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  1. He's got no heater, that's how he keeps warm...
  2. What about this? Shallow draft, how would it go upwind? https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=2621272070 Looks like Balvenie the Townson 47 has sold? It's been delisted from TM.
  3. (in your best colonel Klink voice) HALT! https://www.panuku.co.nz/news-and-blogs/pushing-pause-on-wynyard-crossing “There are a number of challenges with the replacement of the Wynyard Crossing bridge. The most significant is our ability to complete the connection by the time the America’s Cup starts,” said Panuku’s Development Director, Allan Young. “It may feel like we’re pushing pause on progress, but we want to ensure that what is built is going to be of the highest quality and design innovation. We want to make a positive and memorable contribution to Auckland’s city centre and waterfront by giving Aucklanders something they can be proud of,” said Young. By pushing pause now and continuing to progress the project while the resource consent application is being processed, we’re going to be in a much stronger position to hit fast forward again once the America’s Cup and APEC have finished.
  4. Just reading this, sounds pretty cool. https://www.swellnet.com/news/design-outline/2019/06/27/new-cloth-on-the-block. The base material is basalt, nothing added or bonded. Basalt is melted at about 1,500° and the liquid is blown through tiny holes to make strands of filament which are then woven into cloth. You've essentially got a rock in fabric form. The strength test in this youtube link is pretty impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7tvhl9rBNE
  5. Just reading about a fire one of the Maersk ships had and how they are billing companies who had containers on board under 'General Average'. Never heard of that but it sounds rather convenient to the shipping company. Must remember not to sniff at insurance if I ever ship anything anywhere again... https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/249064/maersk-honam-battling-a-fire-for-over-a-month/ Maersk Line said earlier that the berthing and discharging operations of the fire-ravaged boxship would result in high extraordinary costs. The company has therefore decided to declare General Average, under which all parties with a financial interest in the voyage are to proportionally share the losses resulting from the incident. British International Freight Association (BIFA) said insurance claims resulting from the fire would be hundreds of millions of dollars.
  6. Anyone use one of these? http://www.mysailing.com.au/news/how-to-give-your-boat-a-wedgie However, it was on that very first meeting that Keith gave us one priceless piece of information when he told us of the need for a two-wing wedge riding sail in these wild waters. Riding sails have been used for hundreds of years to stabilise boats at anchor to prevent, or at least lessen, the sheering motion that can develop as the wind picks up. This maddening and potentially dangerous anchor dance affects some yachts more than others, especially lighter, faster modern hull designs. But as wind speed increases even boats that normally lie well will eventually start to sheer. Gecko was no exception and tongue in cheek we rated her as a six out of ten on our 'international sheering scale' standardised to a force eight gale. This sheering motion can be wearing on the nerves and tiring especially when it becomes violent with the boat rolling savagely to leeward as it is jerked back around at the end of the 'tack'. Yet a far more dangerous possibility is sheering's potential to break out even well set anchors. Traditionally a ketch would hoist the mizzen to achieve the aim of holding the boat bow into the wind. Other techniques to reduce sheering are setting two anchors, an anchor or drogue hung off the anchor chain in the bow, a line from abeam to the anchor chain to offset the angle of attack, a bucket or drogue hung off the stern, or even anchoring stern to! None of these techniques are particularly efficient. Some even seem like acts of pure desperation while others are unseamanlike, being positively dangerous should a dragging anchor need to be urgently hauled and redeployed. Keith had come up with his elegant solution to the sheering problem many years ago on the Orkney Islands during a force 10 North Atlantic gale in Scapa Flow. He had hoisted the mizzen of his ketch to steady the boat but, as the wind speed increased, the sail began to flog violently until it literally exploded. His solution was to jury rig the storm jib as a two-wing wedge riding sail off the backstay. Keith quickly sketched the rig for us and, on the morrow, rowed over again to help set up our storm jib as a 'wedgie'. Subsequent gales saw us increasingly proficient at rigging the sail, which held Gecko steady when normally she would have been sheering wildly. It was during one force nine gale, when we were moored upwind of two other yachts, that the full impact of the technique became obvious. With our wedgie rigged in the stern we watched as our neighbour started to sheer violently from side to side. The next day they came over to ask how that “funny sail” worked, as the motion on their boat had been so bad they had been forced ashore
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    Nuva MS6

