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  1. Was down there for 2 weeks kayaking in feb this year,a bloke runs a service with a big trailor which fits most boats,its no drama getting in.Its a long way out of the sound to any secure anchorage,closest would be Blanket Bay.Weather turns to sh*t fast down there with no warning,we got caught in 60 knot squalls in our kayaks.Take heaps of fuel and research all anchorages before you head down.Great place to be on a nice day,I always try and hit Fiordland mid feb as weather is usually settled then.
  2. Hokitika is for fizz boats only can walk across at low tide,westport and greymouth are good in fine weather today the grey was calm as had lunch there.when heading up coast from fiordland to farewell spit in a straight line you are a long way offshore so no point in going in really.
  3. Done it 7 times 2 days to new plymouth from the top usually,can sneak inside pandora bank if sea is calm enough.
  4. Hi Martin, Bloke with the drive unit is Phil Zwiess lives on board at Picton,Boat is called Cavall.Has circumnavigated in her best set up cav ive ever seen
  5. Mine did that just wiggled the plug by the motor and it would go.
  6. I know a bloke on a cav who switched the engine to a yanmar and couldnt find a v drive to suit so got two big toothed alloy cogs made up and found a toothed belt to suit,looks like a harley davidson belt drive system.Works great dont think he has replaced the belt in years.
  7. My old man used to own one,wheels is wrong they sail very well.Looks like a lot of boat for the money.Taras excell at punching upwind ive sailed one at 11 knots steady downwind as well very powerful boats.Check the bilges very throughly for any corrosion in the add it says it has a needle gun on board so must have had some rust in the past.
  8. Island time is dead right have done that run a few times can call into New Plymouth if weather changes, usually 3 days to north cape.
  9. Good choice with the deep reef,putting up a trysail in a storm is a hell of a job.I put a very deep reef in my main and with a stac pac was very easy to use.
  10. One advantage of the stacpac is when you reef there is no tying off your sail it all sits nicely away.
  11. My father used to own chaos lovely boat I think she is now in Aussie,only had one wee issue rudder was too small and she would spin out when pushed hard downwind.
  12. I was down there 3 years ago great place .Get the user guide to fiordland called beneath the reflections all you need to know is in there.I went down the east coast as the weather didnt allow us to get down the west coast,more places to stop.Got pinned on Stewart Island for 3 weeks by the weather so be flexable and dont push it.
  13. Used to have a stacpac awesome system,used to get the end of the full length battens snagged when raising main,not a big issue.Also made it virtually impossible to use trisail which had it's own track on mast.Ended up putting in a deep third reef In mainsail.Fantastic system for single handed reefing just drop sail haul in out haul slip ring over hook haul up and done.
  14. If there is water getting in your sail drive rubber would be wise to sort it properly.Could be very expensive to leave it
  15. Done that 5 times it is dead right,bit early to head to stewart island though most people leave it till Feb.january is usually bloody windy
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