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  1. Just spotted the header at the top of the page about IT handing over the baton. Just wanted to say thanks for all the great work over the years. I’m sure the rest of the Crew.Orgers will agree. cheers
    6 points
  2. Have I posted this before? Seems to be an age old problem... 1972.
    5 points
  3. 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
  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. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. I'm sure you've seen it but its still impressive a few weeks later!
    2 points
  14. 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
  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. 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
  17. Given the rotting shitters, floating and beached around that area I think the locals have their focus in the wrong place.
    2 points
  18. Good luck explaining that to a coroner. Either it's a regulation or it isn't. Your also supposed to comply with OSR but they are different again. This has been pointed out many times but it doesn't seem to register. There is a long way to go before I would call it simplified.
    2 points
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. It sure was a great regatta. I was racing in the 40R div, and we had 12 W/L races over 3 days. Solid breeze on the weekend, some extremely close racing, big speeds downhill. Extremely hard work, can hardly move today!
    2 points
  22. whats wrong with opening a hatch? *bloody soft these young ones...*
    2 points
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. If this reported science is true it would go a long way for DoC to release the studies and present them
    2 points
  31. Exactly, that's why you need to get in early, earlier the better.
    2 points
  32. 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
  33. Yep- I think TVNZ did a poor job compared to the fantastic commentary during the last America's Cup in Bermuda. Nothing beats commentary from people who know what they are talking about, rather than TVNZ celebs. Thank goodness we had some sailors in the room as well
    2 points
  34. I have a black schooner they can have for 3 million
    2 points
  35. 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
  36. Great day today. Jimmy did damn well trying to maintain a cover in a slower boat, but eventually bounced ETNZ to the right, and into the RH shift. Italy just got out of phase. Once ETNZ had the leverage, game over. Great race...
    2 points
  37. 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
  38. Keep it simple. Simplest is to not worry about the VSR. Use a charge splitter to divide the charge to which battery needs charge. This ensures your batteries will always get a trickle charge when the boat is not in use and Banks are full. It also means that two batteries that are at different charge capacities do not unbalance the draw of current and one gets all and the other very little. VSR's were designed for a small power boat situation where it was about having a spare start battery and ensuring at least one battery was left with enough charge to start the motor, incase the Radio was on
    1 point
  39. 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
    1 point
  40. Here is one of my maxwell winches. Yours looks very very similar....
    1 point
  41. Had to change the bulb in one of those 3 times over the course of 6 months . Feckin scary job , 160ft mast with a 7ft wand on top with the masthead light on top of that wand . bosuns chair was crudely tied to my waist with sail ties so I could climb up onto masthead with it still stuck to my ass . Before climbing up you have to hang by one hand onto the wand and pull enough halyard out of the exit to allow you to stand up on the masthead . once up there and standing on a space just big enough for two feet you had to reach above your head at maximum stretch to unscrew the r
    1 point
  42. Picked up a spinnaker bag between Motuihe & Browns Island Saturday PM. Let me know if you want to pick it up, Castor Bay
    1 point
  43. I did this recently. Used the topping lift and an extra halyard to support the boom right above the pickup point. I just used the mainsheet to do the lifting. Lifted it, lowered it partially on the cockpit floor and slid the mainsheet pickup along the boom. Picked it up again, swung out over the lifelines and dropped it down to the finger. I have PM'd you some photos
    1 point
  44. A distraction for you, if I may? You'd be surprised how little power you need to move a boat off the mooring / in flat water etc. If Easter cruising is important, there are several options with an outboard. Bolt a tenob bracket (spelling?) one of those lifty things on the back, and just blat around all easter. A certain nameless Commodore did this for most of the summer waiting for their new Beta to arrive on a F1020. Or, if you are game, and the weather benign, you can strap the dinghy amidships with springs, and motor the yacht around like that. Complicated fitting into marina
    1 point
  45. However Hutchinson is sceptical about the viability of such a regatta, saying it would be "fraught with logistical challenges". "You are talking about a boat that is 80,000 man hours to build," Hutchinson said. "Both teams have to go back to England and set up the infrastructure they have to build the boats, they have to sea-trial the boats and go through all that. We know that if its 18 months from today you have three more months of fluff because there is still negotiations going on between Team NZ and the Government here, nothing is set in stone and the only thing that is happening is
    1 point
  46. I had a remotely located ZF box on our Cav 32. Took it to the agents and what a bloody disaster. Went in as a V drive and I got it back as a straight drive. That's what you get when the experts have a play with it. I would look at options away from V drive units.
    1 point
  47. Hi Fish. My mechanic sent it to some eperts to be "tested", but they said that two of the threaded bindings jad broken. That means they can't reseal the unit once they open it. Hence me asking for advice. Thanks for responding.
    1 point
  48. Wow, that is quite flash, but just a smidge too big for my 26 footer.
    1 point
  49. 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.
    1 point
  50. Yep, no problem. Think I have one in my van... The bearing holder unscrews, take the unit down and take it off.
    1 point
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