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  1. Its insane, the cockpit is so sparse and no dodger or pod, almost like it will sail robotically around the world with Alex as a Systems Manager.
  2. We are planning to do a more or less non stop trip from AKL to the Three Kings in the coming season, just to shakedown a bunch of upgrades and fixes. Any suggestions on the best time and conditions ? I had heard that a SW was best or maybe a Westerly, I suppose March is the most settled but its nice to have a decent breeze too.
  3. At that size you are into a law of diminishing returns with exotic construction, the gains are marginal if any. Abel Seaman is on the money, use 3mm marine Gaboon for the hull and glass the bottom to the waterline. Keep the use of solid timber to a minimum and use something light like Kahikatea . Finally watch the painting , as that can add a surprising amount of weight too, often for no gain in durability. You will struggle to build lighter and it wont cost much. There is still a simple pleasure in rowing a well designed lightweight dinghy.
  4. I'm with Zozza on this one, I have seen a yacht passing an anchored tinnie at the back of Ponui, with similar clearance. A gust hit at the wrong moment, the boat rounded up sharply and a collision was avoided by inches. There were several people in the tinnie, the owner was so angry he literally could not speak (yes that angry). I mean 3 ton boat moving at 5 knots What could possibly go wrong ? Its arrogance In my view, might be different in a fleet race with other competitors where it is natural competitive outcome.
  5. This thread should be moved to Small Talk just kidding.
  6. We have a cordless drill of that brand, it wasn't cheap but the quality is superb. if you have a mate travelling to the US you might save a bit so long as it has a 12V charger.
  7. That would be gold for hoisting the main on the Hood.
  8. I did it on my carpenter 29 just as described above, 160 Kg of BUKH 10,piece of cake.
  9. You can go ashore there but only when the tide is low
  10. Frank

    Head piping

    for what it is worth on the aircraft lav plumbing we use Acetic acid same as what you find in Vinegar.
  11. In the first sentence you say GW is a hoax and in the second you seem to imply it is preventable ? ...confusing.
  12. That is a Bri Ski Prop and I thought they went out of business years ago ? I found the geared unit was better in reverse, its a Briski on my saildrive and it has given good service.
  13. Yes I wondered about that, its quite possible so I will talk to the HMB crew.
  14. Hi all, our Hood 38 has a baby stay with the outer forestay and both have furlers. We are hauling out at Half Moon bay in Oct and the previous owner used to reverse the boat into the travel lift to avoid having to remove the outer forestay. With no bow thruster and having a skeg rudder she is a pig in reverse. Is it particularly difficult to disconnect it with a furler installed ? Obviously we will use the baby stay and probably some halyards to support the mast in the meantime.
  15. I recall one called Buckle Up at Pine Harbour many years ago, it was red , I think it was a Rocket 31, could be wrong.
  16. Would you not need to spline the joints before glassing ? that would help to reduce the amount of movement which as observed otherwise will defeat the purpose of glassing. I have also heard of people future proofing classic carvel boats by doing a double diagonal cold moulded skin over the planking.
  17. I hope the winch is powerful enough for the Steel Blls of the Swimmer.
  18. Great if somewhat disturbing photo, looks like the reactor core went critical
  19. Most metals when used in practical applications are Alloys, ie alloyed with other elements, e.g steel being Iron alloyed with carbon and a bunch of other things depending on what qualities you want. 99.999% pure Iron is I'm told quite resistant to corrosion it is just so soft as to be useless.
  20. I wonder how they resist the tendency to round up with such close angles and beamy hulls/sterns. The wider the hull the greater the lateral separation between the drive of the sail and the hull drag, at its worse when you are on the wind , less so when reaching.This force couple tends to make the boat want to round up more, I suppose you could argue that the heel angle moves the centre of drive to leeward compensating for this. Either way there must be some interesting design challenges for the naval architects but its all solved on puters I suppose. This wee trailer sailer used lee boards
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