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    Boatworks got a reaction from Deep Purple in Best boat ramp in central Auckland   
    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?).
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    Boatworks got a reaction from jim s in 2019 SSANZ Round New Zealand race   
    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.
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    Boatworks got a reaction from Fish in Jesse James - $1 reserve   
    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.
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    Boatworks got a reaction from smithy09 in Small classic keeler underwater in Okahu Bay   
    It was Vagrant, and she’s been saved - trucked to Whangateau to be repaired
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    Boatworks got a reaction from harrytom in Small classic keeler underwater in Okahu Bay   
    It was Vagrant, and she’s been saved - trucked to Whangateau to be repaired
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    Boatworks got a reaction from Dagwood in Small classic keeler underwater in Okahu Bay   
    It was Vagrant, and she’s been saved - trucked to Whangateau to be repaired
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    Boatworks got a reaction from Island Time in 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.
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    Boatworks got a reaction from Pelagic Mountie in SSANZ 100   
    I guess we all like seeing what was going on on other boats so here's our SSANZ 100 2015 Report:
     
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    Provincial Cowboy Longhaul 1.
     
    It was always going to be a day of squalls and gusty conditions, forecast to slowly drop from mid afternoon.
     
    Slightly late and at the boat end at the start after a minor cluster. However we were in the mix going nicely with the A4 a few hundred metres down by Browns Island when the sounds of the carnage reached us from upwind, as the squall ripped through.
     
    Survived the first gust that took out a few and we started to accelerate. But the next gust just knocked us over. I was standing on the cockpit side for a bit. At that time the Tourer Elysium was coming slowly across our bow with a flogging kite that had a huge window in it. I could see Miles had a bit on trying to douse it - if we started moving and then had another round up it was going to get a bit ugly. So we sat there with the helm down on our side on a few more seconds waiting for them to clear. Eventually the bear away was surprisingly very smooth, the kite set quickly - and we were off down the channel leaving behind many boats with issues everywhere. Some great video of the sequence on our FB Page and here:
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCvo-T9dF-0
     
    We are on our side on the far right from about 2:10 - best viewed in HQ and in a big screen.
     
    Once we got going again we passed a heap of boats and followed Akatea out past Emu Point, with Krakatoa nearby. Andy had managed a quick look around and mentioned Anarchy looking to be in a bit of trouble but we had to focus on ourselves.
     
    The wind eased back to comfortable levels and first Equilibrium and then Bushido passed us on the slide down to Gannet. Meanwhile we were close to our usual company from last race, Krakatoa and Nosaka with Whitebait also going well.
     
    A gybe to pass inside Gannet saw us come back together with Nosaka and Krakatoa and we all dropped kites as we neared the funky stuff that always lurks under Thumb Point. One boat, think it was Waka, also had a bit on getting over Gannet.
     
    Then a two sail reach to Shag Rock. Krakatoa powered away and then Bushido came flying up behind us, sailed underneath just as we got to the island but it looked like they had an issue with a gust or a stuck furler or both and didn't make it over the top of the island, having to bail out and try again.
     
    The discussion on sail selection for the run down to Cow and Calf was between the masthead runner and the A3. We set up the pole and kite ready to hoist but just as we rounded the building breeze seemed to be at a good angle for the A3 so we switched. It was the safer option given the forecast but we got lifted again almost immediately down the run and we couldn't quite get deep enough with the gennaker. Nosaka and Krakatoa put a few minutes on us. We all had had a great ride as did Bushido who passed us again.
     
    We 'grannied' bareheaded at the Calf, following the wise example set by those in front of us. Then the long reach to Channel Island which we sailed alone except for Skins in Truxton who slipped through our lee and then got away while we put in a second reef. This was when it smoked through just after the Black Rocks.
     
    It was about this time I checked the phone was tracking after our glitch last race - and once again it had not kept working - so I restarted it. We kept expecting some of the other longer boats like Laissez Faire and the Tourers to come through but we seemed to hold our own which was good.
     
    Rounding Channel Island was not the most pleasant experience, we got absolutely flattened by a gust near the island - all in all it was a fairly windy and rough place to be!
     
    Then the long 20m beat, starting out in 25kn with No. 3 and 2 reefs, slowly powering the boat back up as the breeze eased. The lumpy upwind stuff is not our strong point - got some more work to do there. Laissez Faire powered over the top of us well up to windward looking very impressive.
     
    Later a couple of headers south of Little Barrier led to us tacking but we really wanted to stay in the right as the forecast had indicated more N than we had - so we didn't go too far but did make a gain on a couple of boats who held on further. As we neared Flat Rock in the near darkness we got a small rain squall through and the breeze went a bit weird. We tacked off a 40 degree knock but soon tacked back just under the layline - when the breeze returned to the earlier heading we laid Flat Rock.
     
