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    madyottie got a reaction from eruptn in 13 year old with Variant 22.5 foot   
    Wow, I guess it's been a while since I logged in here...
    If they're interested in learning a few things perhaps more suited to the Variant, Manukau YMBC, near Mangere Bridge, is where the Auckland Hartley 16s and Noelex 22 fleets sail.
    If you head over there on a sailing day, there's a pretty good chance of getting a ride.
    Alternatively, flick the Variant and buy a Noelex 22, then you can race "like for like", plus drag the boat to lakes etc, which opens up an entire different sailing universe.
    Not that I'm biased  ;) but the noelex 22 is one of the best all-round boats out there, and I think the two biggest sailing related mystakes I've ever made were "upgrading" from a N22 to a sportsboat, and buying a boat that needed a mooring. Both of which I now haved moved on from, and own a Noelex... Again.
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    madyottie reacted to Island Time in Rudder packing   
    Vesconite, delrin, or other plastic thats dimensionally stable when immersed. Vesconite Bearings Ph 09 444 9031
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    madyottie got a reaction from Fogg in Covid-free sailing thread   
    1. Dragging the mid-rebuild Noelex to Lake Ngaroto for a trailer yacht sprint series, and it not sinking.
    2. Anything. That was the only time I got near water all season.
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    madyottie got a reaction from jim s in Rebecca   
    Hmmm, it looks a little lost.
     
    Should be located in Tirau
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    madyottie got a reaction from shanson in Rebecca   
    Hmmm, it looks a little lost.
     
    Should be located in Tirau
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    madyottie got a reaction from harrytom in Free Mooring Sulphur beach   
    Oh jeez, next week there could be safety rails, wire mesh, life rings, and big Deep water signs. Oh, and a seal on lifeguard duty
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    madyottie got a reaction from rmiker in motuihe   
    It worked! Sorta.
     
    A great sail out to the island, a typical lack-of-sleep night in a tent, a lot of swimming in the clear waters of the gulf.
     
    Heading home was not so good, we popped out into a fast flowing tide, going against a lovely 10-15 knot SW. Faaark it gets steep in that channel. Once clear of that, we settled into a nice fastish beat along the side the side of Rangitoto to north head.
     
    After clearing north head, it was eased sheets up the harbour, until, at Devonport the breeze went forward, so we start tacking, back and forth across the channel. One last hitch over to Richmond and we'll be clear under the bridge to the mooring. But what's that click?
     
    Followed by more clicks, as the traveller pulled out of its mounts.
     
    Sometimes I wonder if it's worth the hassle.
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    madyottie got a reaction from harrytom in Shane strikes again   
    I'm afraid you completely lost me(and probably a lot of others) here KM, pretty sure the thread is about the former owner of a variant with a wood burner, and then a big schooner, last heard of running for cover
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    madyottie got a reaction from harrytom in 2018s 1st big wet n wild   
    ??? Translation???
     
    All relative, it's quite fast in sunny terms, dead slow compared to a pt.
     
    Just some all glass, race rigged late model Sunny the WYC owns, which looks indecently fast when HT is on the tiller. Except when he's on the reef.
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    madyottie got a reaction from harrytom in 2018s 1st big wet n wild   
    Really sorry to hear that HT, I hope you find a good replacement that ticks all the boxes.
     
    Good to hear that youi came through for you, after all the negative gossip about them.
     
    Remember if you get the urge, give Murray a yell, there's always a fast sunburst just waiting for a gun helmsman to have a ride ????
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    madyottie got a reaction from MarkMT in Here is the boat for the 2021 Cup . .   
    I still say an open box rule would be better, unlimited number of hulls and appendages, just build the fastest (say) 50 footer you can. If it's not suitable for the race area, you won't win.
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    madyottie got a reaction from jim s in How many Oceans   
    Hmmm, lets see...
     
    1 Global ocean
    5 regional oceans
    Oceans 11
    Oceans 12
     
    So that's 29, right?
     
    Oh, and the magic ocean between Hawaii and Tahiti, with 50 foot tiger sharks that hunt in packs and try to capsize yachts.
     
    Better go for 30
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    madyottie got a reaction from harrytom in Holy freakin fuel prices batman   
    Historically I've found the Caltex in New Lynn and the three stations in Takanini to be cheapest most often. Gull Hampton Downs is competitive. The gull on Ti Rakau is also often cheap, as is the one opposite pns in papakura.
     
    This little bunch is usually 10c/L cheaper than the going rate.
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    madyottie got a reaction from harrytom in Holy freakin fuel prices batman   
    Pukemiro.
     
    Not a bad way to waste a few hours
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    madyottie got a reaction from ex Elly in reinforcing mast base   
    Doesn't quite relate, but someone might get a laugh...
     
    Racing a Fireball on the lower Severn river, 25+ knots, 6 foot waves.
     
    The rig started to go a bit soft, so tightened it up a bit on the first downwind.
     
    End of the next beat it was loose again, assumed the clear was slipping a bit, so pulled it as hard as I could.
     
    By the end of the race it was all floppy again, and the boom seemed to have got a bit lower.
     
