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    rossd got a reaction from jim s in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    Hes Heading into some solid weather soon.
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    rossd got a reaction from SpareHand in Chart plastic sleeves   
    I like charts rolled up rather than flat. They curl over the saloon table nicely when rolled inside out. I used to get charts from the Map Shop in Hamilton and he had plastic sleeves to fit, however he doesn't supply sleeves now and has gone to light plastic laminating instead. I said to him thats no good I am traditional enough to want to keep using  pencil and rubber , he said use felt, no way am I using felt or white board marker. Lost a sale there. Went looking for sleeves and finished up buying a whole roll of a manufacturer, 2 kms long !! 80mm diameter so if anyone wants any let me know , can cut off 50 metres or any length really. Postage plus a bit. I see Burnsco are only stocking the common local charts ones now, any others are ordered from the official printer in Auckland as required, at least they are up to date then. The paper  charts are getting thinner as the years go, my oldest are almost like cardboard and the latest very thin so in a few years they will resemble toilet paper. Which on second thoughts is probably what some people think is there only use.  
     
     

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    rossd reacted to Island Time in Legasea / Rescue Fish   
    How many of you have signed the petition? If we ant any fish left at all, the quota system needs to be dumped and replaced. Oversight must be removed from the fishing companies. Cameras on fishing boats should be compulsory. Winston and his cronies can %^$ off!
    Sign here 
    http://link.legasea.co.nz/ls/click?upn=nPA8sUC1d8xKH0fWeX3unlzlPGT7hnoBaX-2FA7-2BIqzR-2Fybuw5pN3mP0HiQSBXXAIc8Awf_nBMila15giqBjQ7skElM40AwMeNgMXZori2c3J-2FiHz0xeFoPKObvDjVgLkSOTkrCw796dOIkqHDOMvgfwnhyXEt-2Bi2AfoWRGF-2BmVufuNBidTJlqtdalLjW0w9tauGGIxaRxma-2FsRR7V1Ijshcw9-2BTb8bIyYtnlQaeg2RUsI87rCjkWO3KcfAoRskvEFlWzMJWM6-2BP0NSkXNAjYSmQrH3QsfvuIacLkXN2JTxPxa78skiPj7pBIsitZq-2FVP94ZhTX2tI-2FleijZxOSa5aom-2Bwn1zlz4O8vt-2BCXpg6SVm3-2BUm5wxYtXNUR0wNlvAbVArLw31oU7EVEmpV3LG-2ByKyQDfqMLc8OWz7VmcMAnjHZ-2F75IY-2FcesgjcQY-2FDOEmDjGs-2Bxq
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    rossd got a reaction from ex Elly in Chart plastic sleeves   
    I like charts rolled up rather than flat. They curl over the saloon table nicely when rolled inside out. I used to get charts from the Map Shop in Hamilton and he had plastic sleeves to fit, however he doesn't supply sleeves now and has gone to light plastic laminating instead. I said to him thats no good I am traditional enough to want to keep using  pencil and rubber , he said use felt, no way am I using felt or white board marker. Lost a sale there. Went looking for sleeves and finished up buying a whole roll of a manufacturer, 2 kms long !! 80mm diameter so if anyone wants any let me know , can cut off 50 metres or any length really. Postage plus a bit. I see Burnsco are only stocking the common local charts ones now, any others are ordered from the official printer in Auckland as required, at least they are up to date then. The paper  charts are getting thinner as the years go, my oldest are almost like cardboard and the latest very thin so in a few years they will resemble toilet paper. Which on second thoughts is probably what some people think is there only use.  
     
     

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    rossd reacted to Bradz in Boat insurance   
    We recently change companies and broker. Now with Ando 25% cheaper than our previous insurer.
    Brent Mullan is our broker - brent.mullan@apexmarine.co.nz
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    rossd reacted to Sabre in Boat insurance   
    Im with Lantern/NZI. No survey was needed and happy with the premiums. 
    41yr old boat.
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    rossd reacted to Aleana in Boat insurance   
    Baileys brokers have looked after my boat insurance for nearly 20 years and have always found a way. 
     
    Agree best approach is call them directly.
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    rossd reacted to lateral in Cruising is on the way out   
    Smarter than us.
    "If their journey to Fiji will take 14 days or longer uninterrupted at sea, once they dock in Fiji and show proof of a negative test result, everyone on board will be screened by the Ministry of Health for symptoms. If they’re deemed to be healthy, their yacht will be allowed to freely visit other ports throughout Fiji.
     