    Nearing Kawau and on full main and No.3 we were not fully powered up and hoping the breeze would hang in with the odd rain cloud indicating gusts. In hindsight a change to a bigger headsail would have been worth the time loss but it's harder to commit when you don't know what's coming.
     
    On the tight reach along to Motoura Island we had a lot of company. We still had the no 3 up and were underpowered in the light patches. Laissez Faire was up to windward, Josh and Chris were right behind on the Sunfast after almost rolling us in a light spot.
     
    Eventually Fiction came from above and behind to roll over both of us right as we prepared to round the end of the island. But with us still only a couple of boat lengths behind they suddenly stopped in the water and before we realised what had happened we also touched what felt like a sandy bottom. We just bumped once and I headed up and over them, barely a boat width away. They soon got moving again too. We have been around that point a few times, and been closer to the shore some times - I will certainly give it a wider berth in future!!
     
    Slight communication issue on board ("blue kite in grey bag") saw the fractional kite hoisted on the masthead halyard. A positive aspect was that was the one sail we have never used so good to have a look at it up - even in the dark. But we figured we needed max horsepower so did a quick change to the masthead kite ("blue striped kite in grey bag") and settled in for the run.
     
    Having company down the last run through Tiri Passage and to the finish was pretty interesting. We had lights all around us and went through Tiri Passage next to Laissez Faire and the Sunfast 36. Fiction and Krakatoa were nearby and Nosaka visible just ahead.
     
    As the tracker shows we had a good couple of hours run home in 8-12kn, especially after Tiri - the boat really likes those conditions. We eased away from the guys behind and passed Nosaka (maybe they had a problem?) just before Rangi Light. We were wondering where Truxton was, Skins had a glamour result, - but we didn't see her at all after dusk just before Flat Rock. At North Head we could see rain coming down the harbour so we played it safe and dropped the kite just before the finish line to avoid any issues with the Orakei wavebreak after the line.
     
    A good result. a couple of new places visited and plenty of learnings as usual. Also no major dramas or breakages on a day that had some potential to cause problems. Our only bit of damage - the A4 kite bag was swept over the side leaving us just the clips - the video shows it coming away but we weren't able to get forward to secure it at the time!
     
    Well done to Nosaka on a deserved win. That's SSANZ race 2 2015 done and dissected, looking forward to the last race in the series on a month or so. Thanks once again SSANZ and also the people on the RIBS who got some great photos and footage - and were able to help those who needed it..
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    Boatworks got a reaction from Island Time in SSANZ 100   
    I guess we all like seeing what was going on on other boats so here's our SSANZ 100 2015 Report:
     
    ----------------------
    Provincial Cowboy Longhaul 1.
     
    It was always going to be a day of squalls and gusty conditions, forecast to slowly drop from mid afternoon.
     
    Slightly late and at the boat end at the start after a minor cluster. However we were in the mix going nicely with the A4 a few hundred metres down by Browns Island when the sounds of the carnage reached us from upwind, as the squall ripped through.
     
    Survived the first gust that took out a few and we started to accelerate. But the next gust just knocked us over. I was standing on the cockpit side for a bit. At that time the Tourer Elysium was coming slowly across our bow with a flogging kite that had a huge window in it. I could see Miles had a bit on trying to douse it - if we started moving and then had another round up it was going to get a bit ugly. So we sat there with the helm down on our side on a few more seconds waiting for them to clear. Eventually the bear away was surprisingly very smooth, the kite set quickly - and we were off down the channel leaving behind many boats with issues everywhere. Some great video of the sequence on our FB Page and here:
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCvo-T9dF-0
     
    We are on our side on the far right from about 2:10 - best viewed in HQ and in a big screen.
     
    Once we got going again we passed a heap of boats and followed Akatea out past Emu Point, with Krakatoa nearby. Andy had managed a quick look around and mentioned Anarchy looking to be in a bit of trouble but we had to focus on ourselves.
     
    The wind eased back to comfortable levels and first Equilibrium and then Bushido passed us on the slide down to Gannet. Meanwhile we were close to our usual company from last race, Krakatoa and Nosaka with Whitebait also going well.
     
    A gybe to pass inside Gannet saw us come back together with Nosaka and Krakatoa and we all dropped kites as we neared the funky stuff that always lurks under Thumb Point. One boat, think it was Waka, also had a bit on getting over Gannet.
     
    Then a two sail reach to Shag Rock. Krakatoa powered away and then Bushido came flying up behind us, sailed underneath just as we got to the island but it looked like they had an issue with a gust or a stuck furler or both and didn't make it over the top of the island, having to bail out and try again.
     
