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  1. Yes absolutely Steve, great memories and did another month long cruise in the Kaipara last year which we really enjoyed. Costs of boat ownership weren't the major reason for for selling, it was more reducing use made it hard to justify. All the same the way we are sucked dry these days is pretty annoying and not just in the boating game.
  2. Pretty annoying all of that and one of the reasons we have sold our boat after 18 years, the costs keep going up and up with little justification. A real shame what these leeches are doing to destroy a great Kiwi tradition.
  3. Bruce Elliott put me onto modified silicon years ago (same as Quilosa). A very good sealant. You can buy it from Placemakers and possibly other hardware stores. Come in a variety of colours. I use it for pretty well any sealant application as it can be disassembled unlike some of the other polyurethane type sealants without wrecking things. It used to be called Fosroc MS but now is Sikaflex MS.
  4. Nothing wrong with Leisurefurl but as Chippie says forget the furling line. Bounce the halyard at the mast with someone tailing and into wind on autopilot and the sail goes up real quick. If you had an electric winch I guess you could easily do it single handed. Same with furling or reefing use a winch handle in the drum at the front of the mast with someone controlling the halyard - the sail comes down super quick. (remove the furling line completely as it just makes the whole process too slow). You do need to be into wind. With the full length battens it is a very good sy
  5. Yep usual America’s Cup. Kept me fascinated with all the shenanigans ever since Baron Bich
  6. https://www.livesaildie.com/youth-americas-cup-ac9f-kotare-flies-high-in-auckland/
  7. Chewing Gum

    Farr 38

    Oh ok - maybe someone repaired her then ?
  8. Chewing Gum

    Farr 38

    I think the Lidgard Lionheart is also no more. She either was sunk by dragging anchor in the Haapies in Tonga or fell off a cradle in the Med. Both those boats were Lidgards but not sure which one was Lionheart.
  9. While not exactly marine this series is pretty interesting to anyone interested in methods of carbon fibre fabrication etc:
  10. Only supposition of course but if crashing off a wave caused a crack in the hull to my mind it would more likely account for the rapid filling and failure of the pumps to cope. If there was a crack in the hull below the cabin sole it may not be evident as to where the water ingress was coming from. Having said that of course as everyone here has been commenting it could be just the windows that were the cause of the flooding. I guess we will never really know for sure as the yacht is unlikely to be salvaged.
  11. No mention of this boat rolling over in the account published. Neither is there mention of dismasting. In the GGR several boats rolled and lost their rigs. None of them that I can recall lost windows or sunk. I still think structural failure is a possibility.
  12. You would have to wonder if there was some sort of structural failure as well as the windows. Sounds like the boat sunk quite quickly, that would need a lot of water ingress.
  13. I did as suggested by Steve Ashley and removed a halyard sheave box near deck level. If you don't have a hole there I imagine cutting one around 50-60-70mm dia should be ok - check with a mast fabricator Next shaped some flexible foam to approx mast shape and pushed it in through the hole and down say 15mm below sheave hole. (Flexible foam - might have used the stuff Burnsco sell for seating - not sure.) Then spread flexible sealant from Sika on top of foam and left to set. This was a few years back so can't remember the name of the sealant but it was not silicone. As Steve mentioned it was
  14. Best not to bother - just take off the plastic and leave the stainless - better for the wire. Thicker wire is better - I think it is now required for eg cat 3. Not sure of sizing.
  15. Tend to agree really. Gusty winds in the sounds so mostly motor everywhere and very few places you can anchor - too deep. Golden Bay is nice but quite a small area and only 3 or 4 reasonable anchorages. For the sounds and Durville island you need to become a Pelorus or Mana member to use the moorings. While we were at Durville a Given cat from Noumea had real difficulty retreiving their anchor as it was jammed under the many logs in the anchorage. Fishing down there is not great either with Blue Cod under severe restrictions. As WV said Fiordland and Stewart leave it for dead. Port Pegasus is
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