memory we spoke to a couple of other people who had done rudder jobs too.
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    Rudder refoil

    Just to add our experience. When we bought our boat (Ross 40) it had a very nice, deep rudder (>2m draft!). Upwind and deep downwind a pleasure to drive but reaching was an arm deadening exercise. Plus the autohelm couldn’t really cope on a reach and we would spin out routinely. After taking some measurements when the boat was out for a wash, and talking to some knowledgeable folks, we figured the stock was too close to the leading edge by just over 30mm. I had my doubts that this small amount would solve the problem but before the last RNI we were on the hard for a period, unexpectedly (bent shaft) and took the opportunity to drop the rudder out, service the bearings and have approx 35mm added to the upper 2/3 of the leading edge. Thank you Ian Harvey. All back together and back in the water in time for Christmas. To my surprise the boat was transformed - huge improvement when reaching and the autohelm could reliably drive the boat at all angles. No change upwind or downwind. It was always a great rudder profile and shape, but now is really well balanced. Made a big difference in the RNI and also, I assume, to our AP’s power needs.
  16. Found a couple of pictures of Spearhead's aussie keel...
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    To contact the Race Team and competitors, email Suellen at RAYC.co.nz. Thanks for sharing!
  18. High Voltage Keel: Don't think I have one of Backchat
  19. Just the bulb and maybe the keel fin I think, someone with better knowledge will be able to confirm - it might be the same as the one on Kick (that was what I understood). Later NZ keel upgrades have the skinny 'T Keel'/bulb like High Voltage, Pretty Woman, Second Nature and Gale Force which I recall are all pretty similar. Spearhead has a different keel, it was done in Australia.
  20. At one point Wellington had a heap of 1050's; Backchat, Chain Reaction, Gale Force, Cutting Edge, Rockstar to go with an even bigger fleet of Y11's. Picking up on Mark's post earlier about overseas boats, E1050 Crocodile Rock is in NZ, she lives at either HMB or Pine Harbour Marinas and looking very nice. She doesn't race any more. There is also a Sandringham (VIC) based cruiser version "Unique" that is (or was) listed with Sundance Marine in Australia
  21. Kick’s builder/first owner Ian Harvey and plenty of other guys who sailed on her are still around the BBYC area (Ian may be up in the islands on his yacht by now). Easy to put you in touch with them. You know about the cockpit mods, also the keel was quite different to the standard jandal (maybe the same as backchat?) and I believe the mast is taller than all the other boats. The boat needs the runners on to perform. Plenty of info around on the others, there have been lots that have had keel mods and various prod and square top setups. With Fineline, Spearhead and Kick imported back here now, I wonder if there are any more in Aus.
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  23. Which club are you at? We have seen 6.5’s on the hard at Parua Bay and Napier recently and from memory there are some down south (Timaru?)
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