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  1. We've come into possession of an old sailing dinghy because the price was right. I'm wondering what it is. It's 4.5 metres long, modest rig, fibreglass with bouyancy tanks and fairly deep cockpit, pivoting centreboard with lanyards to pull it up and down. There's a kiwi logo on the main and no sail number. It's some kind of quiet family sailing dinghy, we'll try to rig it and take it out this summer to find out more. I think you can see photos here, tell me if that didn't work. Anyone know what design this is?
  2. "Uncle Sam"?I looked at that boat a couple of years ago when it was a lot more expensive. I ended up buying a trailer sailer but at the current price I'd probably have bought it. It was in OK condition then, good motor, reasonable sails, worn teak over ply deck though. The owner is a nice guy, we had a sail and a beer
  3. The trailer is still 2m wide without the boat. The reason for rejection must be this one, I think: "4. A pair of lamps is not: a) symmetrically mounted, or mounted as far towards each side of the trailer as practicable." The diagrams do show the lights at the front - but my boat isn't square, so it doesn't have front corners! From a position indicating point of view, sticking the lights at max beam does seem sensible. They already show the full width of the boat and trailer, but they're at the back and I think they're meant to be "Front side lamps".
  4. My boat trailer failed a warrant the other day, for incorrectly placed forward facing lights. I have a pair of orange lights on the ends of a light board across the transom, facing forward. The lights extend past the transom to the full beam of the boat/trailer. Warrant man says the orange lights need to be amidships, as in over the axle. He suggested on the mudguards, which will be a pain as the trailer's not wired, just a light board. Having all the lights on one board is very convenient - I'd rather not wire the trailer itself as it's very low and often underwater. I can put the lights
  5. Dunno how similar your rig is to a trailer sailer - but I can lower and raise the mast on my 7 metre trailer sailer on my own, and carefully carry it around too if neccesary. The mast step hinges on a pin. I use the spinnaker halyard as a temporary stay clipped to the stem fitting, so I can disconnect the forestay. Then I stand behind the mast and lean against it, let go the halyard and walk the mast down to rest in a temporary tripod/gallows thing made of PVC pipe over the cockpit. Remember to close the companionway slider first! Then I can unpin the foot of the mast and move it around, a
  6. Woohoo! Crossing tacks in AC72s, awesome stuff.
  7. oliver

    What the??

    Reminiscent of http://www.simonstalenhag.se/
  8. That one's got a lot cheaper since I looked at it 18 months ago. Sails well, it had good sails on it then and was easy to handle, though I'd have wanted to take the teak off the deck and glass it which was one reason I didn't buy it - but a Tracker is a little boat to go round NZ in.
  9. Trailer sailer means you can just turn off the expenditure for a while, park it up and it needn't cost anything. The big downside I find is that it takes longer to go out for a sail - there's an extra hour of rigging and launching, then again to retrieve and de-rig, and I live very close to the ramp I launch from.
  10. Daytrips in Wellington. Sail to Ward, go ashore, lap the island, fish, sail back to the ramp - or maybe sail to Scorching Bay for a coffee! Walk in the Belmont park, ride bikes in Wainuiomata trail park, stay home and have x-box tournament... All of these are possible but the day out sailing is top of the list. We should get through two or three of the others too. We were going to go camping but too high degree of can't-be-arsed took over.
  11. I can offer the same advice I was given when I was looking at trailer sailers a bit over a year ago - look at the trailer as hard as you look at the boat. If the trailer craps out structurally you're looking a fair bit of expenditure before you can safely launch your boat! The NZ trailer yacht association has old reviews of lots of designs, and their ratings and self-righting index, on their website www.traileryachts.org.nz .
  12. Saturday - re-jigged the front lawn so I can get the boat (trailer sailer) in and out without a crew of spotters, including removing a stupid little gateway and a scruffy wisteria, much to the disappointment of my ex M.I.L when she heard about it! There will be a hedge I think, softer to clip with the boat than a fence. Sunday, took the trailer sailer that all this was in aid of for the first sail it's had since Waitangi weekend in Nelson. It's been under repair in my carport since then. We left Seaview about 10, left Somes to port and Ward to starboard then back to Seaview, gave a couple
  13. Yes, the consequences of an apparently little problem on a wooden boat can be severe - a small cabin/deck leak on my dad's classic wooden boat caused a bit of rot in a carlin. Once he'd cut down to the carlin, and got into repairing that, he ended up chasing that "little bit of rot" to the point that he now has a whole new cockpit. It's a nice cockpit, and he's just got back from a week in Abel Tasman on the boat so it all worked out OK, but still it was a job that wouldn't have got so big on a fibreglass boat, and his was a boat in apparently pretty good shape. Similarly, a leaking stanchion
  14. oliver

    hakes marine

    That's a pity, they were building some cool stuff and seemed a really decent crew - the project manager there was very helpful with advice and materials for a repair I'm doing.
  15. Which is exactly what I did. So did I, and as I've been busy or out of town every weekend for weeks it was bloody epic. Emptying the catcher every few widths of the lawn. There's still a bit of lawn to go actually, I should really go do it. I did also glue the new ply patch into the deck of my boat, next weekend maybe it'll get faired and possibly glassed too, and this afternoon we're sailing with sea scouts.
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