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  1. The thin end of the wedge, pin stripe suit wearers in Wellington bring this up everytime their dept looks at downsizing . Creating a job for themselves with no definable benefit to the general populace.
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  2. In NZ licensing and registration is a solution looking for a problem
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  3. As AA mentions, I think the term is 'set aside' the original conviction. That doesn't mean he is guilty or not guilty, just that they can't rely on the original verdict. You just have to ignore the original verdict. That turns into a strange kind of legal no-mans-land, where you are neither guilty or not guilty. What happens after that is anyone's guess. It is clearly not possible to have another trial, since the key witness killed himself and it all happened 25 years ago. I would imagine that Watson would want another trial so he can be found not guilty, but I can't see another tria
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  4. Yep you can use the full capacity. Yes it will reduce the lifetime. I smash ours, I charge it at double the recommended rate, but below the maximum, I take it to within an hour of being completely flat and shutting down. I charge it to whatever and then start discharging it again... and sometimes I leave it fully charged for a whole week... Following my current usage profile, of racing weekly and getting away for a couple of weekends a month, I will get, conservatively, 15 years out of the battery. I would like to get fewer years out of it - as that would mean I'd be out sail
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  5. I assume you saw this ?
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  6. I've been in and out of that pass a dozen times perhaps, it's pretty straightforward, Looks like the bommie on the outer western side. We were part of a group swimming and diving the pass a few years ago, some of the guys were resting, standing on that outcrop.A superyacht arrived intending to go in, blew their horn at them to get out of the way.ah, um, we're standing on something very hard... He eventually caught on and did a circle for another go. As he went past and into the pass, several people called out the Fulaga mantra.. stay in the centre and at the end hang close to the rock(
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  7. You didn't say if this was a charter boat or not? This is known to greatly influence the risk profile and level of caution taken
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  8. Whats the old saying? " If in doubt stay out"
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  9. Open water ie clearing an island, 3-5 NM, depending on area and chart reliability. Use radar to get distance off if there is anything above the surface, or breakers. If in enclosed waters, and I have to move, all available means - chart, Sat pics, different chart, radar, sonar and forward scan. Proceed really slowly. If 3 separate systems do not agree with my fix, I'm not moving!
    2 points
  10. Heading out from Havelock the other morning... turned out to be one of those crystal clear days... no wind that day but some nice but fickle drafts on other days. First time into Tennyson and Elaine... lovely areas. Tucked up into a small cove... a sunset rum then a feed and nestled up by the diesel heater all toasted... Rinse and repeat for 8 days... just the tonic. Every anchorage to ourselves with only a hand full of pleasure boats to be seen.
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  11. Still be a "meh" at 25% aye? Yup. Starters are series-wound motors are pull huge current at 0 rpm but the current rapidly drops as starter revs increase. As long as you are not being stupid (30 seconds engagements repeated without a break), a starter motor will take a LOT of punishment.
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  12. Yes! But that will still will crank your diesel... Unlike a 11v LA. All these things your encountering are the reason I shelved my LTO start battery project 🤣
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  13. Firstly the smashing is during the CC phase (typically called bulk). I charge at 0.9C the recommended is 0.5C the manufacturer max is 1C. Termination current occurs in the CV phase (typically called absorb). Termination current is a function of the manufacturers max voltage and term current. So if the manufacturer states 3.65v @ 0.05C (which mine does) Then we have: I_term=(V_absorb-3.37)/0.28 * 0.05 0.28 comes from 3.65 - 3.37 (3.37v is the voltage at which no charging is occurring). I have found that v_absorb of 3.5v/cell is perfect to provide a good tim
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  14. Nope. It will start quicker, and given the duty cycle of a starter, 15% higher supply voltage is a "meh". I used to do 6v to 12v conversions on VW beetles. StArter was one of the things we left stock standard. Man, they cranked and fired inside one revolution!!!
