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  1. My Vang has started leaking lubricant. Upon further inspection it looks like the strut is intact and it's the lubricant on the slider that's turned to a thick gunk dust. I am guessing that this is just old grease that has reached its use by date and had enough of the sun. Can I just use winch grease on this? Or do I need something special? Thanks
  2. Hi all, Anyone got any ideas on some good off the shelf sturdy sock mouths? I am thinking something like an oval bucket, or a giant road cone that can be cut down. Have had a look around the likes of Mitre10 and Plastic Box but have not seen anything suitable. Effectively I am looking for some mass produced common product that can be modified, rather than buying a purpose built molded/fabricated sock mouth. Thanks
  3. CarpeDiem

    Shore power

    This is the bit I don't get, if the AC shore earth is only connected to the engine (along with the DC earth) then is the small amount of water that might be left in the impeller pump sufficient to earth the boat to the water? My impeller pump just happens to be below the water line, I guess others might not be, thus no connection to the water at all? I suppose if there is enough vacuum that the heat exchanger might stay connected giving more surface area, but my maintenance has shown that the rubber pipe from the heat exchanger to the impellor is empty at the water line. If this connectivity is tested or not by an eWOF inspector is kind of irrelevant, it's obviously required.
  4. There is probably nothing wrong with the rest of the pole. Any engineering shop will be able to clean this up and reattach the pole end if they want the business, and you don't mind a shorter pole. This happened to me too, the pole end insulation wasn't done right and salt water + metals of different types = galvanic corrosion. (Although we didn't get to the actual point of breaking - I hope it was the clew end?) I got a new carbon fiber pole made up, these guys did the whole thing end to end including painting: http://www.c-tech.co.nz/shop/Our+Products/C-T+Carbon+tube.html
  5. CarpeDiem

    Shore power

    Sorry for asking again but I am confused by the definition of grounded. Does grounded mean connected to the water, or is it considered grounded if it is connected to the dc negative? My engine is only going to be grounded to the water via the small amount of water left in impeller housing. Would that be considered "grounded"?
  6. CarpeDiem

    Shore power

    Doesn't this also need to be connected to the water via some plate of a specific size? Hence another hole in the boat? Would an inspector actually check that's it's connected to the water with a test?
  7. CarpeDiem

    Shore power

    So reading that link and this section: Does that mean that if it's a new eWOF on an old boat (pre 1/4/2010) that it doesn't need an earth? Or does it mean that the boat had to have a eWOF prior to 1/4/2010 without an earth? I have heard the specs say that the shore power negative has to be connected to the boat DC negative, but given this isn't earthed to the water it seems to not meet this requirement...
  8. I need to go down this journey too. Any advice on the storage plate options? E.g., the IsoTherm ASU units? Instead of the evaporator plates? I currently have one house battery and no solar, I have been told to get into the electric fridge space I need to add a second battery and solar. So I have been putting the inevitable off. Removing the brine and filling it with expanding foam is a good idea, I always thought it was advantageous to keep the brine as a cold storage plate, now I see the light. Also if I remove the brine then I can drill through the fridge to get access for a a plate, so that's a win win. One of the fridge kitset suppliers talked me out of the ASU and advised to keep the brine. Now I am going full circle.
  9. Can you plug it into shore power to get the brine chilled in advance? Or leave it on with solar? Our engine driven one died a while ago and I put a new d1-30 in which had no way of attaching the compressor. So I am looking at doing the same as you. What we do on the long weekends is throw 1kg of dry ice in the bottom. The fridge is still cold 3 days later. And we only put already chilled stuff in the fridge. That wouldn't happen if we replaced the brine with foam. So my understanding is if you could get the brine precooled you'd have better results. This might be flawed for long trips (like rni duration).
  10. These little lugs (x4) under the boom for the lazy jacks were installed about 4 years ago. I've noticed not insignificant equal corrosion at all four points. There are several other stainless fixtures on the mast and boom that have existed longer and don't show any where near the same amount of corrosion. There is no corrosion inside the boom. I can't tell if the rivets are stainless or aluminium. I have drilled them off and will reattach them with aluminium rivets and will put an insulating washer between them. But the stainless will still be 'connected' via the rivet. So will just the rivet corrode or will the boom continue to corrode through the rivet? And therefore do I need to completely insulate the stainless? (I guess plastic rivets are a thing?)
  11. CD is out. Coming home with beginners ain't gonna be pleasant for them and I might want some to come back! Thanks for organising! See you all at the party.
  12. I must be doing something blatently obvious wrong - but I can't find where to enter? No links in this thread, nothing on the news page, can't see it on the Richmond site... Help... Ignore me, I found it under the "More" drop down menu... I won't say it was obvious
  13. Will an AC12 benefit from the Precision 9?
  14. Any entity who now sells small goods under $1000 into NZ needs to collect GST at source. (Some goods are exempt from GST eg fine metals. So if the entity only sells fine metals they are exempt from registering). If you're goods are over $1000 then you can choose not to register and nzcs will use the current process to collect duty and gst. The $60 is what the rules were until Dec 1st. That's now gone. NZPost YouShop will now charge and collect GST on your shipment. Shippers are required to fill in paperwork which verifies that the GST has been collected at source. I guess that parcels which show up in NZ without this proof will be going through another route and the intended owner will still get charged. Worst case they could return to sender? This part of the process isn't clear, I guess it's going to take a while to see how this bit is going to work.
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