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    Is a single braid OK from a actual in use point of view? Sure is when sized accordingly and the material it's made of is verifiable or you trust who you're shopping with. There are 'dyneemas', 'spectras', 'plasmas' being sold in NZ today that aren't, they are weak sh*t that looks roughly the same. There are some Chineemas being sold, some are OK but some are sh*t.

    Apologies my UHMPE should have been  as per KM  -  UHMwPE  = Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethyelene.   Interesting pre-stretching, heat treatment and solution dye versus dye bath issues also - there is huge variance as to UT strength and longevity - some are simply sh*t being sold as the bees knees.

  2. 1 2 3 4 5 LIFELINES 17.17 The minimum diameter lifeline wire shall be: X X X R R Yachts under 8.5m (LOA) 3mm Yachts 8.5m to 13m 4mm Yachts over 13m 5mm Wire manufactured with a plastic coating shall not be used. Grade 316 Stainless Wire is recommended – 1x19. Tape unacceptable. If fibre used instead of wire e.g. single braided dyneema, spectra, vectran, dynex or similar, there can be no tolerance for wear. Material must be protected from U.V. and chafe by a sheath. Sheath can be taken as an overbraided core over the main load member of the same material or another type of material. The strength of the fibre must be equal to or greater than that of the appropriate stainless steel wire. The wire shall show no significant signs of corrosion or weathering. When plastic tubing has been used it should be cut at its lowest point to allow any water to drain.


    Not sure how the above permits a single braid without a sheath?

  3. https://chainsropesandanchors.co.nz/fibre-lifelines-what-to-use   here is the link to KM's think piece.   Fineline and others can and do make specific lifeline braids. Not sure why you would phaf around using a single braid with isolated sleeves. IMHO it would be better with a specific UHMPE double braid with both the cover and core being UHMPE - cover is  probably better with a UHMPE/technora blend. You can then put on specific chafe sleeves on top of this if necesssary.

  4. Hi Team,

    My brother is looking at commissioning a new 53ft sailing cat and is currently examining his insurance options.

    He has a business broker who deals with all is business plant, professional indemnity, public liability stuff, loss of income, health etc. Specifically, he has queries as to what qualifications if any he should/must/ or recommended he hold that are likely to reduce his annual premiums for offshore cruising ( I know this depends on insurer requirements)? Thoughts and recommendations from the experienced crowd here?


  5. 5 hours ago, Knot Me... maybe said:

    I had a great sail yesterday and last night was awesome having no speed limits on the Akl motorways, awesome for giving the big bikes a good blow out in case they get locked down for a while. Loving Level 3 to bits.

    But this thread does seem to mirror the Government sadly, a bunch of pricks running around like headless chooks with no real idea WTF is happening and reacting as it happens rather than using a plan that should have been in place months ago. Am I surprised Covid is loose, Nope not at all after that quarantine and isolation bullshit we went thru (and still have no results for) and the lack of testing where it's needed the most and should have been the no brainer to beat all no brainers. The Govt looks a bit too much possum in the headlights and after all the time they have had that should not be happening. But I am surprised to see a few of the pro-PM media starting to change their tune so fast, I was of the thought they were so infatuated it would take a lot more than this.

    I'd like to know what JA's bosses are saying right now, I bet they are nervous as hell about this with the election looming.

    Oh well at least the last parts for my WR have arrived so I get to play mechanic again today, quite enjoying this new little home detention time filler.

    KM the mob is fickle...who thinks if JA imposes a significant lockdown - it is effectively political suicide?

  6. 38 minutes ago, Tamure said:

    ynz are you listening?

    Does anyone on this forum really think YNZ would respond to this letter? It is not from a member club but from an individual (no offence intended Ian).

    The issue of YNZ levies has been going on for years.  Having been personally on the receiving end of the heavy handed approach by YNZ and its CEO in this regard; and a member of Waikawa Boating Club at present I have considerable sympathy for some of the statements made.

    I do not however agree that YNZ is absent - in my experience the RSO's have been available and receptive often becoming the conduit back to YNZ Head office. The safety regs are being reviewed however I am unsure as to what the drivers are for this review - I would hope it is a pragmatic review with a view to reducing costs and barriers to entry. I have posted comments regarding YNZ advocacy before and viewed submissions made by YNZ on regional plans - this is done on behalf of all YNZ members to maintain , improve and enhance access to coastal waters and in some cases lakes and even rivers.

    I do have a problem with being levied multiple times if a member of multiple clubs. It also means that YNZ is submitting false information as to the actual number of the sport's participants if YNZ is counting the same party multiple times - this is very important to remedy especially for funding applications.  Hence,  I think the need for further personal information, which then breaches privacy matters unless given willingly by the individual. 

    Like every not for profit at present - income and participants are shrinking which will be placing significant pressure on operating budgets - like many maybe its time the organisation was right-sized.  If you feel strongly stand for the YNZ board and participate - or get your club to disaffiliate and go cruising and be happy.

  7. One big advantage not mentioned of a Y88 or 1020 verses a 930 is a typically a diesel motor and associated reliability, charging capacity/potential and economy. I know a few 930's have diesels but they are rare. As with any boat purchase you would want to check or have checked the mechanical health of a diesel carefully or be prepared to spend $$$.  I know a recent 1020 purchase as presented the new owner with some expensive motor issues. 

  8. I don't get this excuse - the ability to geo-fence something in the marine environment via a basic chartplotter  via  a polygon and various waypoints has existed for years. Seems like a cop out to me.

  9. 3 hours ago, Knot Me... maybe said:

    Is that a centercase still in Ballistic?

