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  1. Frank

    Finn Gold Cup

    Its just great to see another generation of NZ sailing talent rocking it on the world stage, gotta keep the production line moving !
  2. The non legal status notwithstanding its Interesting that the local Iwi seem to be more proactive than MPI, good on them I say !
  3. I live in Cocklebay, those beds have been hammered for years, a ban was long overdue.
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    Spinnaker Net

    The boat is strictly a boozer ... cruiser so marginal sailing conditions are verboten since the risk of ethanol spillage is unacceptably high , the rope shall thus be put to a better use.
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    Spinnaker Net

    I was rummaging through a locker on our ex US boat when I found a rats nest of seemingly unused but nice quality racing braid, it was labelled Spinnaker Net. I've never heard of such a thing but the web shows that it is hoisted to occupy the fore triangle to prevent a spinnaker wrap. I cant see us ever using this thing and clearly the previous owners didn't, also it looks to be a potential nightmare to rig. I'd be interested to hear peoples thoughts on this before I re-purpose the rope.
  6. 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.
  7. I read somewhere that your typical hydrocarbon fuel is in a range of 35 to 45 times more energy dense than the best battery, pretty hard to close that gap. Also a battery does not get lighter as it discharges which is a bummer for electric aircraft. TallyHo at the Sampson boat company is installing a hybrid BETA diesel.
  8. Mmmm... looking at a few NZ outlets the 1103c is about $4900 , presumably a fair chunk of that is the Lithium battery, the 2hp Yamaha is $999. I get the bit about the cost saved in fuel etc but at nearly 5 x the cost its a big ask. I'm guessing prices will come down in time as they will for electric cars. With the brushless motor in the hub and a much reduced parts count overall the skin would look to be much cheaper to manufacture at scale.
  9. Great information there, many thanks, I'm just waiting for a reasonably priced 2hp electric outboard.
  10. Ditto removing a 160kg twin cylinder volvo on a Carpenter 29, piece of cake.
  11. Well they wont be eathing Tarakihi anytime soon https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/438931/tarakihi-shrinks-to-15-percent-of-original-population-despite-measures
  12. Kenny Read was brilliant , I think you can use a VPN service to get around the geo blocked You Tube feed, its quite cheap. We had the same problem in NZ with the racing in Bermuda which could only be viewed on Sky, but we eventually were able to watch it on Cricfree.
  13. Agreed , commentators after Bermuda said get rid of the "Old Man TV " coverage model aka Sky Sports. Ken, Nathan and Shirley were outstanding, the only issue was I could never get enough bandwidth to watch it on my ph without buffering even with the bit rate dialled down.
  14. Ditto for our Perkins, great service too.
  15. I wonder how much the mussel farms contribute to the Schnapper biomass as a convenient non mobile feeding station full of yummy Molluscs
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    Dinghy choice

    The beachmaster wheels come in two versions, one of which is removable
  17. Does anyone know where I might source a complete burner assembly for an alcohol fuelled SS marine stove ? Its a primus burner I think but the manufacturer was Seven Seas Marine, alternatively if someone has some spares or an old one they don't want let me know ? P. S I'm aware of the outlet in CHC but they have limited parts. Chrs
  18. Rosenfeld and Kidson in Mt Wellington usually have teak https://rosenfeldkidson.co.nz/. prepare your wallet for a shock though as its damn expensive. I use Iroko when replacing old teak parts that are left to be weathered such as handrails etc, its more affordable and just as good for strength and durability in my experience. I was in Belize a few years back where the coach driver pointed out a teak plantation, the trunks were maybe 100 mm in diameter at the most , he said they were panted when he was a child and he was 44 yrs old at the time.
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    herald ban?

    RNZ news - but it can be a day or two behind Scoop- Scoop.co.nz
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    herald ban?

    No self respecting chip would allow itself to be wrapped in the Herald, shocking !
  21. Given their driving they might be on some sort of "plant" the trophy wife cars are sometimes referred to as B*tch Boxes. The Show Pony double cab utes are a head scratcher to me, you never see anything in the tray presumably in case they get dirty or scratched LOL, I even saw one where there was a Ski Rack mounted on top of the tray cover !. All that metal, power and bulk for little practical purpose.
  22. Elon Musk postulates that all forms of transport burning fossil fuels are highly subsidised since none of them pay the cost of the carbon pollution, Its like running a business, and fly tipping the waste. This may change as the fleet electrifies but for now I doubt that any amount of transport taxes are even close to meeting the cost of carbon.
  23. For a while I was getting a lift to work with an american who was a Field Service rep for GE engines he thought our roads were really good ! I can only assume he was comparing them to US roads. Another US couple I new complained bitterly about the high taxes in California, by the time they added them all up they reckoned it was over 50% of their income. Driving around the US there are lots of concrete roads/highways, I was told they handle temperatures extremes better.
  24. Looks like my old Bri-Ski, they were made in NZ and are still in business just google Bri ski propellers NZ. I sold one the other day for $150 which cost me $1500 new, never had a problem with performance fwd or reverse.
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    prada 4, 29 Jan

    I try not go there, its like calculating how long it took to earn the money as I glug my favourite craft beer, best just to enjoy the experience.
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