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  1. Have I posted this before? Seems to be an age old problem... 1972.
    5 points
  2. Yes the harbour master has some real tossers driving around the Gulf for sure. I had an altercation with one of their guys a few years ago who pulled his book out to ticket me. I gave him a final warning that he was messing with the wrong person and to go away. He pressed on so whilst he was alongside me writing a ticket I pulled up his boss on speed-dial and explained the situation and how the HM vessel had failed to give way to the other stand-on vessel (me) on his starboard bow - and how I had video evidence. I showed the tosser who I was talking to and he went pale, put away his book of ti
    5 points
  3. Between all the documentaries and TV shows about pollution and the HG personally I have decided that its time to actually do something. We are all collectively responsible for the state of the Gulf. The pollution has been caused by everybody from fisho's (comm + rec), 2 stroke outboards, run off, diesel motors of sail boats, even land lubbers. I personally don't have the time for all the lobbying and politics required to get legislative change, but I have decided to pick up rubbish at each and every beach I go to, started working on restoration of some of the island projects, and endanger
    4 points
  4. As one of those office wombles, working from home has been a lifestyle godsend. 1. I get one to two hours more sleep per day, or if I wake up early I just scroll through sites like this online until I fee like getting up to put the kettle on. 2. I no longer sit in morning and evening rush hour traffic 3. I save a heap of money on petrol and parking. 4. I don't have to listen to idle and not so idle office chatter bollocks 5. I don't have to worry about winter colds and flu that other office wombles cough and splutter throughout the whole building However, I do find a bit of resi
    4 points
  5. INVESTIGATION: Is it possible to commute from Hamilton to Auckland using the new $92m Te Huia train service? 4:30am: You wake up to your blaring alarm in the suburbs of Hamilton. Your day is already off to a bad start. 5:30am: Your commute begins. You drive to the Frankton train station. 5:46am: You board the train in the nick of time. The carriage is empty. Thanks to a massive taxpayer subsidy, your fare is only $17. 7:25am: You arrive in Papakura, after 98 minutes on the train. That’s more than enough time to watch the 1996 Ewan McGregor classic Trainspotting. But your co
    4 points
  6. Hi CD, depending on the weather, of course, Mayor Island is amazing. SE bay can cut up if there is SE winds but around the corner is NW and Honeymoon Bay as an alternative. The water is crystal clear and lots of areas to snorkel and fish, landing on the island is interesting with a walk that circumnavigates the island (5-6 hr) with a koha ($5 maybe) to be paid if you want to do this. Further on is Whangamata which has a marina that is shallow to enter but if there is no swell anchorage areas are in the southern corner or in the deeper water inshore of the islands. Next is Slipper Is. whe
    4 points
  7. finished the repaint and antifoul on Saturday. Early start and got hree coats of interprotect, three coats of war paint on by the time racing started, fcuking knackered today. Friday helped haul a mussel farm out of the Tamaki - it was sinking quick. Also Friday, caught up with Tony from Eastern Covers and nailed down the colour for the new sail cover and spray dodger. Also completed fitting the 120w solar panel. 10A MPPT regulator feeding the full battery bank. Interesting watching it change settings as the batteries charge and it diverts to the load. Facing south on the h
    4 points
  8. Actually there’s another point I think we’re all missing here - which came to me whilst quietly sailing up to Kawau on my own this afternoon... Even if you personally don’t believe / agree with the stuff in this doco that is kind of irrelevant - what’s more important is that this is the narrative being told to the rest of the world by others! So forget about the “he says, she says” details of exactly what’s happening on the ground in NZ, like it or not this kind of doco is going to be colouring the views of our current & future potential customers in international markets whom w
    3 points
  9. Is it just me, but in modern society I have the perception that everything good and free eventually will either (if it hasn't already) be banned or a fee be required. Sailboat cruising has not and will not be spared....I expect licenses required to use your boat (sail or stinkpot) within 10 years, irrespective whom is in power
    3 points
  10. Apparently other parts of the world have tackled this exact same issue because not surprisingly NZ is not unique in having a dairy industry + rivers + use of fertilisers! I’m no expert but my friend - who is - tells me it’s about smarter techniques than the binary options NZ seems to be considering ie. it’s not a case of choosing dairy vs clean water but how they operate together. After seeing this film some of the people who have helped clean up the UK’s rivers are keen to help NZ sort this out by sharing their learnings - which apparently have resulted in both cleaner water AND hap
    3 points
  11. I get that you are not expecting anyone to take that literally, but for the life of me I cant figure out what your point is.