    I'm not sure if that thing is a sure sign I'm getting old or if it actually is the most stupid thing this side of the black stump. Wonder how it'd go out in the channel about now....
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    Pogo 36

    Awesome! What are the plans once you go back in the water? Any photo's?
  9. Googling those coordinates brings up this position, had to zoom most of the way out before land appeared!
  10. Bugger! https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2019/05/27/massive-failure-for-my-song-superyacht/ The superyacht fell off a cargo vessel during her transportation from the Caribbean to the Balearics. During Saturday night (May 25) she was lost in the Mediterranean before reaching the Balearics
  11. Can't remember how I signed up to get these Council surveys but there was one sent out a few days ago. https://peoplespanel.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/surveys/cg8488ffqsg41fl013cfzqhqxj041l__dbvbp9b7lny0km9b3c54661wmg_p50xy8234l26qw0t9tnd4m5bfn Not entirely sure if it's relevant to your thread KM.
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    Just stumbled across this website, bloody brilliant. Flick between LINZ charts, Navionics Sonar, Navionics nav, Satellite, Street, the whole shebang. And uses location services so GPS enabled. Chapeau whoever did that!
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    Happy teeth would love a dozen or two of them!
  14. Not officially anyway, or at least that's my take on it. (ie - I doubt it'll be relisted) Sounded like it needed a new donk or at least some work on the current one. Seemed like a very good buy on the face of it.
  15. Up for sale on TM last week, beautiful looking boat, hope you've bought her.
  16. thanks KM, that sounds good and I shall return my rego numbers accordingly. Leaves me wondering why they don't put relevant tidbits like that in the emails they send out though...
  17. Fresh in from the w/h team, what's with the bottom line? Are they going to ticket you if you don't use the car with the correct rego? Sounds like an administration nightmare. Don’t miss out on the Westhaven Marina annual parking permits! Please check your postal address below to ensure that we send your 2019/20 parking permit(s) to the correct address. The new parking permit(s) will be sent during the month of June. Let us know if you would prefer to pick up your parking permit(s) from the Marina Office and we will contact you in June. We are also collecting customer’s car REGO numbers for future parking solutions.
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    A couple of pics

    Don't tell BP about that fridge, he'll be over there eating your icecream... (and as per Clipper, love the posts)
  19. Was in there last week, town was surprisingly busy, 15 dinks up the creek. I thought about taking the boat right up the creek into town but was a little late (there are channel markers starting a few hundred meters past the main wharf), would have got up ok on a 3.2m tide and 5'6 draft (imagine you might draw a foot (or 2?) more than that BP). Tied up to the main wharf but was down to 6 inches under the keel at one stage (an hour before high). Called into the butcher shop and got some fresh chops and sausages. The Peppertree is quite good to eat at. As is the Mussel Kitchen but that's 3-4km out of town. Personally I just get an apple donut from the bakery. There is quite a cool little art shop called Weta which always has cool stuff worth a look even if you're not buying. Barry Brickels Driving Creek railway is quite good, (again 2-3km out of town), not cheap to go up but worth doing.
  20. thanks fellas, have manual to read and screwdriver on standby...
  21. Thanks crazy, that's exactly what it's doing and it seems to wander less when motoring so that explains the gimbal. Is there a way of recalibrating it? IT - it's not interfaced, most of the time I just steer everywhere, doesn't bother me so much but guess if it worked properly I'd probably use it more. Do you sell these?
  22. Prices on charts were quite good, I got two for $34
  23. I've got a Navico TP300C tiller pilot that wanders about 15 degrees either side of the course I set it on. Is it fixable or do I need to break out another thousand?
  24. Thanks cjl, that's an awesome site which I hadn't seen before. Hours of listening to be had! Just listened to episode 66 about Dennis Webster from Whitianga, went to school with some of his brothers kids, pretty cool trip they did.
  25. Thanks lateral, yes it was a cool thing to do. The original plan was to send 'wifey' home from Tryphena and come back from the barrier so she was probably relieved I only had to come across from Coro... She'd never let me take the kids down the mountain solo though, she's far too keen a skier to miss out on that. ha, it's left over fresh pasta all stuck together, fingers seemed like the obvious choice, esp when I'm the one doing the dishes!
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