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Tim C

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Tim C last won the day on September 26 2017

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    Warkworth, and the World!
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    Multihull yachts, electric boating, sail making, spar making, composites
  1. Do not use Nylon as a bearing material. It will expand underwater and seize the bearing and steering...
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    Deck Paint?

    I used Don't Slip again on Pulse, but this time added the non slip spheres you'd use in two pot paint. The curved main beam surface is now really grippy, and I'm pleased with that. On the flat cockpit floor I've had problems with it bubbling off because it tends to stay wet. This time I used an acrylic under coat before the Don't Slip, and that too has worked well. I'll try and dig out the name of the undercoat I used...
  3. Thanks for the nice words about Sandspit YC racing. Yes we have got a bunch of interesting multihulls racing up here, alongside a good little fleet of monohulls. Pretty relaxed social racing without yelling or stress! The Seascape 24 is a nice little monohull you can see here: http://www.yachtingworld.com/boat-test/seascape-24-a-pocket-family-sports-cruiser-in-an-exciting-and-popular-sailing-niche-106190 Also of note is Saturday Night Special, a 9m keel boat launched by her designer/builder Allan Roper, which is going well. Pulse still has good moments in the light, but there's many faster multihulls around Sandspit now to take line honours. Keep up the Great Work Mark!
  4. I note the question was't answered. One of the any reasons that NZ has this system is we have a huge expanse of water that is difficult to weather predict conditions on leaving, and consequently many boats get in trouble. Cat 1 is a few hundred dollars, tiny compared to the value you get of an experienced set of eyes looking over your boat, and tiny compared to the value of safety gear you'll probably be buying anyway. Yes it's the ship registration that costs the real money, but that doesn't seem much cheaper elsewhere for the hassle involved. If you're a New Zealand citizen and want to go offshore and expect to get rescued if things go wrong, then the exit standard is Cat 1. My personal view is if you're not prepared to do that, go in anything, but don't take a EPIRB or sat phone, and tell your family you're doing under your own risk, and won't expect a search if you don't show up at your destination...
  5. Have you actually talked to a YNZ Cat 1 inspector? And then identified what is on the Cat 1 list you'd happily not have aboard and leave for the deep blue ocean? I don't think the process is as ridiculous or as expensive as you'd think, relatives to the safety advantages for you and your crew...
  6. Much the same as any other multihull. The hull core material will end up at about 3% of the cost of the boat. Paint, hardware, rig, sails etc will all cost what they cost. There's no discount for starting with a plywood shell...
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    Pogo 30

    How come NZ yacht owners have been happy to accept the 10 x increase in their house prices in the last thirty years, but still think a 9m keel boat should be $100K? The cost of designing, setting up moulds, ironing out the problems and marketing a yacht is huge. The real cost of new yachts has plummeted, so much so that there are no NZ new production yachts to buy, as they can't compete. Yet still there are price complaints...
  8. Why have we got so first World that we've forgotten that Wharves are for a city and a country to TRADE over!! We have a huge number of lovely beaches and foreshore in Auckland, yet somehow the business area of trading good is seen as somewhere to have lattes and watch games! It seems ridiculous to even think of reducing any of its capacity to me...
  9. I'm not sure the canisters are the unreliable bit. Unscrewing them and using a little grease or vaseline on the threads does mean you can replace the canister in years to come, I've had them seize into the thread. It is the risk of pin holes, wear, UV damage etc that is the risk, which makes checking them by blowing them up so important...
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    Great weekend

    On Navionics at the right zoom, for boats coming South towards the Gulf, they are warned: It says 'Area to be Avoided'. So the riff raft coming in should stay away...
  11. I see no reason that skippers or owners of lifejackets can't do their own servicing of life jackets, to the manufacturers specifications. The important thing is that this is done, not forgotten about. The Hutchwilco ones have a panel where you can sign off that you've done the self inspection. Operating a yacht successfully is way more complex than inspecting an inflatable life jacket, IMHO. I've blown up one, and found the rubber grommet at the mouth piece has fallen into the jacket, rendering it flat in minutes. It was only a year old. This is why they need to be checked. Having them blown up overnight is the important bit, to show they retain air and haven't been damaged, or faulty from the start. I too am very aware of the increasing cost of safety requirements. Please note you have to buy less flares now, and that took some campaigning... (Note this is my personal opinion only, and well conflicted by also being a YNZ inspector)
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    Great weekend

    there's only been one Americas Cup Trimaran, in 2010. What a great boat! But not so good for cruising...
  13. Tim C

    Great weekend

    Great weekend and Raft up with lots of people and different boats around Waiheke as VB has said above. Fun Sailing and Socialising!
  14. If you have to use hanks, use the Wichard hook type hanks, rather than piston ones, I'd suggest. They open and close far more reliably when not used for months and months, which is typical for storm jibs. Note an offshore storm jib needs to be bright orange...
  15. Tim C

    Route 66

    Did no-one else get photos during the race?
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