    The discussion on sail selection for the run down to Cow and Calf was between the masthead runner and the A3. We set up the pole and kite ready to hoist but just as we rounded the building breeze seemed to be at a good angle for the A3 so we switched. It was the safer option given the forecast but we got lifted again almost immediately down the run and we couldn't quite get deep enough with the gennaker. Nosaka and Krakatoa put a few minutes on us. We all had had a great ride as did Bushido who passed us again.
     
    We 'grannied' bareheaded at the Calf, following the wise example set by those in front of us. Then the long reach to Channel Island which we sailed alone except for Skins in Truxton who slipped through our lee and then got away while we put in a second reef. This was when it smoked through just after the Black Rocks.
     
    It was about this time I checked the phone was tracking after our glitch last race - and once again it had not kept working - so I restarted it. We kept expecting some of the other longer boats like Laissez Faire and the Tourers to come through but we seemed to hold our own which was good.
     
    Rounding Channel Island was not the most pleasant experience, we got absolutely flattened by a gust near the island - all in all it was a fairly windy and rough place to be!
     
    Then the long 20m beat, starting out in 25kn with No. 3 and 2 reefs, slowly powering the boat back up as the breeze eased. The lumpy upwind stuff is not our strong point - got some more work to do there. Laissez Faire powered over the top of us well up to windward looking very impressive.
     
    Later a couple of headers south of Little Barrier led to us tacking but we really wanted to stay in the right as the forecast had indicated more N than we had - so we didn't go too far but did make a gain on a couple of boats who held on further. As we neared Flat Rock in the near darkness we got a small rain squall through and the breeze went a bit weird. We tacked off a 40 degree knock but soon tacked back just under the layline - when the breeze returned to the earlier heading we laid Flat Rock.
     
    Nearing Kawau and on full main and No.3 we were not fully powered up and hoping the breeze would hang in with the odd rain cloud indicating gusts. In hindsight a change to a bigger headsail would have been worth the time loss but it's harder to commit when you don't know what's coming.
     
    On the tight reach along to Motoura Island we had a lot of company. We still had the no 3 up and were underpowered in the light patches. Laissez Faire was up to windward, Josh and Chris were right behind on the Sunfast after almost rolling us in a light spot.
     
    Eventually Fiction came from above and behind to roll over both of us right as we prepared to round the end of the island. But with us still only a couple of boat lengths behind they suddenly stopped in the water and before we realised what had happened we also touched what felt like a sandy bottom. We just bumped once and I headed up and over them, barely a boat width away. They soon got moving again too. We have been around that point a few times, and been closer to the shore some times - I will certainly give it a wider berth in future!!
     
    Slight communication issue on board ("blue kite in grey bag") saw the fractional kite hoisted on the masthead halyard. A positive aspect was that was the one sail we have never used so good to have a look at it up - even in the dark. But we figured we needed max horsepower so did a quick change to the masthead kite ("blue striped kite in grey bag") and settled in for the run.
     
    Having company down the last run through Tiri Passage and to the finish was pretty interesting. We had lights all around us and went through Tiri Passage next to Laissez Faire and the Sunfast 36. Fiction and Krakatoa were nearby and Nosaka visible just ahead.
     
    As the tracker shows we had a good couple of hours run home in 8-12kn, especially after Tiri - the boat really likes those conditions. We eased away from the guys behind and passed Nosaka (maybe they had a problem?) just before Rangi Light. We were wondering where Truxton was, Skins had a glamour result, - but we didn't see her at all after dusk just before Flat Rock. At North Head we could see rain coming down the harbour so we played it safe and dropped the kite just before the finish line to avoid any issues with the Orakei wavebreak after the line.
     
    A good result. a couple of new places visited and plenty of learnings as usual. Also no major dramas or breakages on a day that had some potential to cause problems. Our only bit of damage - the A4 kite bag was swept over the side leaving us just the clips - the video shows it coming away but we weren't able to get forward to secure it at the time!
     
    Well done to Nosaka on a deserved win. That's SSANZ race 2 2015 done and dissected, looking forward to the last race in the series on a month or so. Thanks once again SSANZ and also the people on the RIBS who got some great photos and footage - and were able to help those who needed it..
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    Boatworks got a reaction from smithy09 in SSANZ--ANZAC 200   
    'Goad' not 'goat' surely.  
     
    Anyway, we can't let that comment go unanswered!  Provincial Cowboy is planning to race unless it looks like being boat damaging conditions.  
     
    Looking forward to it.  
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    Boatworks reacted to smithy09 in RNI 2016   
    Do we have a "go" for the RNI 2016? I have to plan how long it will take to fit my canting keel to the Marshall.
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