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DrWatson last won the day on May 26

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  1. Pantaenius Have been sweet for us. Basically didn’t want to see any thing at all. Registration was about it. I specifically asked about how often I needed a rig inspection and was told - “we have no requirements “
  2. Back to electric outboards 80 Ah lithium in a box with 50A fuse strapped to the transom. 9kg minnkota C30 does what it should, charges from the main battery on the boat through a victron Orion DC/DC converter. Doing it again I’d probably get the next or two models up as she’s a mite slow, and I’ll likely put a 500A shunt and a victron bms700 on the battery box to monitor charge. But seems to do a few trips back n forth without running flat. Charges in an hour or two at 18-20amps, so likely had still a bit in it.
  3. nice, I can barely get 200... more like 180. Must be bad gas...
  4. How hot can you get your oven? I find it impossible to get ours hot enough for truly good results
  5. So this wasn't exactly a weekend achievement but here's a rundown of our return trip from Brest to Jersey. Brest-Jersey Arriving late Sat night on the train into Brest, me and 2ic headed down to the Marina where the other crew member had already arrived a few hours earlier and opened up boat, fired up all the systems and loaded food and beer aboard that had been delivered to the Marina office a few hours earlier. He diligently loaded the fridge with as much beer as possible and cranked it up to max. A few hours of getting to know each other, the 3rd crew was a old acquaintance
  6. I very much like these, but the range is really limiting. we’ve gone with the cheapest Minkota I could find (enduro c30; 6.5kg)+ some zincs, and an 80Ah LiFePO4 9kg)from CS batteries. Have installed a 12v charger in the boat so can charge the outboard battery from the house battery. Will be giving it its first run these next two weeks so can report back after that.
  7. Finally made it back to the Fête des Canots in Rolle after a 6 year absence. Family Watson about to dock at Île de Harpes. Managed to pass all these guys - turns out the primary key to speed is light weight and massive sail area. This guy's first time on the tiller, took it very seriously and did pretty well. This guy spent his time practicing his knots.
  8. 3x the price I pay in France... ouch. also, what's their definition of an offshore boat? registered off shore? or is it a visiting boat?
  9. I'm what a bunch of you here colloquially call a raving lefty, I fully support the protection of our marine environment, and I looked at this with my "open" mind thinking, "sh*t we will have to change our EVERYTHING. But... I read the proposal, and then I dug further and read the research reports that had lead to the proposal. No offence intended to the report's authors and researchers, but it was a wholly inadequate and bollox piece of "science" with massive and glaring holes in its design and execution. Predominantly, a huge lack of controls in the hypothesis testing, where assumptions
  10. But those are all operations that involve other members of the public who can reasonably expect safety measures and regulations to be met. If my friend slips over on the deck of my yacht because the anti skid was perhaps a little old should I expect Worksafe to knock on the door and begin an investigation?
  11. I'll do it! But on another note regarding clearing out. I communicated with French customs about procedure to leave the EU and re-enter. Response was, there is no procedure. So how the hell does that work if I want to sail to Panama instead of just over to Jersey? Both are outside the EU... Just load up and sail off??? No Zarpe?
  12. So worksafe now has jurisdiction outside of employment situations? ie. private, non-comercial situations?
  13. How do MNZ/YNZ view the widely accepted European Directive 2013/53/EU on recreational craft? ie. the A through D classification for design and construction? It's understood that NZ has some tough weather, but it takes a special kind of exceptionalism to think that such weather and sea conditions don't also occur in the North Sea or on the Atlantic coast.
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