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  1. I concur. I wouldn't go with the large style buoys as the arrangement can grind against your boat while moored in rough conditions (i'm told this can be mitigated). My cat is a complete pig to control at slow speed and so I use the following strategy.. My mooring is a standard setup with two buoys on the top rope. I use a detachable snubbing hook which clips onto an extendable pole. The hook is tied to a line which extends from the bow all the way around the outside of the boat and back to the cockpit on one hull. I pull up alongside the buoy and connect the hook (automatic release under tension from the pole) to the buoy or top rope and can then pull the rope from the front until the main rope of the buoy is ready to be attached to the boat. This works solo in howling wind and chop - with no stress. If I miss, I can go round for another try. Given you are approaching the buoy from the side, you have zero chance of running it over and tangling everything up in the prop. You can also position a block and line running from the temporary hook line back to a winch somewhere on your boat so you could winch yourself in effortlessly and danger free in 50 knots if necessary.
  2. Nice work, I did exactly the same trip 3 years ago when I picked up my GBE. It was moored right next to your proa in the Taipa river at the time and we sailed it back to Auckland. Had to motor about 90% of the way due to a lack of wind, which was excruciating to say the least. Good times though. It's a stunning stretch of NZ coastline to see in person. Picture attached of my son "helping" me with the planning. Cheers, Justin
  3. Thanks for that. I think your number 1 might be larger than mine but I could use a similar setup just a bit further forward.
  4. Just wondering if there is a best practice setup for the jib car on an 8.5 multi. If anyone is keen to post a picture or diagram of the setup on their multi, I'd really appreciate it. Minor adjustments seem to make a massive difference in the headsail shape and the resulting performance of our boat, but to change it I need to spend several minutes undoing knots and then retying them - which is far from ideal. Can't seem to find a photo of mine on my phone but will have a look. Thanks, Justin
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    When lying on its side there appears to be a line attached to the hull which I imagine they're pulling to help with righting her. It thought these boats were supposed to be self righting if the foils were configured correctly (both down?).
  6. Following the division 7 race online showed the awesome drag race you guys were having all the way up the coast. Saying that, was that you guys who almost tripped over just after the start? Surely it must be like golf where you buy a round of drinks if you don't make it past the lady's tee. Maybe, if you don't make it past North Head you have to shout a round for the whole fleet.
  7. One strategy that worked for me was to bundle all my insurance requirements (house, car, contents, boat) and shopping around with the proviso that it's all or nothing. Obviously this won't work for the dedicated marine insurance companies but it sounds like they're not interested in trimarans anyway. You need to carefully consider the policies on offer by non-marine insurers but it sounds like you're willing to forego the contentious aspects (racing, capsize).
  8. I've had a reply from Bruce Goff, Maritime Officer at the Harbourmaster's Office: With respect to moorings in the Little Bucklands Beach mooring zone, you may be aware that HMB Marina have a consent to extend the marina and as such there are a number of moorings that are effected by the project and will need to be resited. Along with this work is also a project where a small number of moorings currently lay outside the mooring zone and these mooring owners are also been contacted and advised about the need for moorings to be positioned within the mooring zone. Attached is a map identifying the mooring zone and marina zone. Last week a number of moorings were repositioned by the mooring contractor, our office is awaiting the mooring inspection reports to update the GIS mooring chart. I hope this clarifies the situation with regards to moorings in Little Bucklands Beach. If you require any further information please do not hesitate in contacting me. He also provided the attached diagram with the marina extension overlay. Bruce is also happy for anyone to contact him with any queries and his email address is Bruce.Goff@at.govt.nz
  9. Not sure where you're located or if it's any help but I recently had one made for my GBE from bgsails.co.nz They're located in East Tamaki, Auckland. I'm very happy with the price and workmanship. (I don't have any affiliation with them).
  10. I'll definitely check the Pelagic out. Does the Pelagic setup require a separate base unit for wireless connectivity? or is it integrated into the standard setup? The website seems to sell a remote without a base unit.
  11. Yeah, that would be the holy grail of setups. I think I drooled on my keyboard while reading those posts. My budget will constrain me to something simple to start with but will ensure that whatever I go with can be upgraded to the wizardry that you speak of.
  12. Thanks for the feedback. Looks like they have their place. I'll probably select the model based on room constraints in the cockpit. Saying that, I quite like the idea of a wireless controller which could persuade me down a certain track, particularly if I want to try some singlehanded racing in the future. Next question: Given the lack of space in the GBE cockpit, I'm thinking about installing it so the automatic tiller device runs fore & aft connecting to an extension running 90 degrees off the tiller. I realise this would put the compass bearing 90 degrees out, but if the trigonometry was correct, it would work as expected. Any thoughts on that idea? Anyone done it or something similar? Also, the tillerpilots seem to have fairly specific instructions on where the connection point needs to be along the length of the tiller. I'm assuming that if you go further along the tiller - increasing the distance between the stock and the connection point - the worst thing that would happen is that the turning circle wouldn't be tight as expected (which would be desirable for a setup where you're cruising along at multihull speeds).
  13. I'd be interested to know if anyone operates an autohelm or tillerpilot on an 8.5 multihull. I'm thinking that it would be useful for sail changes and deck management if you're shorthanded or sailing with non-sailors. I imagine actually sailing with one would be quite inefficient relative to having a capable human on the tiller. I also realise that there are certain conditions where you wouldn't want to leave the steering responsibilities up to a robot which can't feel the wind gusts. If anyone has any experience with one I'd be keen to hear about it. Cheers, Justin
  14. I have a mooring closer to the HMB marina extension area. (Catamaran next to the Trimaran in Island Time's photo). I've been looking for information about the effects on mooring holders from the extensions and can't seem to find anything published. Mooring holders were apparently given an opportunity to contest the resource consent application but no issues were formally raised (Can't remember where I read that). I've asked the council/harbourmaster for some information and will pass that on when I hear back.
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