    3 points
  12. Some good info but I cant get past this thread being a bit of a hard sell on electric. IC is not going to be phased out anytime soon. When energy density becomes cheaper and more easily rechargeable then sure, but the transition is going to take a long time. Reading the Combi website for example, it’s touting its propulsion systems as basically an ideal solution for rental craft. I have no doubt they are, and the comment about boat sharing to get maximum cost effectiveness seems to reflect that model. Diesel electric has been around a long time and is very refined but why unless you
    3 points
  13. So world sailing have tidied up the sail bit quite well, wouldn't have been too hard for YNZ to have just copied that, it makes a lot more sense, if you actually want a rule. Cat 3 "either a storm trysail as defined in OSR 4.26.2 d), or mainsail reefing to reduce the luff by at least 40%" YNZ say you are meant to follow the OSR rules anyway, just to add to the confusion. I hope they didn't pay anyone for that 3 years of revision that wasn't. The NZ regs pretty much leave it up to you if you read it certain ways, why they felt the need to write another 2 pages after that I'm no
    3 points
  14. Selling by trashing the competition and not on the merits of the product you're trying to sell tends to happen for a reason. A big one being the competition is genuine competition for very good valid reason/s. Having read this thread and owning 11 outboards (a life of acquisitions and what comes with them but zero disposals) I am having serious issues trying to line up what's being said in this thread with my real life experiance, in fact I just can't. Sell the products on their own merits. If those merits are as good as the claims then the products will sell themselves. Just sa
    3 points
  15. This is an issue that’s prolific throughout NZ regulatory landscape. Imprecise wording, shoddy writing and half arsed ideas followed by egotistical idiots and a massive lack of professionalism. Not everywhere, but certainly often enough to make you go “WTF!”
    3 points
  16. PB called it the Ngapipi shift. If it’s true it worked. I don’t think it was a fluke. Did anyone watch the 49er worlds? He did exactly the same thing in the last race to jump 4 places and win the event.
    3 points
  17. Shackle on to the base, you'll be fine. 1000's of boats do it that way, mine included.
    3 points
  18. I ended up having it made. Ryan runs a workshop from home (just out of Waiuku on the Awhitu Penninsula) part time specialising in stainless exhaust fabrication and has a strong sideline in resoring and building 4WD projects from what I could see. Super-friendly, quick, and reasonable but not cheap - $220 all up. Exhaust is in 316 and is an exact copy of the fabricated item it replaces. Ryan machined the grip rings on the barb for the water inlet - nice attention to detail. He is contactable if you have something in mind - 027 289 4007
    2 points
  19. A client of mine with a beautiful dry stock farm has just sold it for big money to be planted in trees. Take a drive over the Napier Taupo road and see the farms around the Mohaka being planted in trees. Trees that will never be harvested. Communities that no longer need milkers, shearers, fencers, stockmen and truckies.
    2 points
  20. Oh sh*t yes. Hypocrisy runs very strongly thru this country, VERY strongly. The same applies in the city as well. I'm involved in a few scraps to try and stop council stupidity and the number of people who have said 'Why are you bothering with that?' is not only depressing but does show how so many are very happy to talk large but as soon as get a hint they may have to support that with even the tiniest action.... POOF!!! they instantly vanish.
