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  1. Is this still available? I tried to look at the photos but nothing there.
  2. more just remembered... 14. Old wooden jetty at sulphur beach in big shoal bay, next to the little boat ramp near the end of the harbour bridge. Very shallow at low tide but good at high tide if its calm enough. 15. Should be possible to do a quick drop off at Devonport wharf if it's calm enough, don't stop long or a big wake will bump you on it. Very high deck but there are some steps at the side. Watch out for fishing lines. Handy for the ferry into CBD. 16. Matiatia and Kennedy point on Waiheke Island, Islington bay on rangitoto all have good public jetties for pick up/drop o
  3. 1. The fuel dock at bayswater is all-tide 2. the fuel dock at Orakei is accessible all tide. 3. The whole outside of the Western pontoon at Orakei marina is for public pickup/dropoff too but it is very shallow. It would be good at high tide. There's a lack of cleats but there are a few rings to tie onto. The gate to that and the fuel dock (inside the end of the same pontoon) is locked at night but should be open in the daytime (the marina is required to provide public access to that pontoon so complain to security if it's locked). 4. The pontoons at the landing boat ramp on the
  4. I'm now running "The NZ Electric Boat Co" up in Kerikeri so I have acquired a bit of knowledge on this subject, we've been equipping a few boats with propulsion batteries. For our own hire boats which are intensively used commercially, if they can take the weight then we use conventional flooded Trojan L16H ("Motive" branded) lead acid batteries. These are about the heaviest duty 6v traction batteries out there and high quality. You can discharge them quite deeply while still getting a decent cycle life. If you buy a lead acid battery which has really good deep cycling performance th
  5. I've heard of rod rigging but steel sheets sound a bit heavy. How do you get them around the winch?
  6. syohana


    Kiwigrip is fantastic and a pleasure to apply, with a few gotchas: 1. Be very careful to apply it in warm, dry weather but NOT in direct sunlight. Too hot and the texture will be very uneven. 2. Too humid or too cold (less than 10 degrees at any time in the next 3 days) and it won't dry properly and will peel off in patches. Awful mess, very hard to remove and start again. Don't ask how I know this. If conditions are marginal, don't risk it. If they are anything under 20 degrees apply it thin to be on the safe side. 3. Make sure there is zero chance of rain or dew until it is fu
  7. White vinegar will kill most kinds of mould.
  8. Insurance underwriters are mostly London based and therefore tend to think highly of the RYA Yachtmaster qualification (and rightly so). It isn't recognised in NZ for commercial use but if you're not intending to operate commercially here then the Yachtmaster is the way to go. You'll learn a lot too. Make sure to take the exam in tidal waters because the non-tidal certificate doesn't have the same prestige. NZ Coastguard do arrange Yachtmaster courses in NZ I believe, but nothing beats doing it in the Solent if you have the opportunity. Yachtmaster Offshore is sufficient for most insurers but
  9. The predictwind price doesn't include unlimited data and 150 mins calls until end of June, that's worth an extra $200. Also looks like the predictwind price is plus GST and plus shipping from iridium in the USA. Maybe you get to pay import tax too! I think you'll pay a lot more than $1080 by the time you get to checkout. It's almost brand new, I think $900 is fair but I'll consider offers if it doesn't sell before the credit expires.
  10. Including an active sim card with unlimited data and 150 mins calls until the end of June. Buy it quick to make use of this credit which expires end of the month! Useful if only to practice using the device before you use it for real. We are in Opua, perfect if you are planning to go offshore from here. Condition is as new with box, manuals, charger and accessories. Also including a spare Sim card which you can activate any time with no minimum term. Use the unit for a single trip then cancel the sim and activate a new sim for the next trip, saves a lot of money!
  11. I purchased the panels in about may 2016 and got the tribunal hearing in july 2017, got the refund a couple of months after that. The guy I dealt with at AA solar was called Pierre. Quite possible ownership could have changed. Soon after losing at the tribunal they stopped selling flexi panels, having learnt that you can't just opt out of refunding for faulty goods by stating "no warranty" on the invoice! Everyone who bought these dodgy panels from any NZ seller for non-commercial use was and is legally entitled to a full refund. AA tried to wriggle out of paying by saying we were a ch
  12. I bought 8 panels from AA solar. They promised a 5% bulk discount on the whole v order but when I turned up to collect the panels they refused to give the discount on the other charge regulators and cabling, just the panels themselves. They did state that these panels tended to fail and had no warranty, but they also said they were no worse than any other flexible panel. I installed them glued down with Sikaflex to the coachroof and they were never bent or stepped on. Within a couple of months the first panel failed - one cell got so hot that it burnt right through the top of
  13. The inner seal doesn't do much, it's mainly just to keep dirt off the main seal and to stop water collecting in there causing corrosion. It's often wrongly described as a backup to the main seal but the clip holding it on is pretty useless and it would pop off if there was any pressure behind it. Other saildrive manufacturers don't even have a secondary seal. The main seal should be replaced after 7 years if it has been heavily used or had sharp shells growing on it. When it gets very old and stiff it fails very gradually (cracks let in a very little water) over a long period of time.
  14. His insurance would have paid for the damage to the yacht and loss of use, which is why the $400 was for emotional harm only. Sounds like the yacht owner wasn't on board at the time so $400 doesn't seem unreasonable for emotional harm only.
  15. usually the jackstay should be as near the centre line of the vessel as possible and should run from a strong point right by the companionway to mast, so you can clip on before you leave the cabin. Your tether length should be set short enough that it is impossible to go over/through the guardrail. Ideally the jackstay should be raised so your hook doesn't drag on the deck making noise and damaging paint. This is possible if it is tied to the mast. Ours is tied up to the mast with weaker cord to hold it above the deck and then the end fixed strongly to the deck padeye so if the mast is
  16. Try Fairway Bay marina adjacent to gulf harbour, it's small with friendly management, a community feel and was welcoming to live-aboards when I was there a few years ago. Gulf harbour has a few live aboards too. If you want to be central then can't beat Westhaven but it's very expensive and only allows liveaboards on the one pontoon which has pump-outs at every berth. NZ rules on holding tanks are strict so make sure to buy a boat with a big tank and look for a berth close to a pump out facility or with easy access to the open, deep sea if you intend to live aboard. If in Auckland you have
  17. syohana

