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Reminds me  of a mate who’s grandad was a Devonport local and sailed up to the kermadecs solo in a mullet boat when he was 18 for a “ look around “ in the summer holidays .  He made it there and back scotfree by the sounds of it .

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14 hours ago, Deep Purple said:

I remember once as a kid trying to go from  Martins bay to Kawau in an 8’ ply dinghy with a seagull. No life jacket, no phone. Luckily I couldn’t get it started but I did end up with a lot of welts on my back from the starter cord. 

Took me a second to figure out how a starter cord could give you welts on your back.. lol

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I don't have an issue with what he did.
However, I would have an issue if he did this without telling anyone where he was going. I also imagine he might have underestimated the distance and thus amount of fuel he needed. I suspect he broke down due to being out of Fuel. The distance he traveled is a heck of a long way and he would have needed a lot of fuel on board. The weather can turn nasty out there quickly and the tidal current is fast in places. Underestimating the trip time by not accounting for those two things is easy to do.
A mate of mine and I have crossed the strait in a Jet Ski. He was on the Jet Ski and I was driving a 16ft support Boat. But we only went from Picton to the closest point of the North Island and back.

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What he did or try to do is it any worse than Collin Quincy rowing the tasman or kayaking oz to nz??

1983 sailed a hartly 16 from devonport down to coromandel up to kawau across to barier back to kawau then home. no outboard just me and the cat.trick was no rush over a three week period just waited till reaching and running.no issues at all.The old man was not impressed.

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No issue either except that he had trouble starting the motor which usually means dirty spark plugs. Seagulls are pretty reliable and when they fail to fire means usually dirty oiled spark plugs. He should have replaced the spark plugs with a new at the correct gap setting and taken a spare with some acetone wash them should they have fouled, fully charge his cell phone, taken a life jacket filed a trip report, torch, chart for such a long journey in the dark and had a reasonable compass with a spark plug spanner. 

He obviously checked the weather otherwise he would not attempted crossing. Would have had to pick the weather again to return with clean fuel.

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5 hours ago, Tamure said:

What’s the big deal? People swim across it all the time. Shall I catch the ferry? Nah let’s save a few bucks and swim

Please do, start on Monday. Seas suit a crossing u should arrive Tues morning 0600 ,hrs🤪

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