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  1. And we had a Piedy. Twenty boats or more and super competitive. Spent the first year coming second to last, consistently. And the Feltex, four days of racing over two weekends. Buddy magic time for yacht racing!
  2. I don't understand why there aren't 20, 30, 40, or 50 Goat Island type reserves in the Gulf. They would just take up a small fraction of the Gulf area and would surely make at least a small difference. I was up at Kawau for the weekend and saw several instances of people fishing, catching only small ones and throwing them back in. Do those small ones actually survive?
  3. chippie

    Non Skid deck

    I presume those panels behind Ran Tan's wheels fold up into a platform for the person on the helm. Just wondering how they work and whether they were custom made or something you can buy off the shelf.
  4. The Delta is a Ron Given design and although it's glass, it's pretty light. Sails way better than any of the other sailing tender types. Looks really nice too.
  5. One of ours has died, anyone got one they want to sell? Or suggestions for a replacement?
  6. chippie


    We draw 2.7m and were up there in March. The channel's narrow but deep enough as long as you hold your breath in a couple of spots. We tried to anchor upstream from the wharf to not be in anyone's way but too many moorings and bit dicey on the depth so came back and anchored in the pool off the wharf hoping we weren't going to be a nuisance there. A big fishing boat came right up beside us and we prepared to receive an earful but he offered us his mooring while he was away for a couple of nights and said we were fine where we were anyway. Nice people up there. There's not heaps of room so probably depends on how many boats go in there at the time. Shallower draft boats have a few more options.
  7. Should that be Aarle Rixtel? ( My parents came from Helmond)
  8. Many, many years ago, we took my mate's uncle out for a sail on the Piedy on a reasonably blustery day. At one point we crash gybed the Piedy same as always and after a minute or so, realised uncle John, who'd been sitting near the stern, was no longer with us. He was wearing full wet weather gear and boots, no life jacket. Hey, it was a Piedy and a long time ago! Anyway, we went back to get him, a bit worried he was going to sink out of sight with all that gear on, and found him happily floating on the surface waiting for us. He'd done a lot of sailing so hadn't panicked. He'd quickly grabbed the collar of his wet weather jacket so that there was a big bubble of air trapped in the shoulders of his jacket and lifted his boots up so they had trapped air as well and was on his back patiently waiting to be hauled back on board. Said he'd always wanted to test his theory. I've been meaning to try it,…. for about thirty five years.
  9. chippie

    Great weekend

    Will you guys please,please, stop telling people what a beautiful place the Gulf is. If anyone asks me, I always say it's awful and they wouldn't like it.
  10. Trying to attach a photo of the guilty party but it won't let me. It'll be me for sure but what am I doing wrong? Just looked at the the one Clipper posted and ours looks slightly different. BEP with "campmaster" on the regulator, blue solenoid casing and black tightening wheel. On the solenoid, "VR2 12v DC, Compatible with 600-GDL Gas Detector"
  11. Ours was a BEP John, and like Clipper says, a shitty electrogalv bracket which is never going to have a hope in a marine environment. The one I replaced was also BEP and was about eight years old too. I thought I was doing the right thing by fitting a new one when the hose was replaced. Now wondering if I should contact BEP because I don't think it's a minor issue if more people are having problems with them. You'd never realise there's a leak unless you can smell it or test with the soap solution. Well there's the big bang method I suppose.
  12. Sounds like it's back to climbing out into the cockpit every time we've finished with the gas. Wonder how many others are slowly leaking gas and also wondering how they can be sold as "fit for purpose".
  13. Just been away for three weeks and had the gas sensor go off a couple of times. Checked everything with the soapy water method and every connection was fine. (not many connections because we only run the stove off the cylinder). Almost accidentally dripped some of the soap solution on the actual solenoid casing and saw bubbles coming from both the top and bottom of the casing. Took the regulator off and replaced it with our spare non solenoid operated regulator, carefully tested and everything fine. I'm bit perturbed by this. The solenoid operated regulator is only about six months old and the bracket that holds the solenoid is already showing corrosion. The whole installation is in a weatherproof box. This is a particular concern because the gas must have been leaking through the solenoid throughout the whole trip. We turn the gas bottle on at the beginning of the trip and religiously turn the valve off at the stove after use but leave the sensor on at all times while we're away. In this case, the gas must have been leaking out irrespective of us turning off the solenoid. Two questions. Has anyone else had a similar problem? And secondly, where can you buy a truly marine grade solenoid operated regulator? I've googled, but not come up with anything in NZ.
  14. chippie

    Night lighting

    Yeah, we've had the kingies doing the "whack the boat thing" at the Barrier. Any idea why they do it?
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