    Forestay cleat

    I found an article about Gerry and his hooklever, with a photo and email address for him, it's also 5 years old though: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/boating/cruising/9252871/Alvah-Simon-Those-Clever-Kiwis
  18. syohana

    Forestay cleat

    The rigger at Norsand boatyard in Whangarei makes his own special design of removable forestay tensioning lever which would probably be ideal for this purpose and as he makes them himself he could customise it for you if necessary. He talked to me about them about 5 years ago so I don't know if this info is current but if you call Norsand boatyard I expect they can put you in touch with him. I think his name is Gerry or Jerry. Even if he's not making them now I'm sure he'd have good advice for you.
  19. The jetty is available now and I also have two pile moorings for up to 14.7m length available - long term preferred but short term berthing is available meanwhile so get in touch!
  20. syohana


    Sorry if this upsets anyone who thinks their Yanmar is a "purpose built marine engine" but Yanmars are converted tractor engines, just like Kubotas. See yanmartractor.com. Also, John Deere engines and tractors are rebadged Yanmars which is why you don't see Yanmar tractors in countries where John Deere are sold. There's really no difference between a Beta or Nanni based on the Kubota tractor engine or a Yanmar based on a Yanmar/John Deere tractor engine, except the silly price of spare parts. For the Kubota-based engines you can readily buy the parts at tractor prices, Yanmar not so ea
  21. St Peter Port is in Guernsey not Jersey (A beautiful little port with insane tides). The main port in Jersey is St Helier but in fact Jersey registered boats (except those actually owned by locals) are required to put "Jersey" as the port of registry on their stern, not St Helier.
  22. Pitcairn island are looking for new residents with engineering abilities, due to the dwindling population they are offering strong incentives to move there and they will definitely give you free land and may well even give you a free house. You could sail there but I strongly recommend you don't attempt it in that yacht! On arrival you'll discover there is no harbour and not even a safe anchorage on the island, but that suits them, they like being isolated. I've been to Pitcairn and on the whole it's a beautiful, clean, isolated place where eccentrics are welcomed. 4 supply ships a year a
  23. Well I'm amazed that not only the MNZ report but everyone commenting on the forum seem to have missed the one key thing which could and should have prevented this accident. TRYSAIL TRYSAIL TRYSAIL !!!!!!!!!! There is a reason trysails do not have a boom. This accident is the reason. Sadly in recent years trysails have fallen out of fashion but they are still as essential for downwind offshore sailing as they always were. In the conditions described (downwind in 48 knots) there is absolutely no way that a large boom should have been in use at all. A preventer is not a solution no matter
  24. 99% of the time I would tend to agree but there's always that 1% of the time where it's necessary and you don't have the time to undo the rusted up shackles on the anchor and insert one, or you don't anticipate that it will be necessary. Example: Summer, UK south coast, wind switches from sea breeze to land breeze twice a day, meanwhile tide also turns twice a day. You will keep swinging round in circles, turning in the same direction every time! Will become a problem after a few days. Worse example: Anchored in a tide eddy with no wind, you'll go round in a circle every 5 minutes unti
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