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  1. Indeed, that's the reason Team Vestas Wind hit a reef in the Volvo Ocean Race back in 2014. https://www.yachtingworld.com/blogs/elaine-bunting/comment-how-the-team-vestas-wind-crash-really-happened-and-the-surprisingly-simple-things-we-can-learn-from-it-62634
  2. https://www.sailingschoolasia.com/downloads/International_Chart_1_Symbols_Abbreviations.pdf like that ? or there's this, straight from the horses mouth.. https://www.admiralty.co.uk/news/blogs/the-quick-guide-to-enc-symbols
  3. I managed to find this document with a quick google of "nautical chart symbols" https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/bbm%3A978-94-011-7370-4%2F1.pdf US but hopefully would shed some light on whatever you were after.
  4. cold showers.. saves money on heating water, running fans or requiring domes. keeps showers short, especially in winter. add in the health benefits.. it's a winner on all fronts. Comfort is the enemy of the soul.
  5. Andy Schell of 59-North covered his nav' set up on one of his podcasts.. https://www.59-north.com/thinksailing , search the page for iPad Navigation if the link below doesn't work. He's done a fair bit of mileage with his iPad solution. <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/6284928/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/000000/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
  6. Multihulls don't do it for me. Whatever I buy I need to like the lines and the look of it and, for me, that won't be a multihull.
  7. Thanks Panther & RIYCA, I'm still at the super keen stage with enthusiasm to burn, so if the stars align and I can be in Aucklandshire at the right time to be able to help you out, then I'll be there, I''ve got a few friends and contacts up there so accommodation won't be an issue , happy to cover my own transport costs.. what price experience, right?!?!
  8. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/121468952/escaped-remand-prisoner-ricky-wilson-recaptured
  9. I couldn't see any sign of it. looks like they've retrieved it and take it off for repairs..
  10. Heading down that way in a bit, I'll let you know..
  11. I took you're advice and got my offer of help out to all the local club notice boards. The helpful guy at Evans Bay even said he would add it to his email Newsletter which was good of him. Didn't do the re-post yet, lots going on at work and home. Also it's been more than a few lunchtimes since I did a lot of that stuff in any kind of anger, but thanks for the advice. I'll need to work on my marketing skills to make sure I set expectations at a realistic level , without coming over as a dreamer / tyre kicker.
  12. I did actually do that at Mana, just before the bloody lock down started. I don't know if anyone has even seen my notice. I took Grant's advice and I've joined the Wellington Classic Yacht Trust. I'll reach out to the other clubs and marinas as you suggested too.. I'm not without skills. I looked into editing my initial post to add something of a CV but it seems like that's not possible. I was an apprentice mechanic when I left school. It was with a local authority so 90% of the vehicles were diesel. Tractors from the parks department, Bin lorries from the Refuse and Cleansing departments. All the tradies had Transits , Sherpas or Escort vans. After a couple of years of that I decided I wanted more, so I joined the Royal Navy as an Apprentice Marine Engineer. I specialised as a Fitter and Turner. They taught me lots of useful things including how to clean things that are already clean. With an unusual , for me, turn of foresight I realised after my first stint at sea that the Navy was a single blokes life and I got out before I was trapped. I ended up falling into a career in the world of IT so I'm very comfortable around technology and computers. I've thrown a few paint brushes around the homes I've owned down the years and built gates and sheds and fences and what not, so , whilst no cabinet maker, I know a left handed screwdriver from a sky hook and a long stand. I have my own tools and I'm keen to help out wherever and whenever. Thanks again to GrantMC and Rehab' for the top tips.
  13. more top advice Grant.. Thanks.. Starting to think I maybe need to buy YOU a beer once lock down is over.
  14. thanks Grant,.. that's some tip top advice.. I'll add a few relevant details as you suggested. And thanks for the tip about the Classic Yacht Trust.. that sounds like just the ticket.. I did chuckle at your comment about friendliness at rpnyc.. I wondered about that.. Thanks again.
  15. A newcomer to the forums, knocking on the door of the big 5 0. I did the Learn to Sail course through Wellington Ocean Sports in February and am 2/3 of the way through the Cruising Crew with them as well. Hoping to pick up a boat of my own before the years out so in the meantime I'd love to learn a thing or 2 about the realities of boat ownership. I'd like to offer my time free of charge to help anyone who wants a spare pair of hands when all these lock-downs are over and there's a chance to get back on the water. The way I see it, a spare pair of hands could get you sorted out and ready to sail in quicker order and I get my eyes opened. I'm not asking for time sailing , or for money. if you wanted to buy me a beer, I could live with that. I have my own transport, I can get to any of the regions Marinas. Happy to help with any project no matter how big, small, dirty or smelly.
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