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  1. So, the last two days of our cruise were a little marred by the following effect. Intermittent but can be reproduced sort of. Run motor and potter along the coast for 2-3 hours. sail for 3h or so, then start motor for manouvering. Does this in idle at neutral and when engaged in FWD but at idle, at least sometimes, then went away when increased to 1200 rpm... It's not a sound and effect I enjoy so we stopped using the engine and only manoeuvred under sail after this. Called the Volvo service centre, they sent a tech, and of course we couldn't reproduce it. Didn't have the video to show hi
  2. Climbed the mast on Firefly two weeks ago and lubed and checked everything from the top to the bottom. Silicon grease. Careful to only spray into the track a couple of times at various heights - didn’t want the wheels on the cars just sliding on the outside of the track. Continued the procedure on everything on deck. Main whistles up and down now like a high speed train. Makes putting in a reef much easier. Cars go up and down the track more easily and at a wider range of angles than before.
  3. This ^^^ x100 There's a huge difference between being good and knowledgable and being able to teach. Or even worse examine someone's knowledge. Example. What's the difference in the meaning of the following two statements? 1. "A vessel viewed from its port side." 2 "A vessel, of any size, viewed from its port side." 3. "A vessel, with or without grandmothers, viewed from its port side." ...
  4. “Naval Blockade” sells better than “welcoming committee”...
  5. That video makes me wanna move home tomorrow...
  6. Also my sentiments and I watched a couple of their vids. The epitome of what not to be when cruising. There’s a lot of people doing the cruising and vlogging thing and very few are worth watching.
  7. You could glue the radar mount on... not kidding. 5200 or something. I'll glue something to my mast once I decide to cough up the 800euros for the mount....
  8. Yep. Water supply needs to be owned by public. Should not be for profit. Ever. What's next? Air? But being less political - Is the problem so badly managed that we're seriously looking at desalination? Massive energy costs associated with that...
  9. Right now Windy is predicting a nice 10k across th gulf... looks like a great day for a sail...
  10. No worries, I certainly didn’t think that.
  11. Hang a beach towel over it. If you can't see it you won't worry...
  12. these landed on my phone over night.
  13. Thanks Steve, I think I'll look that up. 3M 5200 would also do a bang up job of holding that on the boom, I expect.
  14. Both great ideas. Had been considering something like this, but decided to start simple. Last night i managed to cut and fold two hems and attach one webbing loop in a corner. All held together with sailmaking tape. Spare time is not something I'm particularly blessed with at this point. Will see how it works out and when I've a little more time I really like the idea of something that actually attaches each side of the boom.
  15. Next project for me is a boomtent. Sounds simple but getting 2x3.4 m lengths of sunbrella to move smoothly through the domestic sewing machine as you attempt your first ever felled flat seam on the Long Edge is actually kinda hard...
  16. 6x Cockpit cushion covers in batyline. 14h and lots of cursing. But better than 900euros.
  17. Yeah we have a masthead tri. When motoring, the masthead anchor light serves as stern and steaming. Stern light on the pushpit it on its own circuit. Ive never noticed much interference from the sidelights when I’m in the cockpit. The lowers are only used when motoring. So generally there’s no reflection from the sails. The lowers are mounted above the sheer, and the cabin cuts in as you go forward, so they clearly visible from dead ahead. I guess you wouldn’t see both from dead ahead if you were in a rubber dinghy and closer than 5-8m to the bow. But thy work, they’re bright and t
  18. Any updates? Glad to hear Everyone ok. Pic I saw looks like she’ll be quite the hazard in the start box. Any word on hauling her out before the current takes her? I expect that to sink in a few seconds like that, the damage must be considerable - and would take someone very dedicated to the cause to take it on. Seem to remember that when Gypsy went down, took a bit to find her after a few tides.
  19. It’s the daily mail... this piece has the same value as them reporting the plans my 2y old has to install a second sun. Basically pull a big number out of your arse and show some pretty pictures and add some catchy words of the Zeitgeist. It‘s diversionary click bait at its best. 450 billion??? What is it made of? 100% platinum? while the masses waste their time reading this, the thieves make off with another 100billion and steal yet more of the public estate.
  20. My port n stb lights are mounted on the pushpit frames. Likely only works on boats where the widest beam is fully aft... Ca see them here, little white jobbie
  21. Operational speed 16 knots. Not unusual for the performance specs of military ships to be unclear in the public domain. 100,000 litres a day is also not that much. My boat will do nearly a 1000...
  22. Must be below sea level now?
  23. Rant. You cant' keep your cake and eat it too. Some people screaming for the borders to open, other people screaming for them to shut and exclude even NZ citizens. Other people screaming that their rights are being removed and then crying for NZ citizens to essentially be incarcerated. Quarantine, and disease control is a very tricky business, and what we've learnt and are being shown is that in general half the population are below average intelligence. There will always be people in positions of authority that exceed their capability, be they politicians (on both sides), health au
  24. OK, We'll once it's installed, maybe you can go take a photo of it for me
  25. I always read the whole article Still 14 days. 28 days refers to time on ship (transit). No sentence above, nor in the article, says 28 days quarantine. Managed Isolation is 14 days unless you've been 28 days or more at sea and no signs of sickness, then no managed isolation. 28 days is double the earlier 14 day onboard requirement. RNZ has a clearer article: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/419577/cabinet-expands-cruise-ship-ban-mandatory-tests-guidelines-for-travellers-ardern "The government also extended the cruise ship ban beyond 30 June, for a furthe
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