    -Alternatively, those with a journey at sea shorter than 14 days will be required to make up the difference in quarantine once they dock in Fiji at their own cost. So, say they spend eight days alone at sea –– they will then be required to pay for six days of quarantine in Fiji, after which they can be cleared by a negative test result, also at their own cost. "
    I can't believe we are so sloow of the blocks on this. Fundamental. Similarly air travel.
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    rossd reacted to Deep Purple in Boat insurance   
    In another 4 years that will mean half the NZ fleet will be uninsurable
     
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    rossd reacted to It Got in Boat insurance   
    I got cover for one of mine and she's a gentle 107 years old.
    With AON and I think underwritten by Vero.
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    rossd reacted to Dtwo in Boat insurance   
    Is that the website - if it is it's better to call them.  They are brokers so they will find something that works.
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    rossd reacted to RushMan in The Sounds Murders back in the News   
    Stuff article says 17 year sentence... 
    Stuff needs to do some fact checking it seems
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    rossd reacted to Dave in NZ Navy gets its biggest ship ever - it's a Hyundai!   
    I'd imagine she'd be dotted with a few 50 cals around the place for 'nuisance' defense (small boats etc.)  I doubt she'd be fitted with a proper CIWS like Phalanx or Goalkeeper as they're pretty dear (but extremely effective.)  As a force multiplying platform if she was deployed to an area of conflict she'd have a picket of frigate sized or larger warships looking after her and providing layered defense; the first casualty of any conflict would be the ships like the Aotearoa as they enable the fleet to fight.  In addition, she'd carry at least one, if not two Seasprite helicopters, which have missiles capable of engaging threats outside of the ships safety envelope. 
    Personally I like the capability this ship brings to the NZDF; long legs and the ability to support our Pacific Island neighbours in times of hardship/disaster.  That she is ice strengthened is great as she can support deep south patrols of our other ships.  That part of the ocean has always been difficult to police and hopefully that will change.
      
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    rossd reacted to lateral in NZ Navy gets its biggest ship ever - it's a Hyundai!   
    Dance with the devil to keep the cash registered ringing? Or support agent Orange? Tough one.
    Agree with the last sentence.
    I see the herald axed that article on Pavlou. Or Peter Varghese You cannot even get it (article) on a search.I wonder just who motivated to get out the eraser? A somewhat more balance summary: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/world/australia/drew-pavlou-china-university-queensland.html
    What is obviously clear that the CCP and their insidious tentacles are present on Australian campus's. And Chinese leverage.
    Glad I ditched my herald subscription even though its naivety is sometimes appealing. (mostly downright misleading)
    Sorry, big drift.
    I hope it is very multipurpose.
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    rossd reacted to strath in Replace frontrunner in cabin with?   
    I have Farr 1020
    A couple of years ago I to remove the front runner from the boat, finished up with plywood liner and a glue mess,.
    I then preceded to make panels that spanned across the full cabin ceiling and have them covered in vynal. This finished up a really nice job.
    The process 
    1/ I set out the panels to suit the width of the vynal and the position of any posts, or hatches, I started from the galley posts working forward, also to suit sheet of plywood, in this case they finish up approximately 550mm wide,
    2/ Having clean up the ceiling as best I could,
    3/ Using heavy brown paper, the type floor layer use, I made 550mm wide patterns, taping it to the ceiling making sure you start parallel to the bulkheads and scribing the ends,
    4/ I purchased 6mm plywood, which has a thick core that runs across the sheet, this makes it easier to bend to the curve of the cabin top.
    5/ I then laid the pattern on the paper and cut the first sheet.
    6/  I then fitted the panel into the boat holding them up by propping it up off the floor, you need a few props, as you must push the sheets up all the way across 
    7/  Then progressively making a pattern cutting the plywood and fitting each panel inside the boat, scribing the ends and side to match the previous sheet, the cabin top the curve changes and getting tighter as you go forward.
    8/ You need to allow 4-5mm clearance on the sheets ends and a 3mm space between sheets.
     9/ Once you have fitted all the sheets, sanded the edges and give them and small round.
    10/ This is where I cheated as I took the panels to the local upholsterer in Gulf Harbour where he covered the panels with 3mm foam sheets and then rapped them in vynal 
     The finished lookes great a slightly padded vynal panel.
    It was at the upholsterer recommendation I used 6mm plywood as he wanted wrapped the vynal around the edges to and use 100s of staples to fix on the back. Apparently you can not get shorter staples the 6mm. 
    The sheets are secured in place using industrial valcro stapled along all the edges of the panels and to the underside of the old plywood ceiling to match.
    It is a fiddly job but well worth the effort, having been a carpentry joiner a past lifeCeiling panels.msg helped.
    One of the benefits with the above system is that your can remove the panels to get to any bolts fixing turning blocks and deck gear.  
     
