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    Boat insurance

    You will need insurance of some sort .Marinas haul out and a lot of club moorings you always have to provide a certificate of insurance before they let you in.Having a old wooden Chico we are now being screwed by insurance has almost doubled in 2 years and half the cover .That being said we suck it up and pay as it is not the loss of your boat it is the damage you can cause to others.Another thing to remember if you wreck you boat you are responsible for the removal of the wreck and damage ie diesel around a mussel farm this is said as I have experienced a a total loss and wreck removal not cheap fortunately the boat was insured
  2. I put them on my Chico which has a short boom I find them great just drop the main and clean up at anchor.I have a shock cord system and let them go and have a couple of plastic cover hooks by the goose neck to hook them over. I started out with the blocks tied to the spreaders .I found that if I moved the blocks away from the mast it worked a whole lot better and weren’t prone to slap against the mast.Ive have had the mast out a couple of years ago so mounted the blocks on the spreaders .Just makes life that little easier
  3. Some of the later Noelex had pop tops think headroom is about 5ft 8.Personally I would go for the Noelex you pay a bit more but they hold their value only boat I got my money back.Make sure you get a braked trailer.
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    Sponges

    Cool will look into that
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    Sponges

    Does anyone know where you can get a decent sponge for sponging out the bilges they all seem non absorbing now days.Bought up 5 Good ones about 5 years ago can’t seem to get them anymore
  6. Had my bill through the other day gone from $630 a year to over$900 and less cover on the boat is well .Over 25 years old.( 1975) the rig and sails aren’t covered unless under 5 Years old .8years since we did all rigging and new sails.Have decided to suck it up as you need insurance now days.Bottom line they don’t want to insure boats over 25 years.I need to have it to be on my pile Mooring,haul out and access to marinas you basically can’t do without it.Thing to remember with having 3rd party is its a bummer to lose your boat but are they going to pay for the removal of your wreck which could cost thousands
  7. I have a Honda 4 in one 4 stroke great unit and quiet .Certainly the best unit I have owned and I have had a couple
  8. I just bought a big plastic stencil from warehouse stationary and coloured them with vivid marker also did The dinghy lasts about 3 to 4 years
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    Rebecca

    We used to build them and paddle up and down the creek in them I don’t know how we never cut ourselves on the sides and when they sunk we just used to retrieve them at low tide
  10. Chico 30 good manners always get you home many have sailed round the world some reasonably priced should be able to get one in your price range watch the teak decks.
  11. Be very interested to see how it works for them as the boat is moving alot
  12. What you have to check now is that salt water has ot entered the system if it has its you are looking at replacement did a 10.50 fridge a few years ago but the fault was picked up quickly and we managed to flush the system. If it has been sitting for a while I would say the system is contaminated.I think you might be spending good money on bad.New 12volt system and a good solar panel will be a lot cheaper or a 10litre bock of frozen water in the freezer would give you 3 to 5 days. I must be the only Refrigeration engineer who doesn’t have a fridge on his boat pulled ours out as could see to many problems with it as it was old.Fixing what you have would be lucky under $4000.00 even at mates rates
  13. I would pressure test the system first before Buying a compressor and check the TX valve to see what gas the system was running on there will hopefully be a plate on the freezer box which will give access to the valve. Pressure system to about 300psi with nitrogen and leave for a week to check for leaks if system holds pressure then start looking at reinstalling the compressor .You can spend a lot of time looking for a leak and may never find it
  14. We just replaced mixing elbow on our 15QM $400.00 for the elbow thought standard 1.5 in bsp pipe socket that goes into the elbow found out elbow left hand thread now know why we couldn’t get the old one out so another $108.00 for the left to right hand socket.Am keen to see how your one works out.Ours was 6 years old and we cleaned it out once so about a $100.00 a year.Motor does run a lot smoother and pumps a lot more water.Have heard of some expensive experiences when they have failed
  15. Trimaran solo is a very rare book My dad and I searched for it for years as dad and were Piver fans having owned a couple I ended up finding a copy at the Waiheke market a few years ago was a great read give it to a friend as he has a great library collection of all those voyages The boat Victress was a standard Piver Victress design Crowhursts boat started out as the same design but he changed things in the design extra crossbeam,another layer of ply on the deck and shorted the rig putting a lot of extra weight into it.Teltey circumnavigated and was sailing up the Atlantic nursing the boat as it was falling to pieces when it sunk. Teltey was a great seamen to have achieved what he did and it shows that ply trimarans in the sixties were quite seaworthy if handled properly.Having grown up in the sixties with all the negative thoughts on multihulls.Also David Lewis circumnavigated the world in a catamaran with his two daughters in the early sixties
  16. Had our boat there for 5 years no problems and the club is great as well
  17. I belonged to the club for 5 years great club only left as I moved north there are a few live aboard people that I think deter thevies .Also if you join the club you get to use the pontoon and work berths also store your dinghy under the club. Same distance to Browns Is as from Westhaven and you don’t have to put up with the washing machine. We enjoyed our time up there and the club
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    Freezer

    Kiss is how we run the boat we hardly ever have problems when we are away most Christmas holidays are between 4 to 6 weeks we do try to get salt ice when away over that time advantage of fresh water is you can drink it or use it for a shower
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    Freezer

    I pulled my whole engine fridge out with the intention of replacing it with a 12volt one never got round to it so we just freeze a ice block 10 litre gets us about 4 to 5 days it is only a couple of times a year we use the boat more than that.After 5 years of this I said to my wife shall we fit a unit she said why bother we get by.Engine compresser units are by far the best trouble is most are 30 + years old if they have a leak can be very hard to trace and it is now illegal just to top up with gas.I think I am the only refrigeration engineer that doesn't have a frigde on his boat .
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    Marine toilets

    It is not advisable to use cooking oil as it hardens the rubber seals I always use silicon spray in the bowel and pump it through haven't had any problems in over 5 years of use and we do use the boat . A friend of mine told me to use it he has done it for over 12 years on his boat first 6 years with 3 children still on the same pump only on my second can of spray upside crap doesn't stick to the bowel.
  21. I put a vent just below the gunwale never smelled it vent very important especially it you have a gravity dump system we also pump a bit af fresh water and chemical toilet solution into the tank when leaving the boat and have had no problems in 4 years
  22. Great way to get into sailing a lot of people started there and are now owning and racing boats
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    Dogs on yachts

    We picked our dog up from the pound and took him away for Easter after one night at home he just adpated now he loves it whenever I go to the boat I always take him only problem is he has stopped going to the toilet on the foredeck now you have to take him in and that is getting harder as there is a lot of places they are not allowed.We just don,t go there We had some false grass on the deck that worked for a while then we didn't,t go out for about three months that is when he stopped going to the toilet on the boat.He is the fourth dog that I have had on boats it used to be a lot easier when there weren't so many rules and they were allowed below high water mark.
  24. Had a Sachs Wankel rotary engine in my trimaran used to be very temperamental we learnt to sail that boat anywhere including along side wharfs still get a kick out of sailing in and out of bays.Every yacht owner should learn how to do it and know how to hove to.
  25. Wrecked brother in laws launch a few years ago Mariner paid out within 10 days so I highly recommend them or Baileys Also know of a mooring for sale by Sanfran had French Tart on it Farr 1020
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