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  1. https://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/news/anchor-watch-rule-ynz-welcomes-sensible-new-interpretation
    7 points
  2. I think there is a bit of fact missing going on and a few assumptions being made, particularly that there was only one helicopter. Helicopter A was tasked at 2035, they were the most operationally ready helicopter in the area, they advised RCC they would be airborne in 30 minutes, but they took 2 hours to convert the aircraft into SAR mode and source qualified crew. Helicopter B was tasked at 2200 out of Auckland at the request of Helicopter A because they were taking longer than predicted to get ready. It's important to remember that at this point in the operation, this was a r
    6 points
  3. Another one is the Cavalier 32, with pinched stern lines, but a fin keel this time. They become completely unsteerable in following seas and broach I disagree with this. Back in 1977 I spent quite a few hours steering a Cav 32 in a southerly storm off the Wairarapa Coast, running with just a storm jib on (We were heading up from Wellington for the Auckland-Suva race). There was a lot of white water coming over the back of the boat and filling the cockpit quite regularly. The waves were often very steep and quite large. The worst of it came through during the night, so not much
    6 points
  4. Dying while awaiting rescue is very common, especially in remote locations. Reading the report the rescue services did an outstanding job in adverse circumstances at a remote location. It sounds like you are simply trying to blame the rescuers, defend the skipper and smear MNZ.
    5 points
  5. The inquiry happened it's findings are documented. NZ SAR doesn't have rescue helicopters ready to go with wet winching capabilities. RCC task domestic commercial helicopters and air ambulance helicopters (naso). NASO helicopters are only available if they aren't already involved in ambulance work. The aircraft has to be reconfigured on the ground and set up for SAR, this takes a couple of hours to complete. Defense helicopters do not have wet rated winches - they also have a policy in place that requires that RCC engage commercial and NASO assets before they engage Defense as
    5 points
  6. https://archive.ph/aIEh6 there you go Given the protest at waiheke about extending an exisiting sea wall for a fully consented marina project, I can't imagine a fast track project is going to go terribly smoothly either.... The RMA does need reform, but I don't think buying taking Shane Jones to lunch is the fix we need. Very concerning that a sole minister can override the courts that are the only mechanism to keep parliament in check.
    5 points
  7. It seems K that you are putting the right to be rescued above the moral obligation of a skipper to keep his crew and passengers safe. Calling us prejudiced against the skipper is like us saying what connection do you have with the skipper? Its just what one believes is more probable, that your undocumented eddies, wind and chop overrule the current/drift modeling which is corroborated (once activated) by actuals with timestamps. Repeating it over and over with innuendo doesn't make it any more valid. (Whatever stance)
    4 points
  8. It's baked in. The same as it is for house and car insurance. Your cell phone, your electric drill and your laptop, pack enough energy to burn your boat to the waterline and all the boats around it. According to the NZ Fire Service over one house per week is lost due to battery fires. CD carries a Ryobi 2Ah battery (for a cut-off grinder), along with laptops, tablets, phones etc... the installation/security of these devices is WAY WAY more concerning to me than the LFP batteries in the boat. I tell the crew no phones in bags, we have special bags/locations for phones, if someon
    4 points
  9. From that article Know your boat’s limitations: Do not expect your boat to cope with conditions it is not designed for. Don’t take it on a long sea passage if it’s not designed to survive knockdowns and roll-overs: stick to coastal waters where you can run to shelter if the weather turns nasty. That's not bad luck.
    4 points
  10. Yep, don't even need to suck, Fit a tank/deck penetration, attach a hose, it'll float right on up! Diving at the depths involved is expensive, but it's all achievable.
    4 points
  11. Left the Wairoa river on Thursday and motored to Home Bay. Ended up with a dozen or so out there for the evening. Left the next morning in to shifting and rising wind that turned west and the southerly as the day progressed. Out to Noises, then a single tack to Hooks Bay for the evening. Some great fun riding on 15 gusting 20 and nice with no ground swell in Hooks. Only 6 others in there Friday night. Saturday we left for Ponui Island but wind direction made it a trip via Whanganui Island (almost). Shifty at the start the wind settled early in the afternoon and we had a great ri
    4 points
  12. I guess with a really crap oil you could run into issues but in my experience the oil carried in the fuel mixture remains on bearings and cylinder walls long after the fuel has been burned. On the weekend I rebuilt my sons Motocross Bike (KTM85) and had to freeze all the new gearbox and main bearings while heating the 2 halves of the crankcase to 180 degrees c in the admirals flash Bosch oven (she was away at the Barrier on a girl's trip 😉) I always run the bikes out of fuel before loading them in the trailer at the end of a ride. Even though I thoroughly degreased the cases, th
    3 points
  13. Hi K. You have repeatedly stated that there was 17 helicopters.... Your continued statements gave me the impression that you understood 17 different helicopters were or should have been available to be directed to the search. If that was not your intended sense, please let me know what you were meaning to say. The reality is set out very clearly in the report. There are almost no dedicated, marine capable, SAR helicopter units nationally. Those units that are available are primarily medical services and aggregated they operate 95% of the time in that configuration. T
    3 points
  14. If you are heading towards a sheltered bay in water calm enough for your charterers to fish off the back and cooking happening in the galley, as apparently you have done many times before without any issues, how can you not end up in shallowing water? Why would you even consider a "Rogue wave" coming out of nowhere. As I've earlier said 100 metres and or 60 seconds difference we most likely wouldn't be discussing it here, as it wouldn't have happened.
