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  1. Palliser bay is a natural wind funnel. You can get out of the waves close in, but in most of the bay the wind will be stronger there than further out - sometimes 2x the real wind speed. The Ngawi fishermen will tell you that in extreme conditions its known to have stones 10mm across hitting the boat up to 10Nm out! This section of the coasts should be avoided in heavy conditions, N or S. If, when you get to Napier, you dont have 2 days of reasonable conditions forecast (for S coast and Cook Strait), my advice would be to stop, and wait until you do. Then leave, and go as fast as you can!
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  2. At this time of year the weather windows don't last long. It's further round the top, and the only real harbour that's accessible is New Plymouth. It has limited shelter and is designed for ships, with little yachting infrastructure. In w/NW conditions its rolly, even behind the breakwater. The west coast is pretty rugged, and more so the further south you get. Remember that that is (mostly) the prevailing weather side of the island. If, for some reason, I had to do this passage at this time of year, from Auckland, I'd go E coast, no schedule, stop if needed, leave the boat if needed. Bu
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  3. Practice reefing on the dock before you leave...
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  4. avoid southerlies down the Wairarapa coast and strong NW once around Cape Palliser. If its strong NW when you get to Palliser consider if you need to get to Wellington or you could have a night (or two) in Port Underwood waiting for better conditions. A strong NW will give you a hiding trying to get to Wellington. Underwood is a close reach across the Strait.
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  5. No Problem. Southern NZ is not an easy place to sail. These Pics are in Cook Strait in summer, same day, about an hour or so apart, in pretty good weather - but a bit fresh! On a bad day, no place for a Yacht!
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  6. Hmm, 1st for this voyage would be - be flexible. A trip to Wellington down either coast at this time of year is not easy. Be prepared to stop, and even leave the boat somewhere if the weather is not looking good. Current forecast is fwd of the beam down to E.Cape friday - thru about Monday, and medium to strong S sector after east cape, until maybe Monday afternoon when it slowly drops off and comes to NE, strengthening (Strong, possibly gale) over the next few days - but behind you if your around E Cape. There will be NW gales in Cook Strait next week. This voyage may only be
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  7. Try this Near Tahiti though the lunar tide is cancelled because of an interesting phenomena called an amphidrome, or amphidromic point. As the lunar tidal swell passes around the earth and through the ocean basins, it gets broken up into lots of smaller swells, bouncing off continents and islands along the way, and it also gets affected by the Coriolis Force which bends it north and south. The ultimate effect is that there are places where a crest of the lunar swell meets a trough of the lunar swell, and cancels the tide out completely and these are the amphidromes. So with a lunar
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  8. Methinks you guys are carrying the metaphor a little far
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  9. Maybe I have not read enough or watched enough Marvel to understand Thor While I am certain it's perfectly valid, here's an alternative... Think of it like carrying a shallow tray of water. As you walk the water swishes from left to right up the sides, there is a middle, or fulcrum, point where the water hardly moves at all. Polynesia is located at the fulcrum point for the Pacific basin, (nothing to do with the equator), resulting in almost no tidal movement. Tahiti, and Polynesia have no lunar tide. The tide is about 20cm-30cm and is caused by the sun. You'll get two
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  10. Tony Smith and his Ross 930 is a legend around Westhaven, and just got awarded 10 grand from ASB Good as Gold. On TV1's Seven Sharp program last night (Wed 10 Aug). https://fb.watch/eQsK7bVWzB/
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  12. No , is all good thank you..... I think the best thing to do will be to go to Napier or Gisborne leaving early morning on Sunday, "looks good for now" then arrive on Tuesday throughout the day and wait there until the strong wind that comes from NNE dies down, probably by saturday...good fotos by the way. thank you.
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  13. Sorry if all this sounds too negative. It can be done, and the area can have fantastic sailing and good weather. You just have to choose you time carefully, and be prepared to change your plans according to conditions...
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  14. Hmm, Sorry Mattm, but I dont agree with that. Sure, the BEST POSSIBLE performance is as above (2x12 or a 24v panel). Improvments between PWM and MPPT can be as much as 40% in that configuration, but for a single panel install I've still seen improvements of over 25%.
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  15. This is friday 6pm; Eases until very light Midday Monday; Tues lunchtime the NE is starting By Wednesday lunchtime it's pretty strong;
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  16. Anchored at Cornwallis. It's not often we see anyone who has ventured over the bar.
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  17. Yes Motored by lovely diesels
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  18. Didn't pick you as a flat earther CD? Like the analogy tho. Unless the carrier of the tray is drunk, then the tides out everywhere. Does Thor swing perpendicular to earths surface or tangental? If vertical then Papeete is going to have massive tides, obvious dependent on rpd, and if horizontal, hmmm, I guess his hammer must have a long handle and it might work. Bizarre!
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  19. It motored down here from overseas under its own steam
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  20. I'm not saying you wont find anyone, but you might like to consider a couple of issues. You need to state where you wish to go (for example a SRL <24m NZ ticket is restricted to 12nm off the coast). A coastal ticket (200NM) is worth more per day, Offshore master is more again. The pay rate offered is low, and at peak holiday period. Just for your info, my last job as skipper was $500 AUD/day. Which particular min ticket is required?
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  21. Coming back from Mayor this morning in lumpy seas at around 20kn.
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  22. The man deserves a medal
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  23. If memory serves me correctly Ngataringa A4 suffered extensive damage whilst on a mooring as the result of a collision are you capable of paying for the cost of such repairs if your 70s classic unfortunately slips it’s mooring and damages another craft maybe some insurance would be prudent.
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  24. What a fabulous job you have done! I remember when Colin had the boat, she was one of the top dogs. Enjoy summer
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  25. You must be stoked - that looks stunning. Divorces are cheap compared to boats, so keep the focus where it belongs!
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