    2 points
  21. The thing that annoys me the most is that the vast majority of Farmers in NZ are and have worked very hard and at great cost to mitigate pollution. But the story making Farmers sound like the Villians is still pushed as if nothing has changed. Yes sure there are a few that farm with poor practice. But they are a very small few. Yes I am one that does not believe the Mackenzie Basin should be dairy. But that was not realy the fault of the Farmer that owns that area, but the powers that be allowing it to happen. Now that it is dairy farmed, with the huge investment poored into it, it is not goin
    2 points
  22. I’ve stopped fishing and stopped congratulating people who tell me they caught a gazillion fish last weekend. And I make doubly sure I’m always on holding tanks in bays & close waters and only release in open seas. And I’m buying an electric outboard. But I still run my diesel engine & genset when required so I’m not perfect.
    2 points
  23. none-the-less, its educational. I'm understanding more and more about why politicians treat the public as fools sometimes. Turns out, some of them are.
    2 points
  24. Don't you hate it when your thread gets derailed by a load of irrelevant nonsense?
    2 points
  25. one rule for thee and one for me, do as I say but not do as I do, two sets of books....welcome the the real world
    2 points
  26. Sorry to disappoint you but they will be dredging. It's a shallow bay and the Waiheke set don't do little people boats so they need depth. So you submitted against the new ones the rich lister on the point is trying to put in at Rakino so he can increase the price of his subdivison? While you should have, weight of numbers do count occasionally, we have submitted and will be attending the hearings on your behalf.
    2 points
  27. Given the rotting shitters, floating and beached around that area I think the locals have their focus in the wrong place.
    2 points
  28. Aged 74 yrs, likes Covfefe, has orange skin , extremely intelligent.
    2 points
  29. I feel your pain Aardvark. I recently replaced exhaust elbow on my 2GM20. The part cost $546.75 plus GST. Corrosion of these things is insidious and inevitable. I will be checking mine annually from now on.
    2 points
  30. There are some really big positives to going electric and making the switch is very, very tempting! Quiet and simple to maintain being the most obvious pro's but as soon as a generator/genset is added then aren't those benifits lost and in fact increase the complexity? Day sailing from a plug in marina seems viable but I just don't see it working well on a typical cruising yacht (yet).
    2 points
  31. I'm having driving lessons in D12 in a coupe of weeks. I'll shift the ship if they haven't by then
    2 points
  32. Humor is clearly lost on you, defender of the left
    2 points
  33. whats wrong with opening a hatch? *bloody soft these young ones...*
    2 points
  34. Problem is it's not going to work and they will use it as "proof" that rail doesn't work. 3h is far too long, needs to be 45-55min, entirely possible without high-speed rail. Don't need wider rail spacing, plenty of trains in the world run fast on a narrow gauge like ours. Do need electrification of the Hamilton to Auckland stretch. Do need to put a tunnel under the hill from Pokeno directly north. Train needs to run every hour from 5am through to 11pm. This way it gives the flexibility for people to actually use it. Fast stops (2 min max) in: Te Rapa, Ngaruawahia,
    2 points
  35. I know of a Raven 26 who tried this manuover by dropping into a fiz boat. Bloody near went through the bottom of the fizzy. That was only an 8hp Yanmah.
    2 points
  36. I expect the fleet emissions will be dwarfed by the vehicle emissions of 6x crew getting to the boat in the first place!
    2 points
  37. I suspect the Council and Govt finding themselves beyond broke may have some input as well, this was going to cost over 1/2 billion dollars. And did it while that bobblehead, Silly Philly Goff, was standing beside her. Both knew it wasn't as their jaws flapped.
