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  1. Have I posted this before? Seems to be an age old problem... 1972.
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  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
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  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. 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
  5. I'm sure you've seen it but its still impressive a few weeks later!
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  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Here's some more information to consider. Its dated October 2019. Assuming the analysis is correct, Dairy NZ advises that the cost of meeting the Essential Freshwater plan is up to $6b a year. This is not to reduce farm runoff to zero, but to set nitrogen caps by catchment and get the worst performing farms down to the 75th percentile performance and to then set leechate limits for nitrogen and phosphorous and reduce leeching to meet those reductions. They suggest it would lead to a 24% reduction in the size of the dairy production industry. This is interesting to me because
    2 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
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  11. 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.
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  12. 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
  13. Don't you hate it when your thread gets derailed by a load of irrelevant nonsense?
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  14. On that analysis one would say yes. But They would categorically say NO. the fact an organization is paid by Govt is not a factor. The kicker for me is their regulatory authority. But acting with authority doesn’t make it a government organization . YNZ is more a government lapdog your local garage has power to give Wofs. They are clearly acting as agent for The government in doing so. It doesn’t make them a government organization.
    2 points
  15. 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
  16. 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
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  17. I like to take a slightly different approach. The VSR basically turns your 2 batteries into 1 and effectively limits the charge going into the house battery (because the starting batt will be at a higher level of charge), which is the one that will require more charge. So I would use one of these, buy from Defender in USA https://balmar.net/products/digital-duo-charge/ Ideally you want an external regulator for the alternator (if it can receive and external field signal). If you want to look at an upgrade I have a pair of 6 V 220 ahr hybrid gel batteries (used but still in
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  18. You need to do a bunch of races to get a baseline. Five I believe. Racetrack then gives you a handicap rating based on where you fit in the fleets you've raced in. Low number, you are a slow boat, high number, you are a super pimped canting keeler. It is a performance handicap. So if you go out and have a blinder, your % performance will be more than 100%, as KM said. If you go out and have a shocker, it will be less than 100%. I think it also gives you a "sailed to" number for each race. Works best with a lot of races for a better data set. Really good for tracking how you are going. Pur
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  19. Just watch the '% against History' number. If it's over 100% your improving, if it's under ya need to pull finger. You can also use the FAQ's, button at very top of page
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  20. That looks very cheap..... I would tend to go for a Blue Seas Marine version which works superbly on my 10M keeler doing all the same stuff, (no connection to Lustys who sell them)
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  21. I’m semi retired so don’t need to leave in the evening, so mid morning, depart Half moon bay, SW wind, Nice sail to Ponui, Chamberlins Bay, usually nice and smooth for a good nights sleep, if it’s still SW for the trip home, turn on the motor, easy 3 hr trip back to marina, if we are only going out for one night we sometimes just go to Izzy Bay, good in any wind except SE, and usually smooth once the Waiheke Ferries stop running
    1 point
  22. If history is anything to go by the club members will never see it.
    1 point
  23. Wheels, I don’t know anything about your situation and Am not prying but don’t give up the dream! There are myriads of opportunities that come along if you can be right place right time. My first keeler wasn’t even mine. Just an older 21 footer that the ex-brother in law wanted someone to use while he was posted overseas. The theory was by using it I would maintain it whereas it would just deteriorate sitting on a mooring. My second boat was a trailer sailer that I took off a friends hands for $3k who didn’t know how to deal with the rotten trailer.
    1 point
  24. This and a 1020 are poles apart, 1020 ideal for round here, HR ideal for ocean walloping and living on.
    1 point
  25. Pretty hard to find a good one but if you find one grab it as you will never get a rough one up to the level of a good one for the difference in cost! I've seen a few for sale over the last year claiming to be the best example around yet I would consider them pretty rough. While cruising around I have seen Nirvana and Mirage which both look really mint on the outside. I don't think they were ever raced and I've never been aboard so don't know much about them but figure they would be worth hunting down if after a good boat (but prob not for sale). Fourth Dimension used to be immaculate but
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  26. It’s back already (doesn’t seem a year ago, bloody Covid) Well 34 days to go. Three entries already, don’t miss out so add it to your calendar now. Every yacht that crosses the finish line gets vouchers to our friendly bondage expert worth more than your entry fee and did I mention rum, bbq and rum https://www.ssanz.co.nz/enduro/
    1 point
  27. Here is one of my maxwell winches. Yours looks very very similar....
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  28. I think the trick is keep the distances short. Anchor early before it gets dark and cold. Books, music, movies and cooking. The cabin heater gets regular praise as does the cockpit enclosure.
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  29. Wharf Rd end of Kennedy bay, walk to Ostend (or further), then down to Ponui and return
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  30. Carpenter 29, Fri night depart Cocklebay for Blackpool Waiheke, 45 min under motor or sail, any wind condition/direction except a gale. Blob out all weekend watching netflix, walking the dog, and visiting the irish pub, reverse process and de-blob Sun arvo. When we are feeling lazy we just sit on the mooring all weekend and pretend.
