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Everything posted by DrWatson

  1. Beautiful views out over the BOI, bream bay, and AKL as we came in to land on Sunday morning. iPhone not really doing it justice.
  2. Saw two gulls going for a cruise…
  3. As we head to Brest for another week of headwinds, I note that we’ve been noticed and photographed at some point by a marinettaffic member. It’s always so hard to get pics of your own boat under sail.
  4. There’s a huge difference in boat volume between a 26ft boat and a 32ft boat. Those are 6 very large feet.
  5. Last weekend. Brest to St Marin and back.
  6. I have a stern anchor, 14kg FOB, not ready to deploy, but still shackled to 25m chain and 40 warp. Also have a fortress in the lazarette. Have been meaning to get a stern line for use in the med etc. but been struggling for ways and space to keep it. I mean I have too much excess weight already - especially as Firefly’s a v light boat. reading this I think I’ll unshackle the FOB and use the chain and warp as my stern line - at the very least it’ll make the tackle easier to retrieve from the lazzarette if it’s in pieces.
  7. This is a concept that has not escaped me … I do have a mooring, too.
  8. Trailer yachts cost a fair amount less over their lifetime , I’m convinced
  9. Well, on this side of the planet we didn’t exactly cut it short, but it was chilly and relatively little wind for the first trip away on FIREFLY as a couple - no Kids. First time in 4.5y we get a weekend alone.
  10. We have coded our jackets with different coloured cordage. Each crew member is shown how to fit and use the jacket, I check fitting, and each crew remembers their colour. It’s theirs for the trip. Hydrostatic triggers. double crotch straps. plastimo. 150N. Comfortable. No idea what they’re like inflated. The water here is bloody cold at the best of times so I’m not rushing to get in and test - I should change that, though.
  11. Shall I give the real list or the list for this weekend - being the first long weekend away ever with my wife on her boat, sans kids.
  12. My boat was brand new in 2019 - it still has a list…nothing major, but a list nonetheless. Things like: Install Radar, danbuoy, additional electricity generation, crew set of ais beacons, couple small gelcoat chips, stich on some halyard covers, storms’l, plugs for the electric motor charging, wiring in the espresso machine, building a toolbox/roll, relocating the water maker, replacing that usb charge point that drowned when the water maker shat itself, replacing the zip sliders on two squab covers because I’m an idiot and didn’t learn the first time… hate to think how the list
  13. It was quite an exceptional month- I think there were 2 severe storms, one much akin to the other, within a week. Something like category 2 level on the Saffir Simpson scale? Seem to remember numbers like 90kts being bandied about. I sat at Birkenhead for an hour or so watching my little keeler pitch violently. Decided there was nothing I could do. Went home.
  14. Make sure you don’t leave a fender over the exhaust…I’m aware through the grapevine that this has happened in the past. The yards don’t like having to take a nearly brand new boat back to rebuild the aft quarter! It messes with their production schedules
  15. Keeping the German registration is ok, so long as the new owner qualifies to have a German registered ship (possibly you don't - can't remember German requirements), but legally the skipper needs the qualification of the flag state - if you're sailing out of NZ. Many places won't ask you see your qualification, but some will.
  16. Cut up a pair of your old redbands and screw them to the bulkhead?
  17. Tuts even made the news in Zurich… Feels slow getting support up to them… (Tonga I mean)
  18. yeah, from the most recent modelling , looks to be tracking a bit further east before dropping down.
  19. Partly correct, Yes, NZ citizen, but the boat is registered in Jersey and owned by a German who lives in Switzerland. Jersey is not the UK, although the Jersey Registry is (somehow) a part of the UK registry. The Aussie reg option is intersting. Usually, one needs the qualification required by the flag state. Do you need an Aussie license to operate an Aussie flagged vessel? Jersey don't require the skipper to have any formal qualifications. Just a thing to think about. This is why we didn't register in Germany, nor in Switzerland. Regarding checking out on your NZ or AU
  20. report to DoC? take photos?
  21. How’s it gonna work out up there with the new dolphin rules?
  22. Xmas cruising plans? Well such is the situation over here that ours will be a lap of the lounge followed by a lap of the kitchen. Unless we’re extremely lucky I doubt there’s gonna be any other laps in oth
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