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Bad Kitty

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  1. Hiya all, I've got 2 Yanmar 40hp 3JH4's I think they are, went into Bad Kitty in 2006, with SD40 sail drives, flexofold props, and looms & instrument panels. Panels are mounted inside the saloon, so not too weather beaten. Engine hours around 2500 each. Will have new alternators, off the replacement engines. All being replaced later this year with shafts & v drives. Will suit a cat build, or replacement, or can split the pair. Not splitting engines & drives. Engines are fine, always well maintained by Westpark Marine Engineering. Changing drives, so putting new
  2. Get rid of the plough, doesn't matter whose it is or where it came from. Go see that turkey Grant at Chains Ropes & Bondage or whatever they are called, and get the Crew discount! Any of the high or super high holding power modern designs will deliver you to a new world of bliss when the wind comes up overnight. We use Rocna's, Excel & Manson Supreme on various work boats, and the Sarca Excel on Bad Kitty, changed from a Rocna but only because it fits better without the roll bar. Both excellent anchors. And don't scrimp on chain, I'd add 20% to what you think is ple
  3. Bad Kitty

    Is a SSB Radio

    Kessler syndrome - Wikipedia Would be a bad day for Iridium, but also GPS!
  4. Bad Kitty

    Is a SSB Radio

    Main benefit of SSB is free weather & email via sailmail. (paid subscription though) Cheaper than sat phone. And if you scream mayday there may be a boat handy that's listening, although I'd put my 10 cents on an EPIRB for that.
  5. Lot's of these issues should start with a debate on population numbers for NZ. But they won't.
  6. Yep, not much info in some of these posts that relates to privately owned yachts, I’ve tried really hard, with a pretty open mind on budget, and can’t make electric drives seem viable for Bad Kitty.
  7. Picked up a spinnaker bag between Motuihe & Browns Island Saturday PM. Let me know if you want to pick it up, Castor Bay
  8. Crystal ball gazing; There will be talk from Dalton of UK, Dubai, Easter Island, etc. etc. Tanties from NZ public, NZ marine industry, NZ Govt. NZ Govt will up the cash input, Cup back in Auckland. Probably take 3 months for that to play out.
  9. Hope & kindness Fogg, don't forget the kindness.
  10. A lot of well known boats have been on the bottom. Nothing wrong with a good pickling! But I agree it's a big project. Someone may well learn that a boats hull is the easy & cheap bit.
  11. It doesn't need to be fair, but you need to sand all the shiny bits, including in any little craters, or it won't stick.
  12. Who have we lost now SJB? It's a tough time alright.
  13. Tonga boats are tired & not really well maintained. Whitsunday boats were much better, and it's really nice cruising there. No bare boat charters in Fiji, has to have a Fiji skipper. I think there's bare boat in New Cal, but the waters a fair bit cooler than Fiji or Tonga!
  14. Yep we're running that mod. It's helps, but doesn't overcome the inherently sh*t design.
  15. I still remember your dipstick shooting out of the engine bay at Barrier!
  16. No I've actually been doing the calcs on the 30/SD25 myself. The SD20's & 25's have a great reputation. Dog clutch, no frickin cone clutches! It's definitely an option.
  17. I wish! But yep, it's still worth it.
  18. Yep but no, the carbon rudders are the lowest point, no sitting on the beach for us!
  19. It's not about the money. I want reliability, the boat is very well maintained, but the SD40's need the cone clutches lapping, sometimes after 200 hours, sometimes after 50. That's not an acceptable situation for me. I'd rather spend the money up front, and not have to worry that it won't last the xmas period.
  20. Hiya Fogg, I've heard of issues with the SD60's also, at very low hours too. And my big issue is that Yanmar NZ have proven that they won't stand by their product, so that's the deal breaker for me.
  21. Thanks Fish, that's great,
  22. Yep SD 20’s are fine, everything bigger from Yanmar is junk. And yes, changing the drive system is somewhat involved. But I know what’s involved, I’ve run the crap SD40’s for 14 years, and I’m happy to spend the money. Wheels I don’t see any diesel over electric systems that offer an advantage over more conventional drives at present. Thanks for the input all, I do appreciate it.
  23. Thanks everyone, this is great info, and just what I'm looking for. IT I'll give you a call re the Nanni/Beta comparison, interesting. Thanks, keep it coming, really helpful
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