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  1. Nice discussion of prop rope cutters here: https://www.yachtingmonthly.com/gear/propeller-rope-cutter-test-30012
  2. Thanks for the insight on the availability of weed! Years sailing around Pacific Islands and around New Zealand waters...never once weed fouled my prop. It's a folding prop. And it's new (but has Propspeed). Maybe one of those rope cutter attachments would help. Or maybe a good few revs in reverse or a good wetsuit are in order.
  3. CREW FOUND, PASSAGE COMPLETED. Report: http://crew.org.nz/forum/index.php/topic/16379-east-or-west-coast-auckland-to-wellington/page-4 Thanks for your interest.
  4. PASSAGE COMPLETED. We had a great passage on the EAST coast, 6 days Sun - Sat (17/2/19 - 23/2/19) with a stopover sleep and morning/afternoon break at Mahia Peninsula in Hawke Bay.The weather window was perfect, mostly sailing with northerlies although we had a fair bit of motoring but that is okay. We were very aware of the looming low on Sunday 24/2 which a week before had (incorrectly) been predicted to be an ex-cyclone, TC OMA. The northerlies were perfect. The Southerlies kicked in a few hours too early on morning of Saturday (3 am) approaching Cape Palliser so on the nose and even had to tack a few times! Then it pushed us into Wellington. Mostly uneventful but never before have I had seaweed foul a prop...twice! Once near Port Jackson on first night (a huge branch of the black stuff with bubbles on it) so pulled into there to sleep and swim down to remove in the morning. Second at Mahia Peninsula as approaching the narrow passage between main peninsula and the island on way to an anchorage to slow down a day to synch with southerlies. Thick dark green leather-like weed wrapped around prop hub. It lowered revs initially and slowed speed from 5 to 3 kn. We used Windy predominantly but also Predictwind, when in phone range. I had two other crew. I am glad we took the East coast but would recommend only if weather data is monitored and the window was favourable. I can see how southerlies after East Cape could be a problem (eg, Cape Turnagain is well-named). Cheers!
  5. I have crew and almost ready to commit... East Coast leaving Sun Auck... bound for Wellington. Windy.Com shows light-ish conditions til Sat/Sun when ex-Tex-TC appears depending on whether you trust EC or GFS model. Bob McDavitt considers EC more accurate...he also agrees Windy.com is the best but neither model very accurate beyond 5 days. Thoughts??
  6. Thanks Wayne. As discussed on phone.
  7. A more recent thread here: http://crew.org.nz/forum/index.php/topic/16379-east-or-west-coast-auckland-to-wellington/
  8. Thanks for these threads. Really good info.
  9. This? http://crew.org.nz/forum/index.php/topic/12020-sailing-from-auckland-to-marlborough-sounds/?do=findComment&comment=216905
  10. Sailing from Auckland to Marlborough Sounds http://crew.org.nz/forum/index.php/topic/12020-sailing-from-auckland-to-marlborough-sounds/
  11. I just found this thread as I was also looking for information on East vs. West coast for an Auckland to Wellington Sail: http://crew.org.nz/forum/index.php/topic/16379-east-or-west-coast-auckland-to-wellington/
  12. Did you try the East coast too? How did it compare to West coast?
  13. Hi All, I intend to sail my 38' steel sloop from Auckland to Wellington where she will stay. I have extensive with blue water sailing (eg, NZ - islands) but have not sailed to Wellington before. What are the pros and cons of either the west coast (heading north first) or the east coast? Places to stop, if any? Is it best to hang out up north after Cape Reinga and wait for a good window? If going east coast, is there an issue with headwinds after East Cape? These are things I have heard, hence my request to this wider, well-informed forum. Also, is there a preferred time to go? Ideally, I would do this in the next weeks, month or so. If this has been discussed before please advise which threads. I am also looking for a crew member - see my other post. Thanks. Paul
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