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The good thing about small yachts is that the engines usually stall, also the SD is stronger than a P strut. A mate works on Taranaki ironsand exports where they have to park the tankers at the offshore pipe for loading, someone made a mistake and a dyneema tow got wrapped around a running prop. The ensuing repair was close to a million dollars- steam to the singapore drydock on the other engine etc

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Waterblasted the green moss off, sailed to Ponui, ate, drank and watched the sun set, returned Sunday in a good stiff 15 to 25kt.  Saw orca at the entrance to the Wairoa (Clevedon) river.  Broke nothing, finally got the cabin heater running reliably and playing nicely with the fuel system.

Not a bad start to summer.

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After a few years of procrastination, finally got into it and scraped many layers of antifoul off Whitepointer, what a slow laborious job, 6 days to scrape and another 4 to fill and sand smooth ready for bottom paint, im very happy with the result.

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On 8/09/2022 at 3:04 PM, eruptn said:

Things came to a rapid holt after starting up...

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Yes can identify with that,not once,not twice,but 3 times,over 12 months.

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On 8/09/2022 at 10:04 AM, eruptn said:

Things came to a rapid holt after starting up...

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Oooo that take me back a year or two... early 80s mid winter Havelock... 3 am cold wind, frosty  night...snow melt coming down the Pelorous river. I  get a phone call at 3 am... Hey... is your dive bottle full?..... yeees... wwhhyyyy?....Just get your gear on and I pick you up in 10 minutes.

Tug boat, 6LX 3:1 gearbox... towing a mussel barge, had wrapped a 2 inch tow line around the prop at Cullen point. 20 minutes working by feel with a couple of sharp knifes and several hacksaw blades.. it had wound up real tight and solid. Coldest I have ever been. The barge ramp was lowered into the water... when finished I lay on the ramp and was lifted out with the hydraulics... handed a cup of black tea... (turned out to be scotch)... sat in the engine room for 15 minutes and fell asleep.   

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