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  1. I've been boarded by navy twice (Eritrea and south coast of France). They don't tend to pop over on their own and as a rule navy personnel are armed. My guess is that they decided this guy was a harmless muppet and left him alone. I've only stopped at Minerva once. We had a somewhat friendlier chat with the Tongan navy vessel over the VHF, but we were on route NZ to Tonga, not coming from Fiji. I can only hope the Tongans weren't too offended and will still go out of their way to help yachties as and when requested. As an aside pretty sure the navy vessel would be around 50 years old as well so they probably thought that comment was a bit of a laugh.
  2. To me the yacht skippers response was arrogant towards the Tongans, something I hate to see from cruising sailors (especially with our flag). The conditions on the video didn't look like they precluded putting to sea in any vessel that should be sailing towards New Zealand. I guarantee if it was the US Coastguard suggesting he moved on he would have been gone pronto.
  3. I agree they should be allowed to come. I just get annoyed by inflated risk and hardship arguments used to push the agenda. Much like the US team shipping their AC boat here, away from the northern hemisphere summer, and then squealing "you have to let us in". It will take them a while to get some respect back after that outburst. But really if Fiji can manage it surely we can. Perhaps a quarantine anchorage in Whangaroa while they wait for their first test results just to be sure?
  4. Found it, Cyclone Venna 1983 was the last time for hurricane force wins (64kn) in Tahiti. Roughly as likely as getting hit in NZ according to NIWA.
  5. When was the last time Tahiti got hit by a cyclone? Helps with the dramatic headline I guess.
  6. It's off now and still being towed astern out to sea. The tug holding it amidships had a decent roll on with the beam seas.
  7. Sort of official if the PM says so but certainly "case by case" https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/business/blue-lanes-to-allow-yachts-and-pleasure-craft-sail-to-fiji/
  8. BP what's this "buying bait" of which you speak? Whangaroa is alive with bait fish and a packet of sabiki's will secure more bait than you know what to do with.
  9. Welcome to NZ. I spent a month on a trawler in the PNW last year and like your picture. Just before Whangaroa, Mahinepua is very pretty and doable with your draft. Whangaroa isn't that big so check it all out. If you are planing on a long stay a flounder net is worthwhile in the eastern arm. Some nice day walks around the harbour
  10. I was there (anchored out, never went ashore) and gave evidence at the trial. A book or TV program spun entirely from the police/prosecution side would be an interesting read or watch. Or even a balanced program. But we will never see that will we.
  11. Only stopped at Minerva once and the Tongan naval boat was there as well. The key issue seems to be whether or not you will be allowed to come back to New Zealand come cyclone season
  12. Sulphating an EV battery? Not sure if that is possible for Lithium based batteries.
  13. HMB Electrical are good for sure. Sent them an email to have a look at my installation, just to be sure, earlier today as it happens. I use the heater a lot.
  14. Quite a while ago we got Pantaenius to change their policy wording. Their rules indicated non stop only up the Red Sea. That wasn't safe with small crews and the option of waiting head winds out behind a reef or in an Marsa far better. They changed it for us (and subsequent seasons) and we ended up with a picture of Infinity on their marketing for a while. Quite a while ago now but they are a pretty good outfit at heart. Only been to Bonaire of the ABC's, very nice but quite limited. The marina back then was tiny. Trinidad a better option if you need work done or boat storage, but some personal security concerns back then. Not sure if it has changed. The rules for the hurricane season used to be anywhere south of Grenada.
  15. Thanks Veladare, good to know. Assuming we get the nod for Level two on Thursday, seven weeks is a long time and no surprises very few stuck it out and isolated in one place. Looking to head out as soon as they will let us and the weather looks OK for now. Cycling was allowed all the way through because it's safe. I now have my doubts.
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