    Once ashore we discovered that the hog had got a little moisture inside, and we'd split it down the middle, and the mast step had worked its way about 50mm down the split, and was trying to escape out the bottom.
     
    We won the race but our series was over ????
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    madyottie got a reaction from Clipper in NZ Politics   
    I really can't understand what the greens even exist for.
     
    They have the opportunity to get into government and make an actual, real, planet helping difference, and if they do a good job, become a serious political force, but instead they choose to sit out in the bleachers whinging about the players.
     
    I reckon for every Social voter they might lose, there'd be several environmental voters, including this one, that would seriously consider them next time.
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    madyottie got a reaction from grant in foiling monos for AC confirmed   
    There's no reason a foiling mono has to look anything like the IMOCA really.
     
    there are numerous designs out there foiling now, Moths, R class, Laser, RS600ff
     
    Oh, and these
     
     
     
    So there must be some amazing speed potential in a giant version.
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    madyottie got a reaction from harrytom in NZ Politics   
    HT, I know how demanding your job is, as I have said to you in past years, it really does take a special sort of man to last. How did I do, three months ish before it broke me and I fell apart? Shame really, I quite enjoyed the physicality of it, although I don't know whether I ever would have cracked it quite like you and Richard.
     
    I agree 100% about the dole must be too good. Sadly it does completely the opposite of what I feel it should do.
     
    Surely it should kick in the moment you apply after losing your job, to give you time to sort yourself out and get started again, but instead, if you lose your job for whatever reason, there's a mandatory stand down period so we all rush around to find an income, which puts a lot of good people into positions they aren't really suited for, while the dole dude just collects his cheque each week, perhaps making some extra on the side selling weed, or washing car windows in Manukau.
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    madyottie got a reaction from Sabre in NZ Politics   
    The ant and the grasshopper revisited.
     
    The ant works hard all summer,the grasshopper parties, and sleeps in his car...
     
    Come winter the preying mantis decides the ant hasn't worked hard enough in any of the past years, and will stay on a salary just below the cost of living. The local council puts rates up, gst goes up.
     
    Next summer the grasshopper still lives in his car. Right next to the ant, who has a slightly nicer car.
     
    The preying mantis lives in a mansion, with ten investment properties being paid for by the government via the accommodation supplement.
     
    Moral of the story...
    None really, but it seems pretty accurate based on what I see on a daily basis.
     
    Repeatability does not mean competence. So why are so many people willing to do the same dumb stuff over and over?
     
    Try something new and different, it could work out for the best.
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    madyottie got a reaction from Sabre in NZ Politics   
    Just a quick thought for those who want to continue with the current government in the name of stability.
     
    Even a holed ship stays upright as it sinks below the surface.
     
    Stability does not equate to floatation, a truly buoyant economy looks after all it's members, not just those at the top
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    madyottie got a reaction from jim s in NZ Politics   
    Says a lot about the Green ideology, don't you think?
     
    Take take take, and to hell with anybody else
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    madyottie got a reaction from bazzathemammoth in NZ Politics   
    Regarding my earlier comment on offshore investment, I'm all for overseas Investment in business, but working in the Auckland construction arena, I'm quite shocked to hear how many new big homes are being built for offshore tenants with no desire to live here or rent it out. It is simply a cash dump while they wait for the capital gains. I can't see how this helps the economy aside from the initial construction.
     
    I recall hearing somewhere that you lose control of a business at somewhere around 40% hostile ownership. So what happens when the 70k+ annual migration reaches that tipping point? It happened 150 years ago, now it's starting again.
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    madyottie got a reaction from Sabre in NZ Politics   
    Regarding my earlier comment on offshore investment, I'm all for overseas Investment in business, but working in the Auckland construction arena, I'm quite shocked to hear how many new big homes are being built for offshore tenants with no desire to live here or rent it out. It is simply a cash dump while they wait for the capital gains. I can't see how this helps the economy aside from the initial construction.
     
    I recall hearing somewhere that you lose control of a business at somewhere around 40% hostile ownership. So what happens when the 70k+ annual migration reaches that tipping point? It happened 150 years ago, now it's starting again.
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    madyottie got a reaction from jim s in NZ Politics   
    Regarding my earlier comment on offshore investment, I'm all for overseas Investment in business, but working in the Auckland construction arena, I'm quite shocked to hear how many new big homes are being built for offshore tenants with no desire to live here or rent it out. It is simply a cash dump while they wait for the capital gains. I can't see how this helps the economy aside from the initial construction.
     
    I recall hearing somewhere that you lose control of a business at somewhere around 40% hostile ownership. So what happens when the 70k+ annual migration reaches that tipping point? It happened 150 years ago, now it's starting again.
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    madyottie got a reaction from jim s in Green's true colours are not so green   
    It's not broken, it's doing exactly what it was designed to do. Keep the lazy unemployed happy, whilst leaving the working class tired and struggling. And simultaneously subsidizing big corporations to pay minimal wages.
     
    The system has never been, in my working life, a safety net. If it was a genuine safety net, there would not be a mandatory stand down period, and there would be a lot less unemployment.
     
    A safety net should catch you when you slip, not wait until you hit the bottom and keep you there
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