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    Frank got a reaction from armchairadmiral in Spying, People sacked....   
    Oh man, that's the funniest response to H and S bureaucracy I have ever read, absolute gold.
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    Frank got a reaction from Sabre in This Weekend's Achievements   
    Finally installed the boarding platform step, all set for summer.


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    Frank reacted to Sabre in This Weekend's Achievements   
    What glue did you use IT?
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    Frank got a reaction from Luigi Vercotti in Covid 19 and liveaboards   
    There is no Plan B, play by the rules and dont get sick !!
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120770940/coronavirus-government-says-it-has-no-plan-b-if-lockdown-fails-to-stamp-out-covid19
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    Frank got a reaction from harrytom in Covid 19 and liveaboards   
    There is no Plan B, play by the rules and dont get sick !!
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120770940/coronavirus-government-says-it-has-no-plan-b-if-lockdown-fails-to-stamp-out-covid19
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    Frank got a reaction from harrytom in Covid 19 - Are you ready to raise sail outa here...?   
    A recovering 38 yr old  Italian patient says the Corona Virus "walks on the legs of people with no symptoms" , spent 6 days wearing an oxygen helmet - life changing Stay in your bubble folks .
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    Frank got a reaction from harrytom in The Slippery Beaver   
    Some of you might find this YW Diamond restoration project interesting, apparently this boat was owned by Chris Bouzaid back in the day. 
     
    I see Puffs profile photo looks to be a similar boat.
     
    https://bstubbing.wixsite.com/slipperybeaver
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    Frank got a reaction from Sabre in Hoisting main single handed   
    You have just insulted 1.2 billion Chinese
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    Frank got a reaction from ex Elly in Vendee race 2020 / 2021 huggo-boss-round-the-world-huggo-latest-design-for-the-vendée-globe-race-in-2020-21/   
    That guy has so much bad luck !  On the passage back from Noumea last week  we had a few sightings near North cape, Humpback I think.
    its cool to watch them from a distance,  so long as they keep their distance
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    Frank got a reaction from Rehabilitated in Vendee race 2020 / 2021 huggo-boss-round-the-world-huggo-latest-design-for-the-vendée-globe-race-in-2020-21/   
    That guy has so much bad luck !  On the passage back from Noumea last week  we had a few sightings near North cape, Humpback I think.
    its cool to watch them from a distance,  so long as they keep their distance
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    Frank got a reaction from Jon in Heat exchanger   
    Hi Matt, et-al.
     
    Well I have the earlier 3000 series MD7B which is still a good runner but raw water cooled. I'm going to convert it to fresh water cooled.
    So if you see a suitable heat exchange somewhere please let me know of you there is an outfit that could build one ?
     
    chrs
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    Frank got a reaction from Fish in Replacement Exhaust Elbow   
    There is some irony in your comments Jason because all three OEM elbows lasted about three seasons and then failed by cracking ! they also clogged up internally and rusted from the inside out.
    When they cracked they leaked hot seawater on to the back of the engine causing yet more corrosion ! 
    They were low quality sand castings so the metal was porous-  not helpful. True the top part of the elbow was cooled but the lower  part  still got very hot.
     
    The elbows are investment cast SS my money says they will outlast the cast iron by a factor of two but I accept they will eventually fail nothing lasts forever. The metal is ductile enough that I don't expect a failure to be catastrophic, we'll see.
     
    I have a laser thermometer so I will report back on the temperature gradient, 
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    Frank got a reaction from harrytom in Crew.org Marine only Forums   
    This thread should be moved to Small Talk    just kidding.
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    Frank got a reaction from Fish in NZ fisheries   
    And here is the riposte from Seafood New Zealand, ripping into Legasea, apparently they are all Eco Warrior Angels. We have nothing to hide but don't put those cameras on the boats eh !
     