    3 points
  15. That would be great but, life. Also, Clevedon River. So nutrient rich, you can grow potatoes in the airspace over the water
    3 points
  16. Just looking at the 1050 for sale reminded me to post this. Two years ago we wrapped our boat dark blue. Looked beautiful. Until bubbles started to appear on the hull. Surveyor tapped and concluded delamination. He said he was working with another boat with same issue. Long story short and $000's later have just stripped and repainted. Turns out the builder didn't put enough effort into prep between layers and the heat generated by the sun on the dark colour encouraged separation. It occurred mainly in the fairing compound so a lucky escape. Not really anything to discuss j
    3 points
  17. My wind instruments date back to the ark , but I have my own system if the sails are flapping it's gone forward, pull them in. Every now and then give them a bit of ease for good luck. If the rail is in the water put in another reef. if the rail isn't in the water put the kettle on
    3 points
  18. Trying hard here K, read the report. The EPIRB ping was right on the shelf and given the drift pattern is eastwards then draw your own conclusions Why it happened The Enchanter should easily have coped with the sea conditions off North Cape at the time of the accident. However, it is about as likely as not the vessel had strayed into shallower water off Murimotu Island, an area that is prone to occasional, naturally occurring, larger waves peaking as they entered the shallowing water. When the Enchanter rapidly rolled onto its side, the force of the water exceeded the design parame
    3 points
  19. Area in green box is where vessels often shelter under North Cape Area in red box is a shallow area which in certain conditions will cause waves to rear up / amplify. As you can see it would be very tempting to cut the corner and go over the shallow patch as you get to the sheltered anchorage quicker... However it would be much safer making a much wider rounding
    3 points
  20. Sorry about the strike-through but couldn't get it to turn off. I was particularly referring to top down furlers. I have never had a problem with the code 0 -so it's not the furlers fault. I sail a lot on my own and have never had a forestay furler. I agree that hanks are safe and easy. We also have a reefing blade and a reefing jib which gives heaps of easy change options.
    3 points
  21. Left Brest Sunday week ago at 1500 passed Raz de Sein at 1900 and parked in Audierne at 2000. Basically spent the next week hanging out there and then in St Marine (Bénodet) mostly working remotely and taking a few hours with the kids (school hols) before scooting across to the Glennan islands yesterday arvo and back to st marine today. Bit of a blow coming through tonight/tomorrow and already it’s a bit rolly here in the marina.
    3 points
  22. After years of old baggy 'potatoe sack' sails, and trying to kick the can down the road with second hand sails, getting our first new, purposed designed and built sail was an absolute revaluation in boat handling and performance. The first one was just a cross cut dacron (we have moved onto radial cut cruising laminates now), but we went from being over-powered in gusts and healing over like a bastard, to driving forward in gusts and pointing higher. Boat goes to windward like a freight train now, and with decsent sails we have the ability to fine tune to improve performance and wind rang
    3 points
  23. It's a tricky one. Why is under rahui but not under CAN? Not an ideal situation. The opinion of locals, as opposed to actual government rules, is also a grey area. If the "locals" were some rich a****** with a mansion on the shore who didn't want to look at boats in "his" bay, we'd all (rightly) tell him to get stuffed. That said, I probably will try not to anchor there. Mostly because it's not my favourite spot in any event though.
    3 points
  24. Yep- as a golden rule, NEVER let a marketing department into anything at your peril. So they have spent tens of thousands [ or probably hundreds of thousands ] on a totally unnecessary exercise. Coastguard units have to sell raffle tickets to raise funds for local units every summer, and here their marketing dept. is splashing out like there is no tomorrow. We all know Coastguard, it did not need marketing, and a new logo and paint ain't going to assist saving anyone's lives. The front end of Coastguard, all volunteers, does a helluva good job in assisting us when needed, well done you guys.
    3 points
  25. Excellent. Being woke is a good thing. /woʊk/ aware, especially of social problems such as racism and inequality
    3 points
  26. Talking with my neighbour in the marina on Saturday and he casually mentioned he was delayed leaving for Fiji as his lithium batteries had swolllen up and he was waiting to get them looked at. He said he thought that there was no charge controller on them. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen so I asked him to disconnect his cables and perhaps move his boat away from mine. Perhaps I should also move mine away from his?
