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    Jon got a reaction from armchairadmiral in Price for Davidson 28 1977   
    The dearest boat is usually the cheapest in the long run.
    If you spend 10k over the odds on a good boat all you are doing is paying up front for less hassles down the track.
    Just get it surveyed as long as the ply has been looked after which will show up in the survey, plenty of glass of that age that is stuffed and cutting and scarfing in new isn’t that hard however delaminates spongy glass may not be easily fixed
    Brokers doesn’t want you to buy a cheap boat as it not worth his time to do the deal, just as much work for him in a 10k sale as a 100k sale
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    Jon got a reaction from 44forty in Best budget keelboat racing around? Piedy?   
    Rocky has to be great value (read “or near offer“ he’s bought another.)
    If cost of ownership is an issue then get someone to go halves or thirds ?
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    Jon reacted to Fish in Coastal 2020   
    Again I'd like to highlight the comments about how good the party was.
    Is the Coastal Classic a yacht race or a party?
    The quality of the racing is being substantially degraded to enable a better party.
    The event starts on the Friday of a long weekend. It is possible to have a substantially later cut off time and still get Auckland boats back home in time for work on Tuesday.
    The Coastal has become a completely binary race with one set of weather conditions to be considered a good race (SW 25-35). There are so many elements and nuances of yacht racing, especially overnight / distances races that can come into play, if the race wasn't artificially constrained by the early cut off time.
    I started distance racing in the UK with the JOG and RORC channel racing. No organised parties, the party started when all the crews got in, and opened the rum. Whenever that was. But there was such a diverse range of conditions and experiences. Sneaking into Cherbourge in a sea fog with a light house loom, the green flash at sunset mid channel, stonking kite runs down channel with the wind up our chuff, concentrating hard and drifting across a calm painted ocean to catch the tide into St Peter port, upwind beats, big seas, calm seas. Trying to beat around tidal gates (similar to getting around Cape Brett).
    Now the Coastal is limited to SW 25, and a certain type of boat. It is excluding large numbers of existing boats. Contrast to the SSANZ series, who are enabling a very wide range of boats to compete, and finish. Numbers are going through the roof. And they still manage a social side / party as well.
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    Jon reacted to Island Time in Seafaring nation?   
    Totally different argument, sorry. General tourists (by plane) pose a huge and difficult to control (expensive to quarantine) risk to NZ.
    The cruising sailboats, on the other hand, are easy to quarantine (anchor out, remove dinghy, or behind barriers on wharf/marina) for the little time they have left in quarantine. Then take the economic benefit that they can provide. 
    On a daily basis, the average cruiser will spend less than the average tourist, but as they are here longer, and often refit, it adds up...
    Little risk, with good benefits, we should do it. IMO.
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    Jon got a reaction from Clipper in A Cup without spectators   
    I think people’s attitudes will change when they see two yachts match racing at 50kts on a narrow track close to land
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    Jon got a reaction from Deep Purple in A Cup without spectators   
    I think people’s attitudes will change when they see two yachts match racing at 50kts on a narrow track close to land
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    Jon got a reaction from Rangi1 in A Cup without spectators   
    I think people’s attitudes will change when they see two yachts match racing at 50kts on a narrow track close to land
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    Jon got a reaction from CarpeDiem in Dinghy fantasy   
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    Jon reacted to Romany in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    The more I follow this the greater the feeling that it would be poor form not to donate.
    This guy really is risking life and limb. 
    I wonder what it must be like to live in a country that values and funds the protection of its heritage? 
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    Jon got a reaction from lateral in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    He’s obviously in good spirits
    Single handed sailors seem always to be glass half full people 
    Heres his latest blog
    The call of the kea
    Tue Sep 15 2020
    Sitting on a mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of the track. There was an awful lot of sail flogging going on at times when the boat rounded up on the big waves. I am going to have a long hot shower, put some clean clothes on, eat a decent meal and toast my feet in front of the fire. As Ratty said to Mole: “There’s simply nothing half as much fun as messing around in boats”.
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    Jon got a reaction from w44vi in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    He’s obviously in good spirits
    Single handed sailors seem always to be glass half full people 
    Heres his latest blog
    The call of the kea
    Tue Sep 15 2020
    Sitting on a mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of the track. There was an awful lot of sail flogging going on at times when the boat rounded up on the big waves. I am going to have a long hot shower, put some clean clothes on, eat a decent meal and toast my feet in front of the fire. As Ratty said to Mole: “There’s simply nothing half as much fun as messing around in boats”.
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    Jon got a reaction from harrytom in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    He’s obviously in good spirits
    Single handed sailors seem always to be glass half full people 
    Heres his latest blog
    The call of the kea
    Tue Sep 15 2020
    Sitting on a mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of the track. There was an awful lot of sail flogging going on at times when the boat rounded up on the big waves. I am going to have a long hot shower, put some clean clothes on, eat a decent meal and toast my feet in front of the fire. As Ratty said to Mole: “There’s simply nothing half as much fun as messing around in boats”.