    https://www.seafoodnewzealand.org.nz/media/news/news/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=1379&cHash=a2409fe7d383dbfad7c1c7f578ee4f30
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    Frank got a reaction from Kiwifish in A question for divers   
    You can also go as fast as you can if you are travelling through moored vessels or going over the top of the dive flag or diver. The flag should be well visible so the vessel has something to aim for otherwise they risk missing the diver or the boat with the topman.
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    Frank got a reaction from Rehabilitated in Warning “Rogue Sailing Vessel about to enter the Pacific”   
    North Minerva is an interesting spot  the entrance is wide and clear and the lagoon itself seems to have few if any coral heads, its a very  large area . There are supposed to be large crayfish in the reef pools at night but we never saw any, but plenty of Tongans collecting Beche de Mer. Diving on the South Side of the entrance is excellent. If you have decent tackle trolling the reef edge can be exciting.
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    Frank got a reaction from jim s in Stuck Sheave   
    Quite a few ways you could do this, but I would be cautious about too much hammering or you might crack the cast base. My experience with SS in aluminium is I almost always have to drill it out as the corrosion  just totally locks it in . 
     
    Me I would slide a hacksaw blade between the cheeks and cut the shaft in two places, then remove the liberated sheave. 
     
    Then do as Matt says or drill close to the OD and knock it out  ( both sides) get a mate to do the drilling and you sight the drill to ensure it is aligned vertically and horizontally.
     
    Then drill the sheave on a drill press or a lathe, or buy a new one they are cheap enough . If you don't have wire exiting the sheave then use plastic for a replacement and it will always turn.
     
    When you put it back together, just use SS rod leave it slightly  under-flush at both ends and centre pop the perimeter to lock it in. A bit of marine or silicon grease might help if you have to get it out again one day.
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    Frank got a reaction from BNG in Jetboil like contraptions   
    With a bit of patience and an old pot or two you could make something similar to a sea swing. Aluminium and stainless pots are dime a dozen in the op shops these days.
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    Frank got a reaction from ex Elly in NRC marine bio-security charge   
    The NRC are not a fan of worms ...sorry, couldn't resist :-I
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    Frank got a reaction from erice in NZ Politics   
    Seems to me the overall conclusion is that economies are cyclical and we just have ever to deal with it and get on with things. But blaming it on something or somebody is human nature.
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    Frank got a reaction from grant in Who is going to buy our yachts and at what price?   
    Well I know one person who wont have to worry about who will buy their boat because I just bought it, its a Wauquiez Hood 38. 
    Sorry but I cant work out how to post a picture, should be an interesting vessel the idea is to take her offshore in about 2 yrs.
    So they do sell
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    Frank reacted to Island Time in Yacht registration   
    All to avoid Cat 1?
     
    IMO Cat 1 is like a WOF for your boat. The standards and regs come from the sum of the things learnt from issues in the past, and from many more sea miles than any of us have individually.
     
    The only real issue I have with our Cat 1 system is that it is too far behind current technology. Like LED flares, modern construction, cordage, anchors,  as well as electronics etc.
     
    In my experience, the inspectors (bar one) were very reasonable, and would make allowances outside the letter of the rules if you had good reasons for what you had, or why the boat was like it was. Many people have been frightened off even discussing requirements with local inspectors before repeating rumor and innuendo, and thereby propagating  inaccurate info.  My advice is, if you have a boat and are considering Cat 1, talk to your local inspector early, and get him involved. You will find it is not as bad as many make out. If you find you have an issue with one, try a different inspector.
     
    Leaving and returning to NZ is the highest risk passage that many (most?) cruisers make - at least those who come to, and leave from NZ.
     
    If you boat or yourself are not up to the Cat 1 standard, should you be going??
     
    Oh, and finally, if your the skipper of an offshore registered boat, and you return here, Customs will want written proof of the GST status of the vessel, or you will be required to pay GST on entry to NZ.
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    Frank got a reaction from jim s in Pocket Offshore Cruisers   
    Kudos to you ! have you written of the experience  ?
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    Frank got a reaction from Sabre in Pocket Offshore Cruisers   
    Kudos to you ! have you written of the experience  ?
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    Frank reacted to chariot in Who is going to buy our yachts and at what price?   
    The older you get the more the iron headsail gets used. That's why i repowered last year. If it's on the nose and we want to go home, we just push the button. Gone are the days of slogging all the way home with a grumpy first mate.
    People still by good Kiwi boats in good condition. I heard of a Chico 30 recently selling without even advertising it for sale, just word of mouth. Was in excellent condition though. There is a lot of rubbish around and the pile appears to be getting bigger. 
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