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    rossd reacted to Neil in A few days in Whangaruru   
    This summer we've spent some time exploring the places along the Northland coast that previously we've just raced past in the night doing the coastal. Last week we spent some time in Whangaruru and what an absolute gem of a place it is, great weather, lovely beaches and unlike the BOI hardly a soul about. 
     
    Of course, I had to do a little flying, so here's a few scenes and views across the harbour from Saturday.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6WVXf5-vCk
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    rossd reacted to Black Panther in Happy new years   
    Angela always wanted a NYE at a big flashy club with a floor show so we booked a table at the Tropicana near downtown Havana
    I thought the price a bit steep by Cuban standards and one free drink included seemed like taking the piss. But she was happy so I remained silent.
    When we were shown to the seats they brought out iur one free deink. A full bottle of rum and a can of cola. Not a bad night out.
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    rossd reacted to Kevin McCready in Great sailing story - this is the future - Thunberg and Atlantic weather systems   
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-05/the-real-greta-thunberg-emerged-aboard-la-vagabonde/11766208
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    rossd reacted to w44vi in Mid 70s Kauri logs   
    They were built to a standard not a price 
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    rossd reacted to John B in Mid 70s Kauri logs   
    Ours will be 45 next year.
    Smashed our way out of Fiji a month ago, doesn't creak or groan, all the cupboard doors open, scantlings that make some of the modern brands look like ice cream containers.
    A fast cruiser in 1975 and still quick enough . 6.5 days navula pass to the ninepin.
    These old boats are built to another level and by world class boat builders, they're worth the effort.
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    rossd reacted to Fish in Mid 70s Kauri logs   
    What you are talking about is an appreciation of art.
    Some people think art is bright colours and paint on a wall, but art is much wider and more diverse than that.
    Its something about 'form and function' that comes with things that have a use, but also looks good, or has proportion, or what ever element makes it attractive in an artistic way.
     
    The best way I can describe it is the pleasure in driving something like an old HJ Holden, big bench seats, column shift. You compare it to a modern car and those holdens were shithouse, but there is still something about the tactile feel, the smell, the sound, the simplicity of the mechanicals. You don't get that in a modern car, sure you get climate control, ABS, cruise control and central locking, but you feel removed from the environment, somehow detached.
     
    We have a 35 yr old kauri log, and I have often likened it to driving an old Holden, its not flash, its not that comfy compared to other options, it needs a lot of maintenance, but it is damn satisfying
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    rossd reacted to Black Panther in Mid 70s Kauri logs   
    Where's the like button
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    rossd reacted to SanFran in Mid 70s Kauri logs   
    Good on you. Im struggling to keep a late 70s boat in shape, but it is worthwhile. Mind you, i do like the upgrades
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    rossd got a reaction from w44vi in Mid 70s Kauri logs   
    In another thread i said I had an Avon inflatable and just brought a seagull O/B . Some one replied saying  basically why the hell any one would buy one of them? mind you they do have there supporters. I couldnt think of a short answer so how about a long one.  
    For 13 years I have owned a double diagonal Kauri  mid 70s Nova 28 which is an extremely sedate craft made even slower with bilge keels.  At first I had grand ideas of upgrading everything, new engine, electronics, furling sails, new sails etc. But after a while  i thought whats the point , none of it is really going to make her go faster although somethings make things safer so moved a bit there.  So the question is what is the purpose of owning such craft, its certainly not an appreciating asset, so it all boils down to preservation of a bit of history. I find it somewhat sad to see kauri yachts and launches for that matter rotting away so the main mission is keeping fresh water from getting into the decks and below which in the long run takes a sh*t load of money and time. Once they  deteriorate to a certain point you have lost it.  So  I am increasingly keeping her as original as possible, original yanmar  single diesel, hanked on sails , even get a bit excited when I find pulley blocks in the parts box with Made In New Zealand on them so on they go rather than those colourfull holey jobs.   Thats not to say I havent given up on some things, she had a mechanical wasp log that i gave up on . I used to use a bit of cord with a weight to find anchorage depths in the Gulf which was kind of rewarding in some strange way. Have now got electronic depth and speed but ironically cannot get it to work yet. Never had a plotter but used paper charts and a pencil with a tramping GPS.  Have only sailed the gulf and Gt Barrier. So with all that in mind that is why I have an Avon and seagull.        
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    rossd got a reaction from harrytom in Mechanical Failure   
    The problem with the Nina was not the fact it was carvel but that it had been glassed over. The glass cannot handle all the movement going on.
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