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    Jon got a reaction from jim s in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    He’s obviously in good spirits
    Single handed sailors seem always to be glass half full people 
    Heres his latest blog
    The call of the kea
    Tue Sep 15 2020
    Sitting on a mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of the track. There was an awful lot of sail flogging going on at times when the boat rounded up on the big waves. I am going to have a long hot shower, put some clean clothes on, eat a decent meal and toast my feet in front of the fire. As Ratty said to Mole: “There’s simply nothing half as much fun as messing around in boats”.
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    Jon got a reaction from ex Elly in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    He’s obviously in good spirits
    Single handed sailors seem always to be glass half full people 
    Heres his latest blog
    The call of the kea
    Tue Sep 15 2020
    Sitting on a mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of the track. There was an awful lot of sail flogging going on at times when the boat rounded up on the big waves. I am going to have a long hot shower, put some clean clothes on, eat a decent meal and toast my feet in front of the fire. As Ratty said to Mole: “There’s simply nothing half as much fun as messing around in boats”.
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    Jon got a reaction from Sabre in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    He’s obviously in good spirits
    Single handed sailors seem always to be glass half full people 
    Heres his latest blog
    The call of the kea
    Tue Sep 15 2020
    Sitting on a mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of the track. There was an awful lot of sail flogging going on at times when the boat rounded up on the big waves. I am going to have a long hot shower, put some clean clothes on, eat a decent meal and toast my feet in front of the fire. As Ratty said to Mole: “There’s simply nothing half as much fun as messing around in boats”.
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    Jon reacted to Clipper in Enduro   
    Im looking forward to it!
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    Jon got a reaction from CarpeDiem in SSANZ 2020 Lewmar Triple Series   
    Well spotted team
    Great life lesson there, “always read the fine print, never trust the pretty pictures”
    No call been made on finish location yet, but my pick would be Resolution Buoy again ( saving the gathering for our next event on the beach at bottom end on the 10th October)
    Its .9nm shorter past Rangitoto light or 10% shorter so the only reason you wouldn’t go that way is if it was a light easterly with holes in the rangi channel perhaps 
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    Jon reacted to Shimmer in SSANZ 2020 Lewmar Triple Series   
    Race Report. Shimmer.
    Best Ssanz ever for Shimmer (not hard as this is our first season) perhaps the opposite experience to Deep Purple we are  racing my family caravan a 1980 timber Townson 34. She loved the beat to coromandel and took the big steep seas like a thoroughbred. I love the wide variety of designs racing and how each has their day depending on conditions.
    Big thank you to the Ssanz team for not changing the course and for all the hard work they do to organise the race and keep everyone safe. Can’t wait for the 50!
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    Jon got a reaction from L00seM00se in Best Trailer Gal?   
    https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/international-pa10-grey-primer-1-litre-grey/p/359934
    or this
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    Jon reacted to Tamure in Boat Dilemma   
    To be fair to KM, the average time it takes for a boat to leave the front yard after being taken home is about 30 years so he's still ahead of the game for another 5 years   
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    Jon got a reaction from Fish in Boat Dilemma   
    Speaking of which
    When was the last time your 930 yacht sailed or do you prefer them on the back lawn ?
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    Jon got a reaction from harrytom in Pilot boat   
    The 12kt area is marked in pink (or what ever you call that colour) That’s why the ferry’s dip over towards Orakei as soon as the pass the container wharf so they can open up. The Waiheke ferry’s are over 500ts and operating with in harbour limits so you are required to keep clear at all times, they do tend to try to avoid you but that’s curtesy on their part
    The only ones that aren’t as above are the Pine Harbour and Car ferry’s once they pass a line between Musick Pt and Park Pt heading east

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    Jon reacted to darkside in Overwintering in the Northland   
    BP what's this "buying bait" of which you speak?
    Whangaroa is alive with bait fish and a packet of sabiki's will secure more bait than you know what to do with. 
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    Jon got a reaction from ex Elly in SSANZ 2020 Lewmar Triple Series   
    Cardinal mark is the rounding mark at Shearer Rock
    only 3 starts
    0900 all divisions sailing Baltic course
    0910 all divisions sailing PIC course
    0920 all divisions sailing Doyle’s course
    start line will be at Northern Leading
    finish line will be at Resolution Racing Buoy
    position reporting will be done by text
    plus lots more so a good read of the Sailing Instructions, plus attendance at the briefing will be a must.
    126 entries so far, don’t miss out.
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    Jon reacted to Fogg in VHF course   
    The best way to learn radio protocol is to listen to the professionals. Keep your vhf on dual/triple watch on ch16 and a couple of the port operations working channels eg 12 / 13. And if you hear 2 ships or commercial traffic calling on ch16 switch with them to the working channel and listen. It will help your learn the lingo by infusion and when you come to do the course (or use the vhf for yourself) you’ll be more confident.
    Do not listen to the trip report working channels Eg 60/64 - it will teach you bad habits and drive you nuts.
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