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  1. The whole thing has been an unwanted distraction for Team NZ, on the flip side this cant be good for the reputation of Mayo and Calder. On Fri they still had the AC on their website, I see it is gone now and the ACE are suing, it will be interesting to see what the legal judgment is as to the extent of accountability. Having Dalts as CEO of ETNZ and ACE is tricky but I'm not sure it would work any other way.
  2. She is a pretty looking vessel what is the design ?
  3. I agree with the comments from IT and wheels and bear in mind the core engine for the smaller volvos is a Shibaura/Perkins Volvo then buy their engines from Perkins, all three names are on the OEM plate for my D1-20 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibaura_(company) https://www.oemoffhighway.com/engines/press-release/10945825/perkins-and-ihi-shibaura-continue-joint-venture-to-bring-compact-engines-to-equipment-industry
  4. Maybe do the sea trial with the tech on the throttle and get them to floor it for a good bit, if anything breaks I presume they will be responsible ? if not at least it gives you some confidence that it is not likely to be damaging. Its rare I suppose but there is a small chance it might self resolve with time if fuel related. If they have a spare MDI maybe they could temporarily install that and so eliminate any possibility of it being caused by the smarts ? I assume it could only affect the fuel cutoff solenoid as mentioned earlier.
  5. Good Job !! We are looking at importing a Milwaukee 28V right angle drill eventually.
  6. Frank


    Michael Churchouse is my wife's uncle. PM me if you want to get in touch, I think Michael, Judy and the family would be keen to hear from you.
  7. Blimey ! hopefully an insurance job IT ?
  8. I'll check back with him, I'm probably misquoting, he found the issue on the Kubota.
  9. I showed the video to the technician, he thought it was Diesel Knock , ie combustion related. There are several possible causes but he suggested to start by inspecting the timing gears for missing teeth.
  10. Try Hauraki Marine Services, the business is based in Welsford. Naturally all the contractors are subject to the vagaries of weather and equipment issues, most seem reluctant to disrupt routine and visit an area for a single job.
  11. I have a D1-20 SD , curiously the core engine is a Shibaura , they have a JV with Perkins https://tractors.fandom.com/wiki/Perkins_Shibaura_Engines.Volvo then buy from Perkins, go figure. My money is that its combustion/fuel related, the problem being, there are many potential causes as suggested by all above. I am working with an excellent diesel technician right now to resolve a stubborn fuel delivery problem on a 3 cyl Kubota, he works on the Cook St ferries when not on stand down. I'm meeting him at 9am today to hopefully get the final fix in place, he is based in Papakura ,
  12. Sailing Zatara's recent video interview with Fiji Immigration and Customs explains their Blue Lane Process very well and it looks like they have covered all aspects. Perhaps this could be a template for NZ at some point in the future, however In terms of Covid and the economy the Gummints focus beyond returning kiwis seems to be working out how to allow entry for skilled labour.
  13. I have a Volvo SD and I agree with IT, also I'm sure you will transmit vibration to the hull negating one of the benefits of an SD. The fairing boots are not particularly expensive so I'm curious as to why you would contemplate this ?
  14. Chrs for that ! I wonder if a wrap would be prone to damage from travel lift slings ? particularly with heavy displacement yachts.
  15. Hi Jay, could you advise the size of the yacht, the ballpark cost and what sort of prep was required, perhaps also how long the process took. chrs
  16. I use Hemples and agree with the comments above, but has anyone tried Macglide or Flowsilikon from MPSNZ ? these are silicon coatings of some sort. . We have a small test board in our local estuary and the fouling rate is about the same but it wipes off so easily it is damn near falling off. The coating is tough so when cleaning you are not losing the AF like with ablative. Anecdotally I hear it is very expensive and must be applied by an approved technician, also like Copper Coat it is good for several years apparently. Keen to hear of any experiences with it.
  17. It will probably turn up eventually, shipping at the moment is very disrupted.
  18. When reaching with this sail I would play around with strapping down the sheet so the turning block/point is much further forward rather than running it all the way aft You can do this simply by just tying an open loop around the sheet and strapping it to a genoa car or any handy tie point that is strong enough..Lead it aft to a cleat in the cockpit and then play around with the tension. I'm no sail trim guru but this always seemed to make quite difference on my old boat,. I think this is called a barber hauler but the racing experts might correct me on that. https://ww
  19. Chrs, ours is a heavy boat so there is probably little or nothing to be gained from sailing anything other than a direct course downwind . That said, it it is a stiff boat and happily absorbs the power of the MPS which is broad shouldered and seems vast when set (masthead rig) . It has a sock so is easy to deploy and so long as it is not blanketed it sets well and seems very stable so we will use it when the situation suits, probably on the longer passages like a SW to GB. The boat is a Hood 38 https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/hood-38-wauquiez
  20. My mate has installed two of these purchased from Aliexpress one in his camper van and another in his boat, I checked out the camper van unit yesterday, and it was pumping out an impressive amount of heat. It was also very quiet running inside the van. I should say he has exceptional skills, and has the time to do the installation himself, his work is immaculate. He thinks they are fine https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10000005713998.html?src=google&src=google&albch=shopping&acnt=494-037-6276&isdl=y&slnk=&plac=&mtctp=&albbt=Google_7_shopping&a
  21. Frank

    Farr 38

    I think production shifted to Oz eventually.
  22. Frank

    Farr 38

    A yacht called Lionheart foundered off Whangaroa in 83 , I think it was a Farr 38 returning from offshore, it was a terrible tragedy. I recall the slightly uncommon name of the skipper was the same as a bloke I went to school with, I always wondered if it was the same person, he survived as I recall, nice bloke.
  23. When hunting for an offshore cruising boat we were advised to put speed and comfort in the proper perspective since we would spend way more time at anchor than passage making. In the market place we were constrained by budget so newer models were out of reach and we wanted to avoid "Project Boats". The trick then was to find a tried and true design with no deferred maintenance and up to date equipment, we found something in the end, not perfect but it has worked out. Good Luck !
  24. You want a "low maintenance boat" Let me know when you find one of those
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