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  1. We had our yacht repainted at Vuda point, total cowboys, made an almighty mess which all had to be stripped off before starting again somewhere else. It was two months of horrible work with a sander to get it all off. These were supposedly Vuda point's "recommended contractors" so I made the mistake of trusting them to get on with it while I was away for a few days. Ended up with paint on decks, fittings, windows and even some of the places that were supposed to be painted (but just one very thick coat without any of the necessary sanding or primers first!). The job was contracted to be spraye
  2. Unfortunately everything which really works has been made illegal. Some antifouling still works for some types of fouling but nothing works for all types any more. It might keep the barnacles off but the mussels and the slime are another matter... A quick light scrub every few weeks in summer and every few months in winter, take the fouling off before it gets bad is the most effective solution. Being based at Northcote point you can nip round into little shoal bay and dry out on the tide there to clean the bottom. Nobody seems to mind there as it's full of drying moorings anyway (it has b
  3. Arbo 1096 from Arbosil is the absolute business. One component, sticks very strongly to acrylic (and is designed and tested for that purpose, not just for glass). Easy to work with, relatively easy to clean, not too thick so it's easy to squeeze out. Pretty much everyone uses it as the main product for boat windows in the UK. I've been trying hard to find it in NZ but I can't. If anyone tracks it down here then please let me know. It's not only a really good product but cheap too! Only about $13 for a big cartridge of it. If you need a decent quantity it might be worth ordering it from th
  4. Wheels: There's nothing wrong with gel batteries when using a special gel charger. The OP is using an AGM charger so it's rather academic to discuss the advantages of gel. My analysis was based on the OPs specific requirements rather than a more general comparison of AGM and gel. AGM batteries are the correct solution for the OP and if he's not sure what brand to get then picking the heaviest available at the right physical size is a good rule of thumb to ensure he doesn't buy rubbish.
  5. Gel batteries have much lower charge voltage than AGM. The problem is the batteries you had in it were Gel type not AGM. Gel batteries REQUIRE a special Gel charger which operates at significantly lower voltage than an AGM charger. If you charge a gel battery at AGM or flooded lead acid voltages then bubbles will very quickly form in the gel from overcharging. The bubbles separate the gel from the plates and the battery becomes useless. AGM batteries are much more tolerant and can be charged by a normal lead acid battery charger but they will last longer if you use a charger with special
  6. looks like maybe a chinese copy of an andersen, or a very old andersen? Best get a machine shop to make a cap in a lathe, tight fit, press it on when hot and it'll stay on forever. Custom mechanical engineering jobs like that are not as expensive as you might expect, probably cheaper than the spare part in the unlikely event it is available.
  7. Hydrogen is not happening any time soon. If you want unlimited range then solar panels are a cheap, easy, silent solution. Most boats can carry enough solar to do at least 3 knots in direct sunlight without taking anything from the batteries. Motorboats without shade from rigging and multihulls with more space can go as high as 5 knots in full sunshine or up to 3 knots on a bright cloudy day.
  8. That's probably only the tide not the ocean current. You'd need to add the two together to find the total as ocean currents might be significant around Reinga (and amplified by the shallow water, which the forecast model might not include). There are ocean current forecasts available from saildocs.com which you can download as grib files and view using the grib plugin on OpenCPN. You have to really dig into the documentation for saildocs to find how to request the currents forecast but they are very useful for ocean passages. Just be aware that the forecasts are for quite large grid squar
  9. You're right that keeping it simple is the key. Don't confuse the unknown with complexity though. An electric propulsion system has only one moving part (plus the balls in the bearings if you're pedantic). A diesel has hundreds of moving parts. The starter motor alone has more moving parts than a whole electric propulsion system! Not only that but a diesel vibrates everything else in the boat, potentially causing all sorts of other things to work loose or fail before their time, from hull fastenings around the engine mounts to electrical wiring, even metal fatigue in the rigging. Not
  10. Torqeedo is a quality product which is widely used on commercial vessels in daily use, including our own safety boat. The warranty is two years, not one year. Our main product line for yachts, launches and commercial vessels is Combi. If you want an outboard to last a lifetime and pass to your grandkids then choose Combi. Torqeedo's big boat range is more aimed at performance (lightweight, high speed, high price). For a planing boat, superyacht tender, a very small dinghy or a racing yacht I'd usually recommend Torqeedo. Combi started supplying electric outboards 41 years ago. The ou
  11. I was talking about a tender so I assumed that it would come in the package with a shared yacht. Smaller yachts can use the same outboard on the dinghy and the yacht. It might be a nice idea for clubs with big mooring fields like PYBC or Weiti to have a pool of outboards for their members. Two stroke sales were banned nearly 15 years ago in Europe. They don't need to ban using them because there are hardly any of them left to use. Nearly all the remaining petrol motors are four stroke and the EU should soon be legislating to phase out four stroke as well. They are banned from use
  12. True controllable pitch props are popular on Norwegian workboats and big ships, not seen many outside Scandinavia. Nice things though. It's a completely different way of driving a boat, controlling your speed and often even fwd/reverse with the prop pitch while leaving the engine running at a steady speed. Too big, too expensive and too complicated for most yachts. Our Torqeedo pricing is the best in NZ and we can give a little bit more off if you pay by bank transfer but our margins are pretty tight. Unfortunately Torqeedo pricing in NZ is high due to a long, complicated supply chain, we
  13. If it is in daily use then an electric motor can break even in a year and then you're saving money compared to a petrol or diesel. If you're not using your boat regularly then it will take longer. It's not very sustainable to have boats sitting around not being used, better to join a boat share, hire or charter, that way the electric motor will be fully utilised and can pay for itself in a year on the fuel and maintenance savings. Diesel and petrol need to be phased out in the next ten years so you can expect some serious fuel tax increases and hopefully we'll get free electric charg
  14. They have a website at sailingcinderella.com if anyone is interested in their story. I have invited them to visit the forum here and give their perspective.
  15. Ava and Pajo? They are real sailors who use their sails. They get by with a tiny battery capacity and minimal charging capability. Respect to them for doing it right. It's about having the right attitude, remembering you're on a sailing yacht and not a motorboat with a mast.
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