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  15. The TAO BMS units that I use have simple Mode controls, Keep full, Normal (20% to 80%) Storage (40%-60%). Just select what you want on the menu, and the BMS controls all charge and discharge sources as needed. Keeping LiFePo4 full will reduce it's ultimate cycle life... but it's not a safety issue or anything..
    1 point
  16. We have the Victron GX system that talks to the solar and BMS of our batteries. When I leave the boat, I set the max charge voltage to 13.4v which seems to keep the batteries at about 70%ish. With this system, you can remotely log in and change the settings, so a few days before we go away, I let it charge back to full to be balanced and ready to go when we get on the boat.
    1 point
  17. Correct with Ronstan taking over Fico , these were the first recirculating ball travellers so through Ronstan may be your best bet for spares , boiling water may help with the screws too.
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  18. Well joining the Fred Drift in my own Fred..... I have pre-ordered one of these. Was under $400 . Won't be shipped to me till end of August, and then won't be put to serious use until its used in anger post my yacht rebuild / refit -- but I will try to remember to make comments on the robustness of it once it has been delivered. https://www.joolca.co.nz/products/gottago
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  19. That's what prompted me to ask, but I was trying to keep it apolitical.
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  20. I've heard of stream of consciousness, but never seen a stream of unconsciousness. Until just then ☝️
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  21. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/519317/crew-safely-evacuated-after-rfns-puamau-grounding-incident-fiji-navy https://maritime-executive.com/article/fiji-s-new-patrol-boat-evacuated-after-grounding-on-first-patrol
    1 point
  22. lolz - I see what you did there!
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  23. An ex Crew.orger has been checking the depth near the stricken ship and found it to be minimal -even for foiling.
    1 point
  24. "can you" The short answer is yes. Salt water is a great conductor, swimming with a 96v battery is a stupid idea. If you rewrote your question, perhaps to: Is it likely you'll get electrocuted when a correctly designed electric boat sinks? Then the short answer becomes no.
    1 point
  25. Or leave enough loads running overnight, like the fridge and freezer. It's not a weakness of lfp it's a weakness of the charging solution. Most solar chargers will start again each morning, If your lfp has no loads this will eventually lead to over charging. If you have no permanent house loads then disable charging. On CD we disable all charging including the alternator and shorepower. We can do about 6 winter races before the charging gets enabled again. We have a composting toilet that's continually running a fan but the draw is incidental and is far from enough to a
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  27. At least an order of magnitude less capacity than needed, if true.
    1 point
  28. Welcome to reality, the business of making money comes first, (until the end of June) https://www.greatbarrier.co.nz/commercial-fishers-caught-in-banned-caulerpa-zone-risk-of-invasive-seaweed-reaching-leigh/
    1 point
  29. RNZ understands the suspected caulerpa was found near boat moorings - but Omaha Cove also has a wharf used by commercial fishing boats, including those permitted to work in the controlled areas around Aotea Great Barrier where the pest is rife. Commercial cray fishers have been allowed to continue operating, setting cray posts INSIDE the CAN at Gt Barrier. Hence why Auckland Council thought Leigh Harbour might be a 'high risk' location for an outbreak. I understand the Barrier locals are highly traumatised that while they have been banned from collecting seafood, commercial fishers f
    1 point
  30. Balls up is two - three is a "total balls up"😞
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  31. The question is will they stop us anchoring everywhere or let us anchor everywhere?
    1 point
  32. If Scott had only said that he had waved out to a mystery ketch as they both departed before sunrise on that fateful New Year's Day...
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  33. Just the Northland coast, Sept and Oct. Angela is visiting her (102yo) mum so I'm going sailing.
    1 point
  34. Get two and paint em black .
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  35. 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
    1 point
  36. Meanwhile the Weiti river is full and has a 3 year waiting list. Why don't Hoppers provide 10 and 12 metre berths to provide some more affordable options?
    1 point
  37. I suppose that depends if you are the marine biologist or the contractor....
    1 point
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