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  1. If the guy standing at the back put his back into it they’d be away
  2. Firstly we’re in the tropics are you ? Some chart data is very unreliable and other isn’t, plus is it fog or just dark night ? And have I been there before ? Stand off until daylight. Or use satellite imagery data, radar, chartplotter, navionics on another device, in other words all available means including someone on the bow as you can always see or hear something no matter how dark the night is.
  3. Yes Navionics, if you look at the two images Vanuatu Vatu is only visible in one also all systems have there risks, it has a declutter mode effectively that drops stuff as you zoom out, I always create a route not to follow directly but to use as a reference line so I can zoom in and out and still know we are heading in the correct general direction I guess this is so it can be run on mobile devices I’m assuming I like it as I run an iPad in the cockpit and encourage all crew to use it while in watch, when I first sailed offshore navigation was a dark art that was guarded by o
  4. GPS aided groundings are more common than you’d like to think All speculation on my part at this point
  5. Plotting a course from Minerva to Savusavu Put in a few waypoints to go up between the islands in the Lau However you then need to zoom in and follow the route as many things don’t show at low zoom
  6. An Outbound 46 hit Navutu reef in the Lau a couple of nights ago ’Thursdays Child”
  7. Sort of But more like driving a school bus to the limits in bad conditions and 5 kids got killed when you lost control
  8. Swell looked a lot different tonight on news than it did in the doco that was screened earlier A lot more like I’d have expected as we were sheltering not far away
  9. Entry tonight is for SSANZ members only However, with the discount it’s a better deal to join then enter anyway
  10. Entries open tonight at 1900hrs Last time it sold out in minutes, you will be able to buy a ticket from 7pm tonight which will allow you to complete your entry form later on the race portal. The link will only become live at this time, so you may need to refresh your browser You will need, a credit card, your name, email address, ph number, boat name and design. The ticket isn’t transferable however you will be able to swap out co-skipper or boat if you upgrade either https://www.ssanz.co.nz/nt.2025/ Entries are limited to 40 yachts, after this you will be able to join th
  11. Yes we are watching that may need to re asses courses and destination yet but still a week out so lots can change
  12. Entries close tomorrow 30 yachts so far
  13. https://www.ssanz.co.nz/enduro-2024/
  14. Come to the barrier and make Anzac into the last long weekend of the summer season. Starts Thursday 25th at 1305hrs 21 entries already, entries close this Friday 3 courses, Cruising (bring the kids and motor for up to 2hrs if need be) Shorthaul 60nm bit of fun Longhaul 140nm reach, reach, reach. This is a qualification race for next years Northern Triangle (lm doing this division on Pipi) BBQ / Pizzas prize giving at Smokehouse weather permitting
  15. Min of 5m from memory, maybe more. No bridge, it’s the first place you come. Lots of large workboats and the cement ships turn off just prior
  16. Jon

    Three Kings 2024

    Not a hundred percent but believe that they are possibly shorting marks trackers can ping a time as they cross them and race management could call the race at any one of these points Just my guess but I’ve been involved with theses tracker a lot
  17. Not exactly rough, typical to good offshore conditions alloy work hardens and will show very few external signs before breaking As a safety inspector there’s not a lot we can do other than ask the owner to check with the manufacturer or get an engineer to sign off on it/get it x rayed , they can look fine but I’d never use that as a rudder stock. But all materials have their weaknesses, stainless at least tends to crack on the surface long before it weakens in the centre, carbon will make lots of noise usually long before it lets go Biggest job of an inspector is to ask if you
  18. Just register offshore and away you go
  19. Always go larger than you think you need You will find other uses once you have it mounting in battery box is a good idea, however you need to fit a 10 amp breaker on the 230v side as close as possible to inverter
  20. I sailed north Hauled out at Whangārei Marine Centre was half the price of Westhaven
  21. I’ll second Rob, he recently made a small nylon/plastic roller for my bow thruster and had to machine a stainless two piece bolt to fit it. great workmanship and all done in no time at bugger all cost
  22. We have two chart plotters and iPad with navionics, nobody ever looks at the plotters did Fiji last year, never used chartplotters for anything other than AIS The CP are old E80 series, I need to add a wifi hub I believe then I’d get all the plotter info on my iPad
  23. Jon


    To finish first ‘first you must finish’. Aussies started better
  24. As an inspector I’d suggest you get a boatbuilder to do a little exploration, remove some of the glass and see if the corrosion is surface or crevice ? This will dictate your next action, document / photo this process as this will help with insurance and certification etc going forward. Plus an insurance company and safety inspector will accept a qualified boatbuilders recommendation ‘If they need to come out and be rebuilt your still then able to do either all or some of this work but follow the professional advice
  25. Jon

    Route 66 2024

    Spoke to Steve yesterday, he said in his previous yacht he would have been trying to avoid the squalls to prevent roundups However in the Pogo he was looking for them as it just powered up and accelerated forward, the little Elliott was on a different league and apparently they didn’t have the water ballast working. Lots of much bigger boats behind them
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