    If you think she is open mine would come as a shock. A photo taken from the same place would look just the same as long as you removed the case, galley, cupboards, nav station, shelves, light fitting, wood trim, squabs, warning sign, leecloths, lectronics panel, 50% of the dome nuts and widen the gap between the bunk fronts a fair bit. You can leave the paint and windows.....and add in some substantial ribs around the top of the keel plus a slightly bigger box under the bulkhead opening which contains part of our MMBU system and a small bilge pump.

    I do like that wood trim, it finishes it off so much nicer than my seafog on seafog on seafog. I have considered throwing some clashing on for the aesthetics but never found the time.

    C'mon KM you know apart from the C/B case the rest is foam and a very thin layer of glass plus tabbing and fillets ..I'd argue it weighs bugger all. Besides why have we never seen a photo of the interior of the elusive reptile? Crump might want to see what a modern interior interpretation of a 930 like think looks like. Pics or it never happened!

  10. Sails are not inexpensive and you have to have a well sorted budget to keep on top of a race wardrobe IMHO.

    If you are keen to race shorthanded and fleet, as well as, cruise occasionally in Auckland,  in my view it would be hard to go past an 88 (cough , cough as a sorta 930 owner) - second hand 88 sails are available (we got  hold of a very lightly used 88 3DL Genoa as an overlapper for another 930 down here - it was cheap and in surprisingly good shape) and the 88's have a very strong owners association as well.

    I remember as a kid when Scarlett was built for Jock Freemantle - Queenstown (later Production builder of Beale 33s). To a wide eyed youngster it was simply an awesome machine in its 80's bright yellow on its road trailer!.  It was built with a lifting daggerboard and was a tad tender if my recollection serves me right as rail fodder on a gusty lake.

    I love our boat..perfect for the family Xmas cruise...relatively cheap marina berth length at 10 metres and I can deal with most maintenance issues - even  installed my own windgear on my own couple of weeks back (first time solo mast climb). The interior layout of our Ross 30 (930) is a bit different from the production boats where for starters the mast is keel stepped and there is only one main bulkhead aft of the mast compared with the factory boats with an aft and forward bulkhead with a beam between. Not having a second bulkhead to isolate the toilet and support the deck stepped mast really opens the narrow end of a 930 up.

    I think Murray did a really good job on the layout on this boat.




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  11. I think it is really sad...like wheels and others I have tried to help him directly in the past including contacting emergency counselling services and the police. Fact is - he is currently running a go fund me page for his dog, which has raised 165.00 or so. If he is so challenged how is he achieving this? He has a terrible reputation for ripping people off and having been born and bred in Qtown...it is not a place to be homeless in winter. 

  12. the scale of the segment you describe lateral is now disproportionate to the segment of the population that is trying to do something -  the true producers are now outnumbered by psuedo government, local , regional government employees, central government, ngo's etc  Universal Basic Income here we come...




  13. 1 hour ago, Fish said:

    I agree with your last point here splat, and that is the 100% driver for me wanting cash direct to the councils.

    But I don't understand your point, in that your first statement says no to Council's, then you say there is a very good reason we need to give Council's cash. Unless I've miss understood you?

    I agree Concils are a shambles. But they have a long long list of jobs ready to go. They have stopped their capital works progammes, mid programme. Govt don't have shovel ready jobs, despite the BS they say, they have headline grabbing jobs. The Councils jobs aren't sexy or headline grabing, I'm talking 200m of wastewater pipe renewal here, large concrete tank for storing water in there, road re-sealing over there etc. Not sexy, but putting cash and work into our communities. And right now, that is all on stop, for lack of cash, which the govt has.

    There isn't a lack of cash...there is the illusion of a lack of cash.  Already budgeted works are not being commenced through fear and in action by key council staff. Councils are stopping the flow of work into their communities citing no funds yet the staff headcount remains the same...there is no consequence from covid 19 for any council employee and therefore no drivers or incentives for them to act to complete any procurement process.  There is simply no drivers for them to do anything...head in the sand. You might think i'm cynical but I'm yet to find any other valid reason for their behaviour and the consequent increased instability, non performance and grotesque wastage in council delivery.

    In short...service level decreasing...staff number, wage bill static or growing...delivery stopped or declining...your rates increasing at a rate well beyond inflation...in no way should the government be giving them any more money than was normal central government funding pre covid 19.  The money they have needs to be spent at the planned LTP rate not simply oh no covid 19 is the reason the Councils' budget is impacted....it is simply bullshit.

  14. 8 hours ago, Fish said:

    You have hit the nail on the head KM. The C19 response is in the past now, it is all about the economy.

    $31 billion is all well and good, but not over 10 years. I need to get through the next 3 to 6 months...

    I understand a large number or people are more concerned about the next 3 to 6 months, if not if they can hang onto their job this month.

    Personally, I think govt needs to be dropping cash straight into every Council in the country, to keep their infrastructure projects moving. All this BS about shovel ready. We have a number of jobs in progress that have been put on stop...

    Auckland Council have a $3/4 billion hole, govt has $20bill un-assigned. Auckland Council have stopped all projects, including Watercare, Auckland transport etc. The govt could fix that with one press release.

    No way should the government be dropping any money into any Council.

    Until Councils' demonstrate a willingness to maintain levels of planned investment, capital infrastructure expenduture and its continued delivery, service level and planning along with an appropriate right sizing in terms of staffing then IMHO they are now part of the problem.

    Any slow down in terms of their already budgeted expenditure has signiificant and long lasting negative effects on the wider economy and recovery.

  15. agree ...it would be considerably cheaper than having to have voice. What with AIS, trackers, gps,  gps communicators like in-reach I'm not sure why you should have to have voice as well...just anther barrier to entry IMHO. I'm sure wiser, more experienced peeps will chime in why voice should be the minimum.

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