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  31. When you say anywhere in NZ, that implies a Trailer Yacht? .. is that correct
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  32. You have to wonder how many waterways were 'unswimable' 1000 years ago from the enormous biomass of birds living in NZ. A single cormorant can defecate approximately 4 g of nitrogen and 2.5 g of phosphorus daily.
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  33. Interesting point here, because two seperate rivers and issues there of are being melded together and we have a belief in a view that actually is incorrect. I wonder if this is part and parel to the problem. The general public think the majority of our rivers are polluted due to Dairy because of one or two situations that may or maynot now exist. So in answer to the Bird/E.Coli situation. The Ashley does not have a great deal of irrigation. Some, but not to the effect that the mid Canterbury Rivers do. I would suggest that therefore, E.Coli has always been an issue. I used to swim in the
    1 point
  34. Totally agree Jim. I hate good tradies who undercharge - they are aften not around next time you need them
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  35. Funny you should say that a few weeks before covid lockdown I offered to do exactly that to a neighbours property so our dunny didn't resemble a Dacktory hotbox with all the crap that came out the end of it. Mostly vomiting solvents like fumes plus particulates. Owner said No Worksafe said No Auckland City Council Environmental Services said No Auckland City Council Hazards Dept said No NZ Police said No and biggie up sized to throw in a free threaten to arrest should any of us get on the roof again. Covid also said No but let me f*ck the company over for you, wh
    1 point
  36. That's damn handy, thanks Works on Firefox as well.
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  37. OK, so its not marine. But it is sailing! For those interested, keep reading. Urban Land Sailing The New Zealand Open Championships (NZO), the premier regatta for the Blokart class of land yacht, will be hosted by the Auckland Blokart Club at Ardmore Airport, 15th to 18th April. The one-design Blokart provides high speed sailing comparable to advanced foiling yachts, on an affordable, low-tech budget. Designed and built in New Zealand, over 14,000 blokarts have been sold globally. They are popular to race because they are fast, nimble and will pack-down into two bags that
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  38. Of course I meant farmers. If you want to challenge the facts then go forward it. But be specific ie say exactly which fact you believe is wrong and show us the evidence for the challenge? Or post another video with other facts & perspectives on NZ’s waters (I’ll watch it and learn)?
    1 point
  39. I own Totolo 46ft Young! beautiful boat similar to the NZ37 but lots more room. 5 skin Kauri hull with glass! Here is a couple of pics of her. She is for sale at the moment too! https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/boats-marine/yachts/keeler/listing/3020811035
    1 point
  40. White clover still fixes more N than what farmers apply so why didn't you post stats on that? N fertiliser use is actually a very small part of the issue. Used strategically there is very little leaching. The science on this has come forward in leaps and bounds in the last few years. The bigger issue is typically winter management of stock. Cow urine can have a concentration of 1000kg of N/ha (typical N fert application is 30kg) and this is at a time when the soil temp is so low that plants aren't able to absorb it so it is lost into the water table. I know of several corporate
    1 point
  41. It's like we have a lobbyist amongst us. When the experts say nitrates should be x and the government sets the limit at 2.5x then agrees to revisit it when the fonterra lobby complains. All your local catchment group wishes are exactly that. Taking over ecan so new irrigation and fertiliser use can be approved tells you how effective your local publics wishes are likely to be. I'm backing the Maoris on this one, I'm sure they got an agenda too but at least the water might get cleaner.
    1 point
  42. What are doing to the motor??rebuilding it.Thought you had just blown the exhaust??
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  43. Used to surfcast as a kid at Matata. The Tarawera river is a classic example of utter carelessness. Starting in 1955 the river became the black drain. Tasman pulp and paper should be taken to the cleaners or have their noses rubbed in it at least. (Norske skog & CHH) The smugness of our marketers knows no bounds. Pure NZ, haha. Enviromental BOP, really? Hopefully we have turned the corner in public will to make the change.
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  45. https://www.bayshoremarineengines.com/129670-42610impellerkit.aspx when I was in Annapolis for the boat show 3 yrs ago I bought all the Yanmar filters and impellers I could fit in my bag
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  46. 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.
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  47. 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
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  48. The Elephant in the room is what do Dolphins feed on??? I think therein lies the answer, We have allowed over fishing in almost every piece of water that NZ has some control over. The almighty dollar has far more say than a Dolphin squeak. Where did the Kahawai go, Aus, to feed their salmon, Why is the Hauraki gulf a kina barren, gurnard, snapper etc gone. etc. etc. We along with just about every other nation like to eat them, could there be a link? They have to feed so they go elsewhere or die of starvation.
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