    2 points
  27. was on tv1, but was mainly reused footage from a a program put out 11 years ago by CYCA, can see part one of that here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgsp_kHicu8&t=33s
    2 points
  28. K, I follow your line of questions, they are very relevant. and your concern re the helo f---up. The helo crew were doing their very best against the odds, with head office not really even in the picture. None of the f---up was the fault of the helo crew.. the lack of fuel should never have happened and hopefully (fingers crossed) won't happen again, but it took this event to tell head office what they should have already known or at least considered.Their are many instances where head office just isn't there, (though they think they are) but in "their" heads "they know" best!. (cyclone Gab
    2 points
  29. If you want to complain about NZ's rescue services start a new thread but from what I read and hear on the news most people are extremely grateful to be rescued, but the Enchanter is the issue here. The big question which is before the court is about the competence of the skipper, whether a similarly experienced skipper in the same circumstances would have taken the same risks. Expert evidence points to the Enchanter venturing into shallow water where a very large wave (but not out of the normal range of expected height), rolled them. People can make inexplicable mistakes;
    2 points
  30. Go to the hospice shop and buy a new set every yeay
    2 points
  31. Sort of But more like driving a school bus to the limits in bad conditions and 5 kids got killed when you lost control
    2 points
  32. So that is a $29 fuse that is small enough to sit on the battery terminal lug, doesn't get in the way and protects your boat from electrical clusterfucks? Think I will get one. I was expecting something like an anchor winch isolator that needed to be mounted separately and would then need specific leads to and from it etc.
    2 points
  33. So what you are saying is, marina berths in Auckland have gotten so expensive you can buy one and get a free house?
    2 points
  34. there are currently about 15 empty 12m berths on F1 pier alone. Westhaven have overcooked it with price increases.
    2 points
  35. As seen Rotorua.
    2 points
  36. AVS 70 degrees as tested, and K those Epirb drifts are logged not modelled.
    2 points
  37. Stepping Out has been about on the gulf this summer and autumn. I know it goes against the grain for some people. They think boats are for building, or fixing, or sitting on in a marina, or putting off until next weekend. This little Spencer goes sailing. To Coromandel and it's offshore islands. And now to Great Barrier via Port Jackson. VID_20240509_110246.mp4
    2 points
  38. blue polytarp and ahollow log
    2 points
  39. This is from B&G. So if you want motion correction, has to be a Hercules or H5000...
    2 points
  40. Pretty much if the accuracy of your existing systems (when working!) was fine for you, then you don't need a processor system. If though, you want to know the exact wind angle on the next leg, you want or have polars, and you have sail crossover points to within a couple of degrees and knots, then more accurate info will make you sail faster....
    2 points
  41. I kind of regret parting with our old wooden log as it was way far less demanding than the house… Think I will add another extra metre to the Morby to suit the Navy Whaler oars.
    2 points
  42. Yes for gennakers they are a mare when they go wrong . It cannot be unclustered on the boat usually .
    2 points
  43. My structural floor grid. (covered in peelply)
    2 points
  44. Worse, its the boat owners' fault aparently. "Unfortunately, vessel owners are reluctant to have any form of gas safety inspection carried out on a regular basis, and when finally, they do, a lot more work than is anticipated is required to bring the installation to an acceptable standard." Experience on this forum and in life tells me that the open-ended cost of an "inspection" and lack of clarity about what is in and out of scope leads to the reluctance. My car gets tested annually for a WOF. I know exactly what to expect, the standards and testing methodologies are prescribe
    2 points
  45. I'll bet you a good bottle of whiskey it was at the Mokes first, it's come down on the East Auckland current from offshore, and it has spread from the Mokes to all points South. Noting it was found at the Barrier and the Mercs first, and first findings tend to be where there is higher foot-traffic, so to speak, as in people to actually find it. Noting it is naturally occurring in large parts of the Pacific and Australia. All you need is one of those La Nina years to set up the ocean currents and water temp, and hay presto - magic - killer algae. Nothing to do with yachts importing it
    2 points
  46. Dont worry folks look hard enough and you will find it anywhere you like in the gulf right up to BOI,its there just not reported yet. live with it,deal with it Aussie has been for yrs.
    2 points
  47. But why would you anchor there when you have been asked not to?
    2 points
  48. fact /fakt/ noun a thing that is known or proved to be true. "he ignores some historical and economic facts" Fact: It is not a prohibited area. Prohibited Anchoring areas are defined by Controlled Area Notices as issued by MPI. Not by a group of locals. The only pr
    2 points
  49. I am pretty sure that it's still going to be "Coastguard" for the foreseeable, since no one it going to be saying "quick, call the Tautiaki's when they hit the rocks. It's a nice gesture, but it's just a marketing slogan in the same way the dolphins were plastered over everything in the 90's.
    2 points
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