    2 points
  38. But it's a shovel ready project. Jacinda said so and she never lies I laughed at the part about hanging it off the concrete pillars that support the whole bridge. Anyone that has done the bridge walk knows that the bridge is steel from just above the water. The concrete pillars do nothing
    2 points
  39. I think you will find that the depletion of the food chain that many marine animals / fish / mammals rely on will be the root cause of their decline / death / moving to areas that havn't been depleted. The rules about how close you can be to dolphins are sure to fail as they will swim as close as they wish without any input from the yachty (maybe being prosecuted) same folk who have gone down this track will be the ones who are "eradicating" the Med Fan Worm.
    2 points
  40. Sleeved steel which is backfilled with assorted goodies depending on useage. Effective in use but eyesores for sure. Pine piles were OK but now it's plantation pine it's become very soft, wears inconsistanly and is basicly now sh*t. So moved to hardwoods like Turpentine and others but they have to be imported, are costly and there is the growing resistance to chopping down old trees, especialy slow growing hardwoods.
    2 points
  41. If this reported science is true it would go a long way for DoC to release the studies and present them
    2 points
  42. Exactly, that's why you need to get in early, earlier the better.
    2 points
  43. Never listened to them. I watched the whole series on YouTube and occasionally the radio I felt even PJ was getting a bit tedious "and now we cross to the water with Peter Jones, bronze medalist at Athens in the 470 with Brian Henry, well known farmer from gore, parents owned 420 acres next to the smiths of rakaia, married to Michelle ryan who's sister Josephine won bronze in the decathlon at the Brisbane commonwealth games ahead of Australian linda Murray who went to school with Michael ryan who was on the design team of team USA in the freemantle challenge won famously by Dennis Co
    2 points
  44. I have a black schooner they can have for 3 million
    2 points
  45. Crystal ball gazing; There will be talk from Dalton of UK, Dubai, Easter Island, etc. etc. Tanties from NZ public, NZ marine industry, NZ Govt. NZ Govt will up the cash input, Cup back in Auckland. Probably take 3 months for that to play out.
    2 points
  46. If may step in, Armchair is saying; Jacinda has not made a media presentation regarding the Americas Cup and has abandoned her sycophants in the press. Armchair is very excited about reading the Herald today as there are some headlines he cant wait to see. He is perplexed about Grant Daltons travel plans and wonders if Ernesto Bertarelli will be paying his airfares because team New Zealand are a bit short of funds. Armchair then finishes with a bold statement that Grant Dalton will be leaving NZ heading to Australia or Easter Island or Lord Howe for his holidays
    2 points
  47. On the Dear Leader part, I think you need to oil your bearings old man, that wheel chair of yours is putting out a massive whine. I had wrote a meaningful reply, but f*ck it, I've put it in the other thread, where people aren't getting all frothy about their political hang ups, and actually talking about Team NZ. Go back to ZB Armchair, or at least smalltalk with your twaddlebollocks
    2 points
  48. Never waste a good crisis. You guys are looking at this in terms of the capital cost of a new boat. Look at this in the eyes of a professional fund raiser. A full blown fundraising campaign. Like with any capex request in a large and cumbersome organisation, you chuck on all the things you would like, that you are never going to get, unless you tag them on to a much larger project, so they get lost in the noise. That, and I wouldn't be surprise if the professional fundraisers have their own layer of cost. Sure they add more value than they cost, but you can't replace a CG boat w
    2 points
  49. Found a couple of hours with unusually nothing pressing that needed doing so thought I'd finish tweaking the DR200 from a learner machine to being my farm bike. Out to cave and thought the AC so fired up the tablet thingy, found You Tube, searched AC Live, cool 7mins to race start. Got back wheel ready, 2 mins to the race, bang and off they go to no surprise, ETNZ limp, Prada smart and off they go. Finished putting brakes in and wheel back on with AC in the background, Prada tales out the 1st race in a spookily similar manner to what they did yesterday. Plod on with tuning brakes and
    2 points
  50. I am thinking about renaming mine after a great bumber sticker I just saw MAGA - Make Ardern Go Away apparently heaps of cheap crew gear out there already branded in red and white
    2 points
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