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  2. Yep, here just bang a few new holes in your nice shiny coamings.
  3. Yep, here just bang a few new holes in your nice shiny coamings.
  4. Yep, here just bang a few new holes in your nice shiny coamings.
  5. I am curious about the window size. I would be interested to see the actual measurements of a sister ship. The report stated the window was nearly twice the size of what's allowed before requiring a storm cover. It didn't look even close to 4sqft...but I know photos can be deceiving. I think that once cruising resumes, a few people are going to be quite shocked to discover that the storm covers and the box of screws they had for emergency use must now be fitted at the time of inspection and then again when departing... gonna be a few unhappy boats with some extra screw holes
  6. YNZ reckon a couple of ply shutters and a few screws would have fixed that. Actually windows probably small enough to get away with none, still giving Cat 1 to this model are they?
  7. I would say the hull and cabin structure flexed. A well known surveyor told me a story about a Beneteau sailing to Fiji some years ago. It spent around 4 days on the wind in around 20 knts of breeze. The deck slowly bent upward under the head sail sheeting loads and all of a sudden a couple of windows just popped out of their holes. Clearly the deck and cabin structure crept under load. Apparently it was a bit of a major repair.
  8. So who's judging the engineering adequacy of these shutter things? Comments above point quite rightly to the possibility of some efforts making a boat less sturdy, let alone completely ignoring the engineering of a particular boats construction. Probably exactly what isn't appropriate in this case, too many variables. Do you really think some bits of ply screwed to the outside of this boat would have saved it? Far bigger issues at play this time I suspect, however we will never know. Boat didn't seem capable of handling conditions it was supposedly good for. I don't thin
  9. The point is: it seems that it was positive inside pressure that blew the windows out and hatch open. A tiny pressure increase inside delivers a very big outwards force because it applies across every square inch of the window or hatch. Adding stiffening/bracing/duplication will help to resist forces acting both Outwards and Inwards. Conventional thinking will say "we must resist the green water on the outside" but this was the opposite - " we must resist the internal pressure pushing the windows outwards". To your point, I doubt if many inspectors have the engineering training to make such
  10. Yep, Aluminium. You need to tap and machine screw them on, or use monel rivets. Alloy ones are not strong enough. Heaps of different ones available - like this https://www.fishpond.co.nz/Sports_Outdoors/Sea-Dog-Folding-Mast-Step-Aluminium/0035514328609
  11. What mast steps are those? Aluminium? I would like to add some to my mast but there only seems to be nylon steps readily available in NZ and I'm not too sure about their longevity.
  12. Looks bloody solid. Can't be anything major?
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  14. Any water inside a boat makes it extremely hard to control downwind as it rushes forward when the boat surges down a wave. It becomes a compounding problem as the anchor locker typically stays full as the bow is getting more water over it.
  15. I wonder if the windows were glass or perspex. if glass, something hard may have hit them from the inside during the knockdown causing them to smash, or perhaps the window flexed more than the safety glass could tolerate casing them to shatter, and when they shatter they completely disappear. Perspex, in good condition, say 10mm thick, typically would crack rather than shatter. Having replaced a few boat windows in my time, well prepared and stuck ms35 or similar sealant on windows, glass or perspex, holds extremely well and is very difficult to remove.. Such a sad outcome.
  16. Time for some maintenance...WOF time.
  17. This is our portable one. Simple press the button...can sit in cockpit, deck etc. Fully self contained. Battery needs a charge every few months.
  18. I read this report 3 days ago and haven’t read any of the comments above as I like to digest this type of thing in relation to what I’d have done in my boat or any other yacht I was sailing. Firstly these are people that have owned and sailed this yacht many miles plus they were well crewed so my interpretation is they had no major concerns about the ability of this yacht in theses conditions My first question is how long had this front hatch been open ? Is it possible that it’s been left not dogged down for some time by mistake (easy to do if you need ventilation in forward cabin i
  19. GregW

    Bruce Kirby

    Also known as Fix Or Repair Daily......
  20. Good question. I find every now and then sailing needs to be more than a leisurely cruise. I crave a challenge. Currently that's single handing a 63 ft schooner on a winter cruise of northland ( gybing from a 3 sail reach to a 3 sail reach in 30 to 35 kn at Cape Karikari was a highlight). But I am also fascinated by small boats. I like the idea of a challenging expedition in one of John Welsford s little boats. I got excited a month or so back when I met a kiwi guy who had done the Everglades Challenge in a Dovekie. So much to do and so little time.
  21. I don't think "because of covid" covers the why? part very well. Why? Why not a slightly bigger or more comfortable boat?
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  23. You could squeeze a lot of those boats on the harbour
  24. You can't regulate against every possible scenario. It becomes whack a mole.
  25. The report describes the boat both as sandwich (cored) construction and as solid glass? Which leads me to believe that the author doesnt know, i believe that model to be solid glass therefore if the deck is already flexing you are in trouble , I still dont believe even with considerable distortion that the hatch would open itself though there is no strength in their frames so maybe, was the boom heard a crucial bulkhead letting go- in which case you have a spaghetti boat? These are all questions that we will never know the answers to. We do however know that many of